Should I Use Marine Plywood to Replace a Dinghy Floor?

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There are many reasons to want a more sturdy floor to your dinghy, and one possible way to achieve this goal is by replacing the floor with marine plywood. While this material carries its own set of difficulties you should be aware of, it can make a perfectly good dinghy floor if you use the following tips.

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Installing a floor made of marine plywood into your dinghy can be helpful in several ways. First, it can solidify your inflatable dinghy, rendering it more stable even under conditions that would cause it to flex or deform. If you decide to do this, you should know that exterior grade plywood is not as good as marine grade for this particular project.

Possible Issues

As marine plywood weighs more than several alternatives, such as foam, it may not be the ideal flooring material for your dinghy. Additionally, using plywood to replace the floor of a dinghy can cause problems if the dinghy was not originally meant to have a solid floor. If this is the case, you can solve this problem by installing chafe protection. As an alternative, you can build a reinforcement out of more plywood to protect the interior of your dinghy.

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