Flying Saucer & Zip Floors

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Flash
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Flying Saucer & Zip Floors

Postby Flash » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:49 am

Good morning,

I found a nice looking latitudinal strip floor for a Zip on the forum or the gallery. Since it was about 3AM, I forgot where it was. So I cut quarter inch mahogany strips for my floor. Now I'm wondering if I can screw these to the keel and battens? Or would I be exposing the keel and battens to water damage? If I can't screw them to the keel and battens, does anyone have an idea for installing that type of floor? Maybe the one with the floor that I saw can tell us how he did it.

Thank you.
Flash
Yellow Submarine II - Flying Saucer
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jeff k
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Re: Flying Saucer & Zip Floors

Postby jeff k » Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:49 pm

If they are 1/4 inch go ahead and attach to the keel and battons. I'm assuming your keel and battons are 3/4 inch? Just attach them with 5/8 screws. If you are worried about them being water proof just predrill your holes and add a dab of clear caulk to the threads when you run them in. You could also put epoxy in the holes, but I don't think you will ever get them back out if you needed to.
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gdcarpenter
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Re: Flying Saucer & Zip Floors

Postby gdcarpenter » Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:50 pm

Something like this photo of my ZIP?

My floor slats area about 5/16" thick and run side to side. I went with 3 floor battens per side intead of the usual 2, since this reduced my center to center span to about 6" for the floor slats and allowed for a much thinner and lighter floor with plenty of ventilation.

I planned this well in advance and angled the top side of my chine so the floor slats could run side to side acting as a series of 'chine blockers'. Note that I used strong backs or stiffeners on top of my battens for extra stiffness and to avoid screwing directly to the battens, which likely isn't a big deal. The floor slats running this way should also help keep my hull bottom flatter since it's harder for one batten to act 'individually'.
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Flash
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Re: Flying Saucer & Zip Floors

Postby Flash » Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:18 pm

Frank and GD,

Thank you very much for the help. I should be able to continue with the floor tonight.

GD - Your view point is always interesting but upside down?
Flash
Yellow Submarine II - Flying Saucer
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