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    Going to replace the floor in my boat this winter and was thinking about a vinyl covering on new marine plywood. Anyone ever used bed liner on plywood boat floor? wouldn't want black but if a lite grey or off white is available wondering what others have done?
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    Anytime a wood product is in contact with water or a high humidity environment you should expect an accelerated rotting process, even if the wood product has been treated with some sort of preservative. If you lock that moisture in with a product that doesnt breathe, like a vinyl, then you will significantly reduce the life span of the wood. Too me carpet is a wiser choice because it breathes and the underlying wood will dry faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawbill View Post
    Anytime a wood product is in contact with water or a high humidity environment you should expect an accelerated rotting process, even if the wood product has been treated with some sort of preservative. If you lock that moisture in with a product that doesnt breathe, like a vinyl, then you will significantly reduce the life span of the wood. Too me carpet is a wiser choice because it breathes and the underlying wood will dry faster.

    isn't vinyl used on most boat floors now?

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    Might be a great idea...coating marine plywood (or regular plywood for that matter) with 'bed liner'...should hold up well to water wear and tear.
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    In 2006 I replaced the floor in my old 16' Mirrocraft. Marine plywood was too expensive and only available on special order where I lived, so I used regular good one side 5/8 plywood. I coated the plywood with epoxy then used contact cement to attach indoor outdoor carpeting. This year, 12 years later, the carpet was worn out. I scrapped the old stuff off, the plywood was in good condition so redid the epoxy then contact cemented new indoor outdoor carpeting. I am hoping for another 12 years out the floor.
    Rick in Muskoka

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