Adding a floor in hard bottom dinghy

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by potis, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. potis

    potis Member

    45
    Oct 15, 2006
    San Ramon, CA
    2000 340 DA Sundancer
    "Soggy Dollar"
    7.4L V-Drives
    I have a West Marine 310 Rib. It is a hard bottom, V-hull shape. It does not have the 2nd flat surfaced floor. Does anyone know if there is an aftermarket 2nd floor that can be installed? WM was no help on this. Or, has anyone made their own 2nd floor to put in a dinghy. Biggest difficulty I see with making one is determining how to attach it. I would like it to be removable due to weight and for cleaning etc. Otherwise it could be easily just permanently glued in place. Appreciate any input.
     
  2. Irie308

    Irie308 Member SILVER Sponsor

    632
    May 28, 2013
    CT
    320 Sundancer 2005, Raymarine C120 and C80
    Highfield 9.6 RIB & Tohatsu 8hp
    Previous boat: 215 expre
    350 Mercruisers V-drives
    Interested as to why you don't like the v-hull. I purposely picked up a highfield with a vhull thinking that it would give more leg room which it does but i found that the v at the bow makes it hard to get in and out as its always slippery. I plan to add some non-skid to the floor to remedy this.
     
  3. potis

    potis Member

    45
    Oct 15, 2006
    San Ramon, CA
    2000 340 DA Sundancer
    "Soggy Dollar"
    7.4L V-Drives
    I love the v-hull insofar as performance, the problem is similar to what you stated; it is difficult and uncomfortable for my wife to get in and out, etc. plus with a 2nd flat floor a cooler could be used as a stable 2nd seat, items could be secured to it etc. Just all around more user friendly (except for the add'l weight)
     
  4. Creekwood

    Creekwood Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    Seems like a lot of work for a 10 ft rib. That said I would think that on my Mercury I could fashion a Marineply board shaped to sit on the strakes in the bow easily enough. Maybe a stainless piano hinge so it folds and seal it with white enamel. Edges could have closed cell foam underneath to stop rattle and slip. Interesting.
     

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