Hey guys i have a 1986 19ft bayliner capri, I just wanted to know if its hard to replace the floor by myslef or should i get someone to do it? How much do this cost to do it myslef or have someone do it for me.
Hi welcome to iboats,
you can do a search on replacing your deck, you ll have to decide if you wnt to do the work or not, it will require you having a good area to work and some special tools. If you re a handy/repair type person its not too bad, all the info you need is here, you just need to do a lot of reading, cost wise its pretty expensive to have done, and not many people do it, its kind of a labor of love, or hobby if you will.
Everyone here at iboats is very helpful if you decide to do it yourself.
Depends on how your floor got soft or rotten to begin with, usually when the floor is bad it has leaked into the hull of the boat, causing the stringers, support beams, to rot. Most of the time this is all caused by leaving the boat in the weather.
You could cut a piece of plywood to go over the hole or softspot but I would suggest fixing it right.
It's a 1980s era Bayliner. If the floor is rotted, you've got more problems than just the floor. VERY good chance you'll have to replace the stringers as well, and give the transom a VERY close look for any rot, too. They usually rot from the bottom up, starting at the stringers. Using it as is could cause all sorts of issues and there isn't a patch job for it.
Fix it right or junk it - don't use it as is...
This is a lot of work, that is not that difficult, but potentially unhealthy, due to exposure to huge amounts of fiberglass dust and fiberglass resins, be they epoxy or polyester. So you have to get in the mind set of wearing protection, all the time if you want to take this on. I let the shop do the worst of mine, and I'm not sorry I did, I am at the age where I like to limit my exposure to toxic stuff. It cost a lot but how much is your health worth, and I did enough of it to know that this boat is way more solid than when it was new, and I'd have no qualms about selling it to someone else. You have to keep the boat and use it for a long time for it to be worth it, either talking time or money wise.
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I agree its not that hard !!! it is very dirty and make sure you have a good mask for when you do the grinding , and I am looking at 300 to 350 , and thats foam , fiberglass , exposy, plywood, I didnt get a quote to get it done but from what i have read on here , it would have been 2000 to 3500 to get it done , and I that when I do it I know it will be done right !!! and I like doing it so far , its not that hard , so far !!! lol so if you can use a saw,and a angle grinder, and can mix the resin and roll out the glass you can do this !! do some research on here, and dont be afraid to ask if you have any problem !!! You can do it !!! have fun John
I am in the process of replacing the deck on my 1986 18' Bayliner right now. I definitely would not have the deck replaced professionally. I am not done with the project yet, but it's going pretty smoothly, I'm just busy/lazy. It's my first boat, and I have decent, but not carpentry level tool skills, so the project is definitely do-able. It all just depends on how badly you want to be on the water. Plus, all the help you'll need can be found on the forum pretty much. You may also want to check out these similar projects;