My 84 4winns horizon 195 project.

Pmt133

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Yeah, this boat and the reason dad actually ended up with it was the previous owner left it in storage at his shop. the shrink wrap failed and it filled and sat with water in it for 2 years. Guy no longer wanted it, so he bought it built a drive and that was that. I suspect if that didn't happen, it would've been fine. The foam was drier at the hull and the stringers were rotten only at the top third. I had originally thought the bottoms were rotten but they were spaced half inch off the hull or so. I started noticing a soft spot about 10 years ago right where you step in the boat. So it was bad before that, but that's when it became noticeable. Boat never felt like it was coming apart at any point but I think most of that was because the stringers never delaminated and the foam while wet was still solid.

My storage spot for the boat is mostly shade which sucks but you have to do what you have to do sometimes...
 

todhunter

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FYI I didn't gelcoat my deck where the carpet went down.

I'm happy with my carpet here in my 3rd season. It's cool on the feet. I have walked in friends boats with EVA and snap-in weave/mat of a sililar light-grey color and both were much hotter on the feet.

I do keep my boat parked under an aluminum carport and covered with a tarp when not in use, so it doesn't get rained in. After a trip where the carpet gets wet, we park it under the carport without the top a day or 2 to let it dry.

I glassed down mahogany blocks for my seat bases and everywhere else something had to screw into the deck, so realistically there are no penetrations. You have to make sure your screws are shorter than your blocks though!

I can see that maybe around season 10 I'll have some wear in the high-traffic areas of my carpet, but if it gets bad enough, I'll pull it and replace it. I used a light application of spray-grade Weldwood contact cement to install my carpet.
 

Pmt133

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While I have you all here... my false floor up by the cabin. I cut it tight to the hull to the point I had to tap it to fit in place... will this cause any issues with hard spots and cracking or should I just send it?
 

Pmt133

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Didn't do a ton but was able to grind the deck clean and glass in some of the plugs. I'm off next on Monday so I'll hopefully get some more done then. There does seem to be a light nearing the end of the tunnel though.
 
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