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S&S Swan Maintenance - Replacement of floorboards
25 May 2016 - 21:43
Join Date: 01 February 2007
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Replacement of floorboards

I am considering replacing the original floorboards on my 411 which are now 39 years old. I would prefer a lighter wood finish and without the holy strips or any varnish type finish. So a natural finish.

Has anybody any experecne or thoughts of what can be done?

John B

Swan 411 01 

25 May 2016 - 22:58
Join Date: 20 March 2011
Posts: 88

Hi John

I have come across a composite panel called Coosa which looks promising. You can veneer the face of the panel, but since it is not a wood product it won't be necessary to balance the panel by veneering the back side as well.

They have a web site and might send out sample kits, or a boatyard may have some scraps so you can see what the product is. You will also need to address the edges, paint may be sufficient.

 Please let us all know what you decide, I'll be doing mine in the near future.

Good luck

Tony H 44 004 Hatha


26 May 2016 - 17:46
Join Date: 15 April 2011
Posts: 393

Hi John and Tony,

I used Coosa structural foam sheets for the fabrication of my new rudder, design thanks to the Professor, and behind the aft coaming where a previous owner had cut a hole but had not added necessary structural support.  Of course, a lot of new glass and epoxy added strength.  

The 3/4 inch structural foam I used worked similar to wood but has two layers of fiberglass so HS steel tools wear quickly and the dust seemed toxic to me; I used a respirator.

Chris Mabel's Casse Tete  43/003

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