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    I lost the inflatable floor for my dingy someplace while traveling. It costs more than the boat to have a new one shipped up here. So, I am left with making a new one, living without one, or buying a new one.

    It is a 11.5ft Aquamarine inflatable dingy with an inflatable keel.

    Has anybody made a floor? The rep at Aquamarine said he has never heard of it being done. I think he has been in Quebec too long, but that is just me. What do you think???

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    I made a replacement for my Achilles, and it was pretty straight forward. But I had the benefit of the old one for a pattern, plus the joint hardware. Marine ply, spar varnish, a skill saw and a screw driver. I doubt I would have taken it on if I didn't have the originals. Perhaps you can find someone local with the same boat as yours, then borrow their floorboards overnight?

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    Large cardboard boxes and a hot glue gun are your friends, just go ahead and start making patterns. If you screw up its only cardboard !! If it was winter i'd help ya get it done.

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    My current plan is to use an overly huge thermarest I have. It fits pretty good. We will see this weekend. $120 camp pad at REI. $400+ new floor without shipping from aquamarine. Sounds too good to be true.

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    I'd love to see if that works. Good luck. I sure hate lifting my wood floor dinghy up to the roof all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob B View Post
    I'd love to see if that works. Good luck. I sure hate lifting my wood floor dinghy up to the roof all the time.
    Use your electradyne. The armstrong method is for the birds!
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    I'm seriously trying to design a new davit for pulling pots that will extend up so I can pull the raft. I've been looking at other boats at the docks and have some pretty good ideas. That North River that Mel sells in the Valley has a pretty nice davit too.
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    We sure love the one we built. I think the weak point is "monohull''! Next step is a Good free drop windlass if I can make it fit with my set up. Pulling with a buoy while fishing is not a big deal, but pulling 100 pounds of ground tackle hand over hand each morning is getting old.
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    Ya, a davit would be nice. Mr. Armstrong is how we launch the raft and the Brutus line hauler for pots.

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    Daved, Check this out. Maybe it will work out for you.

    http://anchorage.craigslist.org/boa/3873850499.html
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