interior of your boat is obviously an important factor in the enjoyment
of your time onboard, as it's where your going to be spending a lot of your
time when not piloting the barge.In
this section of the site, we cover the wall and floor linings, and what
your options are.
When installing a floor above the ballast in the base of your boat, you
should ensure that you provide an adequately strong base which will be able
to bear the weight of the all the fittings, appliances and general wear
and tear from people moving about in the boat. Several flooring materials
are available, each with distinct advantages and disadvantages. These are
The cheapest option at around £16 per 8 foot by 4 foot sheet, but
will absorb water and start to crumble easily. Chipboard is also hard to
cut to shape, which may make installation tough.
This is the type of wood which is used to temporarily board up windows and
for rough building work. Costs around £30 per sheet, but provides
an uneven surface, and may have weak points which will bend under your weight
if they are positioned in a high load area, such as those below main hatchways.
A tougher quality plywood which uses a higher quality glue to hold each
of the laminates in the wood together. This type of plywood is known as
"Weather and Boil Proof" so is suitable for most out door uses,
and is better able to withstand the water that it may come in touch with
onboard. The surface of this type of ply is much smoother, and of a higher
standard, but costs around £40 per sheet.
Designed for use on off shore craft where the durability of the wood is
of great importance, this may be overkill for a narrow boat, but is still
a consideration for a long lasting flooring. Costs around £60 per
Timber Floor Boards
A very expensive option, but provides a high quality finish if installed
correctly. You will not need carpet when you've laid these! It may however
be worth using them only in areas where you will notice the difference,
such as the lounge and galley, due to the high cost of such a material.
The Hull and Cabin Sides
Once the floor is finished, the next job is to line the hull and cabin walls.
This will be achieves by fixing battens to the steal stiffeners along the
side of the hull (or gluing them directly to the hull surface), and then
fixing wooden panels to them. The battens you fit to the stiffeners can
be screwed or Hilti Gunned on, or if your hull does not have stiffeners,
you may be able to glue using a very strong adhesive, directly to the hull.
Around portholes, it is preferable to use a sheet of plywood cut to shape,
as this will give you the uniform surface required to fit window frames.
the correct wood:
Not only will you need to decide on the most appropriate type of wood for
lining the interior of your boat, but also whether you need it in flat panels
or tongue and grooved boards.