Perforated aluminum floor question

Discussion in 'Fishing Gear & Tackle' started by trapperBR549, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. trapperBR549

    trapperBR549 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2007
    mo
    If any of you guys have or know about a perf aluminum floor in a boat, can anybody tell me the specifications of the material? It comes in all different hole diameters, spacings, and thicknesses. I'm trying to figure out exactly what I am shopping for.
     
  2. Satch

    Satch Senior Member

    Aug 5, 2008
    Central MO
    Seems to me that a perforated floor on a boat would be about the same as putting a screen door on the bottom. Sink pretty fast:D

    Sorry, no real help here.
     

  3. trapperBR549

    trapperBR549 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2007
    mo

    I'm going to spray that stuff on it they advertise on infomercials. :D
     
  4. Meller

    Meller Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2008
    Small enough holes that you cant get your toe caught in
     
  5. trapperBR549

    trapperBR549 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2007
    mo
    Thanks. :eek::

    I was thinking around 3/16". Talked to one guy who thought most used 1/8".
    Another variable is how far apart they are spaced. It is normally expressed as the % of opening, like 40% open, etc.
    Last variable is thickness. I'm thinking .06-.09 but not sure. It will have braces welded a foot apart between the ribs.
     
  6. Bootheel Boy

    Bootheel Boy Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2012
    SEMO
    I think my friends has 3/16 inch holes and are really close together. The thickness of the metal between the holes is about the same as the width of a hole if that makes sense. Not sure on how thick the aluminum is but it doesn't flex when you step on it. His isn't braced as good as yours sounds to be. It makes a lightweight floor that is easy to wash out. My biggest complaint with his is the gaps around the side walls of the boat. Not big enough to hurt anything but large enough for hooks or crappie jigs to fall into.
     
  7. ducksNbucks

    ducksNbucks Senior Member

    Mar 13, 2011
    Lathrop, MO
    Mine is solid with a couple half inch drain holes in front of the back bench. Takes awhile to drain out when I wash it out.
     
  8. BackyardBandit

    BackyardBandit Don't mind me

    Jan 12, 2012
    West St. Louis Co.
    My buddy that has it in his jet boat said to go with 1/8" holes no smaller no bigger, and don't go with the thinnest stuff they sell. His is on 12" centers and is pushed down in the middle of each square.
     
  9. trapperBR549

    trapperBR549 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2007
    mo
    I talked to Dale at Eberlins and they sell 1/8" holes, 90ga. He said 12" braces between the ribs it will be fine. Sounds like the same info your buddy is saying.

    $320 for a 5'X10' sheet. Looks like I need 2 sheets. :eek:
     
  10. trapperBR549

    trapperBR549 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2007
    mo
    Thanks. I plan to put that rubber channel stuff around the edges so hopefully we can get it butted up pretty tight to the sides.
    I'm also still figuring out how many pedestal mounts I want to put in the floor and a general layout for them.

    We pulled everything (console, seats, etc) out the other night so now it is just a big open area and the sucker is huge. 2072 SeaArk and I believe the area we want to cover is 6'X10'.
     
  11. buckstop660

    buckstop660 Crossbow Specialist

    Jul 17, 2014
    NW Mo.
    I just bought a new Grizzly 2072 it has a solid floor with 3 holes around an inch each all just in front of the bench and it seems to drain very quickly. I even covered mine with a rubber mat except for those holes.
     
  12. henry

    henry Fan Boy aka Mr Twisty and

    Trap. I hope you realize that if you put aluminum floor in your boat it will get hot on sunny summer days. You might have to buy shoes.
     
  13. BackyardBandit

    BackyardBandit Don't mind me

    Jan 12, 2012
    West St. Louis Co.
    Yea I didn't want to mention that part.. I would call around to Shapiro and stuff. I may have a connection there if you are interested.
     
  14. trapperBR549

    trapperBR549 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2007
    mo
    I am interested. Eberlin was actually quite a bit cheaper than Haslag but haven't checked anywhere else yet.

    Henry, this perforated stuff stays a lot cooler than solid. I'm pretty sure I can put off buying shoes, at least until winter.
     
  15. callaojoe

    callaojoe Máistir an pointe hocht.

    Jan 21, 2004
    N/C Missouri
    I would think, you would have enough Stag beer cans laying around to make your own. :wave:
     
  16. trapperBR549

    trapperBR549 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2007
    mo
    Probably enough to build the whole boat. My boy is getting pretty good with the tig but probably not ready to build a boat yet. It would look pretty badass though. :eek::
     
  17. callaojoe

    callaojoe Máistir an pointe hocht.

    Jan 21, 2004
    N/C Missouri
    Surely there is a market for boats made out of empty stag beer cans... :thinking:
     
  18. Muleskinner

    Muleskinner Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2006
    Osage County
    Put braces from rib to rib along the edges of the boat . Or they will sag when you step there. Troutt has it and so does Cowtown if your shopping .
     
  19. Yahoo

    Yahoo Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2008
    St Charles
    Sounds like a cool project, I do like seaarks. My 2072 has a solid aluminum floor, no drain holes per say, but the edges had a small gap allowing water into the bottom and to go back. Share some pics, what is the planned use for the boat?

    If its an older one, mine is 2006, there is rubber on the inside of the top rail, that pulls out, and it is like the track systems they put on top now. I am going to use that opening (where they run wires) to make some rod holder mounts before I go to the rock in a few weeks. I also have some nice rubber floor mats with holes in them, I plan on cutting to fit the floor, and gluing carpet to the rubber mats, so I can remove if I want, or in, as that floor does get hot even though its light blue almost white
     
  20. henry

    henry Fan Boy aka Mr Twisty and


    They are in huge demand in the professional carp fishing circles.