I'm in the lengthy process of rehabilitating the interior (to be followed by the exterior) of my 1967 42 Chris Craft Commander.
I purchased 1/4" teak and holly plywood to use for the sole in all areas except the salon and aft cabin. I have made templates, and cut everything out... the last piece... finishing it and installing it. I've been told that varnish will be too soft, and that a polyurethane is my best bet. So a few questions:
1. What would be the best way to adhear the plywood to my existing factory plywood flooring?
2. Is polyurethane the way to go for my interior plywood sole?
3. How many coats of polyurethane should be applied?
4. IS varnish too "soft" to take the abuse of long term foot traffic.
5. Product recommendations?
6. Am I missing anything?
I am still considering whether or not I want to have a gloss finish or a satin finish. I've used Epifanes Clear Gloss, finished with two coats of Epifanes Rubbed effect on all of the other woodwork. Just not sure if I should carry the "satin" finish to the floors or not.
I should probably mention that the boat will do temperature extremes. the boat is moored in northern Iowa... subjected to 120 degree interior temps in the summer (during the week when we are not there), and sub zero temps in the winter. I have two kids that will grow up on this boat, and so the floors need to take some abuse.
Thanks in advance for the advice/experiences...
1967 42 Commander