I just purchased my families first boat after many hours of research and hunting. I finally decided on a clean 1999 1800 SR for my family of three. I have been in charge of driving and maintaining my parents boat for two seasons, and it was time we got our own. I'm from PA and was required to pass the boating license exam, which proved to be very interesting and useful.
Our 1800 SR has the 3.0L 4cyl. Merc 135hp I/O engine. We do a lot of knee-boarding and tubing, not so much skiing or wake-boarding. The reason I decided on this boat was the length was perfect for us, we wanted an open bow, and the smaller 3.0L engine should be good on gas with the rising cost of fuel.
I was initially looking for a sport boat with a fiberglass floor to dodge any issues with weak flooring. I found that was not a reality in our class of boat and price range. The boat we purchased has been garage kept and has a solid wooden floor, and we plan to store it in a warehouse for winters. What are some tips to keeping the floor solid, besides the obvious "don't let it stay wet"? The only issues with the boat are some interior tears, nothing major, but an eyesore. What is the best way to prevent these tears from becoming larger, short of reupholstering?
I am fairly new to the boating community and I'm looking for any tips you all can offer pertaining to this model?
Thank you for any information you can offer.