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dhyams
09-21-2012, 08:53 AM
First post for me here; hello everyone ;)

First, a big thank you to all on the forum; I was able to replace my steering cable in my new-to-me Moomba because of the procedures and pictures posted in this forum.

This is a Moomba Mobius LSV 2005.

In the process of replacing the cable, I pulled up the floor. To get the floor out, I had to remove the layer of caulking around the edge of the floor. So, now that I'm putting the floor back in, is there a recommended product that I can use to recaulk/reseal the edges of the floor, where the floor meets the seats? What I pulled out was very rubbery in consistency and very hard to get out. But I'm not good with types of sealant/caulks, so I don't know what to buy in order to get this done.

Thanks all!

kaneboats
09-21-2012, 09:40 AM
Not familiar with that model, but isn't the water supposed to drain down into the bilge. I'm not sure what sealing it would accomplish.

ga-lsv05
09-21-2012, 09:48 AM
Aesthetics is all I can think of. His boat has snap out carpet so the the edges of the floor are visible

2005 mobius lsv 2900lbs ballast

mmandley
09-21-2012, 09:51 AM
Only thing i can think of is clear marine silicon sealant. This is very rubbery when dry, clear to the eye, and it might be there to help keep rattles and such down.

dhyams
09-21-2012, 04:07 PM
Well, I was just going to seal it because it was already sealed, and I was the one that tore it up. There is another black seal that runs around the edge of the flooring (I can take pics and post later) that looks like it is supposed to keep water from passing around the edges of the floor, but that has also deteriorated over time.

I woudn't think it would be OK to just leave it open and hope that water ends up in the bilge; there are no channels for the water to flow. It would just pool under the parts of the floor that is around the perimeter (i.e. not where the gas tank is). It also would tend to get under the under-seat carpet. I'd rather keep the drippings up top where I can wipe them out and dry them. I'm sure some water would make its way to the bilge, but there will be wetness in other areas all the time.

From what I can gather, it looks like I'll go with just white silicone sealant.

dhyams
09-21-2012, 11:59 PM
The deed is done. I'm the most horrible caulker in the world. :O

kaneboats
09-22-2012, 12:07 AM
Oh, no. You have to aspire to that title. My Dad is the worst caulker in the world, hands down. He once-- with all great intentions -- decided to caulk the entire air return in my house AC. My wife found him after several hours and unstuck him. He then wanted to wash his clothes in her new front loader washer. She took him out an bought him some new jeans and a new shirt and banished the clothes he was wearing to the black trash bag in the garage. So, you can aspire to be the worst caulker in the world, but you can't match the "Grandpa Billy got stuck in the air return" day. Hope you got 'er licked though.

dhyams
09-24-2012, 02:07 PM
Sorry, yeah, I can't top that! :D

dhyams
09-25-2012, 12:08 PM
OK, here are the floor pics. Not really that much to see, just that fact might be useful to someone...

I'll never quite understand why Moomba wire-tied the steering cable to the rest of the bundle. If that had not been the case, the floor wouldn't have needed to come off. I routed the new cable a bit to the side of the bundle and left it loose, so that if I ever need to do this again, the floor doesn't need to go.

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beat taco
09-30-2012, 03:03 PM
Oh, no. You have to aspire to that title. My Dad is the worst caulker in the world, hands down. He once-- with all great intentions -- decided to caulk the entire air return in my house AC. My wife found him after several hours and unstuck him. He then wanted to wash his clothes in her new front loader washer. She took him out an bought him some new jeans and a new shirt and banished the clothes he was wearing to the black trash bag in the garage. So, you can aspire to be the worst caulker in the world, but you can't match the "Grandpa Billy got stuck in the air return" day. Hope you got 'er licked though.

That's some good times right there!

jrobb
10-06-2012, 04:06 AM
Hey guy new to the forum i just picked up my new 2002 outback lsv today, of course just in time for winter. However i
have the same floor setup with the snap out carpet i am looking to pull the floor to see if there is any water trapped underneath by the gas tank. How hard was it to pull up. Do you just have to take out the screws and pull up. Thanks

dhyams
10-09-2012, 08:35 AM
The screws are easy...there's just some obvious ones that you can see holding the floor down, and there's some not so obvious ones that screw into the sides of the floor that are inside the seats. Make sure to get those too.

Where it gets nightmarish is that you have to dig out the silicone that was used to seal the edges of the floor, and then clean that stuff off enough (from both the floor and where the floor joins to the seats) to resilicone it all.

Personally, I don't want to ever have to do it again, and I would recommend that you don't if the only purpose is to explore. It took me 4-6 hours of work to dig the caulk out, clean things up, and recaulk.

jrobb
10-10-2012, 08:02 PM
great thanks after that i don't think that i will try and pull it until i have to i have been looking at it as well and realized
that it was going to be more of a job than i want to deal with for now. Good to have the info if i ever need to do it.
thanks