So you planned out your jon boat floor, measured what you needed, and got your XPS foam situation handled. Now, you need to get that finishing touch upon your jon boat floor!
Plywood: Painted or Carpeted
It’s what I used for my jon boat floor and what I have experience with. I used it because it was cheap, lightweight, would be durable and last a long time, and easy for me to work on. I mainly used plywood for the floor of the jon boat, because I needed a strong, secure place to tie my longtail mud motor to when it wasn’t in use. (If you’re interested in longtail mud motors I have a very informative article here)Using the same paint I used for my casting/fishing deck, that was also made of plywood, my floor and fishing platform would match.
Workout / Gym mat
The mats I found were sticky-ish and I felt they wouldn’t clean the best if you got mud or silty grit on them. They were nice and squooshy which would be nice to stand on in rough water, but they just didn’t seem like a viable option to me, and I didn’t know how long they would last in the Florida sun. If you know someone who did it, or if you did your floor this way, please let me know.
Horse mat / Rubber mat
A few YouTube videos show them using the horse mat on top of the foam. It seemed great where you could take the mat off, along with the foam and clean under the floor as needed. In the Florida summer, I thought that black, rubber mat would really heat up and not be so nice, and I wanted a little more support, and sturdiness. It seemed like the rubber mat was pretty heavy also, and I couldn’t use it because I needed something to tie my longtail mud motor handle too.