PDA

View Full Version : Marine carpet alternative suggestions -- vinyl??



GoVols
06-18-2014, 07:41 AM
So, we're tired of having to scrub the mildew out of the rear carpet on our boat. The carpet stays wet a lot because the rear of my boat sticks out of the slip and is exposed to the elements year-round. I'm going to add a gutter to the roof of my slip to keep the morning dew off the boat, which will help.

At any rate, I need to replace the cheapo carpet on the back of the boat. I'm interested in non-carpet options, like vinyl flooring.

Can any of you share any experience with non-carpet flooring? What brands are best and how much do they run per foot?

A carpet installer told me I could get a good quality marine carpet for $1.25 sq ft and I need about 330 sq ft for the rear of the boat. Seems OK, but I'm still interested in vinyl.

Bamby
06-18-2014, 08:13 AM
Has a pontoon boat special ordered with vinyl and loved it. Have a length of new marine vinyl in the basement awaiting installation on the front and back deck of our current boat. This vinyl came from Bill5500 (http://springfieldmo.ebayclassifieds.com/parts-accessories/salem/marine-indoor-outdoor-vinyl-flooring-textured/?ad=1006963) and it appears the price we paid awhile back is still holding. We got the tan for our boat but the Teak look would make for a pretty upgrade for more money of course. My concern for your use would be seams, but if it could be installed seam free IMHO it would be a no brainer. ;)

easttnboater
06-18-2014, 09:46 AM
Just be ready to spend the time and/or money to remove all of the carpet glue.

capnlazy
06-18-2014, 10:08 AM
Have you considered Durabak or Rhinoliner (truck bed liner)? Just roll it on. They also make a plastic type mesh for use around swimming pools. Drains much better than carpet and is UV resistant. I can't remember what it's called but looks like really thin colored spaghetti ;-)

GoVols
06-18-2014, 02:23 PM
Bamby, that's some nice lookin' stuff there! That's exactly what I had in mind for my rear deck! I sent the guy an e-mail. It says $0.90 per linear ft. How does that translate to sq ft cost?

Bamby
06-18-2014, 02:36 PM
Bamby, that's some nice lookin' stuff there! That's exactly what I had in mind for my rear deck! I sent the guy an e-mail. It says $0.90 per linear ft. How does that translate to sq ft cost?

It's 9 dollars a foot (see link above) which is 8'6" wide which = out to be about 90 cents per sq. foot. It's nice stuff it sort of reminds you of short carpet with it's texture and there is some sort of fabric backing on the bottom side of the vinyl.

OLD HOUSEBOATER
06-18-2014, 07:45 PM
Carpet is cheap, looks good, is not slippery,and is easy on the feet. Lasts 4 to 7 years. Why would ou want anything else. How long are you going to own the boat?

Jeepster04
06-19-2014, 05:07 AM
Do you know how miserable it is to replace carpet on a bigger houseboat? It days days to scrapping and grinding to get the old carpet and glue off. Why would I want to do that every 4-7 years?

Two things that are poorly designed on houseboats. Gel coating the roof and putting carpet on something that is wet 90% of the time. I would be all for some sort of vinyl flooring.

GoVols
06-19-2014, 08:44 AM
I really like the vinyl teak material the best. Problem is, the guy selling it doesn't know who makes it or much about the material in general. Unless I can reasearch and get comfortable with what I'm buying 1st, it's no deal.

Point of getting vinyl, as I said initially, is because we're tired of the mildew growing in the carpet and having to scrub it out a couple times a month. Vinyl doesn't have that issue.

Endurance
06-19-2014, 11:36 AM
GoVols, I don't remember if you have a hull or pontoons. If you have pontoons, Trex or a similar product is great and easy to use a washdown hose to clean.

captmark
06-19-2014, 12:59 PM
I have the top of our boat carpeted with cheapo Home Depot .30 cents a sq ft indoor-outdoor carpet. I have found that the areas that are shaded get moldy but the rest exposed to rain and sun all day stay mold-free. I have the same stuff on our swim platform and no problems. I did spray down our trex deck with that stuff they sell to remove mold and algae from shingle roofs. I also sprayed it on the carpet. It takes a couple of weeks to work it's magic but it is magic. It ate the black algae off the deck I had difficulty removing with a wire brush. I'm told the active ingredient is the same stuff in Lysol and Bactine???

OLD HOUSEBOATER
06-19-2014, 01:12 PM
Yep, we had 7 houseboats. When I put down new carpet I scraped off what I could, put another coat of glue down and relaid the carpet. Never saw a need to grind anything down dead smooth. Never kept a boat long enough to put down a second carpet job.

[QUOTE=Jeepster04;3588]Do you know how miserable it is to replace carpet on a bigger houseboat? It days days to scrapping and grinding to get the old carpet and glue off. Why would I want to do that every 4-7 years?

GoVols
06-19-2014, 02:10 PM
Endurance,
It's a pontoon boat, so I have a channel lock aluminum deck. I'll check that product out. Thanks!

GoVols
06-20-2014, 07:40 AM
Hey Bamby,
You guys bought that teak material from that guy, but you haven't installed it yet? Can you give me your impressions on the material? I'm very currious about the material b/c that's exactly what I want. i'm looking at spending close to $600 for just the materials + shipping. I'm wondering if I should quit day dreaming about this already and move along to something else. I'm wondering if it's comperable to the Aqua Tread material.
http://www.pontoonspecialists.com/p-918-aqua-tread-marine-flooring.aspx

What do you think?

42gibson
06-20-2014, 04:54 PM
have you looked at nautolex or marideck vinyl flooring? I've used it on 3 pontoon type houseboat decks with good results.the one I did in 2000 still has the same nautolex on it and still looks good

GoVols
06-23-2014, 10:37 AM
Thanks for the suggestion 42Gibson. After seeing how much SeaDeck, Plasteak, Flexiteak would cost, I'm back-peddling a bit. They were all around $3.5K just for the material!

I looked at the Nautolex and I really like the Sandstone color. Does this stuff get hot in the sun? I'm also having a hard time finding a local place that can sell it and their website is far less than helpfull to find a distributor. S&H will be terrible on this due to size and weight.

42gibson
06-23-2014, 12:57 PM
Thanks for the suggestion 42Gibson. After seeing how much SeaDeck, Plasteak, Flexiteak would cost, I'm back-peddling a bit. They were all around $3.5K just for the material!

I looked at the Nautolex and I really like the Sandstone color. Does this stuff get hot in the sun? I'm also having a hard time finding a local place that can sell it and their website is far less than helpfull to find a distributor. S&H will be terrible on this due to size and weight.

we got it from defender just because we could get it in 72" width. I had the dark on 2 boats just because it didn't show dirt but a friend put the "natural" on his and loves it.by the way,i never had any trouble with it getting hot enough that we couldn't walk on it barefooted.granted,it will get warm but not scorching hot. I just looked on e-bay and found several places selling it by the foot with very reasonable shipping.you can also go to "defender" and they will send you color samples. I hope this helps you.

OLD HOUSEBOATER
06-23-2014, 05:46 PM
Another alternative that worked well for us years ago is INTERLUX "non skid poly deck" compound. You mix it with your favorite deck paint. It is easy on the feet and washes up well. This is NOT a sand compound. It lasts about 3 years and then all you do is a recoat. We used this on the decks of steel boats with excellent results. When doing decks stick to light colors. Dark decks will burn your feet.

Bamby
06-24-2014, 07:48 AM
Hey Bamby,
You guys bought that teak material from that guy, but you haven't installed it yet? Can you give me your impressions on the material? I'm very currious about the material b/c that's exactly what I want. i'm looking at spending close to $600 for just the materials + shipping. I'm wondering if I should quit day dreaming about this already and move along to something else. I'm wondering if it's comperable to the Aqua Tread material.
http://www.pontoonspecialists.com/p-918-aqua-tread-marine-flooring.aspx

What do you think?

Sorry about getting back to you but we've been on our boat. Anyway we purchased the sandstone vinyl he's offering at 9 dollars a foot. But there are other options for vinyl flooring out there. Here's a site that sells Marideck (http://www.restorepontoon.com/pontoon/pc/Vinyl-Pontoon-Flooring-c88.htm) which is a recognized brand and shipping is built into the price. And here is another site that sells vinyl flooring (http://www.pontoonstuff.com/collections/pontoon-boat-carpet-flooring/products/pontoon-boat-vinyl-flooring) by the foot with free shipping, Yea sure. And as far as getting hot, on our previous pontoon boat we had it and I can't remember it ever getting nearly as warm as some dark green marine carpet that had be two stepping it last weekend. Carpet is cooler my a$$...

Radiowaves
06-25-2014, 02:19 PM
We have used a product called Wet & Forget from Lowes. Just mix it up is a sprayer and soak the carpet, repeat twice a year and no more mold mildew or slime.

Stmbtwle
06-26-2014, 05:05 PM
I'd be really tempted to go with plain old PAINT. Price is right, easy to clean, available in the color of your choice, doesn't usually mildew. Works for me!