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I guess I like the idea of carpet for the feel and the footing. I just have the vision of slipping on wet vinyl. I know the vinyl would be easier to clean, but the comfort of carpet suits me better.

I am currently waiting on samples from a couple marine suppliers. The one I like from Cabelas is backordered 4-5 weeks and I cant wait that long, so I am looking elsewhere.

I did look at Lowes and Home Depot today and found some decent outdoor carpet w/marine backing at HD. Good color and decent price, 16oz. weight w/ 4 year warranty, but I am going to compare it with the samples when they arrive later this week (I hope).

This total rehab (floor, carpet and paint) is a bigger project than I had anticipated time and $ wise. Usually I am out on Canandaigua several times by now. Its killing me. I guess I should have started in Febuary, o'well.

Thanks for the input guys!

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LT I can assure you that the "slipping" is not a problem. It has a bit of a bumpy surface but I have had it in my boat for 13 years now and I ski/board some too and we always have bare feet that feel good ;) .

It won't retain the fish smell either :shock: Just more food for thought.

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My last boat (19' Princecraft) have the same floor Fishinman is talking about. The stuff is great. The only time it gets slippery is after a doulbe of slimers on the floor. The stuff will last way longer than carpet and will not hold odors.

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You guys are starting to make me think twice about the carpet. I'll make up my mind this weekend, so I can hopefully get this job wrapped up before next weekend or the following one at the latest.

The fish are waiting!

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Fishinman, Is it Nautolex vinyl from Defenders? It looks pretty good and reasonable $ wise.

I just got my epoxy so I am going to try and get the plywood floor coated this weekend, and be ready to cover it later next week.

I'll keep you posted.

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Yes it is the Nautolex. Evil I turned me on to using 3-M spray on glue. It worked great and was about like $9 - $11 a can at home depot. It comes in 70, 80 or 90. Use the 80 or 90 I used almost 2 cans to do my floor. Spray it on the floor and on the back of the vinyl wait about 3 minutes then just press it on. Not to messy and holds great :D.

LT are you in Rochester?

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Hey I just re-carpeted my boat and replaced a bunch of missing rivets and it was a huge pain in the rear. I called around for quotes on the job before I started and was very surprised how much a person charges to replace all the carpet in a boat. So I thought it can't be that hard I try it myself. It was a nightmare, the worst part had to be trying to remove the deck to clean them up and re-carpet them. All the screws holding them down were self tapping screws and as soon as you hit em with the screw gun they would strip. Some I had to drill out, others I had to pry out with a pry bar. I also used the trowel on adhesive for most of it, but after I tried the 3M spray adhesive I'd never use the other stuff. The 3M adhesive had a much higher initial tack and seems to hold better. Also I learned that I should of used a carpet of the same thickness or thinner because just the slightly thicker/ nicer carpet made for some very tight fitting pieces and doors. Oh and I tried to go with all stainless with the new fasteners including the self tappers to re-attach the decks and that can add up in a hurry too. It would be nice if someone could post a picture of a finished boat done in vinyl. I don't think I would ever do mine again in carpet. The vinyl sure sounds like the way go. Good luck

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