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My Old Boat

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My Old Boat

Having a bit of time to myself today in this cold weather, I thought I would share the latest project on my old boat. 1996 Starcraft  17 footer. 20 year old nasty, smelly, worn out carpet. Time to rip it out !

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Pulled the center floor section out completely to get a look at the fuel tank and under floor structure.

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Starting to lay in the new heavy non skid vinyl from Great lakes Skipper. The only seam is under the front seat pedestal bases.  The center section was wrapped separately and Installed. No seams on the sidewalls, one piece up to the rod lockers.

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Very happy with the finished product.

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When the hull was open, did you check the rivets for leaks by filling the boat with water?

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Nice pics and Great Job! I hope this inspires someone to do this job on their own rig. I did it 5 years ago, but also had to replace all of the plywood. As long as I was going to go that far, I coated top and bottom (2 coats on the edges) all wood with West System epoxy. Added about $75 to the cost, but great insurance against further rot. Old plywood was so rotten it peeled away from the back of the carpet which allowed me to reuse it. Looks good, not rot or smell, but I feel it was a BIG mistake. New nonslip vinyl is the way to go for a fishing boat and I should have done it when the floor was already prepped.

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Great job! You should be proud. Now it's time to put some fish in it when mother nature allows. Enjoy!!!

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Looks great. I hate my carpet in my lowe 185. What's the cost and time to do this sort of project if I only do from the windshield back and leave the bow as carpet? what size pieces do the non slip vynil come in? Are they set down with adhesive?

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Looks Great!  Good Job... Im going to do the same thing at some point in time to my Starcraft Fishmaster, but I have vinyl and its going to be tricky!  All of the vinyl on my boat is wrapped around the edges of the metal of course so therefore many rivets will need to be drilled out to access certain areas.  Id love to talk to someone who has actually done it on a similar boat.

 

Nice Job!

 

Jim

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Work2fish, that non skid vinyl comes off of rolls usually in 6' widths. It is glued on topside and stapled on underside of panels that you remove. I'm sure most marine catalogs carry it but Cabela's did the last time I ordered.

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Work2fish, that non skid vinyl comes off of rolls usually in 6' widths. It is glued on topside and stapled on underside of panels that you remove. I'm sure most marine catalogs carry it but Cabela's did the last time I ordered.


It's just called non skid vinyl? I am doing my boat interior this winter after tapping season end. And am torn between vinyl and carpet. I like idea of carpet but don't wait it to hold water. My boat is a family boat I fish out of. So swimming is always done in it. So getting in and out soaked is common...and any suggestions?

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It is a tough, tear resistant vinyl. You can cut it with heavy shears to fit your needs. It will be ideal for your needs as an alternative to carpet. 


What do you do just towel dry the floor when it's wet?

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Stoneam2006, you can towel dry it if you wish, but by its very design it has good traction when wet. On days when you would actually consider swimming, it will dry fast via sunlight. In all cases, it will not absorb water like carpet, and dry much faster.

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Stoneam2006, you can towel dry it if you wish, but by its very design it has good traction when wet. On days when you would actually consider swimming, it will dry fast via sunlight. In all cases, it will not absorb water like carpet, and dry much faster.


Thank you I requested some samples off online retailer to see what I'm working with. Appreciate the info

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That is a beautiful time consuming job.

I did it with my islander ,but I used the wrong glue and I had to tear it all out again.

For now I am thinking of a garage floor mat that I saw in Costco,

It is a heavy duty vinyl that comes in a 7.5 by 17 roll for $149. I won't even glue it down . Just cut the right size and lay it in there.

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It's just called non skid vinyl? I am doing my boat interior this winter after tapping season end. And am torn between vinyl and carpet. I like idea of carpet but don't wait it to hold water. My boat is a family boat I fish out of. So swimming is always done in it. So getting in and out soaked is common...and any suggestions?

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I hate my carpet. Covered in Salmon slime, blood stains and holds water. I will for sure replace to the vinyl. Just looking at cost and whether I can do it or not myself.

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I hate my carpet. Covered in Salmon slime, blood stains and holds water. I will for sure replace to the vinyl. Just looking at cost and whether I can do it or not myself.

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Yea I was looking at prices today...looks like between 6 and 12 bucks a linear foot on 6 or 8.5 wide

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Great job JD:yes: 

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Thanks for all the compliments.

Two important things about this project:

 

GET SAMPLES!  not all the "non skid marine vinyl" out there is non skid. I used the stuff Cabelas sells for another project, and is slippery when wet compared to the stuff I put down.

I used Decrite MariDeck 25Mil vinyl, the color I used is call "kingfisher"  81/2' x 10' delivered was $136.00

There are many products and vendors out there, so get the free samples and decide for yourself.

 

Marine vinyl flooring has a "grain" much like carpet. If you install the pieces every which way, you will see it in the finished product. I marked each piece I cut with an arrow on the back pointing to the bow so they would lay facing the same way. Indoor / outdoor carpet glue from the home center has always worked for me.  

 

Running the vinyl across the floor and up the sidewall in one piece was a challenge, but worth the effort. Cut oversize and trim as you go. Slow and steady works best .

   

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Thanks for all the compliments.
Two important things about this project:
 
GET SAMPLES!  not all the "non skid marine vinyl" out there is non skid. I used the stuff Cabelas sells for another project, and is slippery when wet compared to the stuff I put down.
I used Decrite MariDeck 25Mil vinyl, the color I used is call "kingfisher"  81/2' x 10' delivered was $136.00
There are many products and vendors out there, so get the free samples and decide for yourself.
 
Marine vinyl flooring has a "grain" much like carpet. If you install the pieces every which way, you will see it in the finished product. I marked each piece I cut with an arrow on the back pointing to the bow so they would lay facing the same way. Indoor / outdoor carpet glue from the home center has always worked for me.  
 
Running the vinyl across the floor and up the sidewall in one piece was a challenge, but worth the effort. Cut oversize and trim as you go. Slow and steady works best .
   


Awesome advice thanks

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I did my old boat 3 years ago, but i did the whole thing, took all winter. I went through lots of carpet and glue. i like the vinyl better than the carpet, when I bought my new boat I got it with the vinyl. heres what the old boat looked like when i was done.

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Can't really tell from the picture if the storage compartment has a divider/support brace made out of pressure treated lumber. If so, that is a not to be used with aluminum. Other than that it looks great !

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