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I'm a first time boat buyer. I'd like to know if vinyl flooring is better, safer or easier to maintain than marine carpet?

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    I'm a first time boat buyer. I'd like to know if vinyl flooring is better, safer or easier to maintain than marine carpet?

  • #2
    Not a boat owner myself, but a nice slimy fish on the vinyl followed by a bit of spray sounds awful slippery to me. I would want the carpet.

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    • #3
      My ex bro in law had a sea-ark that had the spray in vinyl floor. It was not slick as you might think and made cleanup a whole lot easier than carpet. I had a nice tracker 190tx with carpet and it was a b!tch to keep clean. I'll never have a boat with carpet again.

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      • #4
        Have you got any specifics on a boat you're looking at? Aluminum vs fiberglass? Floats boat? Bass boat? Off shore fishing? It would all make a difference in my eyes.

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        • #5
          Flats*** boat*

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          • #6
            To pray-hunt-work. I'm considering a 16ft aluminum Star Weld deep-v for lake fishing. Too many rocks in the Susquehanna River. My thanks to everyone else to date.

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            • #7
              I've got a boat with carpet, if I had it to do over I'd opt for vinyl. Carpet stains, vinyl rinses off.

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              • #8
                I have a 16 1/2 foot Alumacraft. The floor isn't marine carpet, not sure what the product is. It has a short rough finnish to it. It's pliable, washes up good and provides good traction when moving around in the boat. Cabela's handles it if you wanted to install yourself. Personally, I believe vinyl would be awful slick, perhaps causing slips or falls.

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                • #9
                  I have a family friend that put rhino liner(spray in truck bed liner) in the bottom of his "clamm digging" skiff. Which is aluminum, it was a little heavy, but worked awesome!!!! Washable, good traction, and durable! In a fiberglass situation I would recommend a product called non skid, which is similar to putting kitty-litter in the gel coat and rolling it on the floor. The only problem with non skid, is when you do fall, you need a skin graph. Good incentive to stay on your toes I guess! Good luck in what you buy!

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