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    Well its time to get the boat ready and I can`t decide what to do for floor covering. Has anyone done gelcoat and antiskid? If so how did you like it?

    I`m leaning toward gelcoat and antiskid because I hate getting into a boat the day after ski-ing or partying at the beach and having the carpet still wet. Plus I think it would be a lot easier to keep clean, just hose it out instead of having to vacuum it. It would be a bit more prep work, but I think cost wise it would be cheaper than carpet and the last boat I carpeted I had problems getting the adhesive to hold. The only thing I haven`t figured out is what to do about where the seats touch the floor. The vinyl covering is going to wrap around the bottom edges of the seats......which wears slowly on carpet, but rubbing against gelcoat I think that is going to wear through quick and then start eating into the gelcoat. Any ideas for that?
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    Id go with carpet. If it doesn't stick its because you didn't prep it right or you used the wrong stuff.

    I hear you on the wet carpet the next day. Fix the leaks that are causing it, then all you have to deal with is people getting in & out. If it bothers you that much, soak up the excess water with a towel and hang it out to dry at the end of the day. Always store with the bow up.
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    Leaks.....If I have leaks the last thing I worry about is wet carpet. I tend to park in the water, not pull out every night.

    Its an ease of maintenance thing, I hate doing routine maintenance and it seems that gelcoat/antiskid would be easy to keep clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Body View Post
    Leaks.....If I have leaks the last thing I worry about is wet carpet. I tend to park in the water, not pull out every night.

    Its an ease of maintenance thing, I hate doing routine maintenance and it seems that gelcoat/antiskid would be easy to keep clean.

    It sounds like you have already made up your mind. However i would go carpet.. just my personal opinion.
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    In The Offshore Boat I Just Have Non-skid, But I'm Always In Thongs Or T-shoes. In The New River Boat It Comes With Non-skid Already And I Chose To Put A Carpet Kit In. It Just Seams Easier On The Bare Feet, But It Is A Removable Kit So If I Do Need To Do A Good Cleaning Just Yank It Out...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Body View Post
    I hate getting into a boat the day after ski-ing or partying at the beach and having the carpet still wet. Any ideas for that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandeggo View Post
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    the ensueing fire would likely be extinguished by the sinking however

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    i dont care who you are, that right there is funny. coffee almost came out my nose

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Body View Post
    Leaks.....If I have leaks the last thing I worry about is wet carpet. I tend to park in the water, not pull out every night.

    Its an ease of maintenance thing, I hate doing routine maintenance and it seems that gelcoat/antiskid would be easy to keep clean.
    I've got the gelcoat/antiskid floor in mine, I love it.

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    this winter ill be doing nonskid on the floor next to the bilge area and smooth under the engine in the bilge area. ill keep carpet up front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delemorte View Post
    It sounds like you have already made up your mind. However i would go carpet.. just my personal opinion.
    I`m still deciding. It would be easier to go carpet and I think it would look better, but on the other hand its faster and less work to keep antiskid clean. I like to try and make the toys as maintenance and upkeep free as possible. Because I would rather be out on the lake than detailing the boat. Right now I`m thinking I might use a less expensive carpet and then I can always pull it back out later if I decide to go antiskid.
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