Let's discuss cockpit carpet / rug runners replacement

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Boat Guy, May 20, 2018.

  1. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    Hey guys,

    My carpet runners have had their last season. So time to replace. I remember going on a boat at a boat show a few years back and walking on this type of sisal seagrass mats. They felt great. I'm guessing the backing had something to do with it too.

    I know several of you have gone down this road and I thought I would see about recommendations / price, and how yours are holding up.

    I'm not opposed to getting a roll and doing the cuts. I have my carpets as a guide.

    400DA if anyone is interested... synthesis boat in summer seagrass.jpg
  2. tony1b2000

    tony1b2000 Active Member

    Oct 10, 2007
    Salem MA
    350 Sundancer 2010
    496 Mag Seacore Mercruiser , Bravo III
    I am on my 4th boat and "NO WAY" will I ever put carpet back in my boat.
    When it gets wet, takes forever to dry. Stains easily, smells like a wet dog!

    I purchase Luxury Woven Vinyl 2 years ago. Unreal! Used my carpets as a template. Cuts easily with a pair of scissors. Test fit, cut again for perfect fit! Took all the pieces to a local shop and had them bind the edges $100. Installed snaps on them where the carpet snaps were left on the boat.

    Check out the selection. https://infinitylwv.com/

    If my wife and I can do it, trust me you can!

    I boat in Mass. So I don't know how well it will hold up in Florida climates....
  3. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    If you’re talking about the removeable cockpit carpet in your picture, I installed it on my 410 Sundancer last year and it still looks new. Its easy to clean, dries quickly and you still have the benefit of being able to remove it when you want.
    I just clean it when I wash the rest of the boat with the same soft brush and boat soap then rinse it just like I rinse the boat itself.
    The one and only downside to it is that it gets very hot on bare feet in direct sunlight, but I’ve found it easy to work around that and a small price to pay for a great product.
    I suppose you could use it as a runner in the cabin too if you want. I’ve got canvas for that purpose and the vinyl stuff would probably be a lot more money.
    Mine is made by a forum sponsor and I placed the order through a regular poster here.
    They cut it according to templates and bind the edges with sunbrella canvas.
    Really nice workmanship.
    Last edited: May 20, 2018
  4. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    I have the Infinity woven vinyl. I agree with JVM225. Many advantages over carpet but it does get VERY hot in direct sunlight. I also find it to be slippery after it gets wet.
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  5. sandydlc

    sandydlc Active Member

    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    Swift Trawler 50
    Volve IPS D6
    We opted for a high quality berber to replace our cockpit carpet in our 450 DA.


    The way our cockpit is configured our carpet just doesn't get wet (we're not doing any lake boating and no young kids aboard who are swimming). We like to walk around with bare feet in the summer and I was concerned about the vinyl getting hot, plus my husband just prefers the berber. Since it has the updated backing (not that awful black stuff) I think we'll be good to go for as long as we own this boat.
  6. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    Back Cove 37
    AB Ventus 9VL
    Cummins QSC 8.3 600
    I got the same stuff 2-3 years ago. The better backing is huge. I considered some of the weave stuff, but my Admiral didn't care for it. I've found that the aquamat doesn't stay too wet from the kids swimming- dries much faster than the old carpet. I also had some cuts made so I can remove a section by the door so they don't drip on that one area.

    I would suggest when making new cockpit flooring to use a template vs. old carpet. The old carpet can shrink; I compared my new carpet made from a template to my old carpet and there was significant difference.
  7. sandydlc

    sandydlc Active Member

    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    Swift Trawler 50
    Volve IPS D6
    Good point. We decided to spend a little more and have an installer do the whole job. We replaced the carpet in our Chaparral using a template and it was off just enough that it was annoying but not enough to re-cut and have the edging redone. When ours is all done I'll post some pics.
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  8. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    Back Cove 37
    AB Ventus 9VL
    Cummins QSC 8.3 600
    I did the template myself and spent a lot of time making sure it was right. My carpet fit perfectly according to the template. Better than the original, in fact.
  9. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    Yep, I think I said sisal, but I think the product is vinyl to look like seagrass... I don't think it's a natural product...I'm concerned about the heat but it's not likely under to direct sunlight.

    I wonder what's the best price. I might call a carpet place tomorrow and see if it's something they stock.
  10. hakunamatata

    hakunamatata Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    Southport Marina - Kenosha WI - Lake Michigan
    410 Sundancer
    Caterpillar 3126
    We went the Vinyl route as well. Went with the synthetic teak from Corinthian Marine(site sponsor) after one season it has held up find. We decided to add a few additional pieces as the SR standard pattern for our boat left a bit more glass showing then we liked...always felt unfinished. Cleaning it is a breeze, and yes, it does get a little hot in the summer, but we have worked around this as well. I don't think I will ever go back to carpet.
  11. M Prod

    M Prod Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Zodiac Cadet w/FCT console Yamaha F20
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    We did the Aquaweave from Corinthian and love it. Feels great on the feet, dries fast, easy to clean, and looks really sharp IMO. We took the boat out for the weekend this past weekend, and got several compliments on it at the marinas we stopped over at. As JVM stated, it does get hot in direct sun, but my comfy boat shoes solve that dilemma.

    Pics in this thread: http://www.clubsearay.com/index.php?threads/new-aqua-weave-carpet.87346/
    Last edited: May 22, 2018
  12. Zim

    Zim Active Member

    Jan 16, 2018
    2012 Sea ray sundancer 310
    Twin merc
    My carpets were shot as well, decided to go with the pcv teak install. Took them about 3 days to cut, install and seal. Looks like a million bucks now. Doesn't stain and cleans easily.
  13. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys.... Most certainly going the vinyl route... Though any thoughts on the backing? I can see the backing being an important issue.

    How about price?
  14. Todd320

    Todd320 Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    After my old boat’s carpet was a mess to clean and dry, we love just straight up non-skid fiberglass. Easy to clean, never gets hot, and costs $0! Granted, does not look as nice as the floorings mentioned above, but the easy cleanup, and the no heat on the feet (in Florida), makes it our favorite option.
  15. Carbo

    Carbo Member

    Nov 15, 2011
    2014 48Cantius
    Volvo Penta D6 IPS
    If we're talking the cockpit and swim platform, I'm surprised no one has mentioned using SeaDek.
  16. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport
    2008 Monaco Cayman 35' Class A Diesel Pusher
    40hp 2-Stroke Evinrude
    350hp Cummins diesel
    Why not do what I did? A couple of boats ago I got tired of picking up that black crap from the back of the carpets so I pulled them all out, tossed 'em in the trash and have lived happily ever after without carpets in the cockpit and flybridge.
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  17. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    Back Cove 37
    AB Ventus 9VL
    Cummins QSC 8.3 600
    I see the appeal of a clean deck, but some folks want a bit of softness underfoot. That was my decision when I replaced the original berber with an upgraded version. No more black backing problems

    My inlaws are shopping for new "carpet" right now, as they want some softness too. They are looking at the vinyl products because 11 swimming grandkids drip a lot of water on the deck.

    My other consideration was if I took out the carpet I would be left with about 35 toe-catching, barefoot-hurting snap fasteners. I didn't feel like removing them and patching all the holes.
  18. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    I see your point.... I pulled my carpet and I'm just on decking now and it's easy and nice. But, a bit difficult to keep clean. Also, I don't want to damage the deck.... No problem for temporary solution, but I just think the vinyl will protect / hold up well / look nice.... Don't mind paying, just want to make sure I'm paying a good price....
  19. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Several of us in the 40 Sedan Bridge thread put the Infinity luxury vinyl in our cockpit and bridge. Most of us just bought a roll of it and cut it to fit wall to wall. I just lay mine down. No glue or snaps. It doesn't move. I also replaced the stateroom and companionway carpet with it. Again, I just cut it wall to wall and lay it down. So much nicer and forgiving than carpet. Doesn't stain or mold. And so many patterns and colors to choose from.
  20. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    The Corinthian product I got gave me the option of using Velcro to keep it down instead of installing snaps. My boat never had snap in carpet.
    They put the Velcro circles (about 1 1/2” diameter) every few feet around the edges. I had it all last season and it never moved.

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