Anyone use woven vinyl for swim platform?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by TitanTn, Feb 17, 2018.

  1. TitanTn

    TitanTn Member

    274
    Jul 12, 2015
    Chattanooga, TN
    1986 Saltare, 1998 400 Express
    454 direct drive; twin 3116TA
    I'm in the process of installing some woven vinyl in the cockpit. I've been considering some Sea Dek type material on the swim platform, but the woven vinyl installer was obviously pushing his product. Anyone done this? It's completely waterproof, cheaper, but I'd have to install snaps. Thoughts?

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  2. Steve S

    Steve S Active Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    630
    Jun 5, 2007
    Northern IL.
    2000 400 Sedan Bridge with twin CAT 3116's

    2000 340 Sundancer - SOLD!
    210 Monaco 1987 - SOLD!
    Twin Caterpillar 3116's 350 HP straight drives
    I have read (here on CSR) where some of these woven vinyls are very hot on the feet when used on the swim platform. I would check that out. There are reasons Sea Deck costs what it does...
     
  3. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    786
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Love it.

    Who's doing your carpet? Rug Pilot?

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  4. flyboycj84

    flyboycj84 New Member

    18
    Feb 20, 2014
    Merritt Island FL
    1997 185 BR
    4.3
    I’m on my 2nd boat w LWV in Florida. Not hot at all in the sun. Nothing like plasdeck or similar......I’m also debating on a swimdeck install, I do have enough leftover material for it.
     
  5. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
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  6. marks737

    marks737 Member

    217
    Sep 15, 2009
    NJ
    2002 310 Sundancer
    350 Mag MPI V-Drives
    I personally wouldn't use it on the swim platform. Would go for a permanent material like SeaDEk which wouldn't move and looks more aesthetically pleasing. Just my opinion.
     
  7. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    I have infinity on bridge, cockpit and steps. I chose not to put it on platform. Personally I think platform is best left factory natural as I consider it part of the hull not part of the living space. Plus I boat in waters that turn platform brown. Constantly cleaning that water staining off the fiberglass platform. Also I have a dingy on there and so it's covered up.
     
  8. TitanTn

    TitanTn Member

    274
    Jul 12, 2015
    Chattanooga, TN
    1986 Saltare, 1998 400 Express
    454 direct drive; twin 3116TA
    Thanks guys - appreciate the feedback. So some say it's hot and some say it's not. I'm not too concerned about that part because I have the 2 level platform that came on the 400s and the lower one will pretty much always be wet. I realize I could go without snaps in the cockpit, but I will have to go with snaps on the swim platform. At least the lower one. I do like the look of Sea Dek, but this stuff looks pretty good too and I would think the continuity from swim platform to cockpit would look nice with the same material. One small thing I'm concerned about is the installers ability to match every curve perfectly. I think that'll be easier with the templating process of Sea Dek, but not as much with the "cut on location" process of woven vinyl. I'm still undecided. Any other thoughts?

    And yes, I'm using Rug Pilot.
     
  9. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Infinity woven pvc does get a bit hot in the sun. We splash water on it and it stays cool for a long time. Swimplatform always looks clean.
    Here are a few I have done:
     
  10. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    IMG_7085.jpg IMG_3405 (1).jpg 330 SB swimplatform.jpg
     
  11. TitanTn

    TitanTn Member

    274
    Jul 12, 2015
    Chattanooga, TN
    1986 Saltare, 1998 400 Express
    454 direct drive; twin 3116TA
    Thanks for the those pics. I think it could look good, but I'll have to get it to pass the wife test. We'll see where she lands.
     
  12. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Dave are those all glued down? I couldn't see any snaps.
     
  13. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    All snapped...first pic and last pic were just laid on platform for a quick pic, pre-snap install.
     
  14. cwiert

    cwiert Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    507
    May 7, 2008
    Westbrook, CT
    1998 400 Sedan Bridge
    CAT 3116 - 350HP
    I have it on my platform and love it. Infinity woven vinyl. It doesn't get too hot for us...hasn't been an issue. Glued down, no snaps. Two seasons in, so far, so good. IMG_4754.JPG
     
  15. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    I have Infinity woven in the boat and SeaDek on the swimplatform. The Infinity gets much hotter then SeaDek but more importantly is quite slippery when wet. Not a good combo on a swim platform. (think jumping into the boat from the dock) The Infinity is a good choice for a carpet replacement in the cockpit or interior, just not where you are thinking. My 2 cents....
     
  16. cwiert

    cwiert Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    507
    May 7, 2008
    Westbrook, CT
    1998 400 Sedan Bridge
    CAT 3116 - 350HP
    Interesting. That hasn’t been my experience at all. Weird.
     
  17. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    I don't have the slippery problem at all either, John. But I have the heavily textured wicker weave, not the smooth flat version. I can't speak for heat as my flooring is under shade most all the time. Plus I have boat shoes on all the time. I am rarely barefoot.
     
  18. mnm99

    mnm99 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    Quint4 did mine. We worked together to get a perfect fit. Couldn't be happier. I do have to say though..It gets hot sitting out in the sun. Sometimes I can't walk on it without spraying some water down. It does hold some water too, but dries out quick in the heat. I personally wouldn't do the swim platform. Other than that I love it and would do it again if I had to. I get many compliments also. 20160610_172856.jpg 20160610_172839.jpg 20160610_172926.jpg 20160617_131315.jpg
     
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  19. TitanTn

    TitanTn Member

    274
    Jul 12, 2015
    Chattanooga, TN
    1986 Saltare, 1998 400 Express
    454 direct drive; twin 3116TA
    Wow. Those are some complex shapes! It's nice that your install guy was willing to get it that precise for you. I'm still undecided. I understand the pros and cons, but I think the largest thing that holds me back from Sea Dek is the glue. Anyone have any experience with cleaning it up and either reapplying or permanently removing?
     
  20. ENstig8or

    ENstig8or Member SILVER Sponsor

    46
    Jun 4, 2013
    New Jersey
    2003 Sea Ray 450 Express Bridge.....

    2016 Sea Ray 21 SPX BR
    Cummins 480CE (450)
    Mercruiser 4.3L (21 SPX)
    +1
    I have the Infinity vinyl in my cockpit and I love it. It does get hot at times but my main concern on the swim platform would be when it is wet. It does get very slippery when wet. Not really when you are wearing shoes/sandals, but when you are walking with bare feet. For this reason alone, I have not had it installed on my swim platform. I do have the SeaDek on my 21SPX. It does not get as hot in the sun and more importantly, it does not get slippery.
     

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