Aqua Traction flooring

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by belliswood, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. belliswood

    belliswood Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 21, 2011
    Colonial Beach, VA
    1996 370 SUNDANCER
    7.4 EFI 454
    I am looking into installing the Aqua Traction flooring in my 1996 370 Sundancer. Has anyone installed this product and what do you think of it? Any cost comparison to the other products on the market like Sea Deck?

  2. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
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  3. FastMarkA

    FastMarkA Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    2017 350 CBR
    T-6.2L 350hp w/ B3 and JPS
    I installed Aqua Traction on my Formula and I'm rather disappointed with it.

    Mine is the Aqua Teak; Light Grey on Black.

    Working with the company was great; they were super responsive and even did the template work for me.

    Where I'm disappointed is the product itself, for two reasons:
    1. The adhesive failed after only a few months; and it didn't fail between platform and adhesive panel. It is "unsticking" between the pad itself and the adhesive. (At first I thought my installation was the problem, even after cleaning the deck with a grease remover and two rounds of acetone.) I've had to use Gorilla glue to keep it stuck down, and I really don't like to do that.
    2. More recently, I'm noticing the light grey over the black is starting to fade away. So I'm starting to get hairline streaks of black popping through where it should be grey.
    Again, working with the company was great. But at the end of the day, I want a product that's supposed to work right.

    My Dad had real Sea Dek for 5 years on his SR, and just this season it finally needed replacement. It held up well through the end. I'm contemplating a winter project of replacing this 7 month old Aqua Traction with Sea Dek already.
  4. FastMarkA

    FastMarkA Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    2017 350 CBR
    T-6.2L 350hp w/ B3 and JPS

    As many of us know, it's rare to find solid customer service in the marine industry. The majority of nice gestures are usually thinly-veiled attempts to earn more profit (understandable, but not always a pleasant experience).

    Anyway, Aqua Traction *proactively* reached out to me concerning my installation.

    During the time period of my pads' manufacture last year, there was a batch of faulty 3M adhesive.

    They acknowledged it, we had a discussion about the issues I had been experiencing, and they were eager to replace my pads under the warranty, and quite simply, under their stellar customer service policy.

    I share this with you because there are very few companies, in any industry, that would go through these lengths to ensure customer satisfaction.

    My pads were cut within a week and they're already on their way via UPS.

    Being in Chicago, I won't be able to report on the durability of the new pads for a few months, but does it really matter? Aqua Traction clearly stands behind their product, because if they just kept sending replacements for free, it doesn't take a Harvard MBA to figure out that's not a sustainable business model.

    I'm sure even Lamborghini manufactures a lemon every once in a while. So long as the company makes it right, that's what counts.

    Moral of the story: Consider Aqua Traction if you're considering swim deck/cockpit pads. (Unless you *don't like* great customer service; then look elsewhere.)

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