Thoughts on putting snap-in carpet on the swim platform

Discussion in 'Modifications/Customizations' started by copb8tx, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    After seeing Camella's post about new cockpit carpet, we've decided to do the same using the synthetic weave #3.

    At the same time I'm considering having it made for the swim platform and transom door way. The boat is in a covered slip that has an outdoor kitchen built on it so we're constantly on an off the boat and tracking dirty foot prints on the platform. The carpet would hide it the footprints and give a little more grip.

    I've created templates of the pieces I need and will be getting a quote. One of my hesitations is putting snaps into the platform. I'd silicon them up really well when I installed them but it's still a hole in the surface.


    Transom Carpet Template.jpg
  2. tc410

    tc410 Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 9, 2006
    Charlevoix, MI/Jupiter, FL
    2005 550DB
    MAN CRM-900
    Great idea - especailly in your circumstances (covered slip etc.). I'd consider using one piece of carpet for the platform as opposed to four. There will be far fewer snaps to drill throught the platform and fewer tripping points between the pieces. Since you're in a covered slip, leaving the molded drainage channels uncovered seems unnecessary. My $0.02.
  3. Oar Play

    Oar Play New Member

    Jan 24, 2010
    '09 240 Sundancer
    5.0 Mercruiser w/Bravo 3
    To many other products on the market made for platforms,

    Now, let's see some pics of the dock and outdoor kitchen! That sounds awesome!

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    CAMELLA Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Dec 14, 2008
    Edgewater, Maryland
    2007 48 DA
    Cummins QSC 540
    I would say carpet for the cockpit and Nuteak or Flexiteek for the swimplatform. This is what I was thinking for my boat, only issue is it gets hot. But so will the carpet but you can take that off if needed.
  5. sdarc

    sdarc Active Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Piedmont NC
    Dock neighbor did carpet on his platform and it looked like cr@p in short order. Another friend used Sea-Dek. Wears well, looks good, and is cool to the touch even in the sun. Islandhopper00 uses it. You PM him for a review.
  6. Larry&Leisa

    Larry&Leisa Active Member

    Oct 26, 2006
    Keystone Lake Oklahoma
    1999 330EC
    I used a single carpet piece on my swim platform. Didn't even install snaps and
    never lost it. Looks good after 3 year round seasons. (I am in a covered slip also )
  7. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    I would vote for a single piece - doesn't even have to cover the whole platform - just the main entry area. Just lay it down, without snaps (although that's not because I'd be worried about the holes). Roll it up and stow it or leave it on the dock when you pull out. I would even lean towards using something you can buy at a store in a pre-made (rectangular) shape. Keep it simple. Use it as a "welcome mat" to wipe feet and replace as needed. As nice as it would look the way you have it laid out, I think it's more "form" than "function" and you might get tired of the cleaning.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2014
  8. JimFromMD

    JimFromMD Active Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    Annapolis, MD - Middle Chesapeake Bay
    2005 300DA, Garmin 740s w/Vision Charts and GMR18HD RADAR
    5.0MPI w/BIIs, Kohler 5E Generator.
    Where CAMELLA and I boat, there is a lot of silt mixed up in the water by mid-spring. I intially took the carpets out of my cockpit whenever anyone was swimming because the silt / brackish salt ended up leaving marks in the carpet (light color) once the water evaporated. After the hassle of dealing with taking the carpet in/out a few times, it has been rolled up in the garage waiting for the next owner whenever I sell the boat. It's just too easy to wash the deck/nonskid down with a bucket or hose and clean it. Gets rid of any silt / wet feet marks and also any snack crumbs left behind by guests etc. I will admit the carpet does look more finished than the deck/nonskid with unused snaps.

    I cannot imagine how carpet on my platform would work because the platform gets a bath from the stern wave whenever I come off plane, and a fair amount of splash when getting up on plane. My guess is that it would be continually wet, start smelling funky, and look stained. On other boats, the extended platform may sit higher, but I dont think it would work in my situation.

    I do keep a small boarding mat on the boat to catch wet feet / dirty shoes. If its a place where boarding from the platform is convenient, it goes on the platform. Otherwise it sits just inside the cockpit door, on the dock next to the gunwhale for cockpit side entry, or on the deck for side entry if it would be in the way on the dock.

    Just my .02 FWIW.

    Last edited: Mar 31, 2014
  9. sdarc

    sdarc Active Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Piedmont NC
    Just as an update. When I had my boat I kept a door mat on the dock and a towel on the platform through the companion way. Kept everything pretty clean. Admiral actually like it better with out the carpet. easier to clean the dog fur.
  10. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    Thanks all. Many great ideas and suggestions.

    I love the flexi-teak options but they all get HOT in Texas. My friend has it and it looks absolutely beautiful but he's having to constantly splash water on it just to able to stand on it. Just not practical for me.

    I really like the idea of one piece and having far few snaps. Of course this does mean the almost 2 hours of tracing, cutting and fitting I did is all for naught! :)

    Finally, same place that does the cockpit carpets also does mats with the Sea Ray logo sewn in. Maybe that's the best way to go. My old SR mat was heavy and never blew away, even in the highest wind. I'm wondering how theirs will do.

    Dock kitchen is going through a remodel with new cabinets, counters, appliances and lights. Should be done in another few weeks. Nothing too fancy but is very useful. I'll post some pics then.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2015
  11. dpvandy01

    dpvandy01 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 6, 2007
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
    2003 320 Sundancer
    2012 185 Sport
    2014 Sea Fox 256 Commander
    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1, 300 Yamaha OB
    The bare swim platform is gonna be much easier to hose off if it is that big of a deal a rubber backed shower mat would be my approach. I seriously considered carpet but opted for the bath mat or runner.

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  12. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island.
    2005 500DB
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    I really like the seadek look it's supposed to every comfortable to walk on also ,
  13. stfarris61

    stfarris61 Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    Liberty Landing-Jersey City, NJ
    2010 470 Sundancer
    Cummins QSB 480HO Zeus Drives
    I had it on my 320...its great. SeaDek, that is.

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  14. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    Are you planning on unsnapping it when you leave the dock? It's going to get wet while underway, which would defeat the purpose of the carpet keeping the cockpit clean/dry. I'd hate to have to pull it up every time I went out for a spin. I like the idea of a simple "doormat" but you know you'll forget to bring it in!

    I'm not in a covered slip. Built a boarding plank and covered it with I/O carpet. Makes for a good 7' doormat. Also have a removable mat just inside the transom door to protect the cockpit carpeting there.

  15. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island.
    2005 500DB
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    Ron looks great but I know after afew docktails, I'd have trouble walking the plank :smt043
  16. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    HA HA. Good one Joe!
  17. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Seadek is something I keep kicking around. Flexiteek is too hot, way too hot! There was a new product at the Miami show that I will try and find the info on and share when I do.
  18. Carver370

    Carver370 Active Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Buffalo Michigan
    1994 Carver 370 Motoryacht
    Twin Crusader 454 - 350 HP Each.
    Not sure if you guys caught it but he's doing the marine weave "carpet" which is nothing like carpet and definitely nothing like the black rubber backed original cockpit carpets. It can get wet, dirty, soaked, and dry in a meter of minutes not to mention cleaned with boat soap and water, just like your deck.

    I personally want the stuff everywhere I can.
  19. gerryb

    gerryb Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 12, 2006
    Somers Point, NJ
    "On Vacation"
    2006 40 Sundancer
    Raymarine E125 & HD Radar + Garmin 5208
    QSB5.9 380 Cummins
    When I redid the cockpit carpets last year I made template for the swim platform and cut a piece for it. We love it. I sewed-in a couple of straps on the bottom side and using velcro on the 4 ends to keep the carpet tightly rolled-up when not in use. Looks great and keeps the boat clean. I did it myself and was not pleased with the hot glue technique I used to bind the inside corners which are very hard to sew. I plan on taking all the binding off and giving it to a carpet guy to do that part over using a binding machine.
  20. AMFM3

    AMFM3 Active Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Okanagan Lake, British Columbia
    370 Sundancer 1995 Raymarine C 120 Plotter / Radar
    Dinghy with 9.9 hp Merc
    7.4 L Twin inboards, v drives
    We put DECKadence on our platform last season. You can hose it off, remove it, clean underneath and water just passes through. The best part though is it doesn't hold the sun's heat. Great stuff!

    check it out on our local guy's site:

    Last edited: Apr 1, 2014

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