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Old 12-15-2019, 06:43 PM
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Default Sea Deck/Marine Mat...durability, traction experience?

I see a lot of new boats that are having the cockpit, deck and coming pads covered in Sea Deck or Marine Mat type materials. They say they offer a lifetime warranty, but it looks like it would be a royal pain in the butt to remove if needed....anyone have experience with it? Does it wear well? Does it get slick or slippery when wet? What about clean up from fish blood/guts? Looks intriguing, but looks like an expensive experiment if it doesn't work out. My question is in regards to boats that get used alot and sit out in the sun between uses, especially FL type climate.....not "bristol" condition boats that get used twice a year and stored inside between uses.
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I have Marine mat in a commercial passenger tour boat . I get about 3 years out of it before it gets trashed . Small pressure washer cleans it like new every time .
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Unsurprisingly, Florida's sun is brutal. Certain colors react poorly, perhaps due to higher heat, and the edges can peel up. It has also been discussed here that a glossy corner can focus sun in a particular area of the floor and cause a problem in that specific area. I'm sure all the manufacturers are constantly working on additives that minimize the sun's harsh effects. People in more northern states do not have the same number of issues as we have here in the sunshine state! Having said that, I'm sure your installer or the company can guide you on which colors and patterns that have fewer issues. Some of the issues are undoubtedly also due to improper prep. No surprise there.
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What is the warranty (honest question, have looked as I would not use those products in my boat)?

Even offering a free replacement piece still means you have to deal with removing the old one, etc. It's kind of like warranties on low-end tools. I don't want a free screwdriver every year, I want the one I bought to work as advertised and not require me to interrupt what I'm doing to get a replacement for it.
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What is the warranty (honest question, have looked as I would not use those products in my boat)?

Even offering a free replacement piece still means you have to deal with removing the old one, etc. It's kind of like warranties on low-end tools. I don't want a free screwdriver every year, I want the one I bought to work as advertised and not require me to interrupt what I'm doing to get a replacement for it.
Seadek has a 3 year against defects such as delamination ect. Most will get much more out of it but like anything else it depends on how you treat it. If you have a certified installer do the work the warranty work should be free, if you tear it up it won't be but I'll generally do it for cost unless it happens often.
. Seadek is a good product and not right for every application but overall I've never had anyone tell me they wish they hadn't put it in their boat. That's 5 years and a few thousand jobs. Any questions feel free to contact me anytime 5739793691
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I have SeaDek on my little boston whaler. I have feet problems and I love the feel and look of it but my 30 lb dog has put little gouges in where he pushes off to jump into a seat, etc. I have bought a replacement boat to replace the whaler and I am not going to go with seadek. I will be using the woven vynil carpet looking stuff. My seadek held up well on the whaler besides the dog’s nails but I had a whole boat cover so it didn’t have sun beating down on it when it wasn’t in use.
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Marine mat has a foam snap in. If you need to replace it no problem


https://marinemat.net/index.php/product/snap-it-series
The only removable foam decking in the marine industry, MarineMat's patent-pending Snap-It Series mats are unique in that they allow individual mats to be snapped into place instead of being glued. Engineered with four layers including an EVA foam layer for the top, polyester in the middle of the foam and a non-skid traction layer on the bottom, these mats are an ideal replacement for marine carpet.
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Darker colors do better. They hold up well as ,long as someone doesn’t get hot ashes on it.
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I’ve been generally happy with mine, going on 3 years. Two things I would do different; go with a slightly darker gray - mine shows everything, and gone with the teak look. Overall happy, would do again on another boat, or will do again when it’s time on mine - however I’ll be there when the install happens.
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I installed a few pieces on one of my flats boats. Light grey. I found it a bother. Not as easy to clean as others claim. Can scratch easier than you would think it should. The only way I would use it again would be to cover a sun bleached deck if I ever bought a project boat. On a new boat pass.
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i use eva foam rolls off fleabay. very cheap and if they peel off (most dont since they have 3M adhesive on the back) its cheap enough to throw away and drop another piece in. i think i paid $140 for my whole boat and had 1.5 rolls left over.
excellent cushion for the floow, protects scratches and doesnt mold/discolor/fade.
e.g.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/35-X94-EVA-...cAAOSwSKtafofR
or
https://www.ebay.com/itm/17-X94-EVA-...sAAOSw0HhbWBIm

bunch of sellers so choose one thats good.
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Originally Posted by Flatout71 View Post
I installed a few pieces on one of my flats boats. Light grey. I found it a bother. Not as easy to clean as others claim. Can scratch easier than you would think it should. The only way I would use it again would be to cover a sun bleached deck if I ever bought a project boat. On a new boat pass.
Kind of the same conclusion I came to, especially since it's going to be a dive boat and tanks are regularly put on it....I don't see it lasting that long. Guess I'll stick with the long runners from Home Depot, they come out and get hosed down and seem to last forever.
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Snap in Marine Mat, works for our purposes.

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Originally Posted by tullymars View Post
I’ve been generally happy with mine, going on 3 years. Two things I would do different; go with a slightly darker gray - mine shows everything, and gone with the teak look. Overall happy, would do again on another boat, or will do again when it’s time on mine - however I’ll be there when the install happens.
Can you elaborate on why teak over grey? Currently debating the color for snap-in marine mat for the floor of my head. Thanks.
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Teak meaning the teak routing option; https://www.seadek.com/custom-features#routing-options
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I like the snap in idea for some applications but not for the dive platform and helm pad which are two of the three locations I have sea deck. The stuff is a pain in the butt to clean. I have been told pressure washer and bleach are the best ways to clean the material. Really???? Every time I get on the boat with shoes I leave a foot print on the pad. Get out the BLEACH!!!!



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Originally Posted by tullymars View Post
Teak meaning the teak routing option; https://www.seadek.com/custom-features#routing-options
Which color grey do you have and which do you think would be dark enough?
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Originally Posted by PETRAFIED View Post
I like the snap in idea for some applications but not for the dive platform and helm pad which are two of the three locations I have sea deck. The stuff is a pain in the butt to clean. I have been told pressure washer and bleach are the best ways to clean the material. Really???? Every time I get on the boat with shoes I leave a foot print on the pad. Get out the BLEACH!!!!
Get a very stiff brush from lowes one that's about 4x12 in and the bristles are very short. You don't need bleach unless dried blood or something like that. STIFF brush is the key.
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Originally Posted by thegeneral13 View Post
Which color grey do you have and which do you think would be dark enough?
I'll chime in to help if I can, storm grey is the most popular, cool grey will show everything, smoke grey is a newer color but performs like storm, dark grey will be a bit hotter but looks really good with a color besides black under it.
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