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Old 06-19-2020, 06:59 PM
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Default What do I do with this Aqua Marine Deck helm pad?

I purchased a helm pad for my center console from Aqua Marine Deck. The description said it was a non-skid pad. Nowhere did it say it was a peel and stick pad, which it turned out to be. I have an access hatch right where this helm pad needs to be placed. It is worthless to me if I put it in this location as this is an access hatch I use every now then. If I return it they charge a 50% re-stocking fee. It was not a special order item and they will not budge on the re-stocking fee.

Other than returning it, the only option I know of is to find some other material I can stick it to. However, this other material would have to be non-skid and have some weight to it so the pad would not fly away or slip out from under me.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Maybe velcro, but not sure if you can find anything that will hold up to being on a deck.


How were you thinking it would stay in place?
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glue hook & loop (velcro) to the pad & deck around the hatch.
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Originally Posted by Texas 17 View Post
Maybe velcro, but not sure if you can find anything that will hold up to being on a deck.


How were you thinking it would stay in place?
I currently have an old moldly non-skid pad that I wanted to replace. I has some weight to it. I was thinking there may be some rubbery / silicone type material about 1/4 - 3/8" thick that was non-skid that I could attach this 1/2" thick helm pad to. If that piece were non-skid it may work but I have no idea if such product exists.
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Originally Posted by 21ft cuddy View Post
glue hook & loop (velcro) to the pad & deck around the hatch.
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So I guess with this option, I leave the backing on the pad so I don't peel it. then find some Velcro to attach to the back of the pad and attach the other Velcro to the deck. that may possibly work as long as the peel and stick backing doesn't come off. I'd have to contact Aqua Deck to see if that were possible.


any other suggestions by anyone?
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I use two 6" stainless hook and hook turnbuckles to hold down a transom bench seat. Easy on and off.
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I use two 6" stainless hook and hook turnbuckles to hold down a transom bench seat. Easy on and off.
I'm having a hard time visualizing this one. Seems like having two 6" turnbuckles on the floor would be damaging to the deck and a trip hazard.
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I'm envisioning a helm "box" with a pad on top, about 6" high or so. I guess that's not what you have.

I have two through bolted pad eyes in the deck, aft and far outboard. The bench fits between them, with the turnbuckles near vertical. I envisioned a miniature version of that. Disregard.
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Sell the pad and buy another brand
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Unless you actually peel off the backing and adhere the pad to something else, I don’t think it will last very long. Do a google search for thick rubber mat. You can buy it in rolls and sheets, or even doormat sizes at the big box home hardware stores. Peel the backing off and stick your pad to the rubber mat. I’d imagine that would work as well as anything. Just be cautious about the type of rubber mat. Some can be quite oily and I’d guess the adhesion would not be great.
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Have the same issue. I have one that was an Xmas gift, but there is a see-thru plate with the mechanical fuel gauge right where it would mount. Cutting a circle out and velcro-ing in place seems like it would have longevity issues......
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do you want to sell it?
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Originally Posted by pgkeating View Post
Have the same issue. I have one that was an Xmas gift, but there is a see-thru plate with the mechanical fuel gauge right where it would mount. Cutting a circle out and velcro-ing in place seems like it would have longevity issues......
hole saw then stick it.
or go to beach and pull back tape off. Push it in sand instant non skid.
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When I got my first Sea Dek helm pad I didn’t want to permanently stick it to the floor. I ordered a sheet of thin non skid rubber from McMaster Carr and stuck the pad to it. I then took an xacto knife and trimmed around it. I used a couple strips of heavy duty peel and stick Velcro to hold it in place. It was a solid set up, it did not slide around and was easy to remove and clean up. It never moved while underway, but I would remove it for the 65 mph + trailer ride. One time I forgot and it flew out, I just stuck the new one in!
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Cut out the pad for the access hatch and stick down the two pieces separately.

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Originally Posted by shore View Post
do you want to sell it?

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Originally Posted by 2005_220 View Post
below is a picture of it. PM me if you want to discuss a purchase
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Originally Posted by billablehours View Post
Cut out the pad for the access hatch and stick down the two pieces separately.
I had thought of that as well but I think it would look like a hack job and every time I look at it would just piss me off. If it were described as peel and stick vs non-skid I would be enjoying another helm pad right now.
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Try some industrial velcro.
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Remove the peel and stick and attach a piece of thick fabric across the back of the mat that will stick/mate to the the other half of velcro. That universal black or tan automotive carpet they sell at the auto part store in a roll should work or similar. The carpet fabric would serve as the "loop" part of the velcro and would stay attached with the mat. Then place the mating strips (hook part) of the velcro on to the deck where you want them.

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