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Old 10-08-2020, 05:57 PM
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So I have a 2009 Hydrasport 2100 and was thinking of installing Seadek. I'm on the fence because the nonskid is pretty clean and is in great condition. I really just like the idea of some additional padding under foot and maybe easier cleaning? Just thought I'd ask people who have put it on their boats the pro and cons and if they would do it again.
Old 10-08-2020, 06:01 PM
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It feels nice under your feet but it does stain, it eventually comes out but I don’t think the stains are removed I think the actual material is just rubbed off at that point.
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i have a seadek helm pad and it is stained some and has some pits in it from trying to clean it with a deck brush and deck cleaner.still makes it better standing there running the boat but wished it was easier to keep clean.
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You will not stain seadek with normal fishing and boating activities. Grease oil or rust will stain it. Use a very stiff brush some dawn and some bleach if needed and it will come clean.
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Originally Posted by Castawaychris View Post
You will not stain seadek with normal fishing and boating activities. Grease oil or rust will stain it. Use a very stiff brush some dawn and some bleach if needed and it will come clean.
lol wut?

i guess it depends on your definition of “stain”.

OP, do NOT get sea dek for “ease of cleaning”. There are a bunch of reasons to install it but that definitely isn’t one of them.
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Old 10-08-2020, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Burgmane View Post
lol wut?

i guess it depends on your definition of “stain”.

OP, do NOT get sea dek for “ease of cleaning”. There are a bunch of reasons to install it but that definitely isn’t one of them.
I sell it for a living but I'm not trying to sell it to the op just giving facts I deal with it everyday of my life. If you use a very stiff brush like one that won't hold water its so course with boat soap/dawn and some bleach it WILL come clean. Is it a little more work than bare gelcoat yes but it WILL come clean.
Old 10-09-2020, 12:46 AM
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I had several pieces on a flats boat.

I hated cleaning it and I was not impressed with the wear it showed. There is no way I would buy the product again. My color was the light grey. Darker colors may wear better, but there are many documented cases of the darker colors having adverse reaction to sun and heat.

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I've only seen seadeck on new boats, never seen any 2-3 or older installation. How does that stuff look long term?
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I wear crocs for comfort, and would skip the sea dek.

People say crocs get slippey over time when they wear out - I just take a dry wall saw to the bottom and do a diamond pattern. They are fine - that way. First pair I did this to lasted almost a decade; most recent pair is wearing down faster - giveit 2-3 years.
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How will does Seadek adhere to starboard?
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Thought about it, passed.
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Originally Posted by Catching Chrome View Post
So I have a 2009 Hydrasport 2100 and was thinking of installing Seadek. I'm on the fence because the nonskid is pretty clean and is in great condition. I really just like the idea of some additional padding under foot and maybe easier cleaning? Just thought I'd ask people who have put it on their boats the pro and cons and if they would do it again.
Easier cleaning and Seadek should not be in the same sentence. It will stain and wear especially on a fishing boat.
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Old 10-09-2020, 05:03 AM
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I think it hurts resale to some buyers. I personally wont buy a boat with sea dek. I cant shake the feeling that the sea dek is trying to hide something. Read the post about the guy who purchased a "redone" 31 contender with sea dek.
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Had Seadek on Redfisher flats boat for 7-8 years. The good: comfort on my barefeet. Better grip than non-skid. Seemed the boat was 'quieter' (I covered deck, gunnels, poling and casting platforms: pretty much the whole boat). Fish blood cleaned as easy as gelcoat. The bad: two corners in deck came up (I didn't know they have a 2 sided adhesive tape to repair at the time). Sections where I walked all the time wore down over 7 years, very unsightly. At one point we used boat to pull some old dock pilings and creosote stained and those stains never came up. At 7 years, always in the Fl sun and fished a lot, some sections looked new, some sections looked like crap.
Had Seadek helm pads on offshore boat, another inshore boat, and used on three other offshore boats during last 15 years. The good: standing on something that somewhat cushions on long runs - it's great (there are other similar helm pads) Pads on 3 boats held up well for 5 years, on one boat the pad is white and no matter what we do, I can not get it clean. On another one, the pattern was brushed vs. nipples, the brushed worn much quicker.
OK: last month bought a new (to me) inshore/nearshore boat. The forward seating cushions were trashed and nobody will sit there anyway. Just installed last week 20mm thick new 'soft' seadek instead of cushions. Only fished boat 3x since. So far I like this, not sitting on, but the grip made these forward seats a safe step up and down to forward casting deck. (When my wife sits on one day I'll know if that worked). I plan to order same thickness for both a cooler (seat) and a small back pad for the helm and will get a new helm pad of same color pattern, but not 'soft' nor as thick.
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Thanks for everyone's response, my deck looks like new so I should probably not install it.. I'd probably be better off saving the $3:and installing a spot lock trolling motor.....
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Thanks for everyone's response, my deck looks like new so I should probably not install it.. I'd probably be better off saving the $3:and installing a spot lock trolling motor.....
Very good call. If you had an old crap faded deck, then perhaps. Trolling Motor is a MUCH BETTER investment.
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I put down EVA mainly for comfort. My non-skid was like walking on steel grates to the bare foot. I have learned that using the light gray is NOT "easy to keep clean", lol.
Oh, don't get me wrong, the stiff brush and degreaser works and the spots will come out, but anytime you're at home and there's dew on the grass and you hop in the boat to install/adjust/do something you'll curse yourself for the dirty footprint from not taking the time to slip off your Crocs. Ask me how I know this.
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I personally won't do the whole boat...unless I get another dog that loves to be offshore with me...then I would consider for his traction.

I did just order a couple of pads from Marine Mat for some specific areas of my boat, where the ladder is, the top of the "sandbar" cooler on the rear, helm pad, foot rest pad, and dash pad. All of those were for traction in somewhat slick areas were folks would try to climb onboard or stand, except the dash pad, that was so my crap doesn't slide around...phone, wallet, sandwich, etc...while moving.

Fingers crossed, supposed to be here in 3 weeks.
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I just had my flats boat done a couple weeks ago, so I'm still in the Honeymoon period where I like it. I haven't fished it yet, but, the floor of my Maverick, when wet, got super slippery. I just did the floors, not the decks. Time will tell....Love the feel however...
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I have a 1998 boat and the molded in nonslip has worn down. I am considering Sea deck and the other products. I do a fair amount of bottom a fishing using squid for bait. If a thawed out piece of squid hits SEA deck gets stepped on and squirts a bunch of squid ink out, how easy is it to clean the ink at the end of the trip. If the potential stains have to be addressed each and every time they happen during a bottom fishing trip, that would be unacceptable to me.

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