Interior Choice Sea Dek or Carpet

BulldogBulldog Posts: 968 Solid Baller
Hi ballers. I have been reading lots of threads regarding the new boats lately and it had me thinking.... what do most of you prefer.. carpet (snap in or laid) or sea den? I would have done a poll but my phone is acting up. Let’s see your thoughts.
Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
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  • DynaSkiPeteDynaSkiPete Posts: 91 Baller
    Carpet is timeless. Sea deck will date the boat. Snap in carpet tends to shrink and not fit well eventually.
    Bulldogaupatking
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,864 Mega Baller
    edited May 20
    Snap in Carpet. After 6 years, no shrinkage yet on my carpet.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
    Bulldog
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 456 Crazy Baller
    edited May 20
    I like carpet under foot in the main area. Our new boat has snap in, so I have little experience with it. Hopefully no shrinkage. I like the idea of taking it out and hosing it off. My previous boat had glued in, and I would vacuum, or occasionally hose out the carpet, using a brush on any stains, easy maintenance. I do wonder with snap in about water between the carpet and glass staying long enough to mildew a little, where the glued in carpet, the water stays on top. Sea Dek is a great material for non slip (step through, gunnel step areas, bow walkway, etc.) and even just decorative accents. Sea Dek on the floor will still take maintenance. Dirt will sit on top and need to be vacuumed, stains will need to be brushed with a cleaner and rinsed. Even though Sea Dek can be more expensive, I feel like it has a more utility type feel on floors. Overall I like the carpet and use of sea dek in our new prostar. We actually added a couple peices of sea dek on my old boat (swim platform, and bow floor,) and also added a couple peices now on the prostar (on the transom step, back of center seat (when folded down is a step through to bow,) another small area in the walk through to bow, and at the foot rest at the driver seat.)
    Bulldogjmvana1
  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 610 Crazy Baller
    Carpet. Sea Dek is fine in some areas but not the whole boat.
    Bulldog
  • DynaSkiPeteDynaSkiPete Posts: 91 Baller
    Carpet is most practical for the interior floor. Carpet is the cheapest solution. Unfortunately carpet quality varies widely. Many snap in carpets used were cheap and they shrink often. Yes moisture is retained under snap in carpet. I think in some locations Sea Deck will create problems long term. Sprayed on non skid has its advantages. Many textures to choose from also creates questions about which to use. Buyer preference is always the determining factor. Ask your wife what she wants! B)
    Bulldog6balls
  • JackQJackQ Posts: 110 Baller
    I find sea dek uncomfortably hot to walk on in the summer in direct sunlight, I prefer carpet.
    Bulldog
  • FSSPCatFSSPCat Posts: 95 Baller
    My parents just got a new boat and went with the snap-in woven stuff. We will see how it holds up.
    Bulldog
  • DynaSkiPeteDynaSkiPete Posts: 91 Baller
    Type and amount of use also matter a lot. If the carpet never gets wet or removed to be cleaned it isn't much of a test. Ski Teams tend to torture their boats and cleaning is not done like family owned ski boats.
    Bulldog
  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 968 Solid Baller
    I worry about the longevity of sea dek
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
    shansen345
  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 3,798
    I still prefer the old laid in and glued carpet but I live in the dry west and keep it dry. My next favorite is snap in which is what I have in my 2018 Response TXi, I would still buy the old glued and laid in carpet if it was offered. SeaDek is my least favorite but is a nice option for boats that get a lot of use and don't get a chance to dry out.
    - President of the Utah Water Ski Club
    - Owner at Still Water Lake Estates
    Bulldog
  • BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 340 Solid Baller
    Snap in carpet, without question.
    BulldogJackQscotchipmanmjnelson
  • brodybrody Posts: 289 Baller
    Carpet
    Bulldogscotchipman
  • DWDW Posts: 1,706 Crazy Baller
    Carpet for my personal boat which I keep well maintained. The specific grade can be a key, not too cheap (bass boat) nor too plush (as that tends to stay wet).
    Bulldog
  • braindamagebraindamage Posts: 105 Baller
    @DW , any particular carpet? Replacement is on the list for this upcoming offseason.
    Bulldog
  • MuskokaKyMuskokaKy Posts: 259 Baller
    carpet
    Bulldog
  • DWDW Posts: 1,706 Crazy Baller
    @braindamage : I used a 24 oz. carpet, did the internet search process and got several samples / costs from the various vendors. Talked to a few on the phone, reviewed the process steps most tend to put on their sites. Google marine or boat carpet and a slew of suppliers come up. It is amazing how nice fresh carpet is but be ready for a fairly lengthy project (very easy to add projects once the carpet is out of the boat). Just me but I felt 20 oz or less is too thin or cheap feeling, 40 oz is really thick and will hold water for a long time (it feels nice when dry and clean, friends boat has factory ~40 oz and it is always wet).
    Bulldogbraindamage
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,864 Mega Baller
    Malibu has also had the dekadence for a couple years - maybe not in a response.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
    Bulldog
  • Keith MenardKeith Menard Posts: 281 Crazy Baller
    Deckadence sounds kind of cool...I might have to see if anyone in MA installs it
    Bulldog
  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 421 Crazy Baller
    We all know with @Mrs_MS it's ALL about looking cool!!

    Decadence is a nice flooring option . I still like seadek being so easy to maintain and clean. Laid and glued carpet always collects dirt in the corners and needs time to dry. snap in carpet is a good option I am on my second set of carpet in our 2000 centurion .was easy to order and install, but it does still seem to get dirt under from the edges.
    BulldogMrs_MS
  • DynaSkiPeteDynaSkiPete Posts: 91 Baller
    I think a boat is made to be used. Not allowing shoes or dirty feet in the boat is interesting and something I'd never do. Of course I don't want people intentionally dragging in dirt. I have 31 year old carpeting in a water ski boat. It still looks great.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,864 Mega Baller
    Not allowing shoes in boats is the norm unless you are talking about fishing boats.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
    swc5150skiinxsBrennanKMNbraindamage
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 456 Crazy Baller
    We do a lot of "boating" with whatever boat we have, including now our new prostar, not just skiing. So, on a colder day we may be bar hopping on a chain of lakes with multiple restaurants etc.. I'm not going to restrict people to no shoes, just that they don't step on the vinyl with shoes. People have been pretty respectful and don't have dirty shoes, and the carpet cleans up pretty well. Whether glued in and done in place, or you take snap in out of the boat, its pretty easy to hose it out and get nice and clean. My previous 1998 boat had glued in carpet, and still looks good.Most every one we know will kick off shoes when they come out skiing.
  • MSMS Posts: 4,486 Mega Baller
    Resale resale resale
    Shut up and ski
    WishBulldog
  • WishWish Posts: 7,071 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Ask any carpet cleaning professional what makes dirt attract itself to carpet the most. Answer... bare feet and oils from our skin. Oils make the dirt stick to your feet, oils get on the carpet and dirt sticks to the oils. Now add wet to that mix. Clean shoes and sandals welcome in my boat vs dirty feet any day of the week and twice in Sunday.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
    skihackerBulldogaupatkingsunvalleylaw
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