Carpet Overlays and new boat

jercranejercrane Posts: 162 Baller
Ok so after much debating and weeks of hunting I'm throwing in the towel and just getting a new 200 OB (2018 in stock at a dealer so I don't have to wait for production). Got a pretty good deal ... anyway.

Given this is my first new boat I'd like to take care iof it right from the start. What's the deal with carpet overlays? Where can I get these for a 200 OB? I really like the idea of just pulling out an overlay for cleaning instead of dragging the shop vac out to the boat.

Any other new boat tips? Things you have done or wish you had done to maintain your boat right from the start.


  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,220 Mega Baller
    My. 02 - hold out for a boat with snap in carpet. It is pretty unbelievable that in 2018 someone is still building boats with glued in carpet.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 162 Baller
    Yeah so this is more than just taking them out. Even if it had snapnout carpets I’m wondering about maintaining the factory carpets with another layer. Maybe this is dumb. I see others have done though.
  • DynaSkiPeteDynaSkiPete Posts: 137 Baller
    Just use the boat. Wear and tear on the carpet is the least of your worries about resale. Make an effort to not let the carpet and interior get to dirty before teaching the kids or wife to vacuum it out well. Yes I am kidding a little. My glued in carpet still looks great in my 1987 outboard. I wish it was a different color though as it shows all the dirt.
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,096 Mega Baller
    I agree with @DynaSkiPete, the carpet will be fine. My 98 SN carpet looked new when I sold it a year ago. Just don’t allow shoes, and clean it often.
  • DanEDanE Posts: 846 Crazy Baller
    Ditto on the shoe policy, that's why the carpet is there anyway.
  • dbutcherdbutcher Posts: 292 Solid Baller
    SIA 31087 may fit a 2018 open bow.
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,103 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    That thick Nautique carpet is a challenge to keep looking new. It’s too think or something. I’d go for insets if you can.
    Scott Calderwood
  • DynaSkiPeteDynaSkiPete Posts: 137 Baller
    Who wears shoes at the lake and skiing? I wonder if weather tech would make mats that might work?
  • chopperchopper Posts: 8 Baller
    I lay down microfiber towels. The microfiber towels stick to the carpet kind of like Velcro, so they stay in place nicely. I use 24x48 along each side of the engine and 72x40 for behind the engine. Chamois or regular towels just blow to the back of the boat, microfiber are the only ones that actually stay in place.
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 162 Baller
    @PurdueSkier touché :p
  • j2nhj2nh Posts: 63 Baller
    Skip Dunlap has carpet inserts for the SN 200 OB and CB. Excellent fit and covers almost everything. Skip is an awesome guy to deal with if you are interested. I think I paid around $350. 863-605-0340
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