Performed this mod over the past few weeks and had the first on-water test of it today. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.https://www.americanfloormats.com/vinyl-mesh-pool-mats/
is where I sourced my mats. This is the gray color. It matches the gray from my '01 Malibu almost perfectly and probably would for the other brands grays also.
Few tips for doing a direct drive:
- Order enough length in a single roll to do the whole boat. Don't order like I did qty 1 4' wide and qty 1 3' wide, since the material is not all that consistent between lots. Probably only something that will bother me, but I'm picky about my boat.
- Do your work with the doghouse out. I thought it might be easier to fit everything with it in, but working around it was a pain.
- Use your old carpet you ripped out as a rough guide, but cut all of your cuts a good 3/4" proud.
- Get something better than a standard box cutter for long cuts.
I've since tidied up the seam next to the doghouse on the right. The seam behind the doghouse is never going away since that's the rear hatch access for checking the shaft, packing, etc. I covered over the cooler next to the observer seat. Never use that anyways.
The blue webbing straps on my gunnel nets to replace the nasty frayed gray ones were a mom mod. Thanks Mom! They look and work great!
boats are like girlfriends you love them however there is another one around the corner - bananaron, July 21, 2020