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Cpt Quint posted 03-08-2002 12:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for Cpt Quint   Send Email to Cpt Quint  
My old Sakonnett floor has been coated but hairline cracks come back and the nonskid gets slick. sells dri-dek by kendall. Its looks like a simple way to not only protect old decks but provide traction as well. has anyone ever tried this?
where2 posted 03-08-2002 12:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
I've got about 8 squares of it behind the rear thwart of my 15' Sport. Keeps the water running across the deck to the sump, despite the huge Igloo cooler I keep on top of the Dri-Dek.

Traction, it does provide. Cover for the deck, it does provide. Doesn't feel too bad under a bare foot, although not as nice as the regular non-skid in my whaler. It ought to work nicely for you. If you're really curious, get a half dozen squares and play with them to see if you like them. You can always add more later.

Buckda posted 11-21-2003 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Hopefully adding to the usefulness of this thread:

Does anyone know which color best matches the Desert Tan of the Whaler?



Jimm posted 11-21-2003 06:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
Looks like the almond but check for yourself--------

Buckda posted 11-21-2003 06:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Excellent..thanks for the link to their Website.


alkar posted 11-21-2003 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for alkar  Send Email to alkar     
Chuck did his whole deck in that stuff.


dburton posted 11-22-2003 12:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
I was very impressed with Chuck's Montauk. He has Dridek on the entire deck. When I did restored/rehabed my 13 foot sport, I did the same thing. The best thing about it is that it protects my son from me. When he drops something it doesn't hurt anything and I don't kill him.


doobee posted 11-22-2003 11:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
dburton, I like your logic!)

The price at that website is pretty good and I didn't realise they sold rolls too. I've seen stores selling it for $5.00 a square.

Chuck, if you're listening, do you find that the light colors get dirty easily? Can you clean it?

triblet posted 11-23-2003 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The white doesn't really get dirty, just a little mildew on
the bottom. Every couple of years I take it out of the boat
on a warm day (usually just before the NorCal Rendezvous ;-)
and scrub it with Comet and bristle brush, then rinse it really
well and put it back in.

Nice prices direct from DriDek. The roll would work well if
you had a single big area. On my M167, were I to do it over,
I'd start with the edging at the front and work aft with
1'x1', maybe using a 3x4 if it worked out just because it's
a better engineering solution.

Do the math:

1x1: 3.36 per sq. ft.
3x4: 4.56 per sq. ft.
roll: 4.42 per sq. ft.

No brainer.

It's easiest to install on a warm day or at least a warm
garage. You might want to wait until spring (even in sunny
california -- there was frost last night (but we went diving
anyway, and were rewarded with fantastic (for NorCal) vis
of 60'))

dburton, I like your logic too. It keeps me from killing by
dive buddies (including Adm. Linda and myself) when they
bounce tanks on the deck.


stagalv posted 11-25-2003 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
It's good stuff. I placed Dri-deck under my Pate tank on my Montauk. Mainly I placed it there to protect the deck from the tank wearing down the fiberglass and non-skid.
Buckda posted 11-25-2003 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Stalgav - Exactly the application I was thinking about! The rough-water ecountered on the 100 mile cruise from Little Current, Ontario to DeTour, Michigan caused my tanks to wear away some of the non-skid and gelcoat on my 15' Sport GLS. The bow locker fared better, however lining it with Dri-Dek should ensure the integrity of the finish in there as well.

Chuck - great notation about heavy objects dropped on the deck - I'm sure there are some whalers out there with spiderweb cracks in the glasswork from dropped downrigger weights as well...sounds like a good idea on a fishing rig would be to coat the aft section of the deck behind the RPS with this or a similar material (I'll have to make that suggestion to my dad for his 22' Guardian).

Thanks for the notes and information guys.


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