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Dri-dek floor mats?
|Author||Topic: Dri-dek floor mats?|
posted 03-08-2002 12:23 PM ET (US)
My old Sakonnett floor has been coated but hairline cracks come back and the nonskid gets slick. www.littlewolf.com 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?
posted 03-08-2002 12:38 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 11-21-2003 03:21 PM ET (US)
Hopefully adding to the usefulness of this thread:
Does anyone know which color best matches the Desert Tan of the Whaler?
posted 11-21-2003 06:00 PM ET (US)
Looks like the almond but check for yourself--------
posted 11-21-2003 06:49 PM ET (US)
Excellent..thanks for the link to their Website.
posted 11-21-2003 10:18 PM ET (US)
Chuck did his whole deck in that stuff.
posted 11-22-2003 12:10 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 11-22-2003 11:49 PM ET (US)
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?
posted 11-23-2003 10:23 PM ET (US)
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
Do the math:
1x1: 3.36 per sq. ft.
It's easiest to install on a warm day or at least a warm
dburton, I like your logic too. It keeps me from killing by
posted 11-25-2003 09:48 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 11-25-2003 11:32 AM ET (US)
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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