May
15

Boat Owner’s Guide To Boat Flooring Types: Part 2

In the last post, we discussed some of the most popular types of boat flooring options all boat owners should be aware of before making boat improvement decisions. However, having a full understanding of the various options is essential to making the most well-informed decision. Here’s part two of our boat owner’s guide to understanding the various types of boat flooring.

Drainage Tile Flooring For Boats
If you love to fish, listen up, because this could very well be the best flooring option for you. Of the 9% of Americans currently considering taking up fishing, 38% are interested in fishing as a form of stress release, according to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and the Outdoor Foundation report. Of course, there’s nothing relaxing about picking the wrong type of flooring for your fishing boat and suffering the consequences on your first fishing trip. The wrong flooring types won’t do anything but soak up disgusting fish juices and emit smells that will haunt you in your deepest, darkest nightmares. If you’re planning on getting fishy, drainage tile flooring may be the way to go, as it’s slip resistant and able to let liquids pass through and go underneath the floor itself.

These woven boat flooring tiles designed for adequate drainage are easy to install, easy to clean, and UV stable. However, they tend to be a bit pricier because of these major advantages. In any case, they’re certainly worth considering for all fishing boat owners.

Rubber Flooring For Boats
Finally, rubber flooring is an affordable option that’s designed for basic needs, mainly comfort and safety. Rubber is one of the most durable materials you can get as far as boat flooring, and it’s also a good option for those who enjoy longer excursions and will be on their feet longer. However, it’s not UV stable, and rubber does tend to get hot under direct sunlight, so be aware before making the investment.

Today, more than 87 million U.S. adults participate in recreational boating. Understanding the pros and cons of the many flooring options for boats is the key to making a decision you’ll be happy with for years to come as you hit the open waters. For more information about marine boat carpets or other new boat carpets, contact Corinthian Marine.

May
15

Installing New Boat Flooring? Don’t Make These Common Mistakes

Anybody who’s ever owned or even maintained a boat can tell you just how physically, mentally, and financially demanding it can be. In fact, the average annual expense of boat use and maintenance runs about 10% of the purchase price. Boat flooring is just one aspect of boat maintenance that many owners overlook, but the type and quality of boat flooring material is a main factor when it comes to longevity and durability. If you’re installing boat flooring yourself, knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do for a new and professional look that will last for years to come. Here are just a few mistakes to avoid when installing boat flooring.

Not Thoroughly Removing Rot

Most boat owners are aware that the area needs fully cleaned prior to installing new flooring, but it’s not always easy to truly determine when the area is clean. Rot is sometimes very hard to see, and without sufficient experience, a beginner can easily mistake rotting areas for part of the floor itself. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and with that in mind, don’t be afraid to put some elbow grease into it and make sure you get all of the rotting. Of course, some say that it’s always the better course of action to replace rotted areas instead of just trying to clean them.

“Replacing a piece of rotting floor is the best course of action because there is no telling how bad the rotting is as it could have spread to other places not immediately visible,” writes DoItYourself.

Using Nails

During the installation process, keep in mind which of the various boat flooring options you’re using. There are many that should never be used with nails, as using nails weakens the structural integrity of the entire flooring project.

Today, more than 87 million U.S. adults participate in recreational boating. If you’re one of them, understanding these mistakes can save you some serious time, money, and frustration during your boat flooring installation project.