Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Nice choice. I've always liked the look and durability of rubber flooring in certain applications - been specifying it for years. You may remember the earlier variations of "studded" rubber flooring being marketed by Pirelli, it's been around for over 40 years.
I've used it in varied architectural projects like heath clubs, swimming pool decks, commercial lobbies, stairhalls and rest rooms, as well as contemporary residential bathrooms, utility rooms and stairtreads. The stuff holds up very well and comes in a variety of textures - "coin" being the modern classic, as well as diamond plate.
However, as with any glue-down material, the seams are only as good as the adhesive and substrate quality. They eventually open, collect dirt and delaminate. With a boat sole though, it's easier to install in one piece - minimizing seams.
Consider using angle stock around access panels and selected perimeters subjected to heavy use. One pragmatic choice would be the use of counterdrilled stainless angles, secured with flat head or panhead screws and mitered corners - perhaps even a pvc material in a matching color. Otherwise, the edges will not age very gracefully.
My design philosophy forbids the use of synthetic materials pretending to be natural. I suppose this view is not very popular, but I lothe the look of faux wood grained plastic, or even leather grained vinyl.
Therefore if it was my boat, the man-made T&H look is definitely out. If you want teak & holly soles, use the real deal. Otherwise the use of a machined texture for the synthetic flooring would be consistent with the steel boat's honest use of materials.
True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat