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Question Rubber flooring in the cockpit

Anyone ever use this stuff?

DuraGrid comfort tile - BigFloors

I am thinking of using it under my cushions in case of a leak as well as on the cockpit floors.
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Re: Rubber flooring in the cockpit

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Re: Rubber flooring in the cockpit

I have the "Dri-dek" interlocking rubber tiles in my cockpit. It's comfortable an helps keep dirt & sand from tracking below. The material you referenced looks good, but I don't understand the, "under my cushions in case of a leak" part of your post. Are you speaking of rain or spray? Is this to protect the cushions?
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Re: Rubber flooring in the cockpit

The Duragrid blurb does say INDOOR pool areas, so it may not hold up to UV exposure outdoors.

Other than that, I think anything that makes a hard floor a bit softer is going to make a big difference in fatigue by the end of the day. As long as it is stiff enough, or secure enough, that it won't try to roll out from under your feet if the boat is heeled hard over.
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Re: Rubber flooring in the cockpit

@Captainforce: My boat leaks like a sieve...in all the wrong places. Last time we had a drenching rain, water leaked from somewhere in the headliner down onto our brand new cushions. The new cushions are of open-cell foam and should be fine if the water can pass through and drain away....except when the water sits for 3-7 days (since i work M-F). The flooring I was looking at holds the cushions off the fiberglass by 1/2 inch. A friend of mine did this and achieved not only mold-free drying, but also increased warmth when sleeping since air is trapped between the glass and the bottom of the cushion.
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Re: Rubber flooring in the cockpit

I have Dri-Dek tiles on the sole of the cabin, with a thin rug covering it. I roll up the rug when actually sailing or working on the interior. It works great. The only down side is trying to find any little screws, washers, cotter pins, et cetera, that I happen to drop. Traps a ton of crud so I can vacuum it up before it gets into the bilge. I'm probably going to install some on the cockpit sole in the near future.
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Re: Rubber flooring in the cockpit

I have something similar in my cockpit. It helps when wet to have more traction. It also keeps your feet out of puddles when wet. It does trap dirt which makes cleaning under it a small chore in that you need to lift it up to clean. One note: the drydek stuff I have has little nubs on the bottom side so the grid doesn't sit directly on the floor. This allows water to flow to the scuppers unimpeeded. Check to see if the product you are looking at has those nubs so you don't get water pooling inside the little squares. It's an important thing, in my estimation.

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Re: Rubber flooring in the cockpit

[QUOTE=My boat leaks like a sieve...in all the wrong places[/QUOTE]

Why not fix the leaks since the are the source of the problem?
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Rubber flooring in the cockpit

@rugosa; if I knew where the leaks were coming from, I would fix them. I already replaced the windows, waterproofed the splash shield, rebedded the winches, and rebedded the stanchions. Our boat is a minor version of Farley Mowat's "the boat who wouldn't float"
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Re: Rubber flooring in the cockpit

kilt- Have you tried pressurizing the boat (with a leaf blower or shopvac) and soaping the deck to see where the bubbles come out? That's a pretty much infallible way to locate leaks, even when they are traveling laterally under a headliner.
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