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Anyone Have Any Experience With RaptorDeck?

Looking into all my options for the deck and cockpit of Cuajota. The deck is in decent shape especially for a 45 year old boat. My thoughts are to fix a few spots in the cockpit and repaint. I ran across this company that does a custom deck covering. They have different colors, thicknesses and patterns. I think looks great, especially for the nonskid areas (would still need to paint the other areas). My questions were on how it holds up over time and how it looks on a cruising boat after a while. Anyone have any person experience with them? I have contacted the company and I am waiting to get more info on the decks. Here are some pics...










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Re: Anyone Have Any Experience With RaptorDeck?

You mean the synthetic decking material right?

No need for the adhesive used to be customized?
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You mean the synthetic decking material right?

No need for the adhesive used to be customized?
Yes the synthetic deck...

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Yes the synthetic deck...
This is EVA foam, like Seadek, which is quite different from synthetic teak.

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Re: Anyone Have Any Experience With RaptorDeck?

Certainly looks good in the pictures and seems very inexpensive. I have to believe you get the long term durability you pay for, or it would take over the world. I find it hard to believe a peel and stick deck will last, but I have zero experience with it.


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Certainly looks good in the pictures and seems very inexpensive. I have to believe you get the long term durability you pay for, or it would take over the world. I find it hard to believe a peel and stick deck will last, but I have zero experience with it.
I have a peel and stick "tread" on the forward end / top of coaming port and starboard. Been there for many years and no sign or wear or peeling away. It's about 1/4" oal thickness... gray... You can see it in the attached pic.

A problem I see is that to get this to adhere it needs to be a smooth surface... and most decks have some sort of non skid already... and that has to be dealt with.. sanded or whatever. My deck, for example has a raised diamond pattern in the gelcoat which is hardly non skid... but better than smooth gelgoat. Prepping my decks would be a major and messy project. I don't care for fake anything so the pattern and color that I have on those small bits is what I would use.
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Re: Anyone Have Any Experience With RaptorDeck?

It's a pretty cool product, and it is very soft on the skin, "like foam", especially when compared to Treadmaster. The thing that friends of mine have noticed is that they get about 3 years or so of life out of it, and it starts getting powdery and breaks down over time, necessitating replacement. If you cover it with something like an awning, and keep it out of the sun, it lasts longer.

Most racers I have talked to, and online, seem to prefer Hydroturf (https://www.hydroturf.com/hydro-request-boating). It seems to last longer, and uses a 3M adhesive which holds up really well, they report not having to replace nearly as often. Now Hydroturf is a DIY job, so you will have to template it yourself. One suggestion for Hydroturf is to cut it on a bevel, much like picture framers do with matting, it save wear and tear, as well as not having a sharp edge for the material.
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Re: Anyone Have Any Experience With RaptorDeck?

I raced on a J-70 that had the gray material that probably was RaptorDeck. The deck was roughly 5 years old when the sold the boat. It definitely had a lot of hard use and it held up well, basically looking new when the boat was sold. That boat was in Annapolis and was under cover most of the time that it was not in use. We never saw an adhesion problem. I will say that it was comfortable to sit on and felt much cooler to the touch than the fiberglass in summer. Shoe grip was excellent. The faux teak color was pretty convincing from perhaps 6-10 feet away, but philosophically the faux teak was not as appealing to me as the gray since the gray does not pretend to be something it isn't.

The stuff really was comfortable, so much so that we jokingly referred to sitting on the cockpit sole in light air as "lounging in the living room recliner."

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