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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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