Should my bass boat have carpet? What Kind?

Should a Bass Boat Have Carpet

The simple answer is that you should have carpet on a bass boat. This will avoid people from slipping and falling during inclement weather. Each boat will require specific types of carpet for the proper safety and overall appearance of the boat. Boat carpet takes so much abuse and has a life of around 5 years if you take care of it. Replacing it can be a big job but you can do it with some time and patience. The materials will probably cost around $200-250. This would be a good time to add any upgrades. You can find prices and colors online. There are many different grades of carpets. You also have to be prepared for some rotting floorboards. Putting in the wrong type of carpet could put you in danger so it is important to know the various types on the market. There is one brand called Desso that is very good. They provide carpeting for bigger ships like hospital boats, ferries, yachts and cruise lines. They make high quality marine carpets with many different sizes, textures and patterns.

You can even get samples and find the ones you like. It doesn’t matter the size of the boat. A couple more good companies for boat carpeting are Mat works, R and S Textiles and Cabelas. If you need new boat carpeting then contact a good company like the ones above and see what they can offer in your price range. You want to make sure you get something that is fade proof and can resist snow, wind, rain, hail, salt, dirt and more. Make sure that the carpeting has a rubber coated underside and is a good color that will match the rest of the boats decor. Never buy something that is too much work. The only thing that you should have to do is the gluing. You should also make sure you buy a good marine carpet cleaner when the carpet gets installed. Boat carpets on bass boats will take maintenance and work. You have to vacuum the carpet but that is not where the work stops. The problem is the invisible lime deposits get grounded into the matting and will make it look more worn then it actually is. You can revive the carpet by mixing 50/50 water and white vinegar and scrubbing the rug in a circle. The carpet should be saturated and scrubbed and then rinsed well.

If you care to you can wash it later with some detergent. You won’t believe the new look of the carpet when you’re done. Another issue is just wear and tear of the carpet. Any boat will look 100% percent better with a fresh new deck carpet. However, there are many people who get annoyed and frustrated by this job and rightly so. The first thing you need to do is remove the old carpet. This can be the hardest part of the whole project. To install the new carpet some people use paste glue and others use a spray on adhesive. There are boat builders that don’t use high quality carpeting in their boats. The combination of bad carpet and paste glue can really make the job of getting the carpet out that more frustrating. One chemical seems to work well for lifting old carpet off a boat but you have to wear gloves! That chemical is acetone that can be bought by the quart of galleon in paint supply or hardware stores. Simply pour it on the carpet and it will mix with the glue and loosen the carpet from the floor. When laying new carpeting cut the biggest piece first so you know what is left over for the compartment and lids.

For the lids and decks using a template from newspapers works well along with a good utility or vinyl knife. After you lay the carpet make sure you replace the screws and pop rivets and any hinges. Laying the carpet will take a few hours depending on the areas to cover on the boat. Laying your boat carpet will take certain tools and materials like:
-utility knife
-blades
-small clamps
-screw drivers
-channel locks or pliers
-straight edge
-drill with stripping wheel
-scrapper
-magic marker
-tape measure
-disposable paintbrushes
-vacuum
-rags
-working area
Materials:
-outdoor latex carpet glue
-carpet
-tubes of liquid nail

It is very important to lay your carpet with the grain going in the same direction on the whole boat. Strip the boat and scrape off the old glue everywhere. The cleaner the surface of the boat and floors for the installation the better it will adhere. The great thing is that if you do the work yourself you can save yourself over $1,000 dollars. Learning to put in and replace bass boat carpeting yourself can give you a great deal of inner satisfaction and a pride in ownership.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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