EVA foam decking

Discussion in 'Installation Photos/Specs' started by mstang64bb, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. Steve in Minneapolis

    Steve in Minneapolis Active Member

    199
    Jul 20, 2020
    Minnetonka
    2021 290 SDX
    350 HP Mercruiser
    Metallic blue with Sand (bar) interior
    350 Mercruiser with Bravo III
    JVM, I'm wondering how you like the Corinthian product now that you've had it for a few years? I've ordered my new SR, and I may tell them not to put anything on the swim platform or inside the cockpit. And, I'd get the Corinthian instead. Someone here locally can make the templates and install for me for roughly the same cost as if I did my own templates and mailed them in . Would you buy it again?
     
  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I have two seams in mine. We cut the seams within the black parts and it's hardly noticeable. I've had mine 2 years. No issues, cleans up nicely with Simple Green.

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  3. Steve in Minneapolis

    Steve in Minneapolis Active Member

    199
    Jul 20, 2020
    Minnetonka
    2021 290 SDX
    350 HP Mercruiser
    Metallic blue with Sand (bar) interior
    350 Mercruiser with Bravo III
    that looks really good!
     
  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Thank you, sir. Sea Dek looks better though :)
     
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  5. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy
    3126 Cat's
    I've got 2 seasons on my E-bay (Chinese) decking and still thrilled with it. All seams are done down the black stripe, cut the black stripe off of one side and butt the other up with a tiny bit of black 4200 to mate them together and I also went around the entire outside edge with tape down and layed a tiny bead to seal the edges (so far it has worked great). The only problem I have as seem in the picture is far left of the picture... I screwed up a cut and had to order another piece that at first looked the same but over time it evidently came from a different dye lot.

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  6. Steve in Minneapolis

    Steve in Minneapolis Active Member

    199
    Jul 20, 2020
    Minnetonka
    2021 290 SDX
    350 HP Mercruiser
    Metallic blue with Sand (bar) interior
    350 Mercruiser with Bravo III
    Looks great! In the eventual time that it takes where it needs to be replaced, is 4200 removable? I know it's tough... and I know 5200 is permanent, but I don't know about 4200.
     
  7. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy
    3126 Cat's
    Yes, 4200 can be removed without pulling up the gel coat...
     
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  8. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI Gen VI with V drives
    IMG_3948.JPG IMG_3949.JPG IMG_3961.JPG IMG_3962.JPG IMG_3963.JPG 2.5 years later, still likee.
    I did a ton of butting pieces together for my upper transom, and cockpit. I would cut one piece to have the "caulk" side, and one piece to butt up against it to be the "plank" side. That way, the seam is in the bevel. Where I had to bring two pieces together, I used the plank part, and just lived with the slightly larger plank. The center of the transom upper is an example.
    You will have to live with the edges unless you can get it under something like a flexible trim that can follow the radius turns and non 90 degree edges. I'm still looking for something to finish this with.
    Color matching between sheets will require some finesse. I didn't bother, and I can see them when I look for them.
     
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  9. CaptRonn

    CaptRonn Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2016
    on a large body of water
    1999 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    Convert fuel into noise
    I've considered this, but what holds me back is what happens when it comes time to replace. Peeling this stuff up and cleaning the gelcoat will be a miserable job.

    Plus, the boats around here in the Texas sun that have had the professional installations don't fare to well.
     
  10. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy
    3126 Cat's
    This is true... I had a raw piece sitting on the dock before install with full sun plus a window reflection hitting it and it delam'd.
     
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  11. RBB

    RBB Well-Known Member

    720
    Dec 18, 2019
    Kentucky
    2004 390 MY
    2019 Sea Doo GTX 155
    2020 Walker Bay Venture 14
    Pelican Kayak
    8.1’s straight drive
    60 hp Honda
    08DD1902-5068-4E5A-936F-08D294EDFADC.jpeg F0AA0869-4E7D-4887-A72E-51F12B3CA42D.jpeg 4DEFD38D-4A27-4DE6-B1D9-26BFB2B2EA0C.jpeg We did our 390MY this spring with Aqua
    Marine. Love it.
     

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  12. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    It is holding up really well in it’s fourth season of use. No signs of wear, staining, or discoloring.
    I would definitely purchase it again.
    Maintenance is easy. I wash it with the same boat soap and soft brush that I wash the smooth gelcoat surfaces of the boat with.
    I’ve had to replace a few of the Velcro pieces that hold it down over the years, but that’s to be expected because I pull it up occasionally if I’m doing dirty work in the bilge or to scrub the nonskid under it.
    Installing with snaps instead of Velcro would eliminate the need to replace the Velcro here and there, but there were no snaps in my cockpit and I didn’t want to install them.
     
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  13. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    617
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II".
    454 Mercruisers
    Here's the thing: as inexpensive as this material is, if you don't like it after putting it down, take it up and trash it. In the process of putting some on my swim platform. As far as seems, take your time, push the ends together as tight as possible. Look at some pics on the internet of Seadeck. Some of the applications have a break in them.
     
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  14. speakrdude

    speakrdude Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    2002 Sea Ray 340 DA
    Raymarine C80 Tri Data
    twin 6.2 MX MPI
    How do you guys make the nice curve cuts?
    Do you make a cardboard template first?
    I bought the materials a couple of years ago. Being laying flat under a bed ever since. To affraid to cut!
     
  15. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    I used clear plastic and a Sharpie to make a template. Cut with a very sharp razor knife. Used a jar lid to get the radius of the curved corners. It’s not the cutting quality of a SeaDeck installation, but pretty darn good and a fraction of the cost.
     
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  16. Lake Luv Kentucky

    Lake Luv Kentucky Member

    64
    Jul 10, 2020
    2003 SeaRay 300 Sundancer 30' Cruiser
    Completely updated custom i
    Twin Mercury 5.0
    with Bravo III Drives
    Guys absolutely awesome pics and DIY to all of you. I am curious only because I am so tired of my snap in carpet and being in a covered slip in Kentucky I have spiders and barn swallows that make cleaning an every weekend job. Having said that, I have no problem making a template. I'm pretty handy on DIY and Fabrication as you can see from some of my posts. My question is after getting on Ebay and Amazon there are tons of Chinese companies that sell EVA decking... could you guys send me a few links of products you have installed that have proven to be good quality? I contacted a few companies that will pre cut the stuff but they are pretty pricey.
     
  17. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    You can search "EVA Foam Flooring" on Amazon and ebay. You'll find the off brand stuff easily.

    For what it's worth - snap-in marine weave is FAR easier to clean than EVA foam. So if spider and bird crap cleaning matters to you, consider new snap in vs glue-down EVA. My two cents only.
     
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  18. Steve in Minneapolis

    Steve in Minneapolis Active Member

    199
    Jul 20, 2020
    Minnetonka
    2021 290 SDX
    350 HP Mercruiser
    Metallic blue with Sand (bar) interior
    350 Mercruiser with Bravo III
    Yep, I agree. Two boats ago, we had Infinity vinyl weave flooring and loved it. It was installed by a custom installer, and went edge to edge with very few seams. The current boat has SeaDek foam flooring throughout. I don't really like it. It can tear or cut from things dropped on it, or moved around. Think of squashing a soda can, or moving skis around. And, they make it in little pieces that fit together in a pattern.

    It looks great, but dirt gathers in the spaces between the pieces, and IMO makes the boat look dirty quite easily. About every week or two, I am on my hands and knees with soap and a brush cleaning it. Sure, it cleans easily enough, but with the Infinity vinyl, I could pull it up and rinse the whole floor at one time. And, I did that about once a month or two.

    Now, we ordered a new boat, and I have ordered with SeaDek on the swim platform, and nothing inside. We will have the custom installer put the Infinity Vinyl "carpet" stuff instead. He says it can probably be installed edge to edge such that it doesn't need any snaps, or only a few. I think it will look better and definitely clean more easily.
     
  19. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Get some Simple Green and a proper boat brush. Get off your hands and knees! ha...
     
  20. Steve in Minneapolis

    Steve in Minneapolis Active Member

    199
    Jul 20, 2020
    Minnetonka
    2021 290 SDX
    350 HP Mercruiser
    Metallic blue with Sand (bar) interior
    350 Mercruiser with Bravo III
    I do that too, but in the small spaces around the edge, or under seats and stuff, you have to get in there with a smaller brush or sponge to get it off the fiberglass. The point is that keeping the EVA foam can be tedious.
     

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