Cockpit flooring...DIY??

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by Njlarry, Sep 22, 2022 at 10:05 PM.

  1. Njlarry

    Njlarry Active Member

    472
    May 9, 2021
    Chesapeake bay
    2000 400 DB
    Cat 3126
    Have decided on Corinthian Aquamat vinyl flooring for the cockpit in our 400 Sedan Bridge. The cockpit has one hatch in the middle which should be a separate piece from the rest. Should we try this ourselves or hire it out? We found a person in our area who was recommend but she has been very slow returning calls while the template kit the company sent seems straight forward and they promise a two week turnaround time. Other than maybe the hatch it seems easy enough. On the other hand the increased cost and wait time of the pro is worth it if the job turns out that much better.
    Curious what others have experienced.
     
  2. Coz

    Coz Active Member

    422
    Oct 9, 2018
    2008 Sundancer 310
    Merc Mag 350 DTS w/Bravo III
    You will need a heavy duty sewing machine if you want a binding on the edges.
     
  3. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2003 420DA, 6CTAs
    NA
    Twice we have done our own template and sent it to Corinthian and our carpet has come back perfect! Go to HD and buy the thickest plastic they have. Take a sharpie and trace the outlines. Cut the pieces up with scissors and test fit and adjust. It will come back to you exactly like your template.

    Bennett
     
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  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    If you take your time with the template, DIY all the way.
     
  5. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Creating the template is pretty straight forward. I used strapping tape on the deck (this simply makes cleanup easier) and then basting tape (double sided tape) on top of that. This is to hold the materials down. Slowly trim the template materials until you can get a nice flat fit. Then just trace your outline. If you are planning on a teak (or any repeating) pattern it is very important to create a alignment line between any of the separate mats so that the pattern can be aligned during the cutting process - also mark you panels to know the direction.

    If you have any questions please let me know and I should also note that we have taken on the Corinthian Marine line this year and we are dealers for them. If you are interested in ordering I would be happy to assist. Costs will be dependent upon the size of the template and the material required.

    I should also note that should you decide to contract out the template process I would look for someone who can handle the process digitally and then just transfer the cut files for processing.

    One last thing to think about with Corinthian is the type of edge binding you choose. The do have a couple of options and colors available for your selection.

    -Kevin
     
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  6. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2000 Carver 506
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge
    Volvo TAMD 74 P
    I did mine myself. Look at the Corinthian site and find their clearance deals on remnant rolls. I was able to buy rolls the length I needed to do the individual sections so I had very little waste. I have a machine so I put my own binding on but you can find a local carpet shop to do it. I used any extra material to make mats for the heads and also made 18 inch rounds to place on the dock to wind up the bitter ends of my dock lines to avoid splinters from the wood planks.
     
  7. Njlarry

    Njlarry Active Member

    472
    May 9, 2021
    Chesapeake bay
    2000 400 DB
    Cat 3126
    Corinthian sends you the template material, you make the template and send it back to them, they then make the flooring along with doing the edging.
     
  8. Firemedic181

    Firemedic181 Member

    97
    Aug 5, 2021
    MacRay Harbor
    2000 410 DA
    7.4 twins
    There is just something about doing certain work on your own boat that gives satisfaction every time you step aboard, and the flooring is one of them.
    Take your time and DIY, you’ll be happy and always admire the sweat equity, good luck.
     
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  9. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2003 420DA, 6CTAs
    NA
    Factory carpet tends to leave gaps around edges for dirt to collect. I have always made it “wall to wall” to eliminate that. I also like removing the male snap stud from the floor, filling the hole, and using velcro to hold it in place. Corinthian sews in the velcro to the back of the carpet. Just a cleaner look to me.

    Bennett
     
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