Product Spotlight | DECKadence Marine

By Tony Centore Boat Owner and Researcher
I took our boat out of storage I realized my deck covering had to go. I thought about going with no deck covering at all but with the slipping and pounding I’d take I decided to research an alternative covering. So while exploring deck-covering options for my boat, I was intrigued to discover we’ve made some serious advances over the years other than just boat carpet.

Boat Carpeting remains the most affordable option, and there’s been advances in material, durability, look and feel, but it’s still carpet and with that it’s still soggy, smelly and completely antiquated so boat carpet is still carpet and while in my house it makes sense in my boat is a hard no go.

There’s woven products out now too, like “sea grass,” often used with or in place of boat carpet and what I like about the weave is they do stand up to the elements and easily hose clean, but there’s no give, I mean no anti-fatigue what so ever it may as well be a bare deck.

SeaDek and other EVA manufacturers offer a cool looking product other than boat carpet. It comes in a wide variety of colors and can be custom “engraved” by the manufacturer for their boat brand. I really like the clean way it looks, and it is very popular, but it’s hard on the feet and keeping it clean is a huge issue plus it’s glued to the deck so you’re constantly cleaning it in awkward places because you can’t just replace it.

Synthetic teak looks like real teak wood and I love the look! The darker versions of it are warm on the bare feet in the summer sun, it’s expensive no anti-fatigue they make a teak looking boat carpet that’s how popular the look is but it’s just carpet.

DECKadence, looks like plush boat marine carpet but it’s actually this special synthetic spooled soft flow through material. It’s quick dry, cushy on the feet and installs without glue or snaps required! All around I love the product and hands down my favorite, but it too isn’t real inexpensive. Still when I factored in the fact that it’s practical, easy to maintain, no glue, no snaps, cushy on my feet (and back) it’s the way I’m going. www.Deckadencemarine.com
Ski and fishing wake boat builders started using it a few years ago. It caught on with them because it’s easy to clean and very comfortable on bare feet.

The product allows air and water to flow right through it while keeping the surface cool and dry. Unlike boat carpet they attach a poly-vinyl mesh backing that also allows water to flow while it grips to the deck which keeps it from moving around on the deck.

DECKadence doesn’t require any binding or edging and can go right over deck hatches and deck drains.

There are several videos and tips on how to install and even seam the product (if need be) on that site, DECKadence is sold either fully fabricated or in square feet the material is 6′ (six) wide but can easily be seamed to accommodate any width or configuration. Sell a lot cheaper than synthetic teak too at about $9 – $11 dollars a square DIY depending on how much you need.

So if you’re in the market for a deck covering makeover I hope this helps, good luck and happy boating!

See you on the open seas!
Tony Centore

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