How to Replace Boat Carpet

Replacing boat carpet is fairly easy to do with the right tools. It’s a project anyone can tackle over the weekend. If you use your boat frequently, you’ll know that the boat carpet is often one of the first things to wear out. While carpets are comfortable, they simply don’t stand up to the elements as well as vinyl or wood.

Carpet Removal

Older carpet is easy to remove with just a few hand tools. Clean off any remaining glue and inspect the wood or fiberglass deck for water damage before installing new carpet. While the carpet is removed on older crafts, it is a good idea to check below deck for hidden structural damage and to inspect the condition of the fuel tanks.

Cutting to Size

The best way to cut carpet or floor vinyl to size is to use an oversized measurement and cut a piece before applying the glue. Rough-cut a piece of carpet that is larger than the area to be covered. By laying the piece in place, custom cuts for an exact fit can be made using a sharp carpet or utility knife. After the fit is right, remove the carpet.

Applying Adhesive

Simply apple the adhesive to the deck when temperatures are about 65°F and trowel into place with 100% coverage. Allow adhesive to tack properly and set carpet in place. Apply pressure to carpet or use a roller from the center to all edges to remove unwanted air bubbles. Refrain from vacuuming or foot traffic until adhesive has time to properly bond and dry.

Last Revision: Mar 29, 2017

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