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PostPosted: 02 Aug 2016, 10:42 

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Folks, I have a 17' Blazer jet jon stick steer. The boat is all unpainted aluminum. The front deck gets very hot in the summer. Suggestions for cooling it down. Not a big fan of carpet but need suggestions as to painting or rhino lining. Thanks.


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PostPosted: 02 Aug 2016, 10:54 
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Hydro-turf or SeaDek. SeaDek will cost you a pretty penny.



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You can get light gray exercise mats that you can just lay down up there after you run to a spot and start fishing or doing whatever.

But something like hydroturf would be a better permanent solution. You can get them with 3M backing. I'm not sure what the prices are directly from them, but from Gator Trax you can get some unique colors geared towards hunters/fisherman such as duk grass camo, nat gear camo, gator brown, and others. They are about $100 for a 4'x8' sheet.



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PostPosted: 02 Aug 2016, 11:54 

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What about painting? Is this a reasonable option.


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Light colored paint will help some.



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I have the same problem on mine (jonboat green). I'm hoping the Parkers Sand tan paint will cool it down enough for bare feet



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hydro turf or find a pair of comfortable fishing shoes. i like wearing crocs on the boat.



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PostPosted: 02 Aug 2016, 17:14 
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My tracker has carpet on it and it still gets hot enough during the day to make it uncomfortable to go bare foot, so during peak times I have to put sandals back on for a while. Has been a hotter than normal summer so far though. I would think it would take more than just paint color to cool it down enough if you all ready say it is hot enough to fry an egg on....:)


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Only complaint I have with my boat-the deck gets hot. Bad hot. Like hot enough to melt the soles of my shoes if I'm on the water for a while. Until a few weeks ago I had permanent rubber shoe tracks all over the front deck. They come right off with WD40 but it still takes a little elbow grease. I'm thinking about putting down some hydroturf.


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lovedr79 wrote:
hydro turf or find a pair of comfortable fishing shoes. i like wearing crocs on the boat.
yup crocs


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My buddies wife bought him a pair of crocs.
The first fishin trip he got sunburned through all the little
holes in the top of the crocs :oops:

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Ha Ha..I've done the "sunburn through the tops of his crocs " thing too. Now I wear my wading boots. A bit hot, but better than the Crocs for sunburn.

My front deck ( camo painted G3 1652) is so hot that this old codger can't put his knee down to crawl off of the bow when finished boating. I carry a small towel, and put it down doubled just so I can get off.

At Lowes, I found a black rubberized floor mat for $10.00 that covers nearly half of my main front deck....(but not the short raised portion that I need to kneel on).... I just dropped it into place and it makes that area comfortable. I intend to buy another one and basically cover the entire front deck for $20.00 Nonslip and much cooler than painted metal.

I haven't fastened it down yet, since most of my boating is on nearby lakes and I can't go faster than 40 mph to get to them.

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PostPosted: 03 Aug 2016, 00:52 

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The rubber mat idea may be the answer. Can be removed easily if need be and certainly does not require the prep or permanence of rhino linings or paint. If I can find a light colored mat like they use in commercial kitchens I may give that a go. Thanks for the brainstorming ideas.


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if you go the rubber mat route here is a little tip if you want a quick easy way to mount and remove the mat. get some industrial strength velcro that is self adhesive and cut 1"-2" strips for the corners of the mat, one half of the velcro stick to the boat the other half you super glue to the back side of the mat (the self adhesive don't stick to rubber) now the mat can't blow out or slide when you step on it and it's quick and easy to remove, if you ever decide you no longer want the mat you just peel the strips off the boat.I have the mats in the floor of my boat held in this way and it's great.
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Just one a additional thing re the mats.. They do have to be fastened down somehow.

At 70 mph, they can lift up and disappear.

Don't ask me how I know this.

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