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PostPosted: 03 Aug 2016, 07:46 
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PostPosted: 03 Aug 2016, 08:39 
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Yeah, thinking a bimini top may be the way to go



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PostPosted: 03 Aug 2016, 08:48 
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I like all the mat ideas. I would like to go that route too. When I get around to it I hope I can find something light weight. I look at the commercial mats we have at work and they weigh a ton.

I will share that when I bought my boat three years ago the paint was a deep rich army green and brother was it hot. Would literally melt the cheap nikes right off.
Fast forward 3 years and the paint is now a soft sage cooler. The lighter shade color holds so much less heat it is possible to stand on the deck all day without feeling the heat.
I was going to paint it an even lighter color but think I will jump straight into a mat over the winter.
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I still need to replace the wood with aluminum (which will happen this fall when it's cooler to work on my boat), but once that's done, I plan on trying Tuff Coat Marine on mine. From everything I've read about it, it keeps the surface cool, works well as non slip, lots of color choices, durable, and easy to just hose it off to clean it. Select the marine option from this page. http://www.tuffcoat.net/wordpress/



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PostPosted: 03 Aug 2016, 15:19 
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A bimini top is a huge improvement for fishing hot days. It's like a 20 degree difference and feels more like 50.



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PostPosted: 03 Aug 2016, 15:53 
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jethro wrote:
A bimini top is a huge improvement for fishing hot days. It's like a 20 degree difference and feels more like 50.


Never figured out how people fish with a bimini top. Looks like it would get in my way casting.



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PostPosted: 03 Aug 2016, 16:00 
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RiverBottomOutdoors wrote:
jethro wrote:
A bimini top is a huge improvement for fishing hot days. It's like a 20 degree difference and feels more like 50.


Never figured out how people fish with a bimini top. Looks like it would get in my way casting.


I'm curious too. I've never used one so I have no idea.

I do fish alone often though...so I could see how leaving in up in the stern area and just using it to escape the sun occasionally between fishing off the front deck would be nice.



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I'd still say hydroturf is the best (but not near cheapest) solution. I laid all of my samples out on my deck in the sun one day and, while the deck was scalding hot, even the darker colored camo samples were just warm to the touch.



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I have SeaDek (camo....relatively dark colored) which is similar to Hydroturf and I can stand on my deck in mid-day 100 degree sun barefooted. I also have vinyl on the floor of my boat and can't stand on that barefoot. Sometimes I will splash a little water on the SeaDek to make it even cooler on the feet.



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Do you guys mostly fish with bare feet? I'd have hooks in them twice a day.

Of course, I am old and clumsy.

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Thought about using aluminum for decking but went with marine board for just that reason. Painted it with light grey porch and deck paint and it has held up very well. I fish bare footed (actually I'm bare footed a lot) so if the wood gets warm a bucket of water poured on the deck cools things off.



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Mostly barefoot for me, Rich. I've always felt more sure footed in a boat with barefeet. In a nutshell that's why I put the Seadek on the boat. I like hydroturf too.



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RiverBottom Outdoors......that seadec looks good. Nice rig you have. Thanks for the info.


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TuffCoat rubberized paint worked perfectly for me - wasn't a budget buster either.



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tractor supply has foam mats cheap, stick down with weldwood contact cement

i used blacktip jetsports flooring off amazon in my boat, not as cheap as the tractor supply mats, but has the glue already on them with color options where as the tractor supply mats are only available in black diamond plate, they don't get hot though & quiets it down too

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this stuff looks pretty good too: https://www.amazon.com/CAP-Barbell-Roll-Antimicrobial-Foam/dp/B00M1S9Q04



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