Best Boat Flooring for Your Cockpit

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Pros & cons of 3 boat flooring options of carpet, woven vinyl & EVA foam when upgrading your boat cockpit or boat decking

Most boats - from cruiser style to fishing or pontoon boats - have some sort of flooring to cover their fiberglass cockpit floor.

Flooring helps protect the fiberglass from scratches or chips, and its much more slip resistant than a fiberglass deck. The right flooring can make your boat deck feel much more comfortable and cozy, making it a great upgrade for your boat.

But it can also be a big investment, so you want to make sure you're making the best decision for your boat and how you like to use your boat. When its time to upgrade you’ll want to consider all the pros & cons of different flooring options to pick the best boat flooring for your boat's cockpit.

Boat Flooring Option #1 - Marine Carpet

The first option is to use marine grade carpet. Typically it is a Berber style carpet with a rubber backing.


  • It has a soft cozy feel
  • Its easy to buy online for your boat model, or get it cut to size
  • Its easy to install, you can do it yourself, typically just requires snaps
  • Its easy to remove
  • You can get a rubber backing that keeps it from slipping & helps if it gets wet.


  • It gets worn out
  • It gets stained
  • It takes forever to dry if it gets wet
  • It is heavy

Boat Flooring Option #2 - Woven Vinyl

woven vinyl flooringWoven Vinyl is another good option to consider, that has some of the same pros as carpet, but a lot more marine-friendly qualities. You see a lot of new boats using this material, but you can also get it for your boat aftermarket.


  • The PVC marine material is stain, mildew & UV resistant
  • More durable - holds it shape & doesn’t get flattened out, indented or scratched
  • It drys fast & you can literally just wash it down with a hose… and its slip resistant
  • And the woven look is really nice with lots of colors & patterns to match your boat

And like carpet…

  • Its easy to buy online for your boat model, or get it cut to size
  • Its easy to install, you can do it yourself, typically just requires snaps - but it can also be glued down if you wanted
  • Its easy to remove
  • You can get a rubber backing that helps with water flow & gives it some extra cushion in addition to the woven vinyl material


  • Not as soft or cushy on your feet as carpet
  • Cost a bit more than carpet

Boat Flooring Option #3 - EVA Foam

eva foam seadekMost EVA flooring is closed-cell, polyethylene (PE) foam, but can vary a bit depending on what supplier you use. The most popular brand is SeaDek - a lot of boat builders use it & a lot of people get it installed aftermarket.


  • Water resistant
  • Cushioned & comfortable
  • Really good traction
  • shock & sound absorbent
  • Highly customizable - lots of color & design options & they can do some really cool custom laser patterns or logos

CONS of EVA Foam

  • Some people say it can get stained, marked or dinged up if you aren’t careful
  • Cost - higher price point then both carpet & vinyl flooring
  • Additional cost of installer, because its very hard to do a good DIY install
  • Its not removable - once it is affixed to your boat it is not easy to remove, in fact you may even have to hire someone & likely need to use chemicals to scrape it completely clean - and your non-skid can be ruined in the process

Those are the main 3 flooring options you can choose from when upgrading your boat deck flooring. So which one is the best? That will be up to you to decide which is best for how you boat based on the pros & cons of each type of boat flooring.

For us, we chose to upgrade our marine carpet to a Woven Vinyl flooring product.

Too biggest selling points for us? We liked that it was practically indestructible with marine grade qualities. We also like the fact that we can snap it in or take it out easily.

We chose Corinthian Marine and selected their AquaMat® woven vinyl product. We reviewed samples to ensure we loved the color & quality and then ordered it online. They had our boat's template on file, which made it super easy to order the right layout for our boat.

Check out the full video of our install process!

Diane Seltzer

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Diane is the founder of as well as the boating lifestyle site for kids Active in the boating industry, Diane has also led the marketing for multiple recreational boating businesses and startups.
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