has anyone ever used an indoor - outdoor carpeting for your bunks instead of buying regular bunk carpeting from cabela's or basspro shop etc.?
I was just considering using indoor - outdoor carpet that I have left over from a patio instead of ordering bunk carpeting.I almost forgot to ask about 2x6's for bunks, can treated wood be used with an aluminum boat hull or will it react to the aluminum when wet ?
The bunks on my 18 yr old bass boat trailer were starting to rot to the point of the boat leaning last spring so I bought new green treated lumber and covered them with the reasonably good quality indoor/outdoor carpet from Home Depot. I used the soft, low nap stuff - not the stuff that looks like first gen astro turf. It looked like it was nylon or some similar material and was available in several colors - I know they had light gray and a burgundy.
I didn't want it to shift around, so I asked for them to recommend a good indoor/outdoor glue and I coated the bunks pretty good before putting it on. (Can't remember what I used) Plus I had a heavy duty staple gun and really nailed it down good on the bottom.
I used it for a couple of months and it seemed to hold up well - boat launched and loaded fine - not too slick or too rough.
The only problem for your question is that I sold the boat and can't tell you how it's holding up long term - but I felt like it would do fine.
thank you for the information, I apprciate it
08-06-2008, 04:57 PM
Treated wood is the only way to go. As for the carpet, I don't see why it would not work. Just make sure it thick enough so it doesn't rub through, and scratch the boat.
08-06-2008, 05:23 PM
I did a lot of reading about what to use for bunk lumber and found that the copper in treated wood along with wet carpet can have an adverse effect on aluminum boats.
I used cedar 2x6's and installed two rows of 1 1/2"x12" inch plastic slides the entire length of the bunks. I had to install the two rows of slides side by side with a gap between them so that rows of rivets in the hull would not contact the bunks. The boat is immensely easier to load and unload without carpet.
I used some black indoor/outdoor from Menards a couple years ago. I stapled it on from the backside of the bunk. Has not moved or let loose in 2 years. Looks real good still.