Not to long ago, we finally got around to a project I’ve been looking forward to since we got Blue Turtle. When we bought Blue Turtle 6 years ago, the interior main salon and aft cabin had this commercial grade carpeting in it. I completely understand why the previous owners would choose commercial grade if they were going to carpet the interior especially in Florida where sand can wreak havoc on just about everything. Unfortunately, this carpet was very difficult to clean and vacuum and sand and shells slowly got embedded in it.
About a year into owning Blue Turtle, we remodeled the main salon area removing the built in seating and table and pulling out the carpet. We installed waterproof vinyl plank flooring in a wood finish that matched the interior of our boat. This has been one of the best ideas we’ve had for the interior since it’s easier to clean and I can replace throw rugs as they wear out which wasn’t an option with our old carpet installed.
With full time work and life in general, we never got around to replacing the carpet in the aft cabin. It’s always been on our to-do list but other obligations (work, raising a kid, etc) got in the way. We finally decided to bite the bullet and have someone else install the vinyl flooring for us. Thankfully, we have a handy neighbor here on the docks that we hired to complete the job. After ordering 3 samples online for $10 (they credit you the $10 back when you place your order) I selected the color that best matched our interior. I ordered the flooring planks online at Lumber Liquidators (same place we got our main salon flooring) and Alex went to town. He did an amazing job and we couldn’t be happier. I’m so thankful to have that dusty and sandy carpet out of there and have a new throw rug in place.
We think vinyl flooring is the best flooring for boat interiors because it’s waterproof and very durable. Carpeting doesn’t hold up to all the sand, water and shells tracked through the boat. We replace our throw rugs at least once a year because of it. Check out our new floors below and let us know what you think in the comments.