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I finally got around to building and installing a front deck on my Jon Boat project.

 

About 20 years ago when I rebuilt my old Cobia I did this in the non-skid sand on the deck;

 

So I decided to do something similar to my Jon Boat just for fun. After I cut out the plywood and I epoxy coated it I got it ready for the sand non-skid surface and I needed a model for my design;

 

All sketched out, I am no artist by any means but what the heck;

 

Cut out;

 

Some details added;

 

Epoxy and sand;

 

Tape removed before epoxy sets up fully so I won’t have to use a chisel to do it;

 

Epoxy applied over the sand after a good vacuuming;

 

All done glued and screwed into place, not to bad for a jon boat;

 

Close up;

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This also added about a foot more room to the original front deck.
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Looks to be quality work and you get more room to fish! How long did the project take?
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Not that long, I did the decking on the floor first and then the front deck later. It takes a couple of full days because you have to let the epoxy cure and such. The cut out and fitting was done one day, the epoxy coating was another day the sand was another day and the paint still another day, I guess longer than I thought. Ha, ha.
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Very cool stuff...what brand/type of epoxy did you use?  Any special sand or is that just grab a bag at Home Depot?
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I used the west marine epoxy for this, it is good stuff. The best sand to use is sand blasting sand. You can get it in different grades, fine, medium coarse, etc. And it is dry, which is important. However, I did buy this sand at HD and it was general purpose mortar sand. It is dry and you want to make sure it is. The playground sand that comes in the plastic bags is wet and will cause issues I believe. I used a screen to sift out the course stuff and it worked well.

 

I am trying to remember since it was a long time ago but, I believe I used polyester resin on the Cobia, which I would have gotten at Mahoney’s. I am pretty sure I used polyester resin on that boat I don’t remember using any epoxy on that boat at all. Polyester works well with something mixed in with it like glass, it ain’t worth a darn on it’s own.

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That's pretty cool stuff - the reason I ask is because the rails/gunnels on my fiberglass boat get slick.  I teend to hop up on them while holding on to the T-Top while searching for tarpon.  Any thoughts on that?  I had thought about buying some simple what appeared to be stickers for traction and add them on, but never did.
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For that I think I would just do the bath tub non-skid stick on stuff first. West Marine or Mahoney’s may have some marine grade stuff. You can always peel that off if you don't like it. It won't last forever in the sun that's for sure but again just peel it off and re-apply.

 

If you decide to do something like what I did the disadvantage is that you will need to scuff up your gunnels and you will also want to be very careful when sanding not to sand areas that you want to keep shinny. Again, I think I would try something self-stick first.

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Kiwi Grip works very well for gunnels! Just re-cored part of my gunnels on my SeaCraft. Used the Kiwi Grip, takes a little practice, but easy!

http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=56089&familyName=KiwiGrip+Non-Skid+Deck+Coating

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Here's what it looks like, it's actually light grey.

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Very cool...I'll look at that.
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That looks good and probably might have been a better alternative for what I used even. Remember, anything you apply is basically paint and is only as good as the surface prep. That is the most important part of any application and is often the most neglected.

 

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