With boat season kicking off in just a few months, it’s a good time to start planning. If it’s time to replace your marine flooring, you’ll need to choose between vinyl or carpet. Although choosing the right type of flooring can be a difficult decision, the truth is that both options have plenty of advantages.


Understanding which option is best for your boat comes down to how you plan to use your vessel. To help you make the right decision for your boat, our custom boat upholstery manufacturers at Canvasworks in Cokato, MN, break down the options in this post.


To learn more about boat upholstery options for your boat, check out our gallery online and give us a call!

Benefits of Marine Carpet

Marine carpet has plenty of upsides. These are a few of the biggest draws.


If you plan to fish, marine carpet can be your best friend. That’s because boats can carry sound from footfalls, and that sound echoes through the water, scaring off fish. But with marine carpet, your footsteps will be much quieter, which means the fish won’t hear you coming.


Marine carpet is soft and plush, making it the more comfortable option. If you plan to spend a lot of time on your boat recreationally, this might be a good choice for you. And marine carpet is also cooler underfoot so it’s more pleasant on hot summer days.


Safety is essential when you’re out on the lake, and marine carpeting provides excellent traction, even when wet.  This is a significant advantage when you’re on the water, especially if you have rambunctious children on board.

Budget Friendly

Maintaining your boat isn’t cheap, and that also applies to your boat’s flooring. However, marine flooring is a budget-friendly option when it’s time to redo your floor. Marine flooring is designed to handle the particular challenges of marine life, so don’t use carpeting made for other purposes.  Don’t forget to cover your boat; it will extend the life of your marine carpeting.

Benefits of Vinyl Boat Flooring

Marine carpet is great, but so is marine vinyl! Here are our favorite things about marine vinyl flooring:

Easy to Clean

Vinyl boat flooring is very easy to clean. After a day on the lake, a quick rinse is all that’s needed to clean your vinyl marine flooring.  The same holds true for your final fall cleaning and spring cleaning.

Repels Odors

Due to the composition of the fibers, marine vinyl doesn’t trap odors or stains, which is a real positive on a fishing boat.


Vinyl marine flooring is highly resistant to fading, so your boat’s flooring will look nicer for longer.  That doesn’t mean you can forgo the boat cover, you’ll still want to protect your upholstery from the sun’s rays.

Order Your Quality Marine Flooring and Boat Upholstery

Get your boat ready for summer fun now with beautiful boat upholstery and marine flooring from Canvasworks!


Check out our online gallery and then give us a call at 320-559-0165 or contact us online to order your new marine products today.