When we first started boat shopping
, I thought "Why on earth would someone put carpet in a boat?!" Well, after living onboard in the Pacific Northwest
for two years, and in the Sea of Cortez
for one year, I now know why.
Carpet is actually more comfortable on the feet - it feels much warmer in colder climates. And is no problem in hot climates.
Rugs/carpet provides a non-slip surface for wet feet, from the shower
The rugs catch a surprising amount of living debris. They are easy to roll up, shake out overboard
, and relatively cheap
I crewed on an HR that had wall-to-wall carpet. The boat was only a few years old, but already the snaps that were holding the carpet down were broken or tearing through the carpet, which created several prime trip hazards. There was even "wall-to-wall" carpeting on the galley
floor. It appeared like it was a chore to keep clean, as it wasn't.
We opted for rubber-backed throw rugs so we an easily access all the compartments in the bilge
and shake them out regularly.