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Old 12-04-2009, 18:35   #1
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Help with area rugs


We are looking for a good source of small area rugs for our salon and cockpit areas so we can take our golden retriever sailing (a monohull) with us. He needs help getting a grip, and we would like to protect the flooring from his nails. We think we would like uni-piece rugs, rather than laying rugs on non-slip pads. We'd also appreciate any thoughts on how to assist our dog with stability on the salon floors & teak decks.


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Old 12-04-2009, 18:52   #2
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Home depot is as good a source as any for rubber backed mats. Just make sure the rubber backing doesn't stick to your floors.

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I bought some boat carpet from defender, made some paper patterns of the floor and had a upholster sew the binding around the edges, it's a great fit ,easy to remove and clean
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a buddy of mine...

...with a Freedom 44 ketch tried everything imaginable to help his golden retriever get a grip--including rubber booties--with no success. The older the dog got, the harder a time it had moving about on deck. The problem wasn't just when the boat was moving; the dog even had trouble when the boat was tied up in the marina. The dog was pretty nimble on the docks but almost handicapped on non-skid. I'm not certain whether this was just a retriever thing or a big-dog thing.

It occurs to me that one possible source for a ready-made solution for the cockpit sole might be a thick, rubber-backed astroturf golf mat from a driving range.
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