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Old 22 December 2009, 05:27   #1
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protecting decks from divers

How many of you protect the decks of your ribs from the rough treatment they get with divers?
If so how do you do it?

I have purchased a rubber matt (octomat) on the deck to prevent the chipping of the gel coat/ fibre glass

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Old 22 December 2009, 05:59   #2
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I've used this on my deck:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Rubber-Grass-M...item2301c909da
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Old 22 December 2009, 06:23   #3
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use the same stuff chewy for lining out the anchor locker, protect the inner section from a 4 kg anchor flying around, i would imagine its perfect for Divers and associated equipment
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Thats the same stuff as the octo mat except a t a much better price.
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Divers!!

Its always weight belts. With one notable exception, everyone that I dive with looks after the heavy bits - cylinders, regs, torches etc., but the weightbelt - who cares, just drop it off.
Rant over
I have put Treadmaster on the decks, It worked well on the old club dive boat.
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but the weightbelt - who cares, just drop it off.
Next time someone does it pick it up and drop it over the side, see how much care they take next time!
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Next time someone does it pick it up and drop it over the side, see how much care they take next time!
If only I wasn't such a nice guy.............................
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I have used treadmaster with good results on two boats used for diving. I find it is the guys with solid weights that do all the damage anyway so after one of my mates coming onto the new RIB a few months ago (for the first time on this boat as well) and taking a 8 inch long chunk from the engine casing and scraping the tube they are now banned. Shot weight belts only.
I think he thought I was kidding at first but its now been three months since that and I reckon he is taking me seriously by now!
To a certain extent dive kit and RIBs are never going to be completely compatible but a little care goes a long way.
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Wear one of these and tell 'em to get thier own boat
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Wear one of these and tell 'em to get thier own boat
Interesting drysuit design ........... Where did you get it ?
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