Cool the floor of your boat with this simple hack
Is your boat floor too hot? Do you want to do something to make your boat floor colder?
If you’ve got a Jon boat or any type of boat for that matter this article is for you. If you want to make it more pleasant and comfortable to walk in your boat, then keep reading. In this short article we’ll discuss a simple, effective hack to upgrade the deck or floor of your boat.
Most people will take out their boats on nice days, when the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Who wants to spend a day on the water getting rained on? Nobody! With the Sun burning overhead for hours throughout the day, your boat will start getting hot, really hot.
The heat of the Sun is transmitted by radiation, energy waves of heat like infra-red light. Those rays traveled 93 million miles from the Sun unimpeded all the way to your boat. If you’ve ever been skiing or mountain climbing you’ll notice that it’s cold at the top of the mountain, but you can still get a sunburn. The reason for that is because there’s less of Earth’s atmosphere filtering out the harmful UV rays, so you get burnt. There’s also less of the atmosphere above you, insulating you, to keep you warm – so you get burnt, while being cold!
At Sea level much of the UV rays are filtered out but the heat can get intense. At the Dead Sea, Israel, the lowest point on Earth, it’s regularly over 100F, but it’s impossible to get sunburn! So your boat floor is a magnet for heat, and after a few hours in the sun it will become almost too hot to walk on.
There are two things you can do to keep your boat cool, either make sure it’s a light color, or cover it. Heat is absorbed more by darker colors, so if your bass boat is getting too hot, it might be because it’s a dark color. Even bright colors like yellows and reds can get extremely hot in the Sun. So a light green Jonboat getting hot in the Sun is unavoidable.
The only color that does not attract heat is white because white objects reflect all visible wavelengths of light. Black – the color that absorbs all visible wavelengths of light – attracts the most heat, followed by violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red, in descending order. – Sciencing.com
So, if you want a nice cool boat floor, go white.
So white doesn’t absorb the light rays and will reflect the heat rays, but the boat will still get hot. The Sun reflects off the water and heats up the Hull of the boat, and paint isn’t going to help that!
The trick is to not just use regular white paint. Regular white paint will only reflect some radiation, it won’t help cooling. Insulation is needed, a layer of white between the boat and bare feet. A thick layer of insulation is going to be heavy and take up valuable space. A thin layer just won’t help. We need a super-insulator, something light and thin. We need a material that will also protect the boat, and be suitable for a boat floor.
The secret to keeping the boat floor cool is Durabak. Made from a unique polyurethane formula, Durabak is ideal for boat floors and decks. Durabak on your fishing boat floor will protect it from fish guts and inhibit overheating. Use it on your Jon boat will keep it cool and strong. On your bass boat Durabak will add essential grip will keeping the heat at bay. Polyurethane is used in refrigerators, ski jackets and mattresses. You know you can trust Durabak, used by the US Navy on the decks of their Nuclear aircraft carriers.
Durabak is available in 16+ colors, in smooth and textured versions. Durabak is formulated to be UV and salt-water resistant, it’s flexibility and strength will add years to your boat.
Get your Durabak here and feel the difference for yourself.