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Recommend a material to cover a trolley cradle

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Topic: Recommend a material to cover a trolley cradle
Posted By: GarethT
Subject: Recommend a material to cover a trolley cradle
Date Posted: 15 Sep 17 at 10:27am
The new boat has a decent grp cradle on the trolley, but it could do with re-covering.

Any recommendations on what to cover it with?

Posted By: JimC
Date Posted: 15 Sep 17 at 10:31am
Artificial grass. Widely available eg B&Q. Doesn't hold water, unlike carpet. Having wet carpet against the skin long term can cause problems.

Posted By: GarethT
Date Posted: 15 Sep 17 at 10:47am
Great idea, and makes it easy for people to find the trolley on the shore too!

Posted By: piglet
Date Posted: 15 Sep 17 at 11:13am
+1 on the Astro Turf, I've done a couple of cradles with it.
The only downside is on a shingle beach the bristle holds small aggregate. A good shake out in the water gets rid of it easy enough, while you're holding your boat at the same time!
The synthetic grass types are a bit soft, I use the door mats, Robert Dyas used to sell them but here they are:

Posted By: Noah
Date Posted: 15 Sep 17 at 11:38am
I recovered my GRP trolley cradles last winter with an astroturf type product. BUT - be aware it comes in many forms and I didn't consider myself competent to select the right one (even after getting some samples), so I bought some of the product that Welsh Harp use on their Sovereign brand products. Not cheap, but it does do the job very nicely. I used a shed load of impact adhesive (solvent based, not the water-based rubbish) to glue it on though.

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Posted By: NickM99
Date Posted: 15 Sep 17 at 2:31pm
+1 for astroturf. A lot of new trollies now being sold with it.

Posted By: piglet
Date Posted: 15 Sep 17 at 2:42pm
For adhesive this stuff is brilliant for the job:

Left over from a job, I didn't go out & buy it! 

Posted By: RS400atC
Date Posted: 15 Sep 17 at 6:35pm
B&Q and a lot of other places seem to be flogging a softer artificial grass these days, which I fear will flatten against the hull and hold water like carpet does?
The old-style harsh stuff doesn't flatten much and drains freely.
It also lets sand fall through.

Posted By: Do Different
Date Posted: 15 Sep 17 at 7:54pm
Doormats from Ikea.

Posted By: sawman
Date Posted: 15 Sep 17 at 8:08pm
artificial grass is the way to go, B&Q sell various grades, you can but it buy the metre, I have also seen it recently in homebase and the local wyevale garden centre, glue it on with a decent contact adhesive

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