How do I Replace Carpet on a Tracker Pro 17 Boat?

by Donna ArmstrongUpdated October 25, 2017
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Items you will need

  • Marine grade adhesive

  • Quick dry cement

  • Box cutter

  • Screwdriver

  • Scrub brush

  • Adhesive remover

  • Wrench

  • Towel

  • Broom

  • Replacement carpet

  • Two-by-four or large squeegee

Boat carpets often fade and wear to the point of needing to be replaced. The Bass Tracker Pro 17's carpet, like that of many other boats, wears out long before the boat does. The Brass Tracker Pro 17's carpet is glued down and can be difficult to remove.

Remove the lids to the live wells, the rear compartment lids and the seats on the boat. The lids are held on with a hinge and screws. The chairs or seats normally have four screws or bolts holding them on. These are different on different year models of the Tracker Pro 17. Check the mounting bracket to see if it has bolts or screws.

Cut and remove the old carpet. For best results, cut the carpet in two and remove it. This makes the carpet easier to pull up and handle. Remove the carpet covering the lids and running up the side of the live wells and rear compartments.

Scrub the deck with the adhesive remover and scrub brush. Remove any adhesive residue left on the deck. Check the deck for worn or rotten areas. If any areas are beginning to look bad, now is the time to replace them.

Cut the replacement carpet in pieces that fit the boat. Some companies carry pre-cut carpet specific to the year model of the Tracker Pro 17. You can find exact carpet measurements in the owner’s manual for your year model. If neither of these is available in your year model, measure all the areas where carpet will go and cut the carpet to those dimensions.

Dry the deck of the boat and sweep it to remove any debris before installing new carpet.

Apply the marine grade adhesive to the back of the carpet piece cut for the bow of the boat and put it in place. Press the carpet down with a large two-by-four or squeegee. This will press the carpet while spreading the glue at the same time.

Glue down all the horizontal pieces on the deck in the same manner.

Apply the contact cement to the back of the pieces that are vertical up the side of the live well and the rear compartment. The contact cement will dry almost instantly and keep the carpet in place.

Cover the lids to the live wells and the rear compartment with the carpet and marine grade adhesive.

Allow the adhesive to dry overnight and attach the chairs and lids to the boat.

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