By Lucy Chabot Reed
One of the first things crew might notice when they enter the Oasis Lounge — once they pass the bar and knife sharpening station outside, the massage tables and nail salon inside, and the table of swag from the sponsors — is the grey-colored mat that covers the stairs and every inch of flooring.
AllProtect, a multi-use product made in Switzerland by the 135-year-old family-run Landolt company, has been used in the aviation industry to protect private jet interiors during refits.
“People would say that ‘this would do great on my yacht’,” said Toni Hill, who is in charge of sales and marketing for AllProtect Marine, the sole North American distributor of the product. So in January after a South Florida aviation convention, she visited a few shipyards to gage interest.
She found plenty.
According to Hill, the covering is usable indoors or out, is solvent-proof and waterproof, and is non-slip. It’s been tested in high and low temperatures, she said, and the polyethylene adhesive backing leaves no residue.
It’s reusable and, after a vacuum, can be rolled back on itself for another use. At 98 mils in thickness, it can be cut with a box cutter or scissors.
“Nothing penetrates it,” Hill said. “You can drop a wrench on it and the teak underneath won’t be nicked. And it doesn’t move. There’s no tape needed.”
It can be used on wood, glass, stainless steel, interiors, railings, windows and decks.
Hill’s employer, a Colorado-based company named Surface Liner, sells it by the pallet to Yacht Chandlers in Fort Lauderdale, where it can be bought by the roll. It is sold in rolls of 1m by 25m (about $300 each) and “half-packs” of .5m x 25m (about $200 each). They also sell a fire retardant and anti-static version.
While it is more expensive than “the blue stuff,” Hill noted that it’s reusable and can earn its worth.
“When you factor in that you don’t need tape, it’s reusable, and you don’t need several different products — blue plate for the floor, film for the furniture, moving blankets — it’s a good value,” she said.
With provided blueprints, it can be pre-cut and perforated at the factory, as well as labeled with a laser printer, to make installation easier.
“We’re really excited about getting involved in the yachting industry,” Hill said. “Several boats in Lauderdale Marine Center have already bought it. It’s really exciting.”
See it for yourself in the Oasis Lounge, in the Swimming Hall of Fame Museum on A1A just outside the show. From the docks, find the Windward VIP area and look for the golf carts to the left, or walk up that parking lot to A1A. Captains and crew only, please.
Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher of Triton Today. Comment: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today’s free seminars at the Oasis Lounge
10am Stews Only, Bluewater Yachting
10am-noon Knife sharpening with Culinary Convenience
11am The Evolution of the Smart Bridge
12pm Floral Care and Arranging
1pm Sea Changes Seminar
2pm CVs, Resumes and Food Photography: A Clinic for Chefs and Cooks
2:30-4:30pm Hotmix demo and food tasting
3pm What it Takes to Be a Great Charter Captain
4pm Between Two Yetis