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Deck Templating Guide

This template guide is suitable for all types of Treadmaster Decking and can also be applied to many other template requirements.

Please note: 3m x 2m is the maximum size for an individual template piece.

Templating Check-list

  1. Templates to be made from an opaque (non-transparent) material/paper. Do not use clear polythene, tissue-style paper or any easily torn material.
  2. If panels are to align to other panels, where possible include alignment marks on both templates (a simple straight line crossing from one template to the other will suffice). This will aid in correct panel spacing and final plank alignment.
  3. Ensure that the top of each template is clearly marked, i.e. “TOP” or “THIS WAY UP”.
  4. ROLL templates and place in a cardboard tube to send. If you have to fold templates try to ensure that excessive creasing does not occur as this is difficult to flatten out later. The flatter the templates are the more accurate the results will be.
  5. Make a rough plan sketch of the deck layout showing all the panels you are sending to us. Include a copy of the plan and keep a copy yourself for reference.
  1. Templates to be cut out as neatly as possible or an outline drawn on oversized material. It should be clear if we are following the edge of the paper or a drawn outline. The neater the outline the better the final result.
  2. Draw clear arrows on every template to indicate the plank or diamond direction for that panel. It is also best to draw a straight fore-aft line on each panel if possible to do this.
  3. Where possible use sellotape etc. and not masking tape to join templating material as this often comes apart and makes it difficult to re-align joints accurately. Masking tape can also stick to other templates and can tear them when unrolling/unfolding your templates.
  4. Number or name all panels – this will help later if there is a query on one of them.
  5. Include an email address and phone number, your postal address, the name of the vessel and your own name so that we can file everything correctly and contact you if we need to.

General Preparation


We recommend you clean and dry your deck to make working easier.

TIP: If using paper, ensure no water is in your seats.


Rough cut your paper to size to make working easier.


Lay in place.


To stop your paper template from moving, apply masking tape to the edges.

Templating around Fixtures


If you are NOT planning to remove a fixture such as a seat pedestal etc. we recommend cutting around the shape with scissors and then applying masking tape.


Once the edge has been covered draw around with a pencil, this will make accurate cutting easier. The application of the masking tape will also strengthen your template.


Use a sharp craft knife to cut around the shape and remove the excess tape.


Make a cut from the edge so your finished template can be removed.

Choosing the right deck type

Depending on your deck type and the fitment you require, the method of templating will vary.

If your deck has moulded panels and you wish to retain this feature then follow Option 1. If your deck has NO panels and you wish to cover the deck edge to edges then follow Option 2.

Please Note: Steps 1-4 in the General Preparation section MUST be completed before proceeding with both options.

Option 1.


In this example we will be templating the rear step and ladder recess area of a Janmor 580. This type of template creation is the pretty straight forward as the design and layout has already been laid out.


If you are using paper then you will be able to see the raised area by simply applying pressure to the edges. Run your finger around the entire edge. This will make drawing much easier.


Draw around each panel in turn with a pencil.

TIP: If you have multiple small panels in one area, template them on one piece of paper, this will make alignment of slats easier.


Label each of the panels.


Carefully remove your template.

Finished Panels

Option 2 (Free Form).

We recommend that Treadmaster Atlanteak is installed on flat deck areas only. Because of this we recommend a 25mm boarder be left to eliminate and rounding of the deck edges.


To make this border uniform we recommend making a simple wooden tool to act as a spacer that can be held against the deck walls.


Using the tool made earlier, run a pencil around the edge.


Label each panel as you go.

TIP: If you have multiple small panels in one area, template them on one piece of paper, this will make alignment of slats easier.


Around areas where you are unable to follow the edge draw the shape free hand. Below we have drawn around a deck drain.


Carefully remove the template.

Things that will make it easier for us to create your deck kit.

Sketch your Boat

We highly recommend you sketch your boat to make it easier for us to understand how your templates go together. Your sketch should indicate which template go where and the direction you wish the slats to run, also any special instructions such as curving some slats or the location of a king plank etc.


We also would like a few general photographs of your craft as well. This again will help us understand your layout and also highlight any fitting issues that may occur.

What Happens Next...

Send your templates to us. We will then contact you with an accurate cost for your kit.

If you wish to proceed we will digitize your templates and create a plain paper copy including slat lines, king planks etc for you to fit to your boat then approve the design.

Once you are happy with the design of your deck kit will be put it into production and it will arrive ready for you or your installer to fit.

Design Examples

The below examples of Treadmaster Atlanteak are all compatible with Edge to Edge installations.

It is recommended that Treadmaster Original only be fitted in panel form due to the limitation of the 1200 x 900mm sheet size.

Atlanteak - Panels

Atlanteak - Edge to Edge

Original - Panels

We hope you have found this guide useful. You are able to download this guide in PDF format for you to print and use at your convenience.

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