It’s All in the Details . . .
Racing is all about preparation, and the details of your program provide speed on the race course. Preparing and protecting your hull surfaces is just as important as having good sails. (Ever seen a sailmaker racing with a less-than-perfect bottom??) Atlas Boat Pads hold your boat without trapping dirt and moisture against the hull – leaving the surfaces under the pads just as smooth as the rest of the hull.
Dirt = Scratches
Any boat moves around as it bounces down the road on its trailer. As it moves, any dirt on the trailer pads gets ground into the hull. And if you dry-sail your boat, you know how popular it is to wetsand or clean the spots each time you use the hoist with others waiting – not a great way to make friends in the fleet.
Moisture = Blisters
Ask any boat shop that works on racing boats – they’ll tell you how often they lift a boat off a trailer and find blisters under the trailer pads. It’s common, and it’s expensive – with the spot repairs often leading to a full respraying/refinishing of the bottom. (Otherwise, your boat looks like a clownfish.)
Rain Flows Through
While carpet holds water, the, ribbed soft surface of an Atlas pad absorbs no water, holds no moisture, and will not press water against the hull of your boat to cause blisters. Less moisture = Less blisters.
And they Won’t Rot Like Wood
Wood can be beautiful on a classic yacht, but it’s a pain on a trailer. Combining carpet and wood is a recipe for rotted wood. Atlas Pads are molded from a high-strength, UV resistant plastic, with a UV resistant Elastomer top last far longer than any wood pads.
Leave the Wood in the Trees!
Is it “green” to use plastic pads rather than wood ones?? We think so. We’re a leading Manufacturer of plastic products for the automotive, safety and military. Much of the material in the Atlas Boat Pads is recycled from our other processes. Thus we can use the best plastic in our pads, and nobody has to turn a tree into plywood just to make a boat pad.
Invented by a Sailor
Atlas Pads were invented by J/24 owner, John Argitis, who had all the problems mentioned above, and a company that could provide the solution. We hope you like the pads, and please call us with any comments going forward. As always, have fun on the water!