Originally Posted by RogueRat
Diamond plate is slick when you step on it and not that great of a traction device until it gets good and worn in. Pretty hard on the skin and knees also getting around a frame climbing in and out. I can tell tight away the boating skill set and experience of a frame builder if I see diamond plate on their frames. You see it more on drift boats and power boats out here in Oregon, the good frame builders know better.
I use a double rail diamond plate frame on my 14'er and would not change it.
Wet round rubber is far slicker than wet flat aluminum.
A 2" round bar on the top middle of wet rubber is even harder to step on.
Not sure why someone uses there skin and knees to maneuver on a 16" wide platform.
I recommend walking on it. Simply step on and step off a platform that is parallel to the ground.
Also easier for dogs and little kids to load. Makes for great fly fishing platforms and rocket box/water jug storage.
Go to the hardware store and pick up some aluminum diamond plating, it is light and would go unnoticed.