In the world of boating you have several types of boats. Many of them are very specific such as technical poling skiffs on one end of the spectrum and large sport fishing boats on the other end. For the average boater, either one of these options aren’t what they are searching for. A very popular style style boat and the staple of many boat manufactures are the models that appeal to a larger audience. The bay boat market is huge especially in Florida because of the versatility it offers. While you may not be able to pole it on a shallow flat in Mosquito Lagoon, you can use a trolling motor to run deeper edges or bars searching for fish. The higher freeboard also allows you traverse open water safely and comfortably. A bay boat also makes a great family boat because you can carry more people and many of them are setup with flip up and forward seating to make it comfortable for the wife and kids. Those added comforts were the draw for this particular customer and he decide to go one step further in order to make his boat a little more comfortable and safe for the family by adding custom SeaDek. On this particular job the owner had a few issues with slipping on the deck so the non skid provided by the SeaDek, even when wet, had great appeal. For standard deck and floor applications either a single color 5mm or a two tone 6mm, a combination of two 3mm colors combined, are what Castaway Customs recommends. This particular customer was looking for something that would provide a little more cushion for his family to layout on the decks of the boat, so we decided to go with an 8mm thickness. The cool gray over black color combination is very popular and looked great as it added some slight contrast. Whether you are looking to completely deck out a boat or simply just add a helm pad or some coaming bolsters, if you are looking to add any SeaDek to your bay boat whether it be a Sea Hunt like this particular boat or any other brand like a Pathfinder, contact Castaway Customs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently completed a job for a customer who has a 1994 Lake and Bay. The non-skid had been repainted once before, but it was starting to wear through in several different places and show its age. While searching out the different options for marine traction and non-skid he stumbled across SeaDek. Custom SeaDek was not only the option he was looking for, but also the solution to other problems. Over time, boats that are used and fished hard like many of the Lake and Bay tend to show some age and small spider cracks are bound to happen no matter what brand or build of boat you have. While you don’t want to cover over any structural issues, using SeaDek to cover small spider cracks seals them up and hides them giving the boat a nice new look. This particular customer also fishes many tournaments and spends long days on the water. The anti fatigue characteristics and cushion provided by adding SeaDek to your boat can really make those long days tournament fishing or just fun fishing more enjoyable. We decide to go with a single color 5mm foam for this particular boat. The storm gray is one of the more popular colors because it is fairly neutral ,so it goes well with most boats and being a little darker tends to hide dirt well. One of the most frequent questions I get asked, and one asked by this particular customer was if the SeaDek gets hot. Since SeaDek is a closed cell foam and fairly then it doesn’t retain heat. What this means is when you first step on the pads if they have been sitting out baking in the sun you will notice they are warm, but not particularly warmer than any other deck and once you stand there for a second or two it disperses heat very quickly. If you are interested in adding custom SeaDek to your skiff, bay boat, or offshore center console you can contact Castaway Customs at email@example.com.
Just finished up a job on a 23 Bluewater. Bluewater Boats builds a very nice offshore center console boat and the owner decided to call me up to add a helm pad and coaming bolsters to the boat. Most of the Bluewater Boats are what they call a two piece boat. The only downside with a two piece boat is that you don’t have a toe kick area which means if you are leaning against the gunnel your toes are hitting the liner of the boat. On any offshore fishing boat, especially a two piece boat, having bolster pads is a must. It makes fighting a fish much more comfortable. Another must have on an offshore boat is a helm pad. Castaway Customs does many custom helm pads and the nice thing is to order one most of the time all that is required are some simple dimensions. We decided to go with 15mm pad which is cool gray over bright blue. The bright blue color accented nicely with the canvas and boot stripe color on the boat. Now the customer can ride and also fish comfortably. If you are looking to add a custom helm pad or coaming bolsters to your boat you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a variety of colors to choose from and can also add the name of your boat or a fish logo to the pad.
I had the pleasure meeting the guys from Boatmaster Trailers through a mutual friend Capt. Chris Wittman down in Fort Myers. Chris runs the Team Hooters Lake and Bay boat which he guides out of and fishes in numerous tournament series. I was very impressed with the double rig trailer built by Boatmaster to pull around not only the Boca Grande, but also the 17′ Predator at the same time. It is like the circus coming to town when these guys pull up towing two boats behind one truck. Boatmaster also builds many of the trailers for military so they know how to build a trailer that will take some abuse. The owner of Boatmaster fished with Chris one day and was impressed with the custom SeaDek on his Lake and Bay and happened to own a Lake and Bay himself so he gave me a call. His boat is older and had seen better days so he figured a full SeaDek kit would not only provide the comfort and traction he was looking for, but also give his boat a nice face lift. As you can see the beach sand over black color is a very nice color combination and contrasts nicely with the bright yellow hull. Those Fort Myers boys know how to catch some big snook so we threw in a snook logo as well as a large measuring stick so they can have proof of their fish tales. Castaway Customs is working on a few project boats that will soon be sitting on Boatmaster Trailers and following me around the state. Keep checking back for updates on the project boats and in the meantime if you would like some custom SeaDek you can contact me by email at email@example.com and if you are need for a new trailer make sure to contact Boatmaster for some of the baddest trailers made.
If there is a staple in boating industry for bay boats, it has the be the Pathfinder bay boat. The 22 Pathfinder is one of the models built out of the same factory that produces the Maverick flats boats and also the Hewes line of skiffs. It seems like no matter where I’m on the road working, or on the water fishing I always seem to see a Pathfinder bay boat. While there are a few different styles of the 22 Pathfinder, this particular boat is just the standard model. The customer was looking for a way to make his time on the water more comfortable and also give his boat a fresh new look. Castaway Customs designed a floor kit to cover the entire cockpit of the boat including the helm pad area and also under the leaning post to provide a cooler pad. Check out the before and after pictures to see what a difference the SeaDek makes. We decided to cover everything in 8mm cool gray over storm gray. While many customer choose black as a bottom color, this particular boat didn’t have very many black accents so the subtle change from the cool gray to storm gray was a nice clean look. If you are interested in having any custom SeaDek work done to your boat you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 321-537-2039.