Category Archives: Before & After Boats

Custom SeaDek on Sea Hunt BX 22 Pro

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 tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

The front deck before SeaDek install
The front deck before SeaDek install
The front deck after Custom SeaDek
The front deck after Custom SeaDek
The slippery rear deck
The slippery rear deck
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SeaDek non skid added
The helm area
The helm area
No more cooler sliding around
No more cooler sliding around

Custom SeaDek on Older Lake and Bay

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 SeaDekCustom 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 tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

Front deck showing its age
Front deck showing its age
A nice clean new look
A nice clean new look
The rear deck before SeaDek
The rear deck before SeaDek
After adding Storm Gray SeaDek
After adding Storm Gray SeaDek
Cockpit and gunnels need love too
Cockpit and gunnels need love too
SeaDek adding comfort and safety
SeaDek adding comfort and safety
Comfort while poling
Comfort while poling

23 Bluewater Coaming Bolsters and Helm Pad

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 tyler@castawaycustoms.com.  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.

The helm area before SeaDek
The helm area before SeaDek
The helm area after SeaDek
The helm area after SeaDek
Another view of the foot rest
Another view of the foot rest
Port side gunnel before custom SeaDek bolster pads
    Port side gunnel after custom SeaDek bolster pads
Port side gunnel after custom SeaDek bolster pads
    Transom before installing coaming bolsters
Transom before installing coaming bolsters
    Transom after installing coaming bolsters
Transom after installing coaming bolsters

 

22 Pathfinder Bay Boat Custom SeaDek

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 tyler@castawaycustoms.com or by phone at 321-537-2039.

    Front deck before SeaDek
Front deck before SeaDek
    Front deck after SeaDek
Front deck after SeaDek
    Rear deck before SeaDek
Rear deck before SeaDek
    Rear deck after SeaDek
Rear deck after SeaDek
    Cockpit floor before SeaDek
Cockpit floor before SeaDek
    Cockpit floor after SeaDek
Cockpit floor after SeaDek
    Helm area with console foot pads
Helm area with console foot pads
    Cooler pad and rear cockpit floor
Cooler pad and rear cockpit floor
    Overview from bow to stern
Overview from bow to stern