Category Archives: Bolster Pads

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

 

Custom SeaDek Coaming Bolster Pads

I recently did a job for Capt. Chris Walter of Get Bent Sportfishing out of Hawks Cay Marina in Duck Key Florida.  Chris restored an older 23′ SeaCraft and had some customers complaining about needing bolster pads while fighting fish so your thighs and legs don’t hurt at the end of a long day on the water.  Chris contacted me and wanted to get some custom SeaDek coaming bolster pads designed so I had him pull some basic measurements off of the boat and I cut and shipped the pads down to him.  With the easy peel and stick application, it makes applying the pads very simple.  You don’t have to worry about drilling any holes in the boat at all.  If you are interested in getting a set of custom coaming bolster pads made for your boat contact Castaway Customs at 321-537-2039 or shoot me an email to tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

    A beautiful classic SeaCraft
A beautiful classic SeaCraft
    A view of the coaming pads looking aft
A view of the coaming pads looking aft
    The thinner coaming pads around the bow
The thinner coaming pads around the bow
    The full 360 degree bolsters look great on the boat
The full 360 degree bolsters look great on the boat
    Make sure to give Chris a call to go fishing
Make sure to give Chris a call to go fishing

 

 

Coaming Bolster Pads

If you have ever been digging for grouper or fished off of any offshore boat without coaming bolsters you will know it by the end of the day when your thighs are covered in bruises.  Bare fiberglass isn’t a very comfortable surface and that is why many people cover the area you lean against while fighting a fish in the cockpit of their boats.  Traditional coaming bolsters are made of foam and vinyl, much like a seat cushion.  The problem with vinyl is it requires some up keep and also tends to mold and mildew after a while.  Traditional coaming bolsters are very expensive and also require drilling many holes in the boat to attach the pad.  SeaDek coaming bolsters take care of all the problems associated with traditional bolsters.  Since SeaDek bolsters are made of a UV protected EVA foam formulated for the marine environment, you don’t have to worry about them fading, cracking, or mildewing like a vinyl bolster would.  The EVA foam is also a closed cell foam so if you were to accidentally stick a gaff into it, you not have to worry about the pads absorbing or holding water.  The application, like all SeaDek products, is an easy peel and stick application so it takes no time to make your boat more comfortable.  Check out the video below to see how easy the installation is.  We can manufacture the coaming bolsters in any of the stock SeaDek colors so we can make something that will look great on your boat.  Castaway Customs carries stock sizes bolsters and specializes in custom applications.  Feel free to contact us with dimensions of your boat for a quote.  You can reach me at tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

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    Coaming bolsters in a 33 L&H
Coaming bolsters in a 33 L&H