Category: Flats Boats

Tricked out Maverick HPX-V Skiff

This project was for a customer who runs McCall Anglers, an outfitter and fly shop in Idaho, and spends his Spring chasing permit and tarpon down in the Florida Keys.  It was a joint project with Shallow Water Customs down in South Florida.  The guys at Shallow Water Customs run a great rigging and repair shop and have been installing SeaDek for years.  The boat had a complete makeover from new gelcoat and rigging to a full SeaDek kit.  This HPX-V spends it time primarily down in Key West and will surely stand out among the other Mavericks in the Lower Keys.  This customer decided to go with Caribbean blue over black.  The black makes the edges and the custom logos really pop nicely.  We also replaced the old carpet on the undergunnels.  This has become a very popular option the Maverick boats because carpet and saltwater don’t tend to mix very well.  If you need any custom SeaDek work done to your skiff you can contact Castaway Customs at tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

The bow section fully decked

Floor kits are also a very popular option on the Mavericks

No more nasty carpet

Custom Nautilus logo

Custom logo on his custom casting platform

Castaway Customs decks out Maverick Master Angler

While not as popular as some of the newer models built by Maverick Boat Company, the Master Angler line of boats has a serious following and has proven itself for years on the water.  While the 18 Master Angler isn’t the most shallow drafting boat, it will still get plenty skinny and also provides great storage, stability, and ride.  This particular boat is a 1996 model and is in great shape for the age.  The owner takes his wife and kids on the boat frequently so he wanted something that would make it more comfortable when lounging around on the decks.  Standard thickness for SeaDek on most decks and floors is either a 5mm single color or a 6mm two tone.  We decide to step it up just a little and go with an 8mm foam which is a combination of 5mm black with 3mm mica on top.  This color combination contrasted very nicely with the color of the boat and the black underlay allowed us to add some ruler sticks on the gunnels to measure fish.  The little extra thickness provided by the 8mm will make his wife and kids more comfortable while on the boat.  If you are looking to add any custom SeaDek to your Maverick or any other brand skiff contact Castaway Customs at tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

Covering the front deck will make for comfortable fishing and lounging

Notice the detailed cuts around everything

A pulled back view

Nice and comfy poling platform pad

How big was that fish?

Sea Chaser 200 FS with Custom SeaDek

On a recent trip down to Southwest Florida I met up with Capt. Glen Brownlee to deck out his personal flats boat as well as the fire departments boat he works on.  Glen’s personal boat he runs trips out of is a Sea Chaser 200 FS.  This flats skiff provides a nice stable platform to fish off of.  The boat had a molded non skid pattern on the deck that we used as the pattern to scan.  We decided to go with 6mm two tone SeaDek in the combination of Beach Sand over Black which added a very nice contrast to the boat and really set it off.  Many customers choose SeaDek as an option to cover up spider cracks or areas of the boat where the non skid patterns has worn off.  Everything on this particular boat looked good, but the combination of comfort, traction, and looks added by the custom SeaDek made Glen decide to pull the trigger and fully deck out the boat.  SeaDek added a very nice face lift to the boat and made it look brand new.  We also decided to throw in a few custom logos to really customize the job.  We added a snook logo to the front deck and also added a ruler stick on each gunnel so Glen can measure fish easily.  If you need to give your boat a face lift, no matter how big or small, you can contact Castaway Customs at tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

The front deck with the snook logo

The rear deck, notice the detailed cut outs

The floor kit makes those long days easier

How big was that fish?

A pulled back view

Custom SeaDek for 17 Tunnel Pathfinder

I recently did some work for Capt. Peter Babb who guides out of the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park.  Peter runs this 17T Pathfinder for low water and sight fishing.  Although Maverick Boat Company doesn’t build this particular flats boat anymore, they have a cult following by those who fish out of them.  Peter also runs a Maverick 21 Master Angler.  The boat had been used and fished hard so it was starting to show some signs of aging and needed a little face lift.  Castaway Customs deals with many customers who are looking to take an old boat and make it look new again.  SeaDek is a great product to not only enhance the look of your boat, but also add comfort and traction.  For standard two tone decks we mostly use 6mm foam, but we were looking to get a little extra comfort so we stepped it up and went with an 8mm two tone of Cool Gray over Black.  This color combination is a favorite among customers and really pops nicely with the black border.  The customer decided to cover the areas of the boat that get the most traffic and we also added the undergunnel pads for reel protection and threw in the Pathfinder Tunnel logo to give it that custom touch.  If you need any custom SeaDek work done to your 17T Pathfinder or any of the Maverick Boat Company products feel free to contact me at tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

A wide angle shot of the boat

Another wide angle shot

A neat view from the front of the bow

A wide angle cockpit view

The color combination looks great on this boat

SeaDek covered Lake and Bay Boats Costa Rican bound

I had the opportunity to work with a customer on a neat project recently.  He was having two Lake and Bay boats built to ship down to Golfito in Costa Rica.  These boat are going to be used in coordination with Mote Marine Laboratory to help further the study of snook.  From everything that I have gathered a 40 acre snook pond has been built or setup that has natural tidal flow and all sorts of bait already in the pond to provide a natural environment to breed and study snook.  The 17 Predator will be used in the pond and the 20 Boca Grande will be used to transport fish.  The amount of livewell space on the 20 is incredible.  Lake and Bay built a special one off livewell that is inside the deck extension and drops down below the floor of the boat.  Another neat SeaDek feature that the guys over at Lake and Bay designed into the new Boca Grande is a SeaDek gasket.  What this does is make the hatches water tight and also stops them from rattling.  Both boats will be used for work and play and now with them decked out in custom SeaDek, they can do it more comfortably and safe.  If you need any sort of custom SeaDek work contact Castaway Customs via email at tyler@castawaycustoms.com

The massive front deck on the 20

The floor kit on the Boca Grande with the side console

The cool gray over storm gray color combination is nice and subtle

Check out that massive livewell and the SeaDek gasket on the underside of the hatch

The front deck of the 17 is also very spacious

The rear deck on the Predator

An aerial view from above the 17

Boatmaster Trailers Lake and Bay Boca Grande

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 tyler@castawaycustoms.com and if you are need for a new trailer make sure to contact Boatmaster for some of the baddest trailers made.

A pulled back view of the entire boat

A shot of the front deck before the install

A shot of the front deck after the install

The floor kit helps to quiet the boat down

The business end of the boat

Snook logo with tape measure

The Hooters Lake and Bay boat sitting on a Boatmaster

A military trailer built by Boatmaster

Custom SeaDek for 17 Mitzi Skiff

I got a call from a customer up in South Carolina who was looking to convert a center console Mitzi Skiff into a side console.  While I get many customers who ask me to do all sorts of stuff there are things I will and also wont attempt.  I figured this one was better left for the guys over at Orange County Boatworks.  After they did the conversion there was no better way to cover up the evidence of the old center console than to lay down a SeaDek floor kit, after the holes were properly repaired of course.  We he decided to do a little more than just the floor and opted to do the entire boat.  Many customer like to add custom logos to the decking and this customer decided to keep it simple and clean by just adding Mitzi to the undergunnel pads.  Since removing the center console opened up a ton of space in the flats boat he also purchased a 65 Qt Yeti Tundra cooler from me to use as a coffin box and extra seating.  He came down to pick up his skiff and was very pleased with both the work performed by Orange County Boatworks as well as the work by Castaway Customs.  If you need any custom SeaDek, Yeti Coolers, or anything to trick out your skiff get in contact with me and if I can’t do it myself I can at least point you in the right direction.  You can reach me by phone at 321-537-2039 or by email at tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

Overview of the cockpit

A must have on any poling skiff is a pad on the platform

The front deck makes for a more comfortable day on the bow

The rear deck cleaned up nicely with cool gray over black SeaDek

16′ Silver King Signature Custom SeaDek

Growing up fishing and living in East Central Florida you don’t see to many Silver King boats running around.  If you head over to the Florida’s Nature Coast you see them everywhere.  The boat was designed and made to fish for none other than the tarpon.  Many of the tarpon line class world records come out the Homosassa area and that’s where this boat spends a lot of it’s time fishing.  The owner of the boat previously had a Lake and Bay Boca Grande which he fully decked out and wanted to do the same with this skiff.  He said once you fish with SeaDek you never go back, the comfort and traction provided makes fishing a much more enjoyable on those long days on the water.  We decided to go with cool gray over storm gray for the colors in a 6mm thickness.  The color combination provides a nice subtle look.  The before and after pictures really show the difference.  If you are interested in decking out your boat or skiff you can contact Castaway Customs at tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

The front casting deck before SeaDek

After SeaDek with a custom logo on the casting platform

The rear deck before SeaDek

Rear deck after SeaDek

Cockpit floor before SeaDek

Cockpit floor after SeaDek

Maverick 17 HPX-V Tender on Garlington Sportfishing Yacht

Castaway Customs just finished a trip down to Islamorada to install custom SeaDek on a Maverick HPX-V sitting on the bow of a Garlington.  The boat captain was tired of slipping on the nonskid and looking for something to make those long days fishing more comfortable.  We decide to deck out everything to give the boat a fresh new look.  We decided to go with a cool gray over storm gray to give it a nice subtle look.  The original carpet in the skiff, although not that old, was starting to fall off and look a little dingy so we also decide to upgrade to SeaDek on the undergunnels.  This is a very popular option on the Maverick line of boats and any flats boat really.  We also decked out a couple of Yeti Coolers with Hogfish logos on them for the boat.  Keep checking back in for a write up on the cockpit of the big boat.  We are working on a neat job for her.  If you are interested in getting any custom SeaDek work done on your boat, no matter how big or small, feel free to contact me at tyler@castawaycustoms.com

The view looking down from the upper helm

A closer look at the full layout

Notice the attention to detail

A neat view from the bow

The floor kit helps to quiet the boat down

No more nasty carpet

Mmmmmm tasty

A view of the Garlington

Custom SeaDek on Ranger Banshee Extreme

I got a call the other day from Travis Tucker who runs a Ranger Banshee Extreme and fishes many redfish tournaments.  Travis had seen my custom SeaDek work on another boat and knew that is what he wanted on his boat.  We organized a time a place and place to meet up so I could scan the boat to make sure everything fit perfectly.  We completely covered the boat from the cockpit and decks to the poling platform and Yeti Cooler.  He will now have an easier time sneaking up on those spooky redfish in tournaments and also be nice and comfortable after a long day on the water.  Here are a few before and after shots, that really emphasize the difference that custom SeaDek can make to your skiff.  If you are interested in decking out your boat, big or small, give me shout at 321-537-2039 or shoot me an email at tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

This is a before shot of the front deck

This is an after shot of the front deck. The Ranger logo and ruler stick really set it off.

This is a before shot of the cockpit of the boat.

This is an after shot of the cockpit. We changed out the stock side gunnel pads to match the rest of the boat.

Before SeaDek on the Yeti Cooler and rear deck

After adding SeaDek to the Yeti Cooler and rear deck