Category Archives: 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
The bow section fully decked
Floor kits are also a very popular option on the Mavericks
Floor kits are also a very popular option on the Mavericks
No more nasty carpet
No more nasty carpet
Custom Nautilus logo
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
Covering the front deck will make for comfortable fishing and lounging
Notice the detailed cuts around everything
Notice the detailed cuts around everything
    A pulled back view
A pulled back view
Nice and comfy poling platform pad
Nice and comfy poling platform pad
How big was that fish?
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 front deck with the snook logo
The rear deck, notice the detailed cut outs
The rear deck, notice the detailed cut outs
The floor kit makes those long days easier
The floor kit makes those long days easier
How big was that fish?
How big was that fish?
A pulled back view
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
A wide angle shot of the boat
Another wide angle shot

 

A neat view from the front of the bow
A neat view from the front of the bow
A wide angle cockpit view
A wide angle cockpit view
The color combination looks great on this boat
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 massive front deck on the 20
    The floor kit on the Boca Grande with the side console
The floor kit on the Boca Grande with the side console
    The cool gray over storm gray color combination is nice and subtle
The cool gray over storm gray color combination is nice and subtle
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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 front deck of the 17 is also very spacious
The rear deck on the Predator
The rear deck on the Predator
An aerial view from above the 17
An aerial view from above the 17

 

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
Overview of the cockpit
    A must have on any poling skiff is a pad on the platform
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 front deck makes for a more comfortable day on the bow
    The rear deck cleaned up nicely with cool gray over black SeaDek
The rear deck cleaned up nicely with cool gray over black 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
The view looking down from the upper helm
    A closer look at the full layout
A closer look at the full layout
    Notice the attention to detail
Notice the attention to detail
    A neat view from the bow
A neat view from the bow
The floor kit helps to quiet the boat down
The floor kit helps to quiet the boat down
    No more nasty carpet
No more nasty carpet
    Mmmmmm tasty
Mmmmmm tasty
    A view of the Garlington
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 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 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 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.
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
Before SeaDek on the Yeti Cooler and rear deck
    After adding SeaDek to the Yeti Cooler and rear deck
After adding SeaDek to the Yeti Cooler and rear deck