Category Archives: SeaDek

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

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

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 Estero Fire Department Boat

I recently got a call from Capt. Glen Brownlee who works for Estero Fire Rescue down in Lee County; I did some work for a few friends of his and he thought it would be a great idea to add custom SeaDek to the work boat in order to make it more comfortable and safe while on the water.  SeaDek provides an excellent traction even when wet and makes for a safe working environment.  The boat is a 22′ Boca Grande built by Panga Marine in Sarasota, FL.  The Panga hull design is a tried and true design and real workhorse that has proven itself throughout Central America.  The customer decided to go with a single 5mm Storm Gray material which is a good application for the floor, front deck, and gunnel tops of the boat.  We went with a 10mm helm pad to add a little extra cushion when running through some rough water.  If you are interested in having custom SeaDek designed and installed in your boat you can contact me at tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

Panga Marine 22' Boca Grande
Panga Marine 22′ Boca Grande
The front deck with 5mm Storm Gray
The front deck with 5mm Storm Gray
A view of the cockpit
A view of the cockpit
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A 10mm helm pad
The rear cockpit floor
The rear cockpit floor

 

Custom SeaDek on Gunboat 62 Zenyatta

This past spring I finished up my biggest project to date.  The captain of the boat Nils Erickson and his fiancee Meredith Pridgen were heading up a large refit of a Gunboat 62 formerly named Lickity Split 2 up in the Newport Shipyard.  In the world of sailing, Gunboat is the very top tier when it comes to performance and quality.  They specialize in building high performance multihull sailing yachts.  Coming from a fishing boat background I had a lot to learn in the sailing world, but can appreciate true craftsmanship and design in any type of boat.  The retro fit included about everything you could possibly imagine, it almost seems it would have made more sense to order a new boat, but the lead time is very long to have one built so this was the next best option.  Nils and Meredith run a boat called Soma, a Formula 40, that they charter and sail down in the Virgin Islands.  It is the fastest charter sailboat in the Caribbean and quite possibly the world.  The tops of the hulls on Soma are completely decked out in SeaDek making for a comfortable and safe ride whether cruising or racing.  When it came time to figure out what to do on the decks on Zenyatta they had a crazy idea to fully deck it out in SeaDek.  The only reason I say crazy is because it had never been done before to this extent on a boat of this size or caliber.  Needless to say it was quite the project with a lot of detail involved due to all of the hardware and rigging, but one that when it was all finished you can take a step back and not help but smile.  Special thanks to Rick Lohre from Rick Lohre Photography for taking and providing the amazing pictures of Zenyatta.  You can check out more picture of Zenyatta here.

Zenyatta full steam ahead
Zenyatta full steam ahead
Micro dot pattern provides great traction when wet
Micro dot pattern provides great traction when wet
Complex curves and bends around the jib track
Complex curves and bends around the jib track
Aerial view of the bow shows some great detail
Aerial view of the bow shows some great detail
Cabin roof and aft
Cabin roof and aft
A cool view of the solar panels and the starboard bow
A cool view of the solar panels and the starboard bow
A view looking forward from just in front of the cabin
A view looking forward from just in front of the cabin