Category Archives: Yachts

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

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 for Rampage 34 Express

Captain Troy Sapp is a fishing guide based out of West Central Florida fishes what they call the Nature Coast of Florida.  He guides out of a Maverick 21′ Master Angler as well as this Rampage 34′ Express.  He wanted to know if the SeaDek product could dampen the growl of 920 HP diesels under the floor.  The sound deadening ability is one characteristic of SeaDek that is often overlooked or forgot about.  From a large Sportfish or express style boat like Troy’s Rampage to a small flats boat or skiff, SeaDek definitely quiets a boat down.  He also was looking for something with comfort and traction which SeaDek also provides.  After deciding upon the colors I made a trip back over to install the boat.  The pictures don’t do the boat justice.  The marlin logo designed by Boldwater really sets the boat off.  The black border around the beach sand is a very nice color combination which really pops also.  The boat looked like a brand new boat after it was installed.  For more info on getting custom SeaDek for your boat contact Castaway Customs at 321-537-2039 or shoot me an email at tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

    The cockpit view from the fly bridge on the boat
The cockpit view from the fly bridge on the boat
    The step to the helm area before SeaDek
The step to the helm area before SeaDek
    After the SeaDek was installed with an awesome Marlin logo designed by Boldwater
After the SeaDek was installed with an awesome Marlin logo designed by Boldwater
    Another view of the lower helm area
Another view of the lower helm area

Carver Yacht Faux Teak SeaDek

I got a call recently from a gentlemen who was fed up with the snap in carpet in his Carver Yacht holding dirt and water.  He gave me a call and made an appointment to meet up and have me digitize his boat.  Within about an hour I scanned the cockpit, fly bridge, and step areas on the boat.  The boat owner had gone with real teak decking on his last boat and while he liked the look he hated the maintenance that came along with it.  After scanning the boat I went over a few different layouts of how we could design the teak.  Some customers like the planking to run all the way to the edge of the pad while other like to have everything bordered out.  In this instance, the owner wanted to go with the borders and we used the existing non-skid pattern molded into the deck for a pattern to follow.  This allows water to drain and looks very clean.  After working out all the details I swung by and installed the SeaDek, the owner was out of town at the time, but amazed out how nicely everything came out.  If you are interested in having faux teak SeaDek designed for your boat contact Castaway Customs at 321-537-2039 or you can email me directly at tyler@castawaycustoms.com.

    The steps before the faux teak SeaDek was added
The steps before the faux teak SeaDek was added
    The steps looked much nicer and the SeaDek adds great traction
The steps looked much nicer and the SeaDek adds great traction
    An up close look at the texture of the faux teak SeaDek
An up close look at the texture of the faux teak SeaDek
    The main cockpit of the boat
The main cockpit of the boat
    No more nasty carpet
No more nasty carpet