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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just received a new shipment of Yeti Coolers and will have more on the way shortly. We have a couple of the new 50 QT Yeti Tundra Series in stock. The 50 QT has a couple of cool new features. First of all the size of the cooler is very nice because it is more of a cube shape. The dimensions measure approximately 24″ x 17″ x 18″. It is roughly 3″ taller than the 35 QT and 45 QT models. The added height makes it great to double as a casting platform on the bow of your skiff. Another new feature is a place for a divider in the cooler which will allow you to separate things. While the divider isn’t water tight, it is still a nice feature and like all Yeti Tundra coolers it comes with a nice tray to keep things out of the ice. All coolers come with a free 5mm single color SeaDek cooler pad. We carry all size Yeti Coolers so if you need anything feel free to gives me a call at 321-537-2039 or contact me at email@example.com
Maverick Boats have been a staple in the shallow water boating market since the beginning. There is a lot of history behind the skiff company and if boats could talk there are some Maverick boats with stories that could keep us entertained all night. I have fished with Capt Benny Blanco down in Flamingo on his Maverick HPX-T and have a few great stories of my own. The HPX-T is a tunnel hull boat that can cross extremely shallow water and jump up on plane very quickly. The boat is a fairly flat bottomed skiff so crossing open or rough waters in not ideal in this skiff. That is where the HPX-V comes into play. The Maverick HPX-V is a proven hull designed used and abused by guides and charter captains throughout the world. While it isn’t made for extremely skinny water, it will get you home safely when the wind and seas kick up. I deal with a lot of customers who have Maverick Boats and they ask me what are some of the more popular options as far as SeaDek and boating accessories are concerned. On any poling skiff, my first recommendation is to SeaDek their poling platforms and their casting platform, if they have one. Castaway Customs provides custom aluminum work as well as SeaDek so if you need a casting platform made, feel free to contact us.
For those who don’t have a casting platform and looking to kill two birds with one stone, a Yeti Cooler is a great option. The coolers are stable enough to stand on and fish while doing a great job of keeping things cold. A 35 QT Yeti Tundra cooler fits nicely in front of the console on either Maverick and easily can hold a trips worth of food and drinks. If you are looking a little larger cooler the 45 QT Yeti Tundra can be turned to run length wise in the cockpit and it still fits nicely in front of the console.
Maverick Boats have used carpet for a long time on the under gunnel areas on their boats. One of the most common jobs I do on Mavericks is replacing that old carpet with SeaDek. Unfortunately from boat to boat placement of the rod holders seem to vary slightly so there isn’t a one size fits all kit. If you would like to order a set for your boat, just contact me and I can work through the details with you. We can do almost any logos you would like on the under gunnel areas and this really dresses the boat up nicely.
Maverick Boats are known for being very stealthy and quite, but one thing that ruin it is a client or friend stomping around in the boat. We all have been on a boat with someone who isn’t exactly light footed. A cockpit kit for the floor of the boat dampens sound and makes it more stealthy when trying to sneek up on a school of skittish fish. Most layouts for our floor kits cover the helm area of the boat creating a helm pad and making it more comfortable when driving the boat also.
Depending upon where you are fishing in your Maverick sometimes staking out with your push pole isn’t a good option. For instance, many places in Mosquito Lagoon have a harder sand bottom and trying to stake off with the push pole wont work. If you are fishing down in the Everglades over a soft or muddy bottom, a push pole may work out just fine. Either way, we always find ourselves in situations where having the capability to stake out is nice. A great shallow water anchor system I recommend to my clients is the Wang Anchor. There are different mounting systems depending upon you need. They make a transom mount system and also a quick release deck mount system. Both systems have their place in certain instances. Even just purchasing the pole works great and you can just tie off to the pole with a rope. The 3/4″ solid fiberglass pole penetrates hard bottom easily allowing you to stakeout and it can easily be stored in the under gunnel rod tubes of your Maverick.
Every technical poling skiff needs one thing and that is a push pole. Castaway Customs has you covered there also as we carry many different push poles. The pole that I’m currently using and for the price can’t be beat is a Loop push pole. The Loop push pole is made from carbon fiber and is extremely stiff and lightweight. It can also be made up to 25′ 9″ allowing you to pole more efficiently.
When it comes to tricking out your skiff, these are only a few of the most popular options and products my customers ask for. The possibilities are endless and many time the only limits are created by the size of your pockets. No matter what type of skiff you have, just remember that the purpose is to get out on the water and make some stories of your own.
Had the opportunity to meet and work with the owner of Deltran Battery Tender. He owns a Triton 24 LTS Pro bay boat and also a 53 Viking sport fishing boat. He decide that he wanted to do work on both of his boat. On the Triton bay boat, he already had a SeaDek helm pad, and decided he wanted to cover the entire front deck. On his larger boat, after taking a look at it we realized that there were many different applications for custom SeaDek. He has a 250 QT Yeti Tundra cooler that he uses as a fish box, and also a seat in the cockpit of the boat. we decided to go with a 13mm pad to add extra cushioning for comfort and also put the name of his boat into the pad for that custom touch. Another great application in the cockpit of the boat that we decided to cover were the step box and also the steps going into the cabin of the boat. Once we climbed up the ladder into the upper station of the boat we realized that the upper helm as well as the forward seating area floor would be a nice addition. Check out the pics and if you are interested in any custom SeaDek work feel free to contact me.
Coolers are a must have on any boat; whether you are using it as a fish box, to keep some drinks cold, or just as dry storage. Coolers are very versatile and can be used for many other applications on boats. Coolers can also be used as seating, casting platforms, and steps. SeaDek cooler pads are great addition to any cooler because they make the cooler more versatile. Many cooler tops are fairly slick surfaces so standing or using them as a step may be dangerous, adding SeaDek to the top provides traction needed. Coolers also tend to slide around while running in a boat so have pads to stick to bottom of the coolers to lessen the chances of movement. As a seat, most coolers tops are not the most comfortable thing to sit on so sticking a piece of SeaDek to the top adds comfort. We can make custom cooler pads in different thicknesses to provide extra cushion also. Like all of the Castaway Customs products you can add custom logos or designs to make it your own. If you purchase a Yeti Cooler from us we also provide a free 5mm or 6mm cooler top pad. For an additional charge you can choose a thicker pad, or add the logo of your choice. If you have any questions feels free to contact me at tyler@castawaycustoms or call me at 321-537-2039.
If you are tired of your ***** or ******* cooler breaking buy a Yeti. These coolers are made to take a beating. It will be the last cooler you have to buy. They are made from extremely durable roto-molded plastic and everything from the hinges to the handles are made well. Whether you are looking for a cooler for the boat or to throw in the back of your truck and go camping, this is the cooler for you. Not only is it tough and durable, it has over 2 inches of insulation throughout the entire cooler to make sure your drinks are cold and your ice isn’t water. Speaking of water the drains are guaranteed not to leak so don’t even worry about that. The coolers have molded in tie-down points so they work great as a bench seat in front of a boat console or on the deck of a boat as a casting platform. Buy a Yeti, it will exceed your expectations or a cooler and last a lifetime. All Yeti Coolers you purchase from Castaway Customs also come with a free 5mm cooler pad in the color of your choice. For an additional upgrade charge you can change the thickness or add a logo to the pad. Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 321-537-2039 to purchase your Yeti Cooler.