When you think about Contender Boats, most people think about open center consoles, but the 35 Side Console model has been around forever. With a cabin and plenty of seating it is a very nice option for a family boat, but still offers a great layout and cockpit space for fishing. A customer recently called me up that purchased one that was few years old, but never been titled and spent most of it’s life sitting outside in the sun. Needless to say it needed a little loving and SeaDek did the trick. The nonskid pattern was almost gone on the boat, especially in the bow area. We pretty much decked out the entire boat except for the inside of the cabin and the customer decided to go with a 6mm Caribbean Blue over Bahama Blue. The customer also wanted to add coaming bolsters to give himself some comfort while fighting fish so we went with a 20mm white. This was the first time I have ever done this color combination and while it is a little bright, it has a very clean look and grows on you quickly. We have a wide variety of colors to choose from so if blue isn’t your thing we have something else that will work. If you are interested in adding custom SeaDek to your boat, skiff, or yacht you can contact Castaway Customs by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I recently did some for work for Capt. Scott Lum who runs charters out of Port Canaveral aboard his 23′ Contender “Outcast”. Contender center console boats are known for their ride and as a fishing machine. If there is a cobia, tripletail, or kingfish anywhere in the vicinity they better watch out. Scott use to hold 6 pound class IGFA world record for tripletail. The Outcast is a 1997 so it has been around the block or ocean a few times and literally had no more non skid left on the deck. Scott gave me a call and wanted to SeaDek the entire floor of the boat to make it more safe and comfortable for his clients. As much use as the boat gets we decided to go with a 5mm storm gray color which is nice for hiding dirt and adds some contrast to the boat. The before and after pictures really show the difference. We will be adding some coaming bolsters as well as a helm pad for his crows nest up top in the future. If you are looking to charter someone to go fish out of Port Canaveral make sure to check out Capt. Scott Lum and if you are interested in getting some custom SeaDek put on your boat contact Castaway Customs at email@example.com.
Just finished up a job on a 23 Bluewater. Bluewater Boats builds a very nice offshore center console boat and the owner decided to call me up to add a helm pad and coaming bolsters to the boat. Most of the Bluewater Boats are what they call a two piece boat. The only downside with a two piece boat is that you don’t have a toe kick area which means if you are leaning against the gunnel your toes are hitting the liner of the boat. On any offshore fishing boat, especially a two piece boat, having bolster pads is a must. It makes fighting a fish much more comfortable. Another must have on an offshore boat is a helm pad. Castaway Customs does many custom helm pads and the nice thing is to order one most of the time all that is required are some simple dimensions. We decided to go with 15mm pad which is cool gray over bright blue. The bright blue color accented nicely with the canvas and boot stripe color on the boat. Now the customer can ride and also fish comfortably. If you are looking to add a custom helm pad or coaming bolsters to your boat you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a variety of colors to choose from and can also add the name of your boat or a fish logo to the pad.
The helm area before SeaDek
The helm area after SeaDek
Another view of the foot rest
Port side gunnel before custom SeaDek bolster pads
I recently did a job for Capt. Chris Walter of Get Bent Sportfishing out of Hawks Cay Marina in Duck Key Florida. Chris restored an older 23′ SeaCraft and had some customers complaining about needing bolster pads while fighting fish so your thighs and legs don’t hurt at the end of a long day on the water. Chris contacted me and wanted to get some custom SeaDek coaming bolster pads designed so I had him pull some basic measurements off of the boat and I cut and shipped the pads down to him. With the easy peel and stick application, it makes applying the pads very simple. You don’t have to worry about drilling any holes in the boat at all. If you are interested in getting a set of custom coaming bolster pads made for your boat contact Castaway Customs at 321-537-2039 or shoot me an email to email@example.com.
A beautiful classic SeaCraft
A view of the coaming pads looking aft
The thinner coaming pads around the bow
The full 360 degree bolsters look great on the boat
If you have ever been digging for grouper or fished off of any offshore boat without coaming bolsters you will know it by the end of the day when your thighs are covered in bruises. Bare fiberglass isn’t a very comfortable surface and that is why many people cover the area you lean against while fighting a fish in the cockpit of their boats. Traditional coaming bolsters are made of foam and vinyl, much like a seat cushion. The problem with vinyl is it requires some up keep and also tends to mold and mildew after a while. Traditional coaming bolsters are very expensive and also require drilling many holes in the boat to attach the pad. SeaDek coaming bolsters take care of all the problems associated with traditional bolsters. Since SeaDek bolsters are made of a UV protected EVA foam formulated for the marine environment, you don’t have to worry about them fading, cracking, or mildewing like a vinyl bolster would. The EVA foam is also a closed cell foam so if you were to accidentally stick a gaff into it, you not have to worry about the pads absorbing or holding water. The application, like all SeaDek products, is an easy peel and stick application so it takes no time to make your boat more comfortable. Check out the video below to see how easy the installation is. We can manufacture the coaming bolsters in any of the stock SeaDek colors so we can make something that will look great on your boat. Castaway Customs carries stock sizes bolsters and specializes in custom applications. Feel free to contact us with dimensions of your boat for a quote. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.