Here is a first look at the customized non-skid kit for the almost completed SeaDek Super Air Nautique 230. The color combination is bimini blue over storm gray with a white swap-out logo on the swim step pad. The radial waterdrop design is an innovative new design concept that we’re trying out for the first time on a complete cockpit kit.
Look for the new boat to debute at this year’s 54th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament presented by Nautique at Calloway Gardens in Georgia.
SeaDek is proud to be a preferred supplier of ORACLE Team USA (http://oracle-team-usa.americascup.com/) in this year’s America’s Cup. Here is a video of the second official tender/chase boat with our non-skid pads featured bow to stern with custom Team USA branded engine cover and swim platform pad.
While not yet available for retail purchase, we’ve been testing our SeaDek material for pool applications for several years now. Trying different materials, patterns and adhesives with the ultimate goal of creating a product specifically for this type of application. Here’s the latest incarnation my boys and I installed this weekend. We chose storm gray over aqua camo with an embossed nonskid pattern. We have a couple of dogs and lots of palm trees and thought the storm gray would hide paw prints and palm berries without getting too hot in the summer time.
While installation is very simple and can be done by one person, I put the boys to work pulling back the paper lining while I pressed the pad into place. After all the pads were down I had them walk along the edges making sure contact was evenly achieved across the entire surface and edge bevels.
No more scratched and scrapped knees and now the nieces have a comfortable place to sunbathe. We drew up a design for some cool turtles and had them routed into the area beside the steps. I think they turned out pretty well.
Installation is a breeze. Simply score the paper backing and peel it up a little. Place the pad in the exact position you want it. Tape one side down securely so the pad can’t move out of position. Peel up one side of paper backing and press pad into place careful to keep air from being trapped underneath. Remove tape and repeat process on the other side. Take the time to press the pad firmly into place taking the time to press all edges down with the palm of your hand and/or heel of foot.
We’ve been working in cooperation with our good friends over at Spearing Magazine to outfit this beautiful Proline 2950 with a custom SeaDek kit. This boat gets a lot of use on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Spearfishing and scuba diving are it’s primary function and tanks and gear can really put a beating on the fiberglass decks.
The owner, Chris, chose to go with storm gray over black SeaDek material with a brushed finish. This will add comfort, sound dampening, glare reduction and some much needed protection from daily use. It also adds some aesthetic enhancement to a plain white deck. For a finishing touch we added a custom routed hogfish to the center hatch cover.
Scuba tanks resting on bare deck. SeaDek adds some much needed protection. Transom pads: Installation is as easy as peeling and sticking the pads down with SeaDek’s marine grade PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive). Here Jason gardner applies some cockpit pads.Custom hogfish logo routed right into the pad:Swim-step entry non-skid pad and a helm station anti-fatigue pad:Be sure to keep an eye out for some more photos of this boat and installation in upcoming issues of Spearing Magazine (http://www.spearingmagazine.com/) and on SeaDek’s social media pages.
First boat of the day means 5:30am, at the pumps and on our way to Nautique’s private wet testing lake just a short drive from the factory. Gary Cressman, in charge of Quality Services and Water Testing as well as a 24 year Correct Craft veteran, walked me through the the process of making a new boat “water ready”.
From running electronics and engine diagnostics to battery, lighting steering and much more, Gary checks out every inch of the boat. Though he downplays it a bit he’s got to have one of the best jobs in the company. Sure the early hours are tough and there is a lot of responsibility making sure these boats are perfect before they head off to their new homes, spending your work days driving these machines is not a bad gig at all.
Gary running the first of several engine diagnostic checks. Nautique LINC 2.0 Digital Helm System™. Security is pretty tight around the factory! That’s what I’m talking about! Some times you just have to let a professional do his work. So now our 230 goes back into the factory for cleaning and some finishing touches. Our custom BoatMate trailer should be there sometime today and next week we’ll be making the short 20 minute drive to Roswell Wake-Air for the audio installation. IF you get a chance be sure to check out the custom SeaDek kit we did for their 230: http://www.seadek.com/blog/?p=2927
Teamwork. Teamwork is what gets a boat like this built, start to finish, in under a week. It’s been amazing seeing how all of the different departments and crews work together with such efficiency. Spending time at the Nautique factory documenting the build of our new Super Air Nautique 230 has been great experience and getting to know the people who put in the hard work has been a true pleasure.
The engine, fuel tank, ballast tanks, Nautique Surf System and electronics have all been installed. The cap and hull were then joined and bonded and then the 230 moved on to have its tower, windshield and hardware set into place. The upholstery station was up next where Lou and his team swarmed all over the boat and in just about and hour bolsters, seats and cushions were all in place and ready to move on.
Cap and hull being carefully fitted together and secured:Rebecca Wolfe was my tour guide and coordinator for much of this project. She couldn’t have been more helpful and really took the time to make sure I understood what was happening and how the boat moved through the production process. I can’t thank her enough for her time and effort.The upholstery crew finishing up on the 230 and making it look like the exceptional watercraft that it is.These guys and gals are the face of modern American manufacturing. Hard work, attention to detail and a great attitude were apparent everywhere I went. Ocean LED came through with some under water lighting for the transom.
Next up is water testing! Can’t wait to see what this boat can do.