As many residents of the Southeast begin to dig out from the impact of Hurricane Matthew, we are fortunate to report that the SeaDek facility and our employees narrowly missed the worst effects of the storm. Thanks to a slight eastward shift late Thursday night, the center of the storm remained just offshore, sparing us the potentially devastating landfall. Damage was limited to downed trees, localized flooding, and minor structural damage, making us extremely lucky to have avoided the brunt of the storm.
On Tuesday, the forecast indicated a likely Brevard County impact and the decision was made to begin preparations and implement our Hurricane Emergency Preparedness Plan. With many employees under a mandatory evacuation notice from the barrier islands, the SeaDek family banded together and converted the factory into a makeshift storm shelter for employees, families, and pets. After boarding windows and securing the facility, we parked over 30 vehicles amongst our machines on the factory floor and hunkered down to ride out the storm. The strength of the SeaDek team was never more apparent, and the display of camaraderie was truly inspiring.
While our thoughts are with all those more severely affected by the storm, we are happy to inform our customers that the factory is back to full production capacity as of Monday morning. There should be no disruption to the supply chain, and we thank everyone that has reached out to us during the uncertainty of the storm. Please feel free to contact us with any specific concerns and we will do our best to accommodate.
On October 4-6, SeaDek will be introducing their next generation of innovative new non-skid products at IBEX 2016, the marine industry’s premier technology tradeshow. If you will be attending the show, be sure to stop by booth 337 to say hello to the SeaDek team and explore the exciting new SeaDek options that will be coming to market in the coming months.
In addition to our booth, we will also be showcasing a Nautique GS 20 in slip 50 of the in-water displays. The GS 20 comes completely SeaDeked with new pads and styles that will certainly pave the way for future generations of marine non-skid products.
SeaDek is a UV-resistant closed-cell EVA decking material that delivers exceptional traction, comfort underfoot, and breathtaking aesthetics to boats of all sizes and styles. Fully customizable and available in a wide variety of colors, thicknesses and textures, there is a place for SeaDek on every boat. We look forward to meeting you showing you why your boats deserve SeaDek!
We recently finished a custom factory SeaDek installation on a Grady White 226 Seafarer, and by the end of the install it looked like a completely different boat. Joseph Loffek, the Principal of Gemini Elementary School in Melbourne Beach, FL, initially wanted pads made for his Armstrong bracket, but after scanning the deck, the decision was made to go all the way.
Our custom installation team designed pads for the entire boat in Cool Gray over Black with a brushed texture, featuring our new 20mm Dual Density pads on the cabin top and in the helm area. These pads utilize a 17mm low-density bottom layer for increased shock-absorption and comfort, while the 3mm standard density top layer ensures traction and durability. These pads really are the best of both worlds, and are the perfect choice for boaters that spend prolonged periods of time on their feet.
Custom SeaDek is just a few clicks away by using our Interactive Map to find a SeaDek Certified Fabricator or Installer near you!
SeaDek is a customizable non-skid solution for nearly any type of watercraft. The material is a nonabsorbent, closed cell EVA Foam (think rod grips) that feels as good on your feet (and knees and back…) as it looks. The material is available in a rainbow of colors and a variety of thicknesses.
The folks at SeaDek also laminate two different colors of sheet-material together so when your logo or boat name is CNC machined, the bottom color shows through giving an awesome custom look.
As a bonus, the SeaDek material not only cushions your feet, it will quiet down your boat from both stomping (think white seabass) and engine noise/vibration and literally, NOTHING will slide around on deck.
If you ask anyone who spends time on the water in Florida about SeaDek, they will know and love the product.
After experiencing SeaDek on several boats in Florida, we knew we had to have it on our boat here in California. Our first call was to Blue Seas Fabrication or (858) 232-4188). The team at Blue Seas has become the only SeaDek Certified Fabricator on the West coast. Blue Seas has all the material, tools and know how to completely pimp out the deck of your boat or watercraft.
Ken and James at Blue Seas Fabrication explained the entire process in detail. The steps are pretty simple:
Choose your material and colors. (6mm is the standard thickness for most decks)
The crew at Blue Seas will then use a 3D computer scanner to create a template of the deck, swim step, cabin or anywhere else you want to apply SeaDek.
Work with Blue Seas on your custom design and approve a PDF proof
The material is then cut on a precision CNC router to your exact specifications
The Blue Seas team will schedule an appointment to install the material, which usually takes just a couple of hours depending on the complexity and size of the job.
We went down to check out the operation and put our hands on some of the material options. In the end we settled on one of the most popular color combinations, Storm Grey over Black in the most common 6mm thickness with a brushed surface texture.
With the material chosen, we discussed some of the design options and decided to go with a custom Faux Teak pattern with a unique wider board width. This would allow the black material to show through to simulate the caulk lines and also give us a two-tone look with the logos we wanted to include.
We loved the material so much we decided to go over the top and not only do our decks, but also our counters and galley table. The nonskid material is perfect for keeping things in their place (like our often dropped coffee maker).
We also opted to use the thick coaming pad material (20mm thick, soft low density foam) to cover our bench seat on the bridge and the tops of our engine boxes.
James with Blue Seas came out to the boat and scanned all the surfaces to be covered using a high tech 3D scanner.
He quickly traced all the existing nonskid areas making sure to work around all fittings, latches and hinges. In a short time he had a complete 3D model of our decks and counter tops.
Over the next couple days, James worked up the various areas in the boat in CAD and sent us proofs including the logos we wanted built into the materials. We added a few custom touches like our boat logo, a swordfish on the steps and an Innovator logo.
After a few final tweaks the design was done. Since we were using one of the more common color combos all the material for our boat was in stock. You are can select any combo of colors from the SeaDek palette you like, but it will take a few extra weeks for the material to be custom made .
Our deck was in pretty bad shape and need to be cleaned up before the install. This is where we called Mark from Monsoon Yacht Service. Mark is our paint and gelcoat guy and he can be reached at (619) 405-2176. We asked Mark to paint all the waterways in the deck so once we put the SeaDek down all of the areas that still show would look like new. Mark did a great job and the SeaDek came out looking awesome.
A couple more days passed and James called to schedule the install. We met him down at the boat where he installed the entire kit in an afternoon! The install is technically simple, but as we observed, there is quite a bit of skill, patience and “eyeball” involved. If you elect to install your own SeaDek kit, Blues Seas will be happy to instruct and guide you through it to get the best results.
The final product looks and feels amazing!
After a half dozen tuna trips on boat, the SeaDek still looks great. We have gotten blood, coffee, mustard and scales all over the material and it just washes right off. At the end of the day we just scrub the deck with boat soap and it shines up like new again. We did get a couple rust stains on the material but those cleaned up easily with a little Soft Scrub and a hand brush.
So far, everyone that has ridden on the boat since we installed the SeaDek has wanted it for his or her boats as well. You really have to experience the product to understand. It’s so nice and soft we can fish barefoot now. The thicker material on the engine boxes has definitely quieted down the engine noise. Nothing slides around in the galley or on the salon table. Did I mention it looks great too?
SeaDek isn’t just for boat decks. They have installed the material on swim steps, paddleboards, sailboats, windsurfers, golf carts, trailer interiors and just about anywhere else.
Now the big question, HOW MUCH?
We found the pricing to be just a little bit more than what we were quoted to grind the existing nonskid down and replace it. The extra money is totally worth all the benefits that SeaDek offers compared to just paint and nonskid material.
We absolutely love our new, custom SeaDek. Give the guys at Blue Seas Fabrication a call and experience the product for yourself.
Last month the SeaDek team made there way up to Milwaukee for the Malibu Open, one of the premier professional water ski events of the season. As a returning event sponsor, the team was on hand with plenty of SeaDek swag and good vibes. Thanks to everyone who braved the rain and stopped by to say Hello!
Check out the video recap of the event!
Ready to get custom SeaDek for your boat? Find a SeaDek Certified Fabricator or Installer near you on our Interactive Map.
Whether you are hunting, trying to blend in with your surroundings, or just looking cool on the water, SeaDek’s camo patterns help you do it in style. Perfect for jonboats, fishing boats, or anywhere a camo pattern is desired, SeaDek camo patterns offer the same great traction and comfort as solid colored SeaDek with the extra flare to set your boat apart from the rest. Offered in four styles, including Army Camo, Desert Camo, Snow Camo, and Aqua Camo, there is a pattern for every project.
Will of JetBoat Pilot just sent these photos over of a sweet camo SeaDek job on a 2016 Sea Ark center console. The customer chose Desert Camo over black with an embossed texture and pinline border, and it came out looking great!
JetBoat Pilot is a SeaDek Certified Fabricator based in Panama City, Florida. Certified SeaDek Fabricators specialize in the entire SeaDek process from start to finish. They template boats, create CAD drawings, cut SeaDek EVA material using CNC technology, and install the final products assuring the perfect fit and finish. All SeaDek pads are installed using 3M™ pressure sensitive adhesive which is inspected and applied at the SeaDek manufacturing facility in Rockledge, Florida.
More information on JetBoatPilot can be found by contacting Will at:
The Boat Shop, a SeaDek Certified Installer, will be showcasing SeaDek non-skid in booth #28 at the Southwest International In-Water Boat Show on September 23-25, 2016. Held on Clear Lake in Bay Area Houston, it is the largest in-water boat show on the Gulf, and will feature both freshwater and saltwater boats in a wide variety of sizes that cater to almost any budget.
The Boat Shop is a full service marine facility located in Shreveport, Louisiana, and as a SeaDek Certified Installer, they can take care of all your custom SeaDek needs. Working with either the SeaDek Factory or a Certified Fabricator, SeaDek Certified Installers capture a boats pattern, have a kit designed and cut, and professionally install, assuring a perfect fit and finish.
In Northern Lousisiana or Eastern Texas, you can trust the professionals at The Boat Shop for all of you SeaDek needs. Contact them today at:
Did you know that SeaDek sheet material is available for immediate purchase in all of our current color offerings?
For boaters needing exceptional traction and a comfortable decking surface, but don’t need the finish of custom products, DIY applications are the way to go.
This month’s issue of Boating World magazine features a great step-by-step article chronicling a do-it-yourself SeaDek project on a 23-foot Hydra-Sports center console, and the finished project came out looking great!
With time and a bit of patience, excellent results can be achieved cutting your own SeaDek pads at considerable savings to custom work. SeaDek sheet material is available in a 5mm thickness with an embossed texture, and features the same 3MTM pressure sensitive adhesive as all our other products.
Ready to start your next SeaDek project? Head to our Webstore to order now!
In the pursuit of further material innovation, SeaDek Marine Products, manufacturer of EVA non-skid decking products, is honored to be one of five companies receiving technical assistance from NASA scientists as part of a technology docking program organized by NASA and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.
The alliance seeks to join commercial technology challenges with NASA expertise and resources to provide solutions for manufacturers and technology-based companies across all industries.
Through the program, Brevard companies will have opportunity to utilize the technological capabilities of NASA that exists in their own backyards, further stimulating the local economy and promoting the growth of manufacturing on the Space Coast.
As the originator and industry leader of EVA non-skid decking for the marine industry, SeaDek is embracing the chance to utilize the deep resources of America’s premier technological brain trust in Cape Canaveral. With a focus on material composition and formulation, NASA will assist SeaDek’s research and development team as they continue to push the boundaries of EVA non-skid products for the marine industry and other related applications.
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is a not-for-profit partnership between the Brevard County Commission and the Space Coast business community dedicated to attracting new business and investment, and expanding existing industry throughout the Space Coast. The EDC has been an invaluable asset to SeaDek for years, aiding them as they expanded their operations from their world headquarters in Rockledge, Florida.
SeaDek Marine Products is seeking a machinist for its growing team. SeaDek non-skid, closed cell EVA products offer safe and comfortable alternatives to molded in non-skid, paint-on textures and other marine traction products currently available. Made from UV protected non-absorbent foam, SeaDek features an innovative, textured micro-dot surface for enhanced non-slip characteristics. Formulated with a 3M; acrylic based high-bond pressure sensitive adhesive, SeaDek’s robust, peel-and-stick application makes it easy to install and requires no mounting of hardware. Easy to clean and stain resistant, SeaDek also provides protection for boat surfaces, especially in high traffic areas. Other benefits that SeaDek offers include:
Exceptional traction even when wet
Unparalleled comfort when standing, walking or leaning on boat surfaces
Shock absorption, which decreases fatigue
Protection for boat surfaces against scratches, chips and dents
Noise reduction characteristics; ideal for fishermen
Primary Role: General Maintenance of Hyperform Inc. machinery.
Job duties: 1. Machine, Equipment: Responsible for maintaining (in good and safe working order) all production machines and equipment used in the manufacturing of Hyperform products.
2. Documents and Manuals: Maintain records of scheduled maintenance and repairs on any production machine, truck, lift, or structure.
3. Spare Parts and Ordering: Maintaining a stock of commonly used replacement parts for the more critical machines. Ordering parts and keeping a parts list for machines and machinery.
1. Records production, repair, and machine maintenance information.
2. Set up and operate machines and adjust controls for operation.
3. Dismantles machines and remove parts for repair.
4. Reassembles machine after the completion of repair or maintenance work.
5. Run and observe mechanical operation to detect problems.
6. Inspect and/or test damaged machine parts and marks defective areas or advises supervisor of needed repairs.
7. Lubricates or applies adhesives or other materials to machines, machine parts, or other equipment, according to specified procedures.
EXPERIENCE AND BACKGROUND:
1. Active listening and Oral Communications.
2. Correct selection and safe use of various applicable hand and power tools.
3. Ability to follow instruction, written and verbal.
4. Basic understanding and safe working knowledge of electricity, plumbing, air conditioning, and pneumatics (compressed air).
5. Basic computer skills.
6. 2+ years machine maintenance
High School Diploma
Mechanic certifications preferred.