Good Vibrations a SeaDek article by Florida Sportsman

by Frank Sargeant • February 12, 2015 • 0 Comments

Some noises draw fish closer, some put them off.

Some boats are lucky, some not so much. Mostly that’s the result of the guy at the controls putting the boat in the right place at the right time. But it can also be a function of the noise the boat gives off, good and bad.

Offshore skippers have sworn for decades that some boats attract fish as a result of the vibrations broadcast from the turning props, engine noise and other mysterious factors, right down to the tunes pumped out on the stereo.

And some observers have noted that hard-pressured fish seem aversely conditioned to the sounds that our boats put off; the whirr of a trolling motor can send reds or bonefish streaking for the depths, and in some cases even the “ping” of a depthsounder is enough to alert fish within the cone that there are humans with nefarious designs above.

If broadcast sounds can be bad, they can also be good, reasoned Gene Eisenmann, the guy behind a new device called the HydroWave, which uses a transducer to broadcast, at the touch of a button, the sounds of snapping shrimp, grunting croakers, mullet doing whatever mullet do, etc. Eisenmann says the sounds are actual recordings of the bait species and can help to trigger the bite when things are otherwise not happening—the range is about a long cast, he notes; details at www.hydrowave.com.

When it comes to negative sounds, there are a number of things you can do to prevent putting out the sorts of vibes that, for sure, send fish heading for the horizon long before you get into casting range:

>>Running your outboard on the flats is an obvious no-no, but redfish pros have long known that even blipping a cranked-up trolling motor on and off is a sure recipe for a goose-egg at weigh-in. They either run the motor on the lowest setting steadily, or don’t run it at all when they’re on a fishy spot, relying on wind, current and judicious use of the push pole. Nearly silent automatic anchors like the PowerPole and MinnKota Talon also help a lot because it’s so easy to “stick” the boat and keep it in just the right spot without turning the troller on at all.

>>You can quiet your troller with a little extra effort. For one, mount it on rubber isolation grommets (available from Minn Kota and MotorGuide) that cut the vibration sent into the hull and from there into the water. Secondly, make sure the prop is not dinged or bent—if it is, it will make a lot more noise than when perfect. And of course, don’t slam the motor into the water when you lower it.

>>When chasing the paranoid bonefish of the Keys, even the gentle slap of waves on the chines of a flats boat can send the gray ghost fleeing. Flats boat builders have spent years tinkering with the design of the chine area where waves contact the hull, trying to avoid this sound; the angle of the hull sides, the shape of the chines, and the depth at which the boat happens to be floating with a given load can all affect the sound—and a boat that’s completely silent with two aboard and a full tank of fuel may be quite noisy with low fuel and just the skipper on board. Some are noisy with bow-on ripples, silent with beam seas, some vice-versa—know how your boat rolls and fish to take advantage of its idiosyncrasies.

>>On offshore boats, go easy when you drop anchor over a reef, of course. Particularly in water shallower than 50 feet, an anchor crashed into the water can put the fish below on alert. And personally, though I think a little ’80s rock is just fine on the truck radio, I’m shutting off the tunes when I want to fool a gag. (I know, some guys insist that Springsteen is just the ticket for turning on the bite—it’s a judgment call.)

If you’ve ever been diving and passed close to your boat’s transducer, you know that it puts out a clearly audible ping. Whether most fish realize this is a danger signal is open to question, but if you’re not fishing a situation where the depthfinder is necessary, why not turn it off?

>>Sounds from inside the boat can also be a problem with super-nervous fish in extreme shallows. Fishing barefoot or in soft-soled shoes reduces the noise as you move around the boat. So does adding a deck pad like SeaDek (www.SeaDek.com) on the casting decks and the poling platform. (The foam pad also makes your feet and legs a lot happier after hours of standing.)

Bottom line is to eliminate the bad sounds and pump up the good ones—whatever that means in the kind of fishing you like to do best.

http://www.floridasportsman.com/2015/02/12/good-vibrations/

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Crowder Bros Ace Hardware and the Coastal Conservation Association

AlanCrowder Bros Ace Hardware in Manatee County is sponsoring the Coastal Conservation Association’s 16th Annual Manatee County Banquet later this month. SeaDek products will be featured in the banquet’s auction and raffle.

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The CAA is dedicated to marine conservation and spans the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic seaboard, from Texas to Maine. With 29 chapters in Florida, Manatee County is one of the largest. “CCA’s mission is to protect, enhance and conserve Florida’s precious marine resources.”

www.crowderbros.com
For more information on the Coastal Conservation Association, please visit: www.joincca.org and www.ccaflorida.org.

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23rd Annual Tim Wakefield Celebrity Golf Classic & Memorabilia Auction

SeaDek was a Hole-in-One sponsor for the Space Coast Early Intervention Center’s 23rd Annual Tim Wakefield Celebrity Golf Classic & Memorabilia Auction last month. Jeff, SeaDek Production Manager, and Chuck, VP of Sales, had a great time at the event!

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For more information on SCEIC, please visit www.sceic.com and www.facebook.com/SCEIC.

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SeaDek on a Cobalt R5

Here’s a swim platform pad installed by Slalom Shop, one of our newest dealers. Nice work guys! This swim platform pad is storm gray over black faux teak and made to fit a Cobalt R5.

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To order a swim platform pad for you boat, visit: www.seadek.com/c-12-swim-platform-pads.aspx
Don’t see your make and model? Contact customer service at:  customerservice@seadek.com or 321-632-4466.

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SeaDek on a Native Redfish 12

Redfish_Before and AfterCheck out this awesome Native Redfish 12 (www.nativewatercraft.com) prototype kit we made for our friend Ryan. This kit is made of 6mm desert camo over black EVA foam with a brushed finish (see below for more info on desert camo). Here are the before and after pictures from the install:

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Keep an eye out for stock versions of this Native Redfish 12 kit to hit our webstore in the near future: www.seadek.com/c-97-kayak-non-skid-pads.aspx

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SeaDek CAD Training

Last week we held a 3-day software training class at our facility. 12 of our dedicated employees from several departments spent their weekend learning how to use CAD, the design software used to create SeaDek products. Thanks for all your hard work guys!

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While we are not currently hiring, we are always taking applications for CAD designers. Please email your resume to jobs@seadek.com.

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SeaDeked 18′ Hewes Redfish

Here’s a custom SeaDek kit on a 2006 Hewes Redfish 18′ (www.hewes.com) we did for Alan of Team SeaDek. This Hewes has 6mm storm gray over black SeaDek throughout with faux teak decking, 56″ fish ruler, routed SeaDek and Hewes logos, and 13mm helm pad and seating area for added comfort.
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*Bimini Blue SeaDek logos are swap out prototypes and not yet available for order.

To order a custom kit for your boat, please contact customer service at: customerservice@seadek.com or 321-632-4466.

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SeaDek named ‘Technical Supplier of ORACLE TEAM USA’

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Rockledge, Fla. (January 30, 2015) – SeaDek, an industry leader in innovative marine non-skid products, has been named a Technical Supplier of ORACLE TEAM USA, the champion America’s Cup team. In 2013, ORACLE TEAM USA successfully defended its title in the AC72 class – wingsail powered catamarans that flew above the water on hydrofoils at over 50 mph (90kph). SeaDek outfitted the team’s fleet of support vehicles and provided EVA non-skid hatch covers for the AC45s.

ABOUT SeaDek
SeaDek Marine Products is a leading manufacturer of a range of EVA non-skid products for marine and sports use. A viable alternative to carpet and molded-in nonskid products, SeaDek’s line of products are targeted for OEM boat builders, resellers and end-users. The company was originally formed to produce cutting-edge surf products and nonskid traction pads, including X-Trak® surf traction and K-Grip®, a line of pads designed for world champion surfer Kelly Slater. The company later expanded its product offerings to the boating industry thanks to its innovation with marine-grade EVA materials.

From reformulating EVA materials for use in new markets to developing new ways to utilize CNC technology to automate work flow, SeaDek maintains a culture of innovation. The company has designed new laminating machines from the ground up and introduced laser technology for branding and design. The growing company continues to add staff and recently relocated to a larger manufacturing facility in Rockledge, FL not far from Kennedy Space Center and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“Working as a Technical Supplier of ORACLE TEAM USA pushes us to new levels of production and innovation.” says Jason Gardner, CoOwner and Vice President of Marketing for SeaDek. “They are the tip of a technological arrow that stretches back over 160 years and we are very proud to be a part of that legacy again.”

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ABOUT ORACLE TEAM USA
ORACLE TEAM USA has won the last two editions of the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport. Skipper/helmsman Jimmy Spithill will lead one of the best international teams in sailing as it competes in the America’s Cup World Series regattas in 2015 and 2016, while ORACLE TEAM USA sailors, designers and boat-builders are preparing for the next America’s Cup races in the summer of 2017.
http://oracle-team-usa.americascup.com/

SeaDek looks forward to an exciting race season and a continuing relationship with ORACLE TEAM USA.

For more information or media images, please contact: promotions@seadek.com.
http://www.seadek.com/

 

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Spanish Fly and the Cuda Bowl

Earlier this month we posted a few SeaDek Spanish Fly Yeti (yeticoolers.com) pads that we made for the Jose Wejebe ‘Spanish Fly’ Memorial Foundation #fishforjose party in Key West. Here’s one more of the 8mm aqua camo over black cooler pads that we sent off as a Spanish Fly giveaway for this weekend’s Cuda Bowl.

Spanish Fly - Cuda 2 The Cuda Bowl is an annual flats fishing tournament held in Key West, FL. This years event will take place Thursday January 29th – Saturday 31st. For more information on the Cuda Bowl and to see last years tournament results, visit: www.cudabowl.com.SpanishFly1Spanish Fly - Cuda

For more information on the Jose Wejebe ‘Spanish Fly’ Memorial Foundation visit: www.josewejebefoundation.org.

*The SeaDek logos are laser treatment prototypes and not yet available for order.

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SeaDeked Yeti Roadies

Check out these awesome Yeti Roadies! This pair of SeaDek pads were custom made in aqua camo over black with routed yeti logos and look great.

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To order your own SeaDek cooler top, visit www.seadek.com/c-100-cooler-pads.aspx.
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