SeaDek to Sponsor the 2015 Kayak Fishing ClassicS

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We are excited to announce that SeaDek will be sponsoring the 2015 Tropic Bay Kayak Fishing ClassicS. The winning anglers from each event will receive an Old Town or Ocean Kayak complete with a SeaDek traction kit.

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About Tropic Bay Kayak Fishing ClassicS
The Kayak Fishing ClassicS conducts several open kayak fishing tournaments each year followed by an invitational national championship. The ‘ClassicS’  has long been known for their fantastic sponsor gear prizes at each event.

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In 2015 the Kayak Fishing ClassicS will hold their Tournament Series and Invitational as well as a fly fishing only tournament and the Johnson Outdoors World Championship which are open to the public. The Live2Fish foundation is the charitable paddle of the ClassicS which donates proceeds from the Johnson Outdoors World Championship to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To learn more about the Kayak Fishing ClassicS, please visit them at www.KayakFishingClassicS.com.

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Boating industry catches the wind in Brevard

Reposted from http://www.floridatoday.com/

ROCKLEDGE – The empty building at 2900 Murrell Road sat vacant for years.

Formerly Spartech Corp., a supplier of such marine products as boat doors, latches and other devices, it closed as the recession took hold of many recreational industries, boating included.

A few months ago, a Canadian company, Roswell Global, decided the building was perfect for its U.S. operations. It was near Central Florida boat builders, there was a skilled work force in the area, and it was near both the Indian and Banana rivers and an inlet into the Atlantic Ocean.

diamondback1Diamondback Towers started in 2004 with about six employees, making wakeboard towers and accessories for top boat manufacturers.(Photo: For FLORIDA TODAY)

2900 Murrell Road has its sea legs again as Roswell goes about making products for all the country’s major boat builders.

“Rockledge is the ideal setting for business and growth in the marine segment,” said Robert Oswell, Roswell Global’s chief executive officer. “With a strong labor pool and skilled work force, the area is well-positioned to support our business.”

Roswell’s presence in Brevard is good news for many reasons, not the least of which is a productive building in the heart of Brevard County.

Maybe more important though, it’s indicative of a growing marine services industry that for the most part has sailed nearly unnoticed through the Brevard County economy while the aerospace and aviation industries have generated most of the headlines over the past several months.

Consider:

• SeaDek Marine Products in Rockledge (http://www.seadek.com/) and Diamondback Towers LLC in Cocoa were singled out this summer as growth companies to watch by the University of Central Florida’s Florida Economic Gardening Institute.

SeaDeck makes traction pads for fiberglass boats and other marine and recreational products. Diamondback designs and constructs towers for boats.

• Scott Lewit, president and co-founder of West Melbourne-based Structural Composites, a builder of boats and other things, had the U.S. Navy pick up on one of his designs for a prototype of a lighter, more fuel-efficient utility boat. Lewit spoke at the American Boating Congress in May and was the recipient of the Alan J. Freedman Award which recognizes “individuals who, throughout the course of their careers, have made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity and personal motivation.”

Structural Composites, founded in 1987, and a sister company, Compsys, which started in 1994, are spin-offs of Florida Institute of Technology.

• Earlier this month, the Brevard County Commission approved, by a 3-1 vote, a $1.16 million, 10-year economic incentive package for a yacht-maker to start operations at the former Sea Ray Boats plant at 1220 Bertram Way on Merritt Island. The yet-to-be-named company said it would create 380 jobs by 2018 with an average wage of $45,000 and make a $16.2 million capital investment in new equipment at the plant, if it decides on the Merritt Island site.

• Paragon Plastics in Cocoa recently marked its 20th anniversary on the Space Coast. The company started out making thermoform products for the marine industry and in the last two decades has expanded into many other industries.

“The potential in this industry is good for Brevard to serve the recreational boating industry,” said Structural Composites’ Lewit said. “Even though there aren’t large boat factories in the Melbourne area, there are some close by. So we’re in a strategic location.”

The major manufacturers nearby that Lewit lists include Regal Marine Industries in Orlando; Maverick Boat Co. Inc. in Fort Pierce, as well as Pursuit Boats (a division of Holland, Mich.-based S2 Yachts Inc.) also in Fort Pierce; and Boston Whaler (a division of the Brunswick Corp.) in Edgewater.

“These are big factories,” Lewit said. “And that’s all within easy reach of Brevard. And the Southeast United States is a real hotbed for boat construction.”

“Brevard County’s manufacturing cluster extends beyond space and aerospace,” said Lynda Weatherman, president and chief executive officer at the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. “The marine industry’s presence on the Space Coast is an example of how our competitive, pro-business environment compliments a wide-range of manufacturers.”

Regaining strength

At one time, boat manufacturing was a lot hotter in Brevard. Less than a decade ago, Sea Ray boats operated a manufacturing and testing facility on Merritt Island. The economy, though, took its toll on the high-end Sea Ray products made here and the Brunswick Corp. (Sea Ray’s parent company) was forced to lay off workers and consolidate operations until its presence in Brevard all but evaporated.

However, many of the former Sea Ray workers remain in Brevard. The local talent pool includes assemblers, fabricators, gel coaters, laminators and technicians.

“You have a nice situation with transport and access on Interstate 95 and you have a good pool of trained workers with all these boat factories that are nearby,” said Lewit, who has picked up a few former Sea Ray workers for his companies.

Outlook for sales

The rising tide of the boating industry should ripple to Brevard.

Nationwide, the recreational boating industry grew in 2013, generating $36.7 billion in retail expenditures — new and pre-owned boats and engines, trailers, accessories and services — a 3.2 percent increase from 2012. Florida led the nation with sales of new powerboats, motors, trailers and accessories totaling $1.9 billion, up 16 percent, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

The association predicts a 5 percent to 7 percent national increase in retail sales of new boats this year.

“The environment is perfect for growth and we love the county,” Oswell at Roswell Global. “We are here to expand and headquarter our global marine operation and create jobs. Brevard is well positioned to support any business looking to expand the marine segment locally or internationally.”

Contact Price at 321-242-3659 or wprice@floridatoday.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @Fla2dayBiz.

Noteworthy in brevard county’s boating industry

• SeaDek Marine Products (traction pads for fiberglass boats) in Rockledge andDiamondback Towers LLC (towers for boats) in Cocoa were singled out as growth companies to watch by the University of Central Florida’s Florida Economic Gardening Institute.

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• The U.S. Navy picked up on a design of Scott Lewit, president and co-founder of the West Melbourne-based Structural Composites (boat builder), for a prototype of a lighter, more fuel-efficient utility boat.

• The Brevard County Commission approved providing a $1.16 million, 10-year economic incentive package for a yacht-maker to start operations on Merritt Island. Known as “Project Transom,” the yet-to-be-named company said it would create 380 jobs by 2018 with an average wage of $45,000 and make a $16.2 million capital investment in new equipment at the plant if it decides on the site.

• Paragon Plastics (known for thermoform) in Cocoa celebrated its 20th anniversary on the Space Coast.

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SeaDek Texas Flag Swim Platform Pad

Here’s a unique custom SeaDek install done by Hydrotunes (www.hydrotunes.com). This 2012 Bayliner 185 (www.bayliner.com) has a Bimini Blue, White, and Snow Camo Texas flag swim platform pad. Nice job guys!

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855-55-TUNES
(855-558-8637)
512.373.9456 cell
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address:
3217 Ranch Road 620 N.Austin, TX 78734
www.hydrotunes.com

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IBEX Tampa 2014 – Thank You From SeaDek!

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SeaDek would like to say thank you for taking the time to stop by the booth in Tampa at this year’s IBEX show. The venue was great and it was good to see and hear so much positivity back in the industry again. We hope that we were able to answer any questions you had at the show but if you would like further information, to request a quote or obtain samples, please visit this page on our website and we will get back with you right away: http://www.seadek.com/OEMcontactform.aspx  You can also feel free to give us a call at 321-632-4466 or email info@seadek.com.

Be sure to visit our Flickr page for photos from the event and our latest products (www.flickr.com/photos/seadek). To learn more about SeaDek, please visit our website: www.seadek.com. See you in Louisville next year!

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Be sure to find us on Instagram , FacebookTwitterFlirkrGoogle+, and Youtube to see what goes on here at the factory and out on location for exciting projects, events, and commercial shoots. When uploading SeaDek pictures and video to any social media outlets please include #seadek and #seadeked.

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Silver Kings Season 1: Episode 2

Be sure to check out the latest episode of Silver Kings TV (http://www.silverkingstv.com/). Silver Kings is a Docu-Style, Outdoor show about two fly-fishing captains and their clients competing in tarpon tournaments in Islamorada, Florida. Filmed during the tarpon migration, the show exposes the visual beauty of Islamorada and the fast action of fly-fishing for tarpon in the most unique fishing environment in the US… the Florida Keys.

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Silver Kings Season 1: Episode 2 “Four Minutes To Go” from Brine Media on Vimeo.

SeaDek Marine Products is a proud sponsor and supporter of Silver Kings TV. http://www.seadek.com

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2014 FSFA Annual Auction

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FSFA will be auctioning off SeaDek helm pads, step kits, and other SeaDek products at the event. For more information on the Florida Sport Fishing Association, please visit www.fsfaclub.org.

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DIY Yeti #SeaDekHack

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Here’s a Seafoam Green over Storm Gray SeaDek cooler top one of our customers ordered through Yeti (yeticoolers.com/tundra-seadek). He also ordered Seafoam Green sheet material from our webstore (www.seadek.com/c-5-sheet-material.aspx) for a DIY project. The sheet material was cut to fit the sides of the Yeti to prevent the handles from banging against the cooler while out fishing. Great idea!!

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For more images of SeaDeked coolers, visit our flicker gallery: www.flickr.com/photos/seadek/sets/72157630747492174

To order a custom SeaDek cooler top, please contact customer service at: customerservice@seadek.com or 321-632-4466.

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Custom SeaDek on a Yamaha Jet Ski

Check out this jet ski our custom installers worked on. We transformed a Yamaha FX1000 Jet Ski with a custom storm gray over black SeaDek traction kit.

JetSki Before and AfterWhen the jet ski arrived at our manufacturing facility, it was covered in old, slick surfaced, non-skid that was wearing away.

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Uninstalling the pre-existing non-skid was not an easy task. Our installers spent several hours and went through an array of chemicals removing the old non-skid in preparation for the jet ski’s new custom SeaDek.

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After the pre-existing non-skid was removed, the rest of the process was a breeze. SeaDek products are backed with 3M™ acrylic based high-bond pressure sensitive adhesive for a strong hold and easy installation.

After – Custom SeaDek!Jetski1 jetski3 jetski4 jetski5 jetski6 jetski7 jetski10Keep an eye out for more jet ski related SeaDek products in the near future. To order SeaDek for your boat, kayak, or SUP visit our website: www.seadek.com/t-products-landing.aspx. For custom products, please contact customer service at: customerservice@seadek.com or 321-632-4466.

*The SeaDek logo on this kit is a swap out prototype and not yet available for order.

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Fishing For Soldiers Custom SeaDek

We just finished this custom Jackson Coosa kit for the Fishing for Soldiers Kayak Tournament taking place on Saturday, October 18th. This custom SeaDek kit was made specially for the custom Jackson Coosa that will be awarded to the angler who places first in the tournament.

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For more information on the tournament and the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit: http://www.fishingforsoldiers.com/index.html
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For tournament updates, be sure to like the Fishing for Soldiers Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fishingforsoldiers?ref=br_tf

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SeaDek at Roswell

We took at trip to Roswell (www.roswellmarineaudio.com) yesterday to look at audio choices for our SeaDeked Super Air Nautique G23 (www.nautique.com/models/super-air-nautique-g23).
Here are the Neptune 8.0 (www.roswellwakeair.com/series_rma/tower_speakers_neptune_ros) and
Nighthawk F65 (www.roswellwakeair.com/series_rma/tower_speakers_nighthawk_65) tower speakers:

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Keep an eye out to see which set of speakers we chose and for pictures of our finished G23 with custom SeaDek.

About Roswell
Roswell started out more than a decade ago back in 1998 when founder Robert Oswell re-designed an existing extended pylon pushing the limits of technology.

Since that time innovation, technology, and quality have been at the heart of Roswell’s pursuit of excellence.

Over the last 14 years Roswell has brought to the market several industry firsts including swivel board racks in 1999, integrated rack mounting systems, push button quick release racks, interior lights in towers, towers with built-in recessed speakers, tower rope hangers, water proof tower LCD screens and more. Our commitment to innovation and technology continues to be our focal point while continuing to build key relationships with the industry’s top boat builders, international distributors, and over 300 dealers around the world.

At Roswell we truly define ourselves as an international company – from our headquarters in Western Canada to our North American OEM partners, our international distributors and their dealers and wake camps across Europe and Australia. We are committed to making wakeboarding and your wake experience better on every continent. It is this drive and commitment to designing, developing, and manufacturing the highest quality wake products that makes our team put in countless hours at the office, on the road, and out on the water.

For more information on Roswell, visit: (www.roswellmarineaudio.com).

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