Custom SeaDek – Castaway Customs

One of our custom installers will be on the road soon templating boats for SeaDek non-skid marine traction pads. Please drop him an email if you’re in his area.

My Name is Alex Cohen, I’m with Castaway Customs specializing in Custom SeaDek. I will be heading from Florida to Savannah then Charleston to Myrtle Beachthen on to the Wilmington Area. Please feel free to email me if anyone is interested in getting Seadek alex@castawaycustoms.com Here is our FB page that has some of our work we have done recently. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Casta…s/173312190771 
Below are some pictures of some of our work as well.

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A Case For Economic Optimism – From Trade Only Marine Industry News

Correct Craft president and CEO Bill Yeargin is the industry’s voice on the federal Manufacturing Council.

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Last year Bill Yeargin, president and CEO of Correct Craft, the builder of Nautique ski boats, became a member of the Manufacturing Council, which advises U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on the manufacturing industry.

Yeargin says other countries are doing more to support their industries than the United States, and that the country needs a comprehensive manufacturing policy.

Nonetheless, he believes U.S. consumer confidence should be higher because the country has seen a drop in the federal deficit, growth in exports and gains in the stock market and the Federal Reserve is increasingly confident.

In this interview Yeargin discusses his work on the panel of business leaders and explains why he’s optimistic about the economy.

Q: First, can you tell us about the Manufacturing Council?

A: The Manufacturing Council is a group of about 25 business leaders who advise the U.S. secretary of commerce, Penny Pritzker. Our primary focus is to provide recommendations that will ensure the U.S. is an attractive location for manufacturing investment and is the world’s manufacturing leader in the years ahead.

Q: How did you get involved?

A: Well, it’s a long story, but the short version is that in 2011, after a trip to Korea, I was invited to join the Korean ambassador in an Oval Office meeting with President Obama. After that meeting other opportunities to serve came along, including the NMMA promoting me as a member of the Manufacturing Council. I was appointed about a year ago.

Q: What was it like to meet the president?

A: He was gracious and personable. He said he was aware of our company and thinks we build great boats. It was an incredible opportunity.

Q: How do the Manufacturing Council members view U.S. manufacturing?

A: Well, frankly, we are concerned. We believe the U.S. has been falling behind and we are now competing on an unlevel playing field. Other governments are doing much more to support their manufacturing industries than the U.S. government is doing. Our company has dealers in 62 countries, and as I visit those locations I often meet with government officials. In almost every country they ask me what they could do to entice us to start building boats in their country.

Yeargin (third from right) met President Obama after the president signed a free-trade agreement in 2011 with Panama, Colombia and South Korea.

Yeargin (third from right) met President Obama after the president signed a free-trade agreement in 2011 with Panama, Colombia and South Korea.

Q: In the U.S. there seems to be a negative perception of government helping businesses.

A: You are right, but sometimes we forget how much the government has done to help us become the world’s economic powerhouse. The government built the roads we use to transport our boats in North America and the ports we use to ship them overseas. I am answering your questions in an airport the government built so I could go visit the dealer I met with today. We all use GPS and the Internet in our businesses, as well as other government innovations. The list goes on and on. We already have lots of government support.

Q: So how does the Manufacturing Council go about addressing the problems?

A: Though all council members are involved in all areas we are addressing, to be more efficient we have organized ourselves into four committees: taxation, innovation, work force and energy. I serve on the innovation committee.

Q: So, let’s take them one at a time. What are you doing with taxation?

A: Regarding taxation, we are providing recommendations which we believe will encourage manufacturers to invest in the U.S. Currently the U.S. has a higher corporate tax rate, by about 10 percent, than the average of other developed countries, which incents companies to set up plants overseas. Additionally, once U.S. companies have earned money overseas there are strong tax disincentives keeping them from bringing that money back to the U.S. Fixing these two issues without eroding the tax base would go a long way toward helping U.S. manufacturing and the U.S. economy. We need to figure out how to equitably tax flow-through entities when we fix these problems. We are also looking at many issues related to small businesses and what we could recommend that would help them.

Q: What about work force?

A: When I speak with people about the council, this comes up consistently as the biggest issue with which manufacturers struggle: finding good people. To help solve this problem we first need to work together to change the perception of manufacturing. People think it is dark, dull, dangerous and dirty (the 4 Ds of manufacturing) and that incorrect perception keeps people from desiring a manufacturing job. Additionally, we have a skills gap that falls into two categories: technical skills and employability skills. The technical skills gap is the most discussed, and it is serious. We need effective training programs, as well as immigration reform that allows entry to highly skilled people who want to live in the U.S. The second is employability skills, which is tougher. Many of the CEOs I speak with tell me they need people who will actually show up and diligently work all week. If they can find those people, they are happy to help them develop the necessary technical skills.

One of the builder's Super Air Nautique wake sport boats.

One of the builder’s Super Air Nautique wake sport boats.

Q: What about energy?

A: Recent developments in the energy arena are astounding. The U.S. is close to being energy-independent and the world’s largest producer of energy, ahead of Saudi Arabia and Russia. Additionally, there are rapid and significant developments happening in photovoltaic (solar) energy. Last summer I was in a meeting with House minority whip Steny Hoyer, and he said that 10 years ago everyone was worried about running out of energy and now we are trying to figure out how to manage the abundance. I am hopeful that the U.S. will use the upcoming energy cost advantage to export energy in the form of manufactured goods which, in my opinion, is much better than exporting it in barrels.

Q: The last focus area is the committee on which you serve — innovation. What can you tell us about that?

A: We are currently focused on three topics related to innovation. The first is the need for a comprehensive manufacturing policy. Other countries are doing this, and our lack of a comprehensive policy is hurting the U.S. This would not mean government is involved in our businesses, but it would mean we are looking at the infrastructure we need and how the government can help support research and connections that particularly help small businesses. Regarding research, there is a huge disconnect (sometimes called the “Valley of Death”) between basic research, which is largely done by government and universities, and the applied research being done by businesses. We need to figure out how to connect the two better. Also, related to research, we need to better balance the research done on product development with the research done on manufacturing processes. We spend much more on product development research, which creates product that gets manufactured overseas. We need to correct that. Finally, we need to do a much better job with connections and collaboration. There are so many “silos” of great work, and the potential synergy is incredible if we do a better job connecting.

Q: Since you have been spending more time in Washington, D.C., what have been your observations?

A: It has been a very interesting experience. Probably the biggest pleasant surprise for me has been the incredible commitment to help U.S. businesses I have observed from the people I work with in the Department of Commerce and the White House. I know some people reading this interview will be surprised by that comment, but based on my observations it is true. I have been impressed with Secretary Pritzker and her team. The second observation is related to the widespread consensus there is on the issues. I have been to Capitol Hill several times and have met with Republicans and Democrats, and almost everyone agrees on what needs to be done. However, it seems like politics has become a team sport. Each side is so afraid of giving the other side a victory that we get gridlock. If we would just do what we all agree on, the results would be very positive, but politics get in the way and both parties are to blame. That is frustrating because it is hurting U.S. businesses and, more important, the people of the U.S. Finally, as I have gotten a little closer to what is happening in Washington, D.C., I have come to better understand how many people in the U.S. develop very strong opinions based on a very tiny view of what is happening.

Q: Overall, are you optimistic or pessimistic?

A: We all understand that the key indicator for the boating industry is consumer confidence. Unfortunately there currently seems to be a disconnect between consumer confidence and what is actually happening. When you look at the data, there are a lot of good things happening; the federal deficit came in much smaller last year than expected and has dropped significantly as a percentage of GDP, exports are at a historic high and the trade deficit is declining, the unemployment rate has dropped significantly, the housing markets are recovering, the stock market is at an all-time high and the Fed has enough confidence that they are actually talking about raising rates. When you factor in the energy windfall we seem to be on the brink of and other technological advances, I believe an argument could be made that consumer confidence should be high. Therefore, I am optimistic.

Q: One final question. Do you think your work will have a real impact?

A: I hope so, but to be honest I have no idea. However, I believe strongly that since I have been asked to serve I need to give it my best effort.

This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue.
From Trade Only Marine Industry News:  http://www.tradeonlytoday.com/features/manufacturers/nautique/case-economic-optimism/

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SeaDek/Extreme Fishing Adventures Contest Winners

Congratulations Mark Souza and John King, you are this week’s winners of the SeaDek/Extreme Fishing Adventures helm station pad giveaway. Please message us with your mailing address and we’ll get you prizes right off to you.

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Thanks to everyone who participated and a special thanks to host Jimmy Nelson for spreading the word. Helm pads can always be purchased on our online store: http://www.seadek.com/c-11-helm-station-pads.aspx

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Custom Hobie Pro Angler 14 SeaDek Traction Kit

Saw this custom SeaDek kayak traction non-skid kit coming through production and I had to snap a few photos. Great color and logo execution. There is going to be one very happy Ranger on the water soon. Stock kits available here: http://www.seadek.com/c-97-kayak-non-skid-pads.aspx and custom variations can be ordered by contacting customer service for pricing and availability on your specific year, make and model: 321-632-4466 or customerservice@seadek.com
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SeaDek Kayak Traction Pads for Jackson Cuda 14

A few nice before and after shots of a Jackson (http://jacksonkayak.com/) Cuda 14. We get a lot of orders for this stock non-skid kit. We offer this and all of our kayak kits in storm gray or army camo on our online store: http://www.seadek.com/c-97-kayak-non-skid-pads.aspx  They can also be ordered as custom pads allowing you to choose any of our single or double color combinations with logos and/ or graphics such as fish and law sticks. Check out of fishing kayak gallery here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/seadek/sets/72157632000860266/

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FSFA 2014 Offshore Slam!

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It’s that time of year again! The 2014 Offshore Slam features a weekend of fun, from the Captain’s Party Kick Off on Friday evening, June 6th, through the Weigh-in on Saturday Afternoon, June 7th.

 

Over $17,000 in guaranteed cash payouts for this year’s Tournament! Awards are included for 1st – 3rd place by species, Top Slam, and also for Lady and Junior Categories. SeaDek helm pads and other products will be given away!

 

To register your boat online for this year’s tournament, click here.
http://offshoreslam.com/

 

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SeaDek Kayak Traction – Hobie Pro Angler

SeaDek brand ambassador Ross Gallagher putting his kayak nonskid traction pads to good use. Pretty good effort by Ross, trying to reel in that #tarpon and get a good photo! Thanks for putting in the work Ross! Stock kayak kits can be purchased on our online store: http://www.seadek.com/c-97-kayak-non-skid-pads.aspx

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SeaDek Australia

We have a team from the SeaDek US headquarters on tour in Australia this week to meet with our distributor, Southern Cross Textiles, to get a better understanding of the market and see how we can better serve our customers down under. If you have any questions about SeaDek in Australia please contact Paul Madden at the number and address below. SeaDek_Australia_001 SeaDek_Australia_002 SeaDek_Australia_003 SeaDek_Australia_004SeaDek_Australia_005

SOUTHERN CROSS TEXTILES PTY LTD
28 Sunblest Cres Mount
Druitt NSW 2770
Ph:   61 2 9832 0848
Fax:  61 2 9832 0843
http://www.sctextiles.com.au/

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Custom SeaDek – 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament

The 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament ® will be held May 23-25, 2014. The Masters is known throughout the world as the most prestigious watersports tournament. The event began in 1959 at Callaway Gardens and is held annually during the Memorial Day weekend. (http://www.nautique.com/event/masters/)

SeaDek marine products will once again be an event sponsor. We will have a tent on site at the event with samples and giveaways. Our Super Air Nautique 230 will be on display featuring a fully customize non-skid kit with trailer pads. Also, be sure to check out the official Nautique Masters event boats as they will all feature custom event branded swim platform pads.
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An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an honor and an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline – only the world’s most elite athletes compete at the Masters! This tournament is IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA sanctioned.

The 22nd Junior Masters Tournament features the world’s finest junior waterskiing and wakeboarding athletes. In lieu of prize monies, junior competitors receive trophies.

Callaway’s Robin Lake is nestled in a serene and beautiful atmosphere. Spectators are treated to thrilling competition while lounging in a remarkable natural setting. This event attracts thousands of spectators annually and enjoys media coverage in the local and metropolitan Atlanta areas prior to and during the tournament, followed by worldwide print coverage for several months.

55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament Tickets:

Order your Masters tickets from now till May 15, 2014 and receive advanced pricing on Pavilion tickets. Only select tickets will be available on site after May 15th. Please note tickets will not ship until late April/early May depending on time of purchase.

General Admission/Beach Pass:
1- Day Adult Beach-$20 (On-Site: $25)
3- Day Adult Beach-$50

1- Day Child (6-12) Beach-$10 (On-Site: $12.50)
3- Day Child (6-12) Beach-$25

Advanced Pricing for Pavilion Seating (No children’s pricing):
$35 per day or $90 for a 3-day pass (On-Site: $50 per day or $135 for a 3-day pass, gate entry will be deducted from overall charge if upgrading)

Order your Sunday evening banquet ticket along with your pavilion seat (No children’s pricing):
$75 per day or $130 for a 3-day pass

Banquet Tickets are $45 for adult or $30 for children 5 and under.

Children the age of 5 and under are admitted free to Callaway Gardens.

Note: A $2.00 shipping fee will be added to each order.

For ADVANCED Beach and Pavilion Passes:

http://www.nautique.com/event/masters/

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Custom SeaDek Wakesurf Pads For Roswell Wake-Air/Cove Wakesurfers

Tracy from Roswell Wake-Air (http://roswellwakeair.com/) stopped by the SeaDek factory yesterday to pick up some prototype wakesurf pads for his new Cove Wakesurfboards (http://www.covewakesurfers.com/). Always a pleasure working with such great industry partners. The two pads are custom designed and feature SeaDek’s UV resistant EVA foam with thermoform embossing and our 3M™ hi-bond pressure sensitive adhesive for easy application.

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