Captain Bart Rutan’s Bossman Skiff

Here’s a great photo of Captain Bart Rutan and his first mate Lola putting his #CustomSeaDek to work.

Captain Bart Rutan is a career military veteran who was medically retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2009 after returning from a voluntary tour in Afghanistan. His military career spans 28 years, beginning with the U.S. Coast Guard where he received numerous awards, including Best Shipmate. If not saving lives as required as a U.S. Air Force flight engineer, Captain Bart would doubtlessly be rescuing those in need on his own simply out of altruistic love for his fellow humankind – and animalkind. His Air Force medals include The Meritorious Service Medal for distinguished performance while on deployment to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The medal accompaniment acknowledges that more than 30 lives were saved as a result of Master Sergeant Daniel Rutan’s outstanding professionalism, skill, and leadership. He is called “resourceful, charismatic, and keenly observant.” The award accompaniment further affirms his loyalty to the rescue motto, “These things we do that others may live.”


Here is a link to our earlier post about Captain Bart:


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Custom SeaDek for Surfari Charters

Our friends at Surfari Charters ( down in Nicaragua just got their attack craft #SeaDeked with the help of one of our custom installers, Castaway Customs ( Captain Lance Moss and his awesome wife Kristin run one of the premier surfing/fishing lodges in the country. Wether you want to get barreled out of your mind, fish you brains out or explore the natural beauty of Nicaragua there is no place quite like Surfari Charters. Tell ’em SeaDek sent you!

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SeaDek Giveaway! Win a Helm Pad, Fish Ruler & Shirt!

SeaDek Prize Pack Giveaway is back! Just “like” our contest post and/or our FaceBook page ( to be entered to win. Share this contest on your own page for an additional chance. This week we’re giving away a SeaDek helm pad, a fish ruler and a SeaDek shirt. Drawing will be Friday afternoon. Good luck!

Helm Pad:

Fish Ruler:

SeaDek Shirts:


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SUP “Training Tips with Thomas Maximus”

Here’s the the first of a Series of “Training Tips with Thomas Maximus” in the most recent edition of Standup Paddle Magazine ( currently at Book Stores, News stands and Paddle Shops. Thomas uses SeaDek SUP traction pads on his boards. SeaDek is made in the USA and provides the best non-skid characteristics in the industry. SeaDek’s entire line is available for purchase online:


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SeaDek on Captain Jimmy Nelson’s Bonefish

Installed some new pads on Captain Jimmy Nelson’s Bonefish Hill Tide 22′ yesterday. Added some branded hatch pads and updated the cockpit. Be sure to catch all new episodes of Extreme Fishing Adventures 

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Custom SeaDek – Sea Ray 440 by Hydrotunes

Another outstanding custom SeaDek installation by our friends at Hydrotunes.  If you are in the Austin area please give them a call or stop in. All of their contact information is listed at the bottom of this post.

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3217 Ranch Road 620 N.Austin, TX 78734

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SeaDek’s Closed-cell Foam Helps Quiet Sea Ray SLX Models


A closer look at the exclusive Quiet Ride technology that reduces noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) up to 50 percent on a Sea Ray.

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Maximum performance requires sacrificing the comfort of the ride, because an engine at full throttle generates significant sound and vibration energy.

THE METHOD: Engineers measured 48 points on Sea Ray sport boats at idle and full cruising speed to isolate the sources of decibels, vibration energy and harshness. In-depth vibration analysis showed how to dampen and interrupt vibration flow at the source.

INTERPRETING THE DATA: Performance and a comfortable ride aren’t mutually exclusive if you can reduce vibration energy at the source. To accomplish this, engineers started from the literal drawing board, redesigning new Sea Rays with integrated Quiet Ride technology.


Exclusive to Sea Ray SLX models, Quiet Ride uses a multi-pronged approach to dampen NVH at its root sources.

FIT AND FINISH: Closed-cell foam knocks down NVH. Neoprene isolators and mounting brackets reduce vibration. Heavy-duty magnets, latches, bumpers and gaskets ensure silence from hatches. Wind-struck edges are fared to let the wind slip by silently.

ENERGY-DISSIPATING HULL LAMINATE: Sea Ray’s specially engineered hull laminates convert vibration and noise energy into heat energy, which water whisks away.

FULL-BEAM BULKHEADS: Full-beam bulkheads and full-stop blocks in the boat’s cavities trap and isolate energy, preventing sound from traveling and surfacing elsewhere on the boat.

A well-buffered hull offers acoustical insulation, while structurally bonded hulls, liners and decks reduce vibration.

TUNED TRANSOM®: Borrowing vibration-abating technology from space shuttles and jet engines, the Tuned Transom from Omni Products short-circuits energy at the source to dampen excessive noise.

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SeaDek On A Canyon Bay

Saw this post on the Florida Sportsman Forum this week. This Canyon Bay was done by one of our SeaDek Custom Installers, Castaway Customs

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G3 1656 CCJ With Army Camo/Black SeaDek

Nice looking kit posted the other day on  Army Camo SeaDek over Black with a brushed surface texture and routed logos on a G3 1656 CCJ.

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Do It Yourself SeaDek Applications


Here is a great example of what you can do with SeaDek DIY sheet material. One of our customers just sent in this photo of a pad he cut for his forward deck which he uses as a fishing platform. He simply purchased a large sheet from our online store: , made a template and used a sharp razor to carefully cutout his pad. Application was the easiest part; just clean the surface with acetone or window clearer, peel and stick using our 3M marine grade PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive). It’s that easy.


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