New Season of Florida Sportfishing TV!

We’re excited to be a part of this season’s Florida Sportfishing TV ( New episodes are airing now. You can also watch full episodes on YouTube:

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Love Your Freedom? Thank A vet!

Finally got the POW/MIA – Wounded Warrior pads installed on Captain Bart’s Bossman Skiff yesterday. Bart was a great guy to work with and we look forward to getting out on the water with him in the near future. Please be sure to check him out if your looking for a charter in Florida or if you know a Vet who might benefit from a little fishing and comradery. His website is:

Please support: POW-MIA Families & the Wounded Warrior Project

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.”

Numerous other awards cite Daniel “Bart” Rutan’s tireless loyalty to the motto, including The Air Force Commendation Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) for outstanding achievement as a Combat Rescue Flight Engineer, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, whereby 28 lives were saved from a sinking ship in the Atlantic under turbulent conditions; The Air Force Commendation Medal (Second Oak Leaf Cluster) for meritorious service as a Flight Engineer Craftsman, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, and excellence and dedication; USAF Certificate of Appreciation, 145 lives saved, Hurricane Andrew, and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, 17 saves; Air Medal Desert Storm, Air Force Commendation Medal, Rescue Flight 833, 28 saves; Alaska Governor’s Distinguished Unit Citation; NATO Ribbon; The Alaska Commendation Medal for Outstanding Service, 30 lives saved; and Honorable Discharge 2009.

Captain Bart left Alaska with his wife after retiring from the Air Force, returned to his native shores of Florida, and is now living his lifelong dream of captaindom and his own Red Talon Charters. His dog Lola is often his Best Shipmate aboard the Red Talon.

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Ski Nautique Big Dawg World Tour

SeaDek is supplying Nautique with custom, event branded swim platform pads for the Nautique Ski 200 competition boats at this year’s Ski Nautique Big Dawg World Tour ( The logoed pads just came off the factory floor and they look great!

The Ski Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by O’Brien (, consists of five qualifying events and a series final championship. The series, now going into its eighth season, is open to slalom skiers 35 years of age or older who have not placed in the top 10 in a professional water ski tournament in the past three years. The series final championship includes two rounds of 34 mph record-capable slalom action, followed by a heart pounding, bracketed, 16-skier, head-to-head finale.

2013 Tour Schedule 

Chile: February 1-2, 2013
Moomba Masters: March 6-11, 2013
Cedar Ridge, Mississippi: June 29-30, 2013
Baurech, France: July 6-7, 2013
Fenton, Michigan: July 13-14, 2013

West Palm Beach, Florida Finals:
Qualifying Rounds – Thursday, August 15, 2013
Final Head to Head – Friday, August 16, 2013

Nautique Senior Tour – Schedule to be announced

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A Great SeaDek 4th Of July

Spent the long holiday weekend on the water with friends, family and coworkers. Everyone got some time in the water and a few of the riders for the very first time. The new SeaDek Super Air Nautique 230 is now fully broken in and we’re looking forward to a long summer on the water. 

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Larson 260 LXi SeaDek Swim Step

2005 Larson 260 LXi SeaDek swim platform pad. Color option camel over black.

(part #: Part Number M-LSN-12446)

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POW-MIA Wounded Warrior SeaDek Pads

We make non-skid pads for boats. Usually we do pretty frivolous, fun designs for fishermen, wakeboarders, pleasure craft, etc. Every once in a while we also get to do something with a little more meaning. Our CAD designer, Chad Bryant, just finished up the design for a custom SeaDek kit for veteran and charter captain Bart Rutan of Red Talon Charters ( I think it turned out pretty damn well. We’d like to thank all of our veterans and active duty service members for everything they do and have done for their country.

Please support: POW-MIA Families & Wounded Warrior Project

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Enlightened Boating – CrossXCountry Boats – Australia

Our distributor in Australia, Southern Cross Textiles, just sent us this video of one of their customer’s boats utilizing SeaDek. Enlightened Boating:

CrossXCountry Boats – Manufacturing recreational fishing boats, 3.7 metres to 4.75 metres in length, since 2009. Our boats are purpose designed in house, by qualified shipwrights and passionate, self-confessed habitual recreational fishermen, for the fishing and recreational market in Australia.

We constantly strive to improve our existing product and service, and we’re always looking to the future in design and development.

Our boats are Lighter, Quieter, Safer, and Stronger than comparable products, and we are endorsed by some of Australia top fishing and travelling journalists for their seaworthiness, practicality, stability and comfort.

In particular, they like the functionality of CrossXCountry Boats as applies to their passion – fishing.

Steve “Starlo” Starling

SeaDek’s Australian Distributor:

28 Sunblest Cres Mount Druitt NSW 2770
Ph:   61 2 9832 0848
Fax:  61 2 9832 0843
Blue Fin Aluminum Boats: 

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Nautique 220 Revamp With Skull SeaDek

Our buddy Gasman just shared these photos of his rebadged Nautique 220 (now a G22!). He obviously has friends in high places. We made the custom SeaDek kit in snow camo over black with an Oakley skull eating the O. Sick looking boat!

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Custom Seadek Helm Station pad

Another great looking custom anti-fatigue pad from SeaDek! Thanks to our customer Bobby who sent the image over. Part # Z102083

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Malibu Open 2013

Well we’re just back from the 2013 Malibu Open ( in beautiful Milwaukee, WI. This year’s event was a huge success and the action was non-stop. SeaDek was on hand and we’re proud to sponsor the event again this year as well as the Ski Awards. Check out the newest Malibu Boats:

Special thanks to the amazing April Cobel Eller for all her hard work and dedication and for helping to coordinate such a great event. Be sure check out her world class waterski and wakeboard camp:

Thanks also to Katji Wright with Iris Imprints Photography:

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