SeaDek – Preferred Supplier of Oracle Racing Team USA

SeaDek is proud to announce that it is a Preferred Supplier of ORACLE Racing, the champion America’s Cup team based in San Francisco. SeaDek has supplied bow to stern nonskid pads for the first Naiad support vessel for the Defender’s AC72 yacht and will provide further material for the following support boats already or soon to be in production.

All of the new ORACLE Racing tenders will be built by Naiad Inflatables of Newport, on the USA east coast.  ORACLE Racing’s AC45 tenders are based on the Naiad 10 metre stepped-hull platform, designed to accommodate up to 700 HP.  Many of these hulls are in service in New Zealand and Australia as police and rescue boats.

ORACLE Racing’s pair of AC72 tenders are a new 12.9 metre stepped-hull design. Powered by twin Cummins QSB 5.9-litre, 480 HP marine diesels coupled to Mercury Racing’s new NXT1 diesel stern-drives supplied by Cummins Northeast, these 50+ knot vessels are the core of ORACLE Racing’s support fleet.

These vessels also feature hydraulic bow thrusters, cuddy cabins with storage and head facilities, and seating for six crew. Crew connection points will be provided for laptops and equipment. Integrated crew communications systems and shock mitigating seating systems are being considered.

About SeaDek:

SeaDek non-skid, closed cell EVA foam products offer safe and comfortable alternatives to molded in non-skid, paint-on textures and other marine traction products currently available. Made from UV protected non-absorbent foam, SeaDek features an innovative, textured micro-dot surface for added non-slip characteristics or a unique brushed faux teak finish.

Formulated with an acrylic based high-bond pressure sensitive adhesive, SeaDek’s robust, peel-and-stick application makes it easy to install and requires no mounting of hardware.  Easy to clean and highly stain resistant, SeaDek also provides protection for boat surfaces, especially in high traffic areas.  Other benefits that SeaDek offers include:

•    Exceptional traction even when wet
•    Unparalleled comfort when standing, walking or leaning on boat surfaces
•    Shock absorption, which decreases fatigue
•    Protection for boat surfaces against scratches, chips and dents
•    Noise reduction characteristics – ideal for fishermen

SeaDek can be tailored to fit nearly any application on any type of boat, including:  sports/commercial fishing, flats boats, sailing, ski boats, commercial marine, house boat, personal water craft (jet ski, wake board boats, etc).  The unlimited applications for SeaDek include:

•    Swim platforms and cockpit pads
•    Step kits
•    Helm station pads
•    Poling platforms
•    Coaming bolsters/pads
•    Footwells
•    Gutters
•    Trailers, etc

Easy to install and customizable, SeaDek is available in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and colors.  SeaDek replaces the need for molded non-skid, helping OEMs save time and money in the manufacturing process.  SeaDek’s capabilities include:

•    CAD for precision manufacturing requirements
•    Customized bevels, contours, logos or designs
•    Multi-color laminations