Wired to Fish Repost: An Awesome Alternative to Bass Boat Carpet

As SeaDek continues to gain recognition among freshwater fishermen, more and more anglers are abandoning carpet for our innovative marine flooring materials. Seeing their SeaDek projects come to life has been rewarding and inspiring, and we are excited for the future of bass boats with SeaDek underfoot.

Our friend Terry Brown of Wired to Fish, the best source for fishing tips, fishing news, fishing lure reviews, fishing videos for bass, crappie, bluegill, walleye and more, just finished up a complete restoration of a 1985 Ranger 340V and chose to replace the old carpet with a combination of custom-cut SeaDek and our DIY sheet material. Talk about a transformation—awesome work, Terry!

Read all about his restoration below or click here to read the complete article on Wired to Fish!

The bass fishing industry is full of often-overused catchphrases when it comes to marketing; every year it seems like the term “game changer” is used ad nauseam whether it’s referring to a feature, a technique, new technology or even a new material. The term “revolutionary” is also a favorite of many companies it seems. Unfortunately, however, many products don’t live up to this kind of hype.

I have found a product that could easily be described using both of those terms, though.

I’ve been fixing up an older Ranger bass boat in my free time recently. I’m the kind of guy who always likes to have a project and this boat definitely fits that bill. As much of a headache as it has been at times, it’s coming along nicely and I’ll have a gallery chronicling the entire restoration process publishing soon.

In this piece, however, I wanted to share an awesome addition I’ve made to the boat. Instead of replacing the old, nasty carpet with more carpet, I decided to try something a little different with this project. I actually added SeaDek to this boat and I couldn’t be happier with it so far; I’m getting compliments from everyone about how great it looks in this boat.

I’ll walk you through some thoughts I have on this SeaDek thus far and I’m telling you… I believe a lot of folks will be switching to this stuff within the next few years. It just makes too much sense for the avid angler.

WHAT EXACTLY IS SEADEK?

SeaDek is a high-quality alternative to marine carpet that provides a non-skid, closed-cell foam surface that will not absorb water. It provides exceptional traction, sound dampening that can be imperative to shallow-water anglers and even when it’s wet, it offers incredible grip with our without shoes.

It is also stain and UV resistant and can be cleaned easily with a little soap and water. For tougher spots, SeaDek makes a cleaner called Dek Magic but to date, a little dish washing soap and a nylon brush lightly rubbed on the spot is all I have ever needed. SeaDek wears like iron and because I like it so much, I really believe I’ll never have another boat without it.

Used in pleasure and ski boats for years, the bass fishing market first saw it used conventionally when Xpress Boats offered it as a standard in their high-end, high-performance aluminum boats. More and more boat manufacturers are offering SeaDek in their lineup but also many do-it-yourselfers like me are now putting it in their boats when replacing old, worn-out carpet. 

YOU CAN COLOR MATCH IT

First off, it looks great and can easily be color-matched to the boat or tow vehicle. I have little doubt that it has changed the boating market in a positive way and most companies are now looking at it as a high-quality replacement to carpet for flooring in all types of boats. The paradigm shift from carpet has been dynamic… it’s been eerily similar to the shift from fiberglass to aluminum bass boats.

Not only does it look great but it also provides therapeutic benefits to the angler’s back and knees and just might allow for longer days on the water.

OLD BACK AND LEGS LOVE IT, TOO

SeaDek had over 20 years of experience in this space (EVA/PE) and knows through testing what materials and adhesives work best in the marine environment. Rigorous laboratory testing is ongoing all the time and they are always looking at lamination, laser cutting, design and colors to stay ahead of the marketplace.

Looking cool is part of the benefits but its cushioning and traction is great on the legs and back, too. I have noticed that my knees and back that had given me fits in my carpeted boats after a long day on the water is gone now. My old bones thank me every trip that I have fished on top of SeaDek.

COOL FACTOR IS OFF THE CHARTS

Dual-sheet lamination allows for cool logos etching with laser, routed or swap out styles and the patterns are nearly limitless including diamond, hexagon and fish scale, to name a few. It is also water resistent and is much lighter than carpet particularly when it’s wet.

Carpet gets heavy and takes forever to dry out after fishing in the rain but SeaDek remains the same weight all the time. You can fish in the rain all day long with this stuff and it’s dry in no time. If you park your boat in the garage or shop, you also don’t have to worry about that nasty wet boat smell. 

MULTIPLE COLORS AND TEXTURE OPTIONS

SeaDek comes in multiple textures and depending on your individual preference can be brushed or embossed to fit your needs and likes. Color options are limitless with over 30 colors available.

Measurements can be taken by boat so lids and flooring can be cut at the factory to fit seamlessly into any boat. The customization options can make your boat unique and like me, you can include logos to make it look sharper or support someone who supports you.

I will not own or restore another boat without SeaDek. Sure, I like how it looks but perhaps more importantly, I’m very impressed by its functionality. It lasts and looks like new longer than any carpet has the chance to.

My full boat restoration gallery will be up soon once I wrap up a few small things on it. You’ll get to see even more uses for SeaDek when you check it out. 

Click here to find a SeaDek Certified Fabricator or Installer near you or here to contact our Customer Advocate Team to discuss your project!

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Dimension, Bass Cat, and SeaDek

As more bass fishermen move away from marine carpet in favor of versatile SeaDek flooring, we have seen an uptick in seriously cool SeaDek kits from our freshwater friends.

Take this 1998 Bass Cat Jaguar from Dimension, a key member of the Big Bass Dreams family. He worked with Certified Fabricator Blue Seas Fabrication in San Diego on this custom three-color SeaDek kit, with enough custom logos to spread lots of love.

SeaDek outperforms carpet in almost every instance. It doesn’t absorb water, doesn’t mold or mildew, stands up to the elements, provides great nonskid, and is really comfortable to stand on!

Are you ready to make the change?

Click here to find a SeaDek Certified Fabricator or Installer near you or here to contact our Customer Advocate Team to discuss your project!

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Captains for Clean Water: A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save a national treasure

On this Earth Day, we celebrate all the wild places that give us purpose and fuel our dreams.  To these places, we owe endless gratitude for creating countless memories, and today, we have a chance to help save one of them—the Florida Everglades. 

Right now, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fully fund Everglades restoration. The American Jobs Plan offers Washington an incredible chance to step up its investment in Everglades infrastructure. After decades of funding delays, we can not afford to stand idly by. Act now to let your representative know that the Everglades must be included in the package if we want to outpace toxic discharges and save a national treasure.

Click here to email your representative now!

Visit Captains for Clean Water’s latest blog to learn more about this monumental opportunity!

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Customer Photos: Custom from the SeaDek Factory

While our global network of SeaDek Certified Fabricators and Installers provide exceptional custom SeaDek services for boaters in most major regions of the world, we still welcome anyone that wants to take a project on themselves to work with the SeaDek factory.

If we don’t already have your boat on file, templating is a great project for the do-it-yourselfer, providing excellent results if you have a bit of time and patience. We just received these photos from Kevin, who worked directly with our Customer Advocate Team to design these custom pads for his 2017 Blue Wave 2400 Pure Bay. Excellent job, Kevin!

Are you ready to start your SeaDek project? Click here to find a SeaDek Certified Fabricator or Installer near you!

Prefer to do it yourself? Click here to order a template kit or contact our customer service team at 321-632-4466 or customerservice@seadek.com.

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Sea Ray’s SLX 400 Debut on Lake X

Mercury’s reveal of their new 600hp Verado on Lake X featured so many firsts that it is still hard to say which was the most memorable, but for us, it was undoubtedly the tropical-themed SeaDek kit gracing the swim platform and retractable sunpad on Sea Ray’s SLX 400!

Thanks to our great partnership with Sea Ray, we worked closely with them to design this limited edition kit that added one more style point to the already jaw-dropping boat/motor combination.

Sea Ray’s award-winning SLX 400 Outboard is beginning a new chapter in luxury boating with a brand-new engine option featuring the latest in legendary propulsion from Mercury®. The SLX 400 Outboard will soon be available with the newly released twin 7.6L V12 600hp Verado outboard engines. Offered as an optional engine upgrade, the 600hp Verado outboard delivers extraordinary range and power encouraging boaters to venture farther to new destinations.

Custom SeaDek Sea Ray SLX 400

Click here to learn more about the Sea Ray SLX 400!

Getting custom SeaDek for your boat is now easier than ever; click here to contact our CAT Team and start your SeaDek project today!

Rather leave it to the professionals? Click here to find a SeaDek Certified Fabricator or Installer near you!

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Boating Season is Here – Remember to Ride Dry Drive Dry

With the weather warming up, long and lazy days on the boat are right around the corner. But whether you find yourself and your crew riding, fishing, or just hanging out at the sandbar, always remember to have a designated captain and never mix drinking and boating.

While the boat is the perfect place to cut loose and have a good time, alcohol is the leading contributor to accidents and fatalities on the water. So next time you boat, remember to Ride Dry and Drive Dry!

This message from JC Clear of Remix Sportfishing is brought to you by Ride Dry Drive Dry, an organization dedicated to making fundamental changes in how people enjoy boating.

Click here to learn more about Ride Dry Drive Dry.

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Intricate DIY Snow Camo Install

While we know that every boat deserves SeaDek, some projects just don’t require the finish achieved through custom fabrication. For many boaters, SeaDek Sheet Material allows them to enjoy all the traction and comfort of custom SeaDek at a significantly reduced cost. Available in a variety of colors, sizes, and textures, there is a DIY SeaDek sheet product for every boat and every application, from an entire deck to a few steps.

Dan in Wisconsin has been hard at work rebuilding a 1980 Smoker Craft, and chose our DIY Snow Camo Sheets as the perfect material for finishing his seats and hatches. Talk about attention to detail—nice work, Dan!

Hi Folks at SeaDek,

I wanted to share the following pictures from a rebuild of a 1980 Smoker Craft that I’ve been doing. We found SeaDek through Bass Pro Shops and decided to order direct. It came out looking great, and was very easy to work with in the custom cutting we had to do. I’m very pleased and will recommend it to anyone looking to do something similar. 

Dan in Wisconsin

From Helm Pads to Sheet Material to Fish Rulers, we have a full line of retail products available on our webstore!

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SeaDek’s Dustin Emanis Featured in Boating Industry’s 40 Under 40

SeaDek is excited to announce that our own Dustin Emanis has been included in Boating Industry’s 40 Under 40 feature, which honors the industry’s top young leaders for their hard work and potential to grow the industry in the future.

As VP of Quality, Supply Chain, and Project Management, Dustin wears many hats at SeaDek, and has made many impactful improvements within the organization in his tenure. Join us in congratulating Dustin on this most recent achievement!

SeaDek Dustin Emanis 40 Under 40 Boating Industry
SeaDek Dustin Emanis 40 Under 40 Boating Industry

Click here to see all 40 influential members of the marine industry!

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Florida Skiff Challenge Kicks Off Today

Seadek Florida Skiff Challenge

After the unfortunate cancellation last year, we have been counting down the days until the 2021 Florida Skiff Challenge, a grueling race to spread awareness about Florida’s water crisis

Taking place from April 8th to 11th, The Florida Skiff Challenge brings boat manufacturers together in a competitive format to show off their maritime acumen and—most importantly—shine light on Florida’s water crisis.

And with everything going on with Florida’s water right now—from the ongoing battle to restore America’s Everglades to the devastating situation unfolding at Piney Point in Tampa Bay—there couldn’t be a more important time than now to shine that light as bright as possible.

SeaDek Florida Skiff Challenge

The Teams

Each team consists of two courageous (and a little insane) captains that will navigate around Florida non-stop in an 18-foot skiff while a pit crew trails their path on land with gas, gear and provisions.

This year, five teams will be competing: Yellowfin, Hell’s Bay, Sea Pro, Key West and Angler Pro.

The Challenge starts at 10 am this Thursday, 4/8. You can track each team’s progress in real-time on the Skiff Challenge site!

Click here to track your team!

Captains for Clean Water is leading the fight to restore and protect Florida’s invaluable waterways.

Click here to learn more and get involved!

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Custom SeaDek on a Regal 4060

Whether your boat is new, old, or somewhere in between, a custom SeaDek kit will transform your boating days regardless.

Take this custom kit on a 2008 Regal 4060, designed and installed by SeaDek Certified Fabricator Contemporary Marine Flooring on Lake Coeur D’alene in Idaho. A classy four inch teak pattern in Mocha over Black made this Regal look like an entirely new boat—great work guys!

Contact Contemporary Marine Flooring at:

Contemporary Marine Flooring
10907 E Marietta #2
Spokane Valley, WA
509-995-6239
scott@contemporarymarine.com
www.contemporarymarine.com

Not in the Pacific Northwest? Click here to find a SeaDek Certified Fabricator or Installer near you!

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