We see really cool SeaDek kits every day, but this one by Canvas Supply really caught our attention! Made for the enclosed flybridge of a Riviera 40, this kit features a fully-custom octopus tastefully designed around the features of the bridge. This is definitely one of our favorites this year!
It’s no secret to Central Florida residents that the Indian River Lagoon is in rough shape, facing an uphill road to recovery after many years of neglect and downright abuse. As coastal development has continued to run rampant, runoff and septic issues have only increased, leading to nutrient overloads that are causing catastrophic seagrass die-offs, fish kills, and muck deposits throughout the estuary. With SeaDek headquarters located adjacent to the banks of the lagoon and many members of the SeaDek team spending their free time fishing, boating, and relaxing on or near the river, this is an issue close to our hearts.
Thankfully, we are fortunate to have organizations like the Marine Resources Council fighting for changes that will encourage healing in the lagoon, so that generations to come may have the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of the unique ecosystem. By taking a community-oriented, multifaceted approach, the MRC works to improve water quality and to protect and restore the fish and wildlife resources of the Indian River Lagoon, coastal waters, inshore reefs, and the watershed by advocating and using sound science, education and the involvement of the public at large.
Next week, Dr. Leesa Souto, Executive Director of the Marine Resources Council, will present the results of 2020’s Indian River Lagoon Health Update on Tuesday, Dec. 8. This critically important snapshot is vital for determining steps forward and understanding how best to devote resources to the lagoon’s recovery effort.
Thanks to the work of countless environmental advocacy groups—including our partner Captains for Clean Water—and millions of concerned citizens and sportsmen from Alaska and beyond, the controversial Pebble Mine project in Alaska was dealt a deadly blow last week with the official denial of their permit application by the Army Corps of Engineers. If approved, the open-pit gold and copper mine would have been the largest in North America, posing a dire threat to Bristol Bay’s world-class salmon fishery.
This great news is a monumental achievement and a testament to the powerful influence we can exert when we band together to make our collective voice heard.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the short film from Captains for Clean Water that captures the spirit of the controversy: Everyone in Between.
ANCHORAGE, AK – Today, in a move welcomed by millions of Americans, Alaskan communities, and admirers of the most prolific wild salmon fishery in the world, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) denied the application for the key permit for the proposed Pebble mine. The Corps had said the mine would cause significant degradation and significant adverse effects to the waters and fisheries of the Bristol Bay region.
“The Corps’ denial of the permit for the Pebble Mine is a victory for common sense,” said Chris Wood, president and CEO of Trout Unlimited. “Bristol Bay is the wrong place for industrial-scale mining, and we look forward to working with the people of the Bristol Bay region, Alaska’s Congressional delegation, the state, and other partners to permanently protect Bristol Bay and its world class fisheries.”
The Corps announced in August that the project could not be permitted “as currently proposed” and required Pebble Limited Partnership to create a new compensatory mitigation plan. Since then, technical experts concluded that it would be nearly impossible for the company to meet those mitigation standards. In the meantime, Pebble’s reputation took a hit with the release of the Pebble Tapes, which led to CEO Tom Collier’s resignation.
“Good riddance. The opposition to this project from all corners of the political spectrum runs strong and deep. The process has played out, and the science is clear. There is no way this ill-conceived project can coexist with Bristol Bay salmon,” said Nelli Williams, Alaska director of Trout Unlimited. “The denial of Pebble’s permit is a victory for American jobs, rural communities, and a fishing and hunting paradise long threatened by this shortsighted and reckless proposal. With this behind us, the people of Bristol Bay can start the work of ensuring the region is protected into the future from threats.”
Throughout the two-year permit review process, many organizations, federal and state agencies, independent scientists, and individuals raised potentially fatal concerns about this project. Among them were the project’s expected destruction of streams and wetlands, its untested and incomplete water management and mitigation plans, its unreliable tailings dam design, and its huge economic costs. Those concerned about the mine also cited threats to existing businesses, communities, and cultures that rely on the intact fishery, among various other issues.
“Thousands of us have looked forward to this day for well over a decade,” said Brian Kraft, owner of Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge, president of Katmai Service Providers and a Trout Unlimited business member. “The world-renowned spawning grounds of the Bristol Bay region are simply no place for large, industrial, open-pit mining operations. Kudos to this Administration for seeing this project for what it was—a half-baked and risky proposal that does not belong in the heart of Bristol Bay. This is a good day. We should all celebrate and be thankful today, and get ready to achieve long-term protections next.”
The final Environmental Impact Statement documented nearly 200 miles of impacted streams, 4,500 acres of impacted waters and wetlands (See FEIS at 4.22-15, Table 4.22-1.). The Army Corps said the function of the tailings facility was “uncertain,”, and the Corps’ EIS contractor described it as “very similar” to the facility that failed catastrophically at the Mount Polley mine in 2014.
“I am relieved and thankful,” said Nanci Morris Lyon, resident of King Salmon, Alaska, and owner of Bear Trail Lodge. “This is the right call. The message is as clear today as it ever was: Pebble is not welcome in Bristol Bay. Now we can work toward the future without the shadow of Pebble hanging over our heads. We look forward to working with our Senators to make sure this is lasting.”
“Thank you to all who came together and made their voices heard to keep one of the world’s great watersheds pristine. Today, Bristol Bay, Alaska, is one step closer to being a protected American treasure that sustains local communities and industries and that outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy and experience for generations to come,” said Orvis President, Simon Perkins.
We hope everyone had an excellent turkey day! Whether you are back to work or stretching the holiday out another day, don’t forget to shop our Cyber Monday Sale for your last chance at our lowest prices of the year! We have drastically marked down prices on our most popular products, including Helm Station Pads, DIY Sheet Material, Fish Rulers, Dek Decals, Flat Fenders, and more, so don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to save big!
Mark your calendar, because we’ve got some serious deals on deck. Beginning Thursday at midnight, save big on all your favorite SeaDek gear during our annual Black Friday Sale! Whether buying for a buddy or your own boat, enjoy our lowest prices of the year on best sellers such as Helm Pads, Fish Rulers, DIY Sheet Material, and much more, so start making your list and we’ll see you there!
Sale prices valid from 12:01 a.m. Nov. 27 to 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30 on SeaDek.com. Valid only on select retail products. Offer does not apply to Grundéns footwear, Slice Tools, made-to-order products, gift certificates, taxes, shipping or any other fees. Cannot be applied to previous purchases or in combination with any other promotions, offers or discounts. Products available while quantities last and no rain checks may be issued. We reserve the right to limit quantities. This offer may be modified or terminated at any time without notice. We reserve the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered, or ineligible use of a discount.
We’ve always known that the uses for SeaDek extend far beyond the high tide line, and our customers continue to find great applications for our legendary non-skid material.
Whether on the open seas or high up in the trees, SeaDek offers exceptional traction and meaningful fatigue relief. With serious hunters spending long hours in the treeline, many have found that SeaDek’s soft yet rugged characteristics make the perfect addition to their treestands. Check out this Summit Treestand that was customized with our 5mm Desert Camo DIY Sheet Material.
SeaDek Sheet Material is easily cut-to-fit and even easier to install with our 3M peel-and-stick adhesive, making it ideal for adding grip and comfort to your favorite treestand.
Available in all of our most popular colors and sizes, SeaDek Sheet Material is a great choice for your next DIY project—on or off the water.
Our involvement with the America’s Cup dates back many years and we are proud of the work we have done to support some of the best sailing organizations in the world. That support continues today, and as an Official Supplier of Emirates Team New Zealand, we provide custom SeaDek kits for the AC75, chase boats, and other applications that require exceptional traction and durability. Congratulations to ETNZ on the launch of ‘Te Rehutai’!
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Emirates Team New Zealand revealed its second generation AC75 to the world this evening at its base in Auckland’s Viaduct. It is the boat that will be used to defend the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada in just over 100 days’ time.
The boat was blessed by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and proudly christened ‘Te Rehutai’ by Lady Margaret Tindall in a ceremony in front of close to 900 friends, family, sponsors, suppliers and supporters of the team.
Taiaha Hawke from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei explained the significance of the name: “Te Rehutai: Where the essence of the ocean invigorates and energises our strength and determination.” Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei have named both Te Rehutai’s predecessors, Te Aihe and Te Kāhu. “This time we came up with some options to present to the team so they could come together collectively to decide on a name they felt resonated best with them as a team and clearly ‘Te Rehutai’ struck a chord with them.” said Hawke.
Te Rehutai is the last of the second generation AC75’s to be launched across the AC36 teams. The fleet of boats that will lock horns in the 36th edition of the 170 year old America’s Cup are now on display for the eagle eye enthusiasts to pore over the finer details with the common understanding that the fastest boat has always won the America’s Cup.
For Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton, boat launches are always a particularly proud day for the entire team.
“These occasions are special because they give you a quick opportunity to take a moment and be proud of what has been achieved. But not by a long stretch is this the end, we still have a huge amount to achieve in the next 4 months if we are to win the America’s Cup again.”
The design and build of an America’s Cup boat is often one of the hidden mountains that need to be scaled in any cup campaign because of the necessary secrecy and confidentiality to protect the design IP at vital stages of a campaign.
Emirates Team New Zealand COO Kevin Shoebridge explains just how much of an effort has gone into getting Te Rehutai on the water. “We had our launch date for our race boat in the calendar for probably close to a year. So it really is a huge feat that we are here launching Te Rehutai today considering we lost 5 weeks of build time in the first COVID-19 lock down.
That is an extraordinary effort, which we haven’t ever experienced before as a team. I can’t speak highly enough of the skill and determination that the team at our build facility have shown under exceptionally challenging circumstances for not only them but our suppliers, sponsors and everyone that has contributed. ”
Much is made of the tens of thousands of man hours of the design and construction that go into a boat of this complexity, but it is roughly the same for all of the teams. It is the intangible factors that are the differences that can decide an America’s Cup many months in the future. Time will tell how important those intangibles will be.
There is plenty that is different looking at the overall shape of Te Rehutai. Not a traditional looking hull shape which points to the clear aerodynamic emphasis given to the design.
Dan Bernasconi,Head of Design, said: “We’ve been searching for the perfect balance between hydrodynamic and aerodynamic performance. An AC75 that was optimised purely to accelerate and take-off would look very different to one which was optimised for steady-flight – and that’s reflected in the huge variation we see between our Competitors’ yachts in the fleet. Te Rehutai is designed to excel in both domains – the water and the air – and we’re confident she’ll be competitive across the range of wind-speeds we may see in the America’s Cup.
Across the team, Emirates Team New Zealand had to keep pushing the boundaries from everything that was learned testing with Te Aihe. There was always going to be a convergence of the design of the second generation of AC75’s so there is no room for complacency or being conservative.
However as Bernasconi explains there is an ongoing requirement to remain open minded and fluid in developments over the latter part of the campaign, “We have confidence in our designs, our build and our ideas. But in saying that we also need to be humble enough to realise that until we get out racing in one month’s time there isn’t much to say we are right and even then, we won’t have the full performance picture until March 6th. So we will be pushing our development as hard as possible to make sure we get as much speed and performance out of Te Rehutai as possible.”
The milestone that any launch signifies is the handover from the designers and the boat builders to the sailing team- the ultimate client. An exciting occasion for the man that will take the wheel, Peter Burling. “Getting a new toy is always exciting, but we are pretty much past the point of excitement already as the next 2 weeks are some of the most crucial for the campaign in terms of continuing our development and getting ready to race for the first time in a matter of weeks.”
The sailing team have been off water for close to 5 weeks now spending long hours in the gym, and even more hours in the shed helping prepare Te Rehutai for launch. “The guys are eager to get out on the water again. The designers and boat builders have done their jobs, now it is time for the sailing team to do ours. The pressure is on for sure, but that’s where we are most comfortable so we can’t wait to race.” said Burling.
We love Captain Benny Blanco’s new show, Guiding Flow TV! The newest episode, which airs tomorrow on Waypoint TV, is hosted by Captains for Clean Water, and is shot entirely from the perspective of the next generation. Follow eight-year-old Liam Giberson and eleven-year-old Charlie Ross as they join Captain Benny for a day in the Glades to show what the Park and Florida’s water means to them. Captain Benny wanted to capture the essence of what it really means to pass down these special places to our children and this one will definitely pull on your heartstrings.
Bristol Bay, Alaska. Florida’s Everglades. Two national treasures thousands of miles apart with one thing in common: the possibility of losing them. Together with the outdoor community, Captains for Clean Water is proud to present: Everyone In Between.
This short film explores the value, wonder and threats to these bucket list fisheries through the eyes of fishing guide, Captain John Landry. Watch the full film and discover why wild places like these are worth fighting for.