Editor’s Report by Capt. Peter d'Anjou
- Traction, even when wet
- Comfortable when standing, walking, or leaning on boat surfaces
- Shock absorption, which can decrease fatigue
- Protection for boat surfaces against scratches, chips, and dents
- Noise reduction characteristics
SeaDek is a product utilized not only by the top boat builders in the marine industry, but also in the aftermarket by boat owners seeking custom products. Made from closed-cell poly ethylene-vinyl acetate foam, SeaDek products offer safe and comfortable alternatives to a slippery deck. Easy to install and customizable, SeaDek improves traction, comfort, and looks over molded-in or painted non-skid surfaces.
Hyperform, SeaDek’s parent company started out making foam traction pads and a variety of other products for the surfing industry in the early 1980s. SeaDek’s rapid growth led to the purchase of a new 72,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in 2014 to meet demand and dramatically increase production capabilities.
SeaDek products can be patterned and installed by DIY boaters - SeaDek has a kit for that - but for a truly professional look, a factory-trained fabricator can take your project from start to finish. SeaDek Certified Fabricators and Installers can be located by accessing the Certified Fabricator and Installer Directory.
Real World Applications
SeaDek comes in a variety of colors and patterns that complement any type of boat with rubber-like softness, flexibility, stress-crack resistance, and resistance to UV radiation. If it’s a flats boat or skiff, SeaDek will dampen sound and allow anglers to sneak up on those easily spooked schools of fish. It also works well if rebuilding or repairing an older boat, and even covers up spider cracks and chips in older gelcoat.
SeaDek is customizable and comes with many options, from color to thickness, to non-skid texture (brushed or embossed), patterns, and routing.
SeaDek typically comes in 5mm, 6mm, or 9mm thickness but can be customized up to 23 mm (.91”) - which is SeaDek’s thickest and is commonly used in two-color bolsters.
Other SeaDek Products
SeaDek Coaming Bolsters are a comfortable addition to boats without bolsters or as a replacement for worn-out bolsters.
Dek Decals are a fun and easy way to show everyone what the boat is all about. Stick them on boats, consoles, coolers, steps, tackle boxes, or anywhere. Dek Decals use the same heavy-duty PSA adhesive as all SeaDek pads, so be advised that certain surfaces may be damaged upon removal.
Dek Defenders come in four different color combinations in single or double packages.
- Mocha over Black
- Storm Gray over Black
- Storm Gray over White
- Bimini Blue over White
The closed-cell foam is fairly impervious to chemicals and stains – however, SeaDek makes Dek Magic for those really stubborn stains.
Helm Pads can come with various builder logos and in different styles, such as faux teak.
SeaDek Sheet Material can be used for all types of DIY projects. Available in a variety of sizes and colors, these sheets feature micro-dot embossed texture for comfort underfoot and non-skid properties.
- Brushed with designer laser fish scales
Step Kits are perfect for slippery steps, ladders, and trailer fenders. SeaDek Step Kits are made from 5mm thick PE/EVA material and have routed edges.
Two-color 6mm material is approximately $30/square foot plus labor for templating and installation. A boat already templated can save roughly half the cost of labor.
All SeaDek orders are made to order so contact your local SeaDek fabricator for estimates. A five-year warranty is standard.
Other SeaDek Product Pricing
- Coaming Bolster Set ($105.95)
- Dek Decals ($12.95)
- Dek Defenders ($59.95 - $199.95)
- Dek Magic ($24.99)
- Fish Rulers ($25.95)
- Helm Pads ($109.95 – $154.95
- Sheet Materials ($43.95 - $174.95)
- Step Kits ($28.95 - $34.95)
- Yeti Roadie Pads ($34.95)
SeaDek is an aesthetically-pleasing addition to any boat – whether it comes standard in a new boat or is installed on a used boat, it is sure to make a boat’s appearance pop. And with SeaDek’s fully customizable line, it is adaptable to any make or model with dozens of colors and or design options. SeaDek products are a stylish way to personalize your boat while improving safety and comfort onboard.