Just a few quick picks of the corner IBC Booth at the 2014 NW Sportsmen’s Show in Portland Oregon before I go out there myself today. Stop by the booth and say hi to Adam and Mike, both have enough miles at sea to answer just about any question you may have about boating. Stop by and see why IBC is the #1 Inflatable Boat Dealer in the world.
Today I’d like to talk about SeaDek installation. SeaDek as most of you are aware or are learning now is a non-skid marine product that we (IBC) have been fitting on our deluxe tenders and rescue boats for a couple of years. We love how it works in the wet and use it on our personal boats as well.
So you’re a d.i.y. guy or gal and have purchased a large sheet of SeaDek from IBC to install yourself.
1. remove your floor boards from your boat
2. clean your floor boards
3. use your floor boards as a template taking care to measure off the “H” members that join them together
4. use a sharp bladed knife like a box cutter to cut your pieces
5. check the fit of each piece to it’s corresponding floor board section.
6. mark off any areas the stringers or “H” members will need clear and trim to marks
7. peel off a section of the backing paper and fold it back exposing a small area of the adhesive and fit into place (this will act as an anchor to ensure you install as straight and true as possible)
8. peel off remaining paper backing and stick to floor boards
9. press down with your hands or a roller over the entire surface to ensure good adhesion
10. re-install your floor boards
Take your time during installation and you will enjoy years of good traction and good looks.
Rember IBC offers complete design and installation of your custom SeaDek System.
IBC Designed Custom Teak SeaDek Kit for Zodiac Yachtline 380 DL above and installed below.
Sometimes a day trip goes a little bit longer than originally intended and before you know it you’re in the inky dark.
In this installment I’m going to show you how to install a set of removable nav lights to your inflatable boat.
So you went to www.inflatableboats.com and bought adhesive for your boat and your navlights and have everything laid out and ready to go.
Your Zodiac or other brand of inflatable boat is fully inflated and clean from all debris and gunk.
Take your bow and stern lights out of the packaging and trace their respective locations with a silver Sharpie and set aside for later.(if Hypalon scuff area marked out with sandpaper)
Pour adhesive into a disposable paper cup or similar taking care not to introduce bubbles.
Add the correct amount of catalyst per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Mix well taking care to not introduce bubbles to the mixture then set aside.
Clean glue pad and areas you marked out earlier with correct solvent in both forward and aft locations.
Wait 5 minutes
Repeat cleaning with solvent on glue pads and areas marked out.
Wait 5 minutes.
With a natural short or trimmed bristle brush apply a THIN LAYER of adhesive to both glue pads and areas marked out on the boat.
Wait 5 minutes
Apply a second THIN LAYER of adhesive to both glue pads and areas marked out on the boat.
Wait 5 minutes.
Align your bow light glue pad with your marks making sure the orientation is correct and press down firmly.
Use a dull putty knife or spoon or whatever you have that is stiff and not sharp to “bone” or burnish the glue pad from the center out to the sides or edges.
Repeat step 14 above for the stern light.
Clean off excess glue from around areas with a lint free rag dampened (not soaking wet) with solvent.
Wait 3 days prior to use.
You’ve just completed installing your portable nav light set!
Don’t forget the batteries and I’ll see you out on the water.
We went ahead and added a Scotty glue on rod holder base at the same time we did the lights. The Scotty glue on base accepts fish finder/GPS display holders,crap pot pullers as well as the ever popular GoPro Camera Mount and more all in one system. Get yours at www.inflatableboats.com and make your inflatable boat even more awesome.