Friday, July 8, 2016

It's official!!

Hot off the press!!!!!!    This makes me SOOOOO  proud!     I'm loving being a part of the SeaDek family.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SeaDek Marine Products Welcomes Contemporary Marine Flooring to its Network of Certified Fabricators
Rockledge, FL (July 7, 2016) - SeaDek Marine Products is glad to welcome Contemporary Marine Flooring to its expanding network of SeaDek Certified Fabricators.  Located in Spokane, Washington, Contemporary Marine Flooring will be the first fabricator to exclusively service the Pacific Northwest, including parts of Western Canada. 
 
Contemporary Marine Flooring has a long-standing relationship with SeaDek.  As a fiberglass boat repair business that specializes in custom extended swim platforms, they have been templating boats and installing SeaDek pads for over ten years.  
 
Principals Scott and Jeanne Kurtz bring a lifetime of business and manufacturing skills to the table.  Scott has an extensive background in quality control, including guiding Kaiser Aluminum to ISO 9001 certification, SPC, Six Sigma quality programs, lean manufacturing, and Maps and Standards programs, while Jeanne contributes in the areas of CAD design, accounting, and logistics.
 
Contemporary Marine Flooring's dedication to quality control and customer service perfectly compliment SeaDek's commitment to excellence, and they will be a valuable asset to the SeaDek team.
 
SeaDek Certified Fabricators are factory trained, and specialize in the entire SeaDek process from start to finish. They template boats, create CAD drawings, cut SeaDek EVA material using CNC technology, and install the final products, assuring the perfect fit and finish. All SeaDek pads are installed using 3M™ pressure sensitive adhesive which is inspected and applied at the SeaDek manufacturing facility in Rockledge, Florida.
About SeaDek Marine Products
SeaDek Marine Products is the leading manufacturer of a range of EVA non-skid products for marine and sports use. A viable alternative to carpet and molded-in nonskid, SeaDek's line of products are targeted for OEM boat builders, resellers and end-users. The company was originally formed to produce cutting-edge surf products and non-skid traction pads, including X-Trak® surf traction and K-Grip®, a line of pads designed for world champion surfer Kelly Slater. The company later expanded its product offerings to the boating industry thanks to its innovation with marine-grade EVA materials. SeaDek can be tailored to fit a wide variety of applications on most boats. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Dogs DO love SeaDek

And so do I!      How much fun is this?     I put a pad on my SUP so that Eddie can go with me paddling.......he loves it!!     And, I built him a ramp which he also loves.....      You could use this for getting into / out of a truck / car; getting out of a pool or lake and back onto a boat; onto a couch; onto a bed......you get it?     Very useful and we can customize it for the size of your pet and the design of the SeaDek!!!







#customSeaDekPacificNorthwest

Have a Great Fourth of July holiday weekend!!

Scott

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Perfect example of the synergy between Contemporary Fiberglass and Contemporary Marine Flooring!!

Hello!!

See photo below to see exactly why I'm so excited to be producing SeaDek now.     It will pare perfectly with my existing business-   Contemporary Fiberglass and Marine.     We completed this Safe Step Swim Platform for Dave's 2008 Crownline.    It looks like it was made exactly for this boat......because it was!!!   And then he chose perfect colors in Mica over black and a very simple, clean SeaDek design.     A combination that no other swim platform manufacturer can duplicate!!

Very proud of my entire team right now, including Kale who built the platform, Jeanne (my wife and co-owner of Contemporary Marine Flooring) who assisted me in the SeaDek, Jaime, who continues to rock the website and the rest of our friends and family who support us.     2016 is going to be a Great one peoples!!!  

If you are looking for either a Safe Step Swim Platform or custom SeaDek, please visit the websites:   myswimplatform.com and contemporarymarine.com    #customseadekpacificnorthwest   #seadekpacificnorthwest  #safestepswimplatform




See you on the water!

Scott

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Good morning.

I have a customer, Ken, who stored his boat in a barn last year and when it came out this spring, it appears that some creature (a racoon??) may have severely damaged his swim platform.    He brought it to me for repairs.     I quoted him just under $2,000.00 to repair, OR, I gave him the option of covering it with SeaDek…for about $600.00.

As you can see, not only did it cover the ugly, but it added a nice look to the platform, functional non-skid and Value to the boat.    He is pleased and I’ve got another reason to be a fan of SeaDek!!






WE have been selling SeaDek.  It's amazing how fast the word is getting out that it is now available in the Pacific Northwest.   I am slowly learning my CNC machine.    My daughter, Alee Jo, told me about a client of hers and her husband, who by the way is a professor at the local community college.    He teaches CNC!   Hello!!   So I have talked to him and he is going to give me instruction.    I feel great about this development.

For now, I'm just going to enjoy the rest of my Sunday and look forward to the holiday weekend.

Have a Great day yourself!

Scott

Friday, May 6, 2016

Good morning. I had to take a few minutes to blog, because I had SUCH A GREAT DAY YESTERDAY!!

I learned a lot from Jason, who--along with his wife, Melissa--owns Hytek Tooling. Jason sold me my new toy.... a CNC table so that I can fabricate SeaDek. AND, we actually cut my first pad. I felt like it was a great start. I have a lot to learn, but once I learn, it's going to be as routine as making a swim platform... :)



Also, we finally seeded the golf course! Chad, from Spokane Boys, came and hydro seeded the fairways. We have a Green golf course! Whoot squared!! I will continue to work on the greens and get them seeded in the next couple of weeks, hopefully.



Yesterday, Kale and I decided that it is time to raise our pricing on our swim platforms. Materials costs have gone up significantly, and we have not raised our prices for several years. So, I'm announcing now that our prices are going to $75 per square foot if you install, and $95 per square foot if we install. This will be effective at the end of June 2016. So, if you are thinking about ordering a Safe-Step Swim Platform, order it NOW and SAVE!!

So, now I'm off for my last day of training on the CNC table, and then I think I will sleep all weekend....

Cheers, all.

Thanks for your continued support!

Scott and Jeanne

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Jeanne and I returned from Kissimmee FL last night.   There, we attended training in order to become certified SeaDek fabricators.     The experience was remarkable.    Better than either of us could have imagined.

SeaDek is a very professional innovative and savvy company, with down to earth management and staff.  Jeanne and I are Very grateful to them for their hospitality and generosity.

We are also so excited as the more we learn, the more we believe that this will be very big in the Pacific Northwest.   SeaDek is wildly popular in and around Florida because of SeaDek's brilliant social media marketing and plain word of mouth advertising.     They have not even advertised yet in the Pacific Northwest, and I've been installing SeaDek for 9 years because of the word of mouth interest!


So our next step is to finalize financing and then purchase the necessary equipment.   Then we must buy some special software, tooling and raw materials and we will be cutting.   Our website is in the process of being designed.    In the meantime, please visit SeaDek.com to see all of their capabilities and products.

If you have any questions, please call me at 509-995-6239.

Thanks again for your continued support!

Cheers, Scott

Thursday, March 10, 2016

well hey there!

No excuses.    Should have posted….even if a short note.    So everything is good.    Two boat shops closed in town and so we got BURIED.   No seriously….without Kale, I would never have kept up.   Boat repair has been huge and the swim platform business continues to explode.   And the platforms just get better and better with our commitment to quality and innovation.

So now you are up to speed.    But wait….there is NEW news!!   SeaDek is coming to the Pacific Northwest.    This is an excerpt from the business plan that I am writing:



I.               General Company Description


Safe Step Marine Flooring creates non skid flooring systems for boats and other applications where non skid textures are important.

There are three steps to creating the flooring system-

1)   template the area to be covered.
2)   Create pads to fit the template.
3)   Install the pads.

SeaDek Marine Products* is located in Rockledge FL.    They developed the initial flooring system.  They have grown to a point that they cannot keep up with demand in spite of moving into a larger facility and hiring / training personnel as fast as they can.  They have decided as a corporation to create satellite operations that are certified to sell and create their flooring systems.    Currently there are 5 of these satellite operations located in the most boat owner saturated areas of the country.   These operations are called Certified Fabricators.    SeaDek has asked me to be the sixth, and likely last, of these Certified Fabricators representing the Pacific Northwest area.

Mission Statement-

Safe Step Marine Flooring will create Marine Flooring Systems for customers in the Pacific Northwest that equal or surpass the quality of the original SeaDek flooring systems.   This includes Contemporary Fiberglass and Marine as a primary customer creating a unique synergistic relationship that creates co-branding, marketing and discounted raw material opportunities.  Safe Step Marine Flooring will strive to achieve remarkable profits for the owners and creative and fun opportunities for it’s employees and Certified Installers.

Company Goals and Objectives-

The main location / shop for Seadek fabrication will be in Spokane,WA.   It is desirable to have Certified Installers in the major areas of concentrated boat ownership-  Seattle, Portland and Vancouver.   Certified Installers are people who have graduated from a specific training program** put on by SeaDek.   Safe Step Marine Flooring goals include being a leader in customer service with a loyal customer following.  

Business Philosophy-

Product will be marketed to primarily Marine customers, both private boat owners and major boat marinas / service centers.    We plan to also attempt to broaden the demand by eventually targeting the aviation industry and other applications where non skid flooring is important.  For instance, SeaDek has established a contract with Yeti Coolers, a popular manufacturer of high-end coolers, to create decorative yet functional pads for the tops of the coolers.  There are unlimited large and smaller end uses for a closed cell EVA foam pad that can be decorative as well as functional.

This segment of the marine industry is growing rapidly.   In fact, that is the reason that SeaDek has decided to create these Certified Fabricator companies; to mitigate the extremely long lead times that currently exist because supply cannot keep up with demand.   Almost all major U.S. boat manufactures have switched to Seadek as their non skid flooring supplier.

SeaDek is based in Florida.   Therefore, past marketing has been concentrated in that area and has spread slowly up the east coat and to the west.  SeaDek has not done a lot of advertising in the Pacific Northwest.    That means that the already high demand in this area will only increase in both the short and long terms.  Since I already have a strong reputation for custom extended swim platforms in the Pacific Northwest, and the strongest internet search result*** (SeaDek Pacific Northwest / Contemporary Fiberglass) for SeaDek in the Pacific Northwest, I am the logical choice to become the Certified Fabricator for this region.   Safe Step Marine Flooring will utilize that foundation in order to build a network of marketing strategies in order to grow this business as fast as Contemporary Fiberglass has grown.

Important company strengths include two owners that possess the two most important needs of this business-   knowledge of the product and process and a strong administrative background to handle the intricacies of the three system components- templating, fabricating and installing along with the order and delivery process.  Scott currently owns and operates a company that includes SeaDek systems as a good portion of that company’s product offerings.     He has templated and installed hundreds of SeaDek pads.    Jeanne is currently a business process analyst for one of the largest employers in the U.S.  Her job is administrative support to several large government contracts executives.  Further review of the owners’ resumes will highlight additional strengths.

The company will have a good chance to succeed because in addition to SeaDek's commitment to assistance such as immediate orders to be delegated, then there is the co branding, marketing and technical support and finally the new company’s prior knowledge of how to obtain additional orders through regional boat shows and local advertising.   As mentioned previously, there will also be Certified Installers whose job will be not only to do the templating and installing but will also be responsible for marketing and selling.   This will occur through dealer introductions, literature handouts at marinas and finally by word of mouth.   We have found that since there are natural concentrations of boats in marinas (i.e. concentration of targeted customers), that once SeaDek begins to show up on a few boats, then Everyone in the marina wants to know what it is and how can they get it installed on their boat!!

This business will be set up as an LLC, same as Contemporary Fiberglass.

So, since we are already such HUGE fans of SeaDek, it comes as a big honor to be asked to be the sixth, and final satellite operation with the authorization to produce SeaDek.

That's all the time I have peeps.    Will try to do better posting because I know that some find this very interesting (so I've been told).

In the meantime, if you are interested in a Safe Step Swim Platform….or are in the market for some SeaDek, please visit the website:   www.myswimplatform.com.

Cheers!!

Scott and Jeanne