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We are in full swing with our custom boat kits. Possibilities are almost endless, and the process for getting a kit made for your boat is really simple.
There are 40+ colors and lots of patterns to choose from as well as multiple material types, densities and thicknesses.
If you always wanted foot chocks in your boat to keep you and the crew hiking hard, we can build those for you. If your knees and back are sore after a long day driving, no problem, let us build you a custom helm pad. Need a soft place to sit on the deck that is light weight and won't slide out from under your feet? We have a solution for that as well.
Want the name of your boat, or your company in your Soft Deck, we can take care of ya.
If you got any questions give us a call or email.
We are happy to announce that three weeks after releasing our HPEAFS shock mitigating and fatigue reducing flooring system to the public, we will be delivering our first three kits this week to private customers. Currently our High-Performance, Energy-Absorbing Flooring System is in use by divisions of the Navy, Department of Homeland Security, and Sheriff's Office.
Here is one of them. Looking forward to seeing pictures of this kit installed!
These are a couple of versions of a partial deck coverings that we have done for the Department of Homeland Security for their Midnight Interceptor boats with out HPEAFS. These kits are designed basically like overgrown helm pads and fit on either side of the console, and provide a shock mitigating floor around the bolsters. Which are all the areas the crew stands while underway.
A 1995 study by Gollwitzer and Peterson entitled "Repeated water entry shocks on high-speed planning boats" showed that during operation vertical acceleration forces of up to 10g had been recorded.
Take the weight of the average male in the US at 178 pounds and you get a force of 1,780 pounds impacting that individual through the deck of that boat at 10g's. Lets give that some perspective...the world record for a bare squat as of the writing of this article is 1000 pounds and is held by Robert Wilkerson pictured below with 1000 pounds on the bar (link).
Now lets analyze an impact that is just half that magnitude. A 5g force on the same 178 pound individual will product a force of 890 pounds on that individual's feet, knees and back.
The idea of even trying to hold that much weight on back when you are ready for it is a daunting enough thought. But that is the kind of forces that can be imposed upon your body when traveling at relatively high speeds in rough water.
Food for thought...
Below are some pictures of our HPEAFS (High-Performance, Energy-Absorbing Flooring System) on one of the Navy's Marine Mammal boats.
This shock mitigating flooring system makes for a comfortable yet stable surface for the crew to stand and work on during long days at sea. And it helps protect the mammals while underway by reducing the amount of impact and vibration transferred to them.
It is ultra light weight and can be quickly and easily removed and re-installed as needed. Plus, it is completely waterproof. These are really important factors on a boat that transports mammals that need to be kept wet and it makes it easy to clean up the mess that goes with them.
We at Soft Deck would like to say thank you very much to the brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces both at home and abroad on this Veterans Day! And while no blog post could ever repay the debt owed for your service, we will promise to continually strive to safeguard those that work so hard to ensure our safety by providing affordable solutions to help reduce the risk of injury on the water.
Major product updates are coming to Soft Deck's general boating line. Over the next several weeks, the material previously used only for our "commercial grade molded diamond" products will now be used across the entire boating line (with the exception of our Sabot kits.) The benefits are that our customers will get a more durable longer lasting product. The short term negatives are that we will have a more limited color selection for a while.
Not to fear though, the cut diamond, straight cut, and square cut (in all 50+ color combinations) that many of you have come to know and love will still be available as a special order.
Shock Mitigation is a term that has become a buzzword to describe methods of reducing the impact or shock that is transmitted to the crew and passengers of a craft when that craft's hull impacts a wave at a relatively high rate of speed.
Soft-Deck, INC. is proud to introduce their (patent pending) High-Performance, Energy-Absorbing Flooring System (HPEAFS). Originally designed for use on high speed military craft, (currently in use by the US Navy, Border Patrol, Homeland Security, Sheriff's Office) we are now offering our flooring system to the public. Designed to reduce injury, and fatigue to operators and passengers on high speed craft by absorbing vibration and mitigating the impact felt as a result of pounding at high speed. This flooring system also greatly increases the operator and crews comfort aboard the vessel. And in the event of a slip and fall, the Flooring System will reduce the likelihood of injury.
Weighing in at less than 1 pound per square foot, Soft-Deck's HPEAFS can be installed rail to rail without negatively affecting performance of the vessel, and it can be easily removed and re-installed by one person in a matter of seconds. It is completely waterproof and positively buoyant so it will not increase in weight when wet.
The Flooring System secures to the deck using a innovative fasteners from 3M that adhered to your boat's deck and have a complimentary piece on the Flooring System. This makes it very easy to install and remove as needed. And installation of the fasteners from 3M can be as simple as peeling and sticking.
Our mechanical joint used for locking pieces together ensures there will be no gaps between the panels of our HPEAFS.
Our High-Performance, Energy-Absorb Flooring System can be purchased as a custom boat kit made to your specifications and ready to install, or the components can be purchased by the square foot.
All custom kits go through a 3 part process to ensure you get a kit that fits exactly right the first time.
Please email us for ordering and more information. HPEAFS page
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