Apr 15th, 2021 | Campion

UltraDeck is Next-Generation Marine Flooring

Innovative Flooring Option Helps to Elevate Aesthetics and Functionality

With new creative approaches to boat design, it’s no surprise traditional materials used for elements within boats are also seeing a surge in new options.  Flooring, for example, has traditionally consisted of carpeting or wood. While there are benefits to both, neither particularly go well with water.

Although carpet can be visually appealing and soft on bare feet, it’s quick to absorb water and even after a day in the sun, can begin to mold and mildew over time creating a not so pleasant odor.  Wood flooring, if not properly cared for, can begin to warp and fade over time before needing to be replaced.

Neil Gilbert, Campion’s world class boat designer, uses fiberglass to optimize the shape and features of every Campion boat.  Every single piece of tooling is CNC cut providing unparalleled precision. 

While researching flooring options for Campion’s latest multispecies fishing boat, the RAGE R22, the team wanted an option to further elevate the aesthetics and functionality of the boat. The material needed to be durable, stain resistant, and non-slip in order to withstand years of hard-core fishing, plus look as great as the boat itself.

They ultimately decided upon UltraDeck®, a line of synthetic marine flooring manufactured by a company right here in British Columbia.  

What is UltraDeck?

UltraDeck is “a unique premium blend of closed cell, high quality PE foam produced for the harsh marine environment.  It has very high UV resistance, it’s UV tested to over triple the best marine upholstery vinyl with no fade. Being that it is closed cell, it does not absorb, so it will never smell and is stain resistant and cleans up very easy. It provides an excellent shock absorbent, sounds deadening, non-slip, customizable surface for any vessel. The product is backed with the thickest, highest grade acrylic-based 3M pressure sensitive adhesive providing a simple yet durable installation.” ultradeck.ca

Advantages of UltraDeck Flooring

  1. Does not absorb water and therefore does not mold, mildew or smell over time.
  2. Excellent UV resistance so will not fade.
  3. Easy to wipe down after cleaning fish or from spilled beverages.
  4. Provides a non-slip surface, especially important when there’s a fish on the line.
  5. Made of a lightweight material that also provides some soundproofing.

UltraDeck flooring is the ideal choice for Campion Boats. The interior of the RAGE is covered with UltraDeck including the full-length swim platform providing a safe, non-slip surface for swimmers coming and going from the water.  Plus, fishermen will enjoy the fish ruler built right into the flooring, making it easy to measure a big catch.

Designed for form and function with every detail top of mind from the structural grid, quality of the hinges to the durable yet stylish flooring.  UltraDeck flooring, like the RAGE, is a game-changer that any boating enthusiast could get onboard with.

Get in touch with a product specialist to help answer any questions you may have.

Apr 15th, 2021 | Campion

How Fiberglass Helps Maximize Boat Design

Versatile and strong, fiberglass offers numerous advantages to boat designers.

Expectations are changing when it comes to boat design. Every detail incorporated within the design is extremely important so choosing the right material is critical. Fiberglass is not only a strong and lightweight material, it’s very versatile allowing the designer the freedom to push the limits of their design.

Neil Gilbert, Campion’s world class boat designer, uses fiberglass to optimize the shape and features of every Campion boat.  Every single piece of tooling is CNC cut providing unparalleled precision. 

Linear Grid Structure

Gilbert’s innovative design includes a linear grid structure, essentially serving as a high beam under the deck for support. Grid systems are perfectly matched to the hull surface for a precise bond and providing incredible strength right where you need it. Bonded with an aircraft structural adhesive you can be assured of years of trouble-free and safe boating.

On the RAGE, the efficiency of the structural grid also helps to open up casting areas to support customizable seating configurations and a larger than ever main cockpit. At 22’9” the RAGE is the largest multispecies boat in its class.

Clean storage areas are directly integrated within every Campion boats structural grid. For fishermen at all levels, Gilbert’s innovative fiberglass design for the RAGE and Explorer not only provides an incredible amount of purposeful storage for rods, tools, tackle boxes, and other important equipment, it delivers the comfort and convenience required for a long day on the water.

Smooth, Quiet Ride

Since fiberglass is also a lightweight material, it’s a game-changer for creating a smooth, quiet ride no matter what the conditions. Gilbert’s APEX2 hull design plays an integral piece in Campion’s ultraquiet ride.

The hull design is a variable dead rise configured to produce a smoother, faster, even more responsive ride at high speeds. Not to mention dramatically better fuel economy. They glide on the water with no vibration. The sound absorption from the fiberglass APEX2 hull design also helps keep the fish “in the dark” as you approach.

Strength and Durability

Fiberglass materials are known to be extremely strong, able to withstand harsh marine elements, fluctuating temperatures, and UV rays making the material ideal for high-performance boats.

The durable material also makes maintenance fairly simple. Following manufacturers maintenance recommendations and regular cleaning of your fiberglass boat with fresh water and a soft cloth will help to keep and protect your windshield, windows, or hatch for years.

Campion Boats

Campion Boats are designed and constructed using the most advanced fiberglass mat on the market today. Our 3D fiberglass weave requires less resin, creating a lighter and stronger hull for enhanced performance.

We add a layer of Kevlar into our hulls at the keel (the high impact area), reducing the chance of the hull being holed should the boat hit a shoal, deadhead or other underwater peril.

Thanks to the versatility of fiberglass, you can enjoy years of safe boating and even more innovative designs for years to come.

Get in touch with a product specialist to help answer any questions you pay have.

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