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Vtwhaler posted 08-06-2001 11:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for Vtwhaler   Send Email to Vtwhaler  
First let me say I appreciate your site, I just found it and have learned alot since reading someold posts.
I have recently bought a '79 sport and did so as a "family" boat. I want to use it for fishing (which is challenging trying to mount some downriggers) and my wife wants a boat for the family to go for rides on. I found the boat and am familiar with Whalers legacy being brought up on the water so I grabbed it. In one post earlier I read a discussion about "bowriding" and am a little confused. It turns out the incident was on Lake Champlain which is where I will be boating and wondered if it will be a problem with the kids to sit inside the boat on the bow/hatch area. Also i have been wondering if there is anyone who makes cushions that would fit in that area for the kids to sit on for comfort. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I am aware of the dangers of riding with limbs over the side which will not happen but simply to go for a leisurely ride with the kids in the bow area????
whalerron posted 08-07-2001 08:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
The Coast Guard in Chincoteague, VA told me that you can sit anywhere in the boat you want to but you may not have any appendages hanging over the bow or gunwales. I have bow rails on my Whaler so it doesn't bother me to let the kids sit up in the bow. I would be a little concerned running around without bowrails in shallow water with people in the bow because if I hit bottom, there is nothing to grab onto up there.

As for cushions, we use throw cushions when we sit up there. No cushion will make that ride smooth when you are sitting in the bow in choppy water!

- ron

Mullet posted 08-07-2001 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mullet  Send Email to Mullet     
Whaleron, this is off post but are you from Chincoteague?
Bigshot posted 08-07-2001 09:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Ron is right but I was pulled over twice. once for my sister sitting on the deck of my revenge,appendages inside and a railing. 2nd for someone sitting on my engine hatch with their feet on the seat, again no appendages. I know this has nothing to do with your question but just want others to know. Sitting on bow area of your sport is fine. Look for WhalerTim on this site and he sells cushions that are OEM looking and a great $. Have Fun! Is this a 13, 15 or 17 sport?
andygere posted 08-07-2001 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
You could consider finding a used bow rail and installing it if safety is the concern. An OEM cushion for the bow/hatch is and was offered, and they look really nice.
whalerron posted 08-07-2001 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     

I am not from Chincoteaugue but I sent you a long winded email anyway.

As for bowcushions, what we need on these old 17 foot Whalers is a set of "Suicide Seatbelts" to mount people to the flat raised area in the bow. That could be alot of fun in a choppy sea as long as you are driving while other people are strapped in! I bet you could dislocate some bodily appendages!

- ron

Bigshot posted 08-07-2001 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     

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