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Ed Stone posted 09-23-2001 09:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ed Stone   Send Email to Ed Stone  
I have added the sun lounge option to
my 23 outrage which fills in the bow with
deck.Now I am shopping for a foward shelter.
I,m not sure how tall the shelter should be.
Also should the support rails be stainless
or aluminum?
Ed Stone
LarrySherman posted 09-23-2001 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     

Did you build and install the desk yourself? If so, can descripe the construction and installation?

I'm thinking of going the same route.


David Ratusnik posted 09-24-2001 09:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
If you go with aluminum bows seriously consider using stainless fittings. Much nicer than the plastic ones.
lhg posted 09-24-2001 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Ed - I hate to sound like a broken record, but have contacted Mills for availability?

If they have designed one for your boat, get theirs and be done with it. If not, take a look at some of the boats on this site with the Mills Forward Shelter, and have your local guy try to duplicate Mills' design.

Don't consider anything but SS support bows!
Aluminum canvas supports are junk, and readily bend. For a Forward Shelter you need the strength of 7/8" SS tubing..

bigz posted 09-24-2001 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Ed, surprised no option for your 23 on a forward shelter from Whaler.

LHG, has a good point on Mills and the bows must be ss particularly for that forward area, check with them.

I might add a local canvas house might be able to design one for your needs rather than using a Mills since theirs would be a stock pattern and a local would be able to work with you on a design. My guess cost would come out close to the same if both are somewhat apples to apples, though shipping from Mills could be a bit on the hardware and bows.

Oh another guess, you'd want it between 4' to 5' foot off the deck sole not the platform for easy entry.

Ed Stone posted 09-27-2001 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Thanks for all the advice.I will e-mail
mills about my shelter.
With the shelter in the up position would
I be able to see over it while operating
the boat?
I've read about the special clips mills
uses to attach the canvas to the deck.
I would think snaps attached to the top
of the deck would help shed water out of
boat rather than in the boat as I have seen
some tops designed.
I wonder if the shelter would attach to
the center console or t-top.Also I would
need access to the anchor locker in the bow
of the boat.I think I remember seeing Lhg's
with a zippered window as acess to pulpit.
I am a big fan of stainless bows,but was
concerned with the weight.In the past I
bought a stainless bimini from BoatUS and
was not very happy with the sloppy fit
of the connections.

Hey Larry Sherman,
I had the dealer install the sun lounge deck
option.They did a great job! Compared to the
deck and the two bow cushions the price for
installing the deck was nothing.I think there
is a kit that comes with the deck option for
installing.I was told by CB at Whaler the
sun lounge is permanently mounted at the
factory.I asked Rob(service manager)if they
could make it removable.There are two straps
underneath that pull it down good and tight.
I had called dave's about the cushions but
they did not have patterns for the 23Outrage.
Ed Stone

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