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LelandBill posted 12-04-2001 01:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for LelandBill   Send Email to LelandBill  
I purchased a '81 OR22'coast guard boat in need of TLC and have had great luck in using info from this forum in getting her ready for next spring. Twin OMC 100's with all records seem to move her right along, on the one time I went out before purchase (sealed bid).

I'll be using the boat in addition to a 17' montauk to continue exploring the islands near my home in N. Lake Michigan with friends and family.

Seating is my next project, there are none, just a leaning post. Any specific info, plans or pics I would appreciate. Front Igloo seat (size, pads?) transom or stern seating etc.

The boat is also equipped with a comercial towing tower, bars and cleats that will be of no use for me. Shipping would be tough, they're big and heavy stainless units, any one in MI that may be interested let me know.

JBCornwell posted 12-04-2001 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Ahoy Bill. If you are interested, I have a pair of original pedestal seats from a '82 Outrage. The "clamps" need freeing and the pads have small holes (I can send you pics by Email). They are priced right.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

JohnAz posted 12-04-2001 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
Where can one come by ex- govt boat's,,,
Chap posted 12-04-2001 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
JohnAz, I'll send you an e-mail with some help searching within the site:

Looked for Guardians for a while, chose teak.

Good luck.

LelandBill posted 12-05-2001 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for LelandBill  Send Email to LelandBill     
JohnAz Just luck on my part finding the 22 OR, it was listed by The Great Lakes Meritime Academy, they needed some room for renovations to the school and had recieved the boat from the coast guard. I have also seen some military whalers on EBAY, just keep checking.
David Ratusnik posted 12-05-2001 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
LelandBill- Sounds like a neat project you have going. A couple years ago I was doing a big search for a 22 OR and came across a 22" Gaurdian. Almost bought but couldn't get the tow company owner to get real on the price. A few thoughts- take or leave as they suit your purpose. First I wanted to make the boat "pretty" in other words more like a recreational 22' OR. The leaning post I liked on the boat- it was beefy, made out of aluminum/steel-sort of a console going all the way to the floor with space to put items in it. Open in the back so I was going to put a teak door to completely close its back. If you put a moveable step stool of some sort on the floor you have a spot for feet when you want to sit. Weld or put some teak along the top at the back and now you have a unique complete seat. With regard to paint, I would pick up some Awlgrip in Desert Tan and paint the exterior plus the interior-gunwhales down to where the sides meet the floor. Leave floor as is so don't go slipping and sliding. If yours has the headlights mounted in the fiberglass in the bow I would leave since they are pretty neat. The boat I looked at had heavy tubular railing. I would remove this replacing it with correct stainless steel- someone on this web site could lead one to this item-I suspect it would cost $700 plus used but in nice shape. Oh, I would paint the heavy metal console with Awlgrip as well. Replace the metal doors of the console with teak as well. The boat I looked at had a heavy gauge T-top with electronics box which went with the beefy nature of the gaurdian. Big tough boat- one could drop an A-Bomb on it and it would just keep on ticking. My few thoughts. David
David Ratusnik posted 12-05-2001 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
By the way, the cooler size is a 94 Igloo. Make chocks for it out of starboard. D
Eagleman posted 12-05-2001 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Eagleman  Send Email to Eagleman     
I've got a couple of seats that I removed from my 1984 22' O/R. One is a fiberglass bench seat with storage underneath which was the (factory) helm seat. Also have a swivel pedistal fishing seat (factory).This was mounted behind the helm bench seat. Both are in very nice shape with after market newer cushion's in excellent shape.I'd take
$275.00 for both of them.
kingfish posted 12-05-2001 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

I don't know what your preferences and perameters are, but I have an Outrage 22 that came with the factory leaning post, very spartan, and I replaced it with a Birdsall leaning post that has a back rest, and a 10" deep seat with a big tub under it for storage. The seat/leaning post pad just flips forward on a piano hinge to expose the storage area. I had a metal fabricating shop shorten the legs on the new leaning post so there is just room under the storage tub for a 94 qt. cooler (Birdsall LP's come with room for and a strap to secure 94 qt. colers), raised the console 4 or 5 inches, and now most of the time I sit on the LP just like a seat, but still can drop my feet down to the floor lean my butt up against the LP when it's appropriate. Finally, I had Dave's upholstery do the pad and backrest in Whaler fabric; I love it.


LelandBill posted 12-06-2001 11:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for LelandBill  Send Email to LelandBill     
Great suggestions, I appreciate the feedback. I'm going to stick with the bombproof leaning post, I've been standing at the helm of a Montauk for 20 summers, you take a beating on Lake MI when you sit. The Igloo will work for the front with a pad. A couple of seats for the stearn should fill her up nicely. I like the looks of the swivel seats, if they're being replaced, what were the drawbacks? Anyone have pics or other ideas for the stearn?
David Ratusnik posted 12-07-2001 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Bill- I use 3"stretch commercial grade fish net across the twin cut stern. I'm not pushing it or anything but it works well for me. Price is right as well. You can see abit of it on my boat in recent Photo Log. Again, to save $$$'s Imron paint rather than Awlgrip could be used to paint boat. If it's going to be a freshwater boat I might go that route. Big tough boat-good luck!! David
DIVE 1 posted 12-14-2001 10:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
Look at the photos of our boat on page 35 of Cetacea. We fabricated the stern seat frame using stainless steel angle. A local canvas shop made the cushion and short backrest. The stern seat is comfortable and wide enough for 3 adults.

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