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JohnW posted 04-06-2000 10:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for JohnW   Send Email to JohnW  
Does anyone have the plans for the console of a 13'SS
kent posted 04-10-2000 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for kent    

If you are having trouble getting the plans for the console, maybe I could help you out. I have a pre-73 13 ft. SS and if you like I would make a drawing of the console with measurements and e-mail it to you. It is very basic, comprised of only 4 pieces.

jcwillif posted 04-20-2000 02:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for jcwillif  Send Email to jcwillif     

New to the forum, and saw your offer for Super Sport console plans. Recently acquired an 11' tender, and am seeking to "upgrade" it with a mahogony console and seat back (ala SS). Although your's is a 13', perceive the design was very similar. I'd very much appreciate any help you could offer.

kent posted 04-20-2000 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for kent    
Hi there, jcwillif

I will be happy to send you the plans for the console. I will get it organized and e-mail it to later.

Welcome to this site. I am relatively new here myself. I have really enjoyed the site and all the information that is here. There are many good contributors. I especially appreciate the "friendly" and cordial manner that is maintained here. Unlike some other sites (non-WHALER) that I visit and the participants carry on like pre-schoolers. KUDOS to Jim Hebert for a job well done!


jimh posted 04-21-2000 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     

You might want to study the photos of the various consoles on the "15" section. You'll see how there has been some evolution.

I like the consoles where the wheel steering is on an almost vertical axis. This gives a great feel to the boat.

These consoles have a broad flat top to them where you can lay down your chart, your binnoculars, your beer, etc. The drawback is that they are not so good for mounting gauges. I solved this by adding my own sloping dash to the console so I could mount a tachometer.

Ironically, the worst console pictures are of my own boat! I'll fix that situation soon, when I get the boat out in the driveway on a sunny day and take some better photos of the console.


kent posted 04-21-2000 03:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for kent    

Actually, I have already taken your advice. I didn't care for the original WHALER design of the 13 console. I didn't like the position of the wheel, preferring a more vertical position as well. The console was also too small, as my brother and I intend to equip the boat with a sonar unit, VHF marine radio, and eventually possibly a GPS. We are also installing swivel seats for the captain and one passenger. The original console already seemed too low, with the wheel right at the knees. The extra height of the swivel seat makes this even worse, as the seats are to be bolted on to the wood thwart seat. I also want to have a windshield to provide some protection from spray(I have heard that the Classic hull configeration minus the smirk can give a wet ride). Also, the console was not in good condition. Given all that, I have decided to discard the original console and have fabricated a new one based loosely on the Sport 15 console. It is larger than the original SS 13 console, stretching across to the centre of the boat, and a bit higher. It is made of 1/2" pressure treated plywood and will be glassed. We are trying to give the boat a more up-dated look, and the glassed console with windshield will help achieve that. The wood thwart seats,clamps and forward locker cover remain to help keep the classic look. We have also fabricated a mahogany piece that stretches across the width of the boat at the stern just over and ahead of the motorwell bulkhead to mount two downriggers and accessories on. Being wood, it also lends to the classic look. As a carpenter and cabinetmaker, I could have made the console out of mahogany like the Sport 15,but that isn't what we were looking for.

By now, all the true-blue,diehard Classic owners on this site are just dying and saying to themselves "What is that guy doing to that boat!" I understand. I, too, really do appreciate an authentic, original Classic Whaler. The reality of my boat was that it had already undergone 3 facelifts and had been heavily modified by a previous owner that had used the boat commercially as a crabber. When I got it last summer, it was barely salvagable. The side rails had been removed and virtually all of the hardware was missing or corroded beyond repair or damaged. As mentioned before, the intended use is for inshore saltwater fishing, and I could see where the boat could be saved and brought back for that purpose. It was just too far gone to try and restore it to its original condition. Perhaps someday I will come across a Classic that I could afford to restore to original condition (I would love that!)

If you like, I will send in before and after photos when the boat is finished. We are hoping to have it ready for our yearly trip to Vancouver Island for fishing in August. We have both been pretty busy with work lately though and are finding it hard to get time in on the boat.


SteveinLA posted 10-02-2004 11:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for SteveinLA  Send Email to SteveinLA     
Could I get the plans for the 13' steering console modification?
keltonkrew posted 10-03-2004 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
don't worry about the true-blues...I modified mine so dramatically it's nowhere near stock.....but it is functional.

Have fun and do to the boat what makes it right for YOU

jflots posted 10-05-2004 11:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for jflots  Send Email to jflots     
I prefer a wheel that faces my shoulders and chest. Comfort-wise I like being able to reach any part of the wheel without reaching. So the wheel angle would vary with the particular helm geometry; height off the floor, distance from the seat, seat height, your height etc. Our wheel is too high and to horizontal for my taste but it helps when standing. I also prefer a throttle that's more horizontal. Easier to push it forward than to lift it forward. Good luck.


Nice job! Sorry about your rat problem...just kidding.

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