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Fred posted 06-14-2000 02:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for Fred   Send Email to Fred  
I am replacing all the wood in my '71 and the original cover had been modified. anyone have any pictures of what this is supposed to look like? I have some 1" that I was going to make a solid cover with and was looking for suggestions on the way to hold it down, handles to lift it up and any other help on this.
whalernut posted 06-14-2000 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Fred, I also used to own a 1971 `13 sport. If you are talking about the hatch cover. You make it as wide and as long as the opening and as thick as is from the top of the gelcoat to the lip that it sits on. On the ends there was two handles(one on each side) I`m guessing about 6-8inches long by 1 and one-halfinches high and wide. They where slightly indented in the middle for positive grip. Hope this helps-Jack Graner. P.S. The handles were not glued on but I think they were pinned on. I think you could do it any way you would care to.
Fred posted 06-14-2000 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fred  Send Email to Fred     
thanks for the suggestion.
Was there anything that held it in place like a hatch lock?
lhg posted 06-14-2000 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
The bow locker cover on 1971 Whalers, both 13 & 16' models, were made from 3/4" mahogany marine plywood, varnished. By this time they had eliminated the raised side handle detail that Jack is describing in favor of a 1" diameter finger lifting hole, in the center edge. The raised handles were a sitting and trip hazard which they finally corrected. There are pictures of both of these cover designs in the 13' reference section of this site. I don't believe they used any tie down method, and they simple sat there on thier own weight. But an interior eye strap/interior bungee cord detail could be used, or even hinges on the forward edge.
whalernut posted 06-14-2000 05:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Thanks Larry, for the correction on the hatch cover. Maybee my 1971 `13 Sport wasn`t a 1971 at all, because mine had the handles and my registration when we bought it had 1971 on it? Maybee it was wrong on the registration, and at the time I didn`t think to look at the VIN# Regards-Jack Graner.
Fred posted 06-21-2000 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fred  Send Email to Fred     
I ordered a handle that I think looks great on the hatch. It's not "original" but I think it will work well.
I ordered part number 128035 from Boat US and am going to install it on the hatch cover. It sits flush and gives you a handle that is big enough to lift the heavy cover and doesn't leave a hole in the cover to let water in the hatch.

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