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Bill Davis posted 01-30-2001 10:47 AM ET (US)   Profile for Bill Davis   Send Email to Bill Davis  
I posted this topic on the Neo-Classic forum, but I think it should've been here.
thanks!


I have really enjoyed the web sites that folks have put up with detailed pictures and writing about how they have outfitted their Whalers.

As a new owner of a first boat, a 13 Sport, I would love to see such a site on that
boat in particular. I am happy with the boat. But it is a boat manufactured to keep the cost down. It has a great Whaler hull, steering, power trim.

But as far as cleats [?], storage bins, rod holders, cooler attachments, etc., it is thin!

I want to fix up for fishing in up to 10 ft. of water; but I am learning while doing and it is all new to me.

For example, I got an anchor yesterday at West Marine, a danforth style. It is pretty small, but big enough.

But the shank has to stick out of the dip in the lip of the forward bin [it still closes well] by about 2 inches.

Wish I had known of one shorter; and maybe I can modify this one.

Also, I admit to being a little affraid to drill holes in the boat, but rod holders of some sort are a must. I just ordered one of a style that will clamp on a side rail to try it out.

I will be getting a hand-help gps [thanks for the tips on that in the "performance" forum] and handheld VHS radio [this is so much fun!]; and will look for something to keep them handy on board. I could attach a bracket [where?] or get a suction-cup-held hanging thing I saw at West.

So, my point is this: Anybody out there really "done up" a Sport 13 yet, like cleats, tie downs, rod holders?? Is there possibly even a web site with pictures or some that could be emailed? Should I drill holes in my hull?? [Horrors!]

bill

2001 13 Sport Owner posted 01-30-2001 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for 2001 13 Sport Owner  Send Email to 2001 13 Sport Owner     
I just bought a 13 Sport. I am wanting to know the exact dimensions of the Danforth Anchor that will fit in the front bin. Could you please give me the dimensions. Thanks!
JB posted 01-30-2001 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JB  Send Email to JB     
As far as the clamp on rod holders to attach to the rails, Perko makes a nice one which retails around $29-$30 bucks. You'll need at least one per side...
jimh posted 01-30-2001 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Bill,

Regarding "drilling holes in the boat", be careful. The unique construction of Boston Whaler boats makes mounting and fastening accessories a bit of a problem.

First, you can't just drill a hole and bolt something in, as generally there is no access to the back of the hull. You might be able to do this in the console area, but not in the hull.

In areas where the factory has something fastened to the hull with a screw, there is a hidden backing plate that has been built into the hull. In the older, classic boats, the backing plates were wood. In commercial boats they were melamine or metal. In newer boats they are a synthetic material called "whaler-board".

If you must mount something to the hull or interior in an area without a backing plate, your best approach is to create a pocket of material beneath the hull into which you can screw a mechanical fastener.

The way to do this would be to carefully drill a small diameter hole through the laminates and into the foam. Then make your own custom auger bit or use a small Allen-wrench as a bit. Slip the bent end of the auger into the hole and carefully bore a larger diameter hole in the foam, under the laminates, without increasing the size of the hole in the laminates.

Remove the shredded foam with a vacuum, then fill the void with some epoxy+filler material. When the epoxy sets up, you can actually cut threads in it with a tap.

Then you can thread a screw into the tapped hole. Even with all this, I would also recommend setting the screw with bedding compound and adhesive.

When I added a bimini to my 15-Sport, I mounted the hinges on the gunwales in an area where there was no backing wood available. In addition to the mechanical fasteners, I bedded them in place with 3M-4200 Adhesive. They show no signs of any movement.

matt posted 01-30-2001 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for matt  Send Email to matt     
I have bought small plow anchors for my whaler and jetski.they have wonderful holding power and are small in size.us boat has a small one to hold a 13 whaler for 13.00.good luck - matt
triblet posted 01-30-2001 11:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I suspect that 13.00 "plow" is a Hooker
Quickset, which is a really cheap kinda
sorta Danforth, not a plow, and doesn't
hold worth a damn when the wind blows. I've
got two buddies who've given up on them and
gotten real Danforths.

Chuck

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