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JDH posted 05-21-2001 02:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for JDH   Send Email to JDH  
Hi -

I are a newbie....

I just picked up 1965 Whaler. it is cosmetically rough, and I plan on making some minor repairs this year, and then reworking it over the winter and painting it inside (update to tan?) and out.

One thing I have to do is deal with the console. I need to junk it! I don't want to build one from scratch (tho I am sure I could - its a wife/time thing). I am looking for suggestions....

I did see in an older West Marine catalog, a console from Todd Enterprisees (can't find 'em on the web) that looks like a great start, combine that with a cooler for seating, and it looks like I could be off to the crabs... ANy suggestions or alternatives? Has anyone seen one of these consoles?



gunnelgrabber posted 05-21-2001 03:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
jdh-- there's lots of good stuff in the forum files on this...i gather that the real deal bw replacement is pretty expensive, maybe enough to warrant placating the wife (time aspect)and/or honing your wood or glass skills...but there are classic types here who might shake their head or maybe hiss or boo audibly if you put a discount store bass boat console in it..and are seen in it!...good luck..lm
JDH posted 05-21-2001 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for JDH  Send Email to JDH     
I do understand the purist thing. I want solid function - form follows...

I have scanned the archives back as far as UBB will allow (1 year), but have not seen anything other than wood or custom work.

Bellingham, WA where I live has tons of good marine fabrication, so I am sure I can also get something built - but I don't want to reinvent the wheel either.

Perhaps using the plans for a wood style console to fab a welded aluminum center console and painting it would work? One of my friends here had an aluminum center console built for $250 (he provided the aluminum)

Thanks for any and all suggestions.


Makonut posted 05-21-2001 07:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Makonut  Send Email to Makonut

This might help


joem posted 05-24-2001 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for joem  Send Email to joem     
I have a 1965 nauset I have found a local carpenter to make a center consule he is using marine fur plywood instead of mahogony for a 1/4 the price. I got the suggestion from stauter boats in mobile al. This is what they use on their center console. I am assuming about for the rear battery box and center console made with no poly. for about 600.00 with materials.


Custom Skiffs and Repairs posted 05-28-2001 06:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Custom Skiffs and Repairs  Send Email to Custom Skiffs and Repairs     
If you are interested go to and scroll to projects section and we build a nice funtional fiberglass console that goes in the 17' whaler. It can be gel coat or painted imrom any color and can be adapted for fuel tank under console so to maximize room for seating or Todd cooler.
John Fitzgerald posted 05-29-2001 03:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for John Fitzgerald  Send Email to John Fitzgerald     
Not quite the same but I just got a new upgrade of a sport console to a supersport. Cost a piece of change but the time/aggravation factor made it worth while.
Kelly posted 05-29-2001 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
I bought a console through a dealer from Whaler. It was complete and looks good, and I think it will compliment my '80 17footer well. It cost about $1800. I have to admit that the other day I was at a dealer that sold Carolina Skiffs and they had some complete center consoles that would probably work pretty well. I don't know what they would cost, I don't think they would add as much value (or cost) to the boat, I do think they would be far superior to the Todd unit, and I do think you could fish the heck out of the boat if you bought one. When you are pricing the center console, be carefull to check and see what is included. Things like steering, windshields, electrical switches, horn, beverage holders, and grab rails can add up. I would also try Spacemaker. They usually run an add in Florida Sportsman, but from the price sheet I got, they are not a cheap way to go. Does anyone have experience with spacemaker? Good luck. Kelly
Custom Skiffs and Repairs posted 05-30-2001 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Custom Skiffs and Repairs  Send Email to Custom Skiffs and Repairs     
John a lot of people redoing whalers like funtion over label buying. Also people have their own ideas of heights and lights that fit their individual needs. We sell them stripped or complete, fit fuel tanks or storage. For $1,000 complete you can add your type of steering requiremnets and have added space with the fuel tank underneath and not tie up back decks. Or by it and rig it the way you like. That is what we offer. Also it has strande glass in them instead of chopper gun glass. Not everyone has the same thoughts and needs for boating.

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