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Kelly posted 06-17-2001 12:15 AM ET (US)   Profile for Kelly   Send Email to Kelly  
Well earlier this year I bought a 1980 17' Whaler that was configured with wooden bench seats and a sit down wooden console that ran from the center of the boat to the right side. The bench seats were sound, but the console was shot. That was okay, cause I really wanted the Montauk console and layout in the finished boat. I reached a milestone today. The boat is ready to launch. To date, I have removed the old console, cleaned out years of stuff,installed the new console including wiring(but not an RPS or helm seat yet), and gotten most things to work, including starting the 70 hp 1987 Johnson with the key instead of the emergency rope. I am nowhere near finished, but since this site has helped me so much, I just want to pass along my thanks to everybody, especially our moderator, jimh. When the boat is fit for pictures, I will try to make them available. Thanks again, Kelly.
jimh posted 06-17-2001 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Sounds like your boat was a Currituck (see ).

It's great to hear that you've found the content on the website to be helpful. That has been my main focus--content--since the inception.

There are some amazing folks with amazing boats that visit here. Collectively, I don't think there is an information source that can rival it.

While you're working on the boat, be sure to take some "before" and "in-progress" pictures, too. They are fun to see, as well.


Kelly posted 06-17-2001 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
jimh, It was the Currituck layout. The boat is a little different since it is an '80, and mine came with the bow rail. Kelly
sorcerer posted 06-17-2001 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for sorcerer    
Kelly you have a 17 (Super)Sport if built in the 80's. Neat boat and depending on use would rebuilt the original console, just an opinion. You know what you want, though it seems "everyone" has a center console few have a Super Sport 17 side helm!
Kelly posted 06-17-2001 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
sorcerer, that is a good point, and that is a nice layout that can be fixed up to look very nice. However, I mostly fish and the center console appeals to me. Thanks for the comment. Kelly
compounder posted 06-17-2001 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
Genius, pure genius!
bigz posted 06-17-2001 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Hey Kelly sounds like a cool boat with lots of caring work done. Wish you the best.

You don't mention where you live so I guess your fishing must be "blue" water since you want to stand up to fight the big ones!

The Super Sport 17 guess was really meant for lakes and such with a little water skiing and some light fishing in mind. Sorcerer has a good point though and as you say Kelly the SS 17 is a nice layout just not suited for your need (keep the thwarts though yeah never know).


Kelly posted 06-17-2001 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
Bigz, I guess I'm a salt water wannabe. I try to gear everything to be able to go to the Georgia coast or the Gulf coast of Florida, but I'm lucky to get up to Lake Burton in North Georgia when I can. I hope that changes now. Kelly

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