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maverick posted 07-07-2001 07:50 AM ET (US)   Profile for maverick   Send Email to maverick  
Gutentag everyone! Had a unique thought that is certain to get some discussion. USiNG WHALER TRiM has anyone ever thought about cutting a divers door in the side of a Whaler Montauk or Outrage... Lets say that Maverick here has a line on a damaged but solid 83 Outrage 18 WORKBOAT for a VERY small amount of $$ (yes very small $] and he uses the measurements from a 22s divers door to cut and install a door with WHALER trim in the side. How feasible is this...anyone ever DONE something like this. i am VERY good at fiberglass and gelcoat work and believe when finished it would look close to factory work but am concerned about weakening hull integrity. i think this extra was factory installed only when new on commercial only boats. Just on the drawing board for now... Yes i do realize the impact this could have on resale...thats not really a big isssue with me on this thought...Am really after function. Your thoughts please... Mav
triblet posted 07-07-2001 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The one bunch I know who has one wishes
they didn't. It makes for a wet deck.

Chuck

maverick posted 07-07-2001 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
A wet deck ehh...hmmm. Very interesting. While i have never tried one i thought that it would be a neat thing as we dive a good bit in the Fla Keys. What do you think about the structural side of the equation...i.e. taking a non Commercial 18 and adding one. Cosmetically could make look nice...serhass the view isnt worth the climb though. Mav
DIVE 1 posted 07-07-2001 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
Maverick,
The dive door must be installed when the hull is laid up at the factory. There is a lot of additional wood and fibergalss used to maintain the hulls integrity. The smallest hull with enough inner skin volume to support the dive door reenforcement is the 18' hull.
Jim

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