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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.


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    
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.

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