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Sinclair7 posted 07-25-2001 01:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for Sinclair7   Send Email to Sinclair7  
I am looking for any ideas for a console. Does whaler offer anything that would fit a 1982 13 footer. Preferably a center console set-up. If i were to build my own:
What to make it out of?
How would teleflex be ran?
How would it attach to the hull?
I have the wood diagram but it is a little hard to read.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!!
Bigshot posted 07-25-2001 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
you should see where the old one was. I would use teleflex cable steering. It would be Mahogany or stained to look like it. Wood diagram is not real necessary but might help. I personally would make one a little bigger or covert to a center console. It is sweet to stand up when you want. leave the benches, just set it up like the 15' CC. You can also use starboard instead of wood, not for seats though unless supported.
willyjoe1 posted 07-25-2001 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for willyjoe1  Send Email to willyjoe1     
if you need center console information, go GENERAL TOPIC read the old post 7-12-01 [13 center console], clark roberts has a good idea on that,
Sinclair7 posted 07-25-2001 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sinclair7  Send Email to Sinclair7     
Hey thanks for the reply,
Thanks WillyJoe1 for the heads up on the old posting. I had considered a carolina skiff console but thought it would be against some sort of unwritten rule to mix parts. They really have a console that I like. For what i use the boat for, the molded front seat would definetely take up too much room. Maybe I'll go for it. Teleflex might be able to run under bench straigh out the bottom of the console. If the wheel is oriented correctly.

Bigshots, as far as mounting the console. Thought the screws would need to hit one of the plywood supports to get a good bite with the screws. How would i attach the center console? I mostly fish the great south bay on the south shore of long island, new york. The water is shallow in a lot of places and the bridges are good stripper fishing. The increased view with a stand up console would be great. Thanks for the reply.

simonmeridew posted 07-25-2001 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
I saw a nice generic fiberglass center console, ready to install, at Hamilton Marine in Portland Maine when I was at the Maine Boatbuilder's Show this Spring. They have a website, and do mail order a lot. As I recall the console, which was white, was either $200. or $169. I can't remember which. They may have had 2 different sizes. The guy who runs the place really knows boats, and I think could give you some advice on what you want. The only sad thing as far as I am concerned is that Hamilton Marine is 4 hours away to the East and nearest West Marine is 1 1/2 hours away to the West. If they were equidistant there would be no comparison. FWIW
Bigshot posted 07-26-2001 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I have a 14 Carolina skiff and have a nice console that does NOT have the front seat. I can sit on the bench or stand up and in that POS, I stand up. It has storage for battery and anchor,etc and I even put in cupholders. It was like $129.
Makonut posted 07-26-2001 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Makonut  Send Email to Makonut     
Just how would one mount the console to the deck on a 13? According to Whaler, it is a definite "not recommended". Appears according to the plans, at least a 1973, there is no re-enforcement to secure the console to. Any suggestions? (I'm tossed between a larger console and a center one. I have the larger one but would prefer a center)

thanks Jer

Bigshot posted 07-26-2001 01:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Personally I am not one for modifying a whaler(Tom would disagree). I think they are great stock and easier to sell. If that is not a concern, then you are obviously starting with the best hull to modify. I guess where there is a will there is a way. Tom would have the answers for you and it can be done. I would say it is probably done like it is from the factory. My 15 had a alum plate screwed and epoxyed to the floor. Then the mohagany wood was screwed to that, then the console was screwed to that. If we had attachments here I could show you.
marc monreal posted 07-26-2001 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for marc monreal  Send Email to marc monreal     
Sinclair7, I was in the same predicament about a year ago when I bought a 13 ft sport with no counsel or engine. After much debate I decided to build a new one out of mahogany to factory specs. I didn't have any plans to work from, so I just took some measurements off one of my friends 13's and got busy. The whole project took a couple of days and you would think it was factory original. I also installed a new teleflex steering unit that works great. If I were to do it all over again I would make it a little larger, probably closer in size to the ones they put on the 15's. Best of luck with whatever you decide to due. Regards, Marc
Sinclair7 posted 07-26-2001 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sinclair7  Send Email to Sinclair7     
how does carolina skiff attach there console? I am really leaning towards a center console. there is a pic of a whaler on the site with a center console. says the boat was bought from the army core of engineers. the console looks like one made by carolina skiff.
i am guessing you went for the side console. how did you attach that to the hull.
thanks for the replies everyone.

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