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tspring posted 07-31-2001 07:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for tspring   Send Email to tspring  
i am going to put a center console on a 13 ft boston use to be a side consolei if i am going to to make it a center console how do i do the steering. thanks
Sinclair7 posted 07-31-2001 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sinclair7  Send Email to Sinclair7     
Have you decided on how you are going to attach the console to the deck? I am also in the process of making my 13 a center consol. About a week ago, I posted some questions about a center consle and got some really good replies. I am probably going to run the teleflex over the deck and up on an angle toward the transom on some sort of bracket. If you find a good way to attach the console and run the steering, let me know.
tspring posted 07-31-2001 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for tspring  Send Email to tspring     
i am going to use the center console that a carolina skiff sells and i am going to use reg stainless steel screws.And how hard is it to hook up all of the steering.
Sinclair7 posted 08-01-2001 02:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sinclair7  Send Email to Sinclair7     
Have you had a chance to look at the old postings. The 13 whaler does not have wood supports for the screws to grab. A few people told me that a center console is definetly not recomended by whaler for the 13. Clark Roberts at the spruce creek navy replied to my posting and said he had success with center console 13's. Said they were a blast to drive. I am going install a center console, hopefully next week. I have not totally decided how. Right now i am leaning towards pre-drilling, epoxying wood dowels into the deck and driving stainless steel screw into the dowels to secure the console. Epoxy should seal dowels and prevent rot. I am kind of hesitant about adhering the console to the deck. I am not sure how well it will bite the textured surface on my 1982 13 and what effects the sun and water will play on an adhesive. This is my first boat and I am learning all this new. If you have any tips or hints I'd like to hear em.
Good Luck,
Bigshot posted 08-01-2001 08:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I mounted a CC on my Carolina skiff and it was easy. There is no wood either and with 8-10 screws holding it on with 5200, it goes nowhere!
tspring posted 08-01-2001 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for tspring  Send Email to tspring     
the carolina skiff center console is made very easy to instal to the deck.If u use a carlolina skiff center console there is no wood needed at all. Clark told me that u can just drill right through.And i am going to do the steering on the top of the deck.
willyjoe1 posted 08-01-2001 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for willyjoe1  Send Email to willyjoe1     
tspring & sinclair7
when you guys finish, please post us some pictures,thanks
JDH posted 08-02-2001 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for JDH  Send Email to JDH     
WHat do the Carolina Skiff CC cost? I have requested info from them, but never gotten it.

I would like to replace the cc on classic 16'7"


Bigshot posted 08-02-2001 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Depends on the console. I got one that had a blem in the gel for $80. Not big enough for a 16. Would be great on a 13. My buddy Rick makes consoles if you are interested.
tspring posted 08-02-2001 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for tspring  Send Email to tspring     
i am getting a center console for my 13 ft boston whaler and the one i am getting cost 155 it is a stand up and all.
bc posted 08-02-2001 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    

I've never installed a center console on a whaler, but have you guys thought about fiberglassing it to the floor. Doing this from the inside of console to keep it looking good. Just an idea.

tspring posted 08-02-2001 11:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for tspring  Send Email to tspring     
i have a question when i go and hook up the steering and every thing should the center console be drilled in already, before i start hooking every thing. so another words should the center console be the first thing to install.
Clark Roberts posted 08-03-2001 05:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
It's best to locate the console and screw it in place, then fit all components. You may want to remove console before everything is finished so wait until all is done and then remove screws, apply adhesive (I recommend silicone and not 3M 5200 because the silicone can be cut and console removed later on if need arises, the 5200 is very hard to remove or cut!) and re-screw! Is there any such word as re-screw?! Happy Whalin'... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
PS> suggest you use stainless steel sheet metal screws, #12 "truss" head.."Pan" head if you can't locate truss head.
tspring posted 08-03-2001 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for tspring  Send Email to tspring     
Thanks clark and every one else one more question clark u said to me that i am going to have to cut the front of the console so it will fit right into the deck and u said dont do anything to the sides.

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