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whaler 5 posted 02-13-2002 06:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for whaler 5   Send Email to whaler 5  
I'm restoring a 1980 22' Outrage and have been working on it for months. Now after all that work my wife says we need a cuddy cabin for her and the baby. I have heard that a cuddy can be added but don't know what kind of expense I'd be facing. I guess another option is a forward shelter, but with a shelter what would you put on the deck of the boat to sit or lie down on? Any suggestions, other than trading for a Revenge, would be appreciated.
lhg posted 02-13-2002 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Get the Mills Forward Shelter. She will love the huge, always dry, space it creates underneath, and the front window can be unzipped for ventilation as necessary.

One can sit on the console front cooler seat, and be out of the wind, or the center well hatch can be lifted up, making side seats on the hull floor, legs in hatch (this is actually how the Revenge cabin bunks are configured), or boat cushions/air mattresses can be used to stretch out on the large level floor area. She can make a privacy drop curtain, which velcro's to the rear edge of the shelter, for visual privacy, changing clothes, using a porta potti, etc. The space and headroom under the Shelter is actually much larger than the Revenge series cabins.

I believe the Mills Forward Shelter is one of the most versatile items of equipment you can put on a Whaler Outrage. I think it's well worth the $1000 price tag. There are plenty of pictures around this website of these setups. At a later date, you can then add the flying top and windshield if you need it.

dfmcintyre posted 02-13-2002 06:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
I have to second what Larry posted. Both he and I have spent some time under that shelter on an Outrage.

When my wife and I cruised with the 22, I made a sleeping platform that rested ontop of the forward little quarter seats, and was supported by 2x4 braces. Moved the cooler to the rear of the boat while cruising, and a portapotti went into that spot.

Main thing that drove me to a Revenge was a three day rain....but that's another story....

Don

lhg posted 02-13-2002 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Don - I have found that a good preparation for an extended cruise with Mills canvas, is to apply a fresh application of silicone spray-on waterproofing to the sunbrella befroe heading out. Done once a year, so far, so good, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed! Same goes for the Mills mooring cover. Waterproofing it once a year does the trick.

Is that Classic 21 of yours ready to do some overnight cruising with the group this year?

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