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portisi posted 03-13-2002 08:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for portisi   Send Email to portisi  
I have recently purchased a 15' whaler hull.
It is completely bare. I am contemplating
making it a center console. Has anyone out
there attempted this? My concern is if this
may affect the stability of the boat while
underway. I am also wondering how much of
a nusance it is having control cables running
across the deck to the gunnel.
JBCornwell posted 03-13-2002 09:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, Portisi.

In the early 80s BW offered a "Center Console Sport 15"

It was a sit-down fiberglass console in front of what looked like a SS 15 thwart seat (with the SS wrap-around rail). There was a cooler seat in front of the console and no forward thwart.

It wasn't popular and didn't last long.

I would be inclined to rig the boat as a SS or Striper.

Red sky at night.. .
JB :)

Bigshot posted 03-13-2002 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I had a cc 15 and loved it. I wished the console was about 5" higher. The boat will be stable and ride awesome. Your back will thank you for standing. Look at carolina Skiff consoles. Cheap but functional.
Taylor posted 03-13-2002 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I assume that you've seen the 15 with the custom center console on Cetacea page 50 (at the bottom) Looks like a nice conversion.

My objection to the 15 that I looked at buying was that the whole rear of the boat was covered with tanks and battery. I think any cc 15 should try to leave those under the thwart.

Duncan posted 03-13-2002 12:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
Do WILL love it. I have a salvage 13 that didn't have the original seats so after a year of getting beaten up from sitting on the damn thwart seats, I ripped them out and built a small center console with a nice padded passenger seat on the front. The deepcycle battery resides in the console and there is much needed lockable storage under the stering wheel and under the seat.
The cables and wiring running accross the floor are not a problem. I put the wires inside one of those spiral wrap protectors and zip tied the cables and wire cover into a bundle. Perfectly fine.
Mine is built from exterior plywood faired with bondo then painted w/ Brightsides.
If you want to go first class, you could do the whole thing in Starboard for $500.
Email me if you want pictures or dimensions
Clark Roberts posted 03-13-2002 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
See Cetacea page 28 for my custom stand-up center console 15...

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