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Bow Casting Seat Mounting Bracket
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posted 03-24-2002 08:53 AM ET (US)
[This thread was originally started in CETACEA COMMENTS. The boat to which reference is made appears in Cetacea Page 50 , but the thread which follows is not related to those boats.]
posted 03-21-2002 12:05 AM ET (US)
I've got an 1987 15-Super Sport Classic, modified to increase its suitability for fishing and waterfowl hunting on bays and tidal areas. I want to install the mount for the seat pedestal on the vertical surface of the bow locker bulkhead, just as shown in the photos of Dave Roach's Striper [Cf. Cetacea Page 50]. When I use the boat for waterfowl, I want the seat and bracket out of the way to make room for the dogs, and to enhance the camoflague. Is the bracket pictured available for purchase anywhere? Was it standard on the Striper?
Thanks for any help you can offer.
posted 03-21-2002 07:28 PM ET (US)
Did you paint your hull, or do you cover it with netting. I have never used my boat for ducks, but have noticed that in my area, the ducks don't flare from the boat much. Often wanted to go during the season in the boat instead of to the fields, but didn't want to get skunked, you know there are only 90 or so days in the season and you need to make each one count.
posted 03-21-2002 08:05 PM ET (US)
We spent a good deal of time and $$ tricking this boat out for waterfowl, and in doing so regretfully accepted the fact that we destroyed any intrinsic value that the boat may have had as a "Classic".
1. Our Bimini top is a 3-sided canvas pilot house affair made locally (Better Boat Covers, Freeport, CA) from brown camo cordura (Oakland Awning and Canvas). The front and sides can zip off, converting it to a suntop. The back is open, and a dog can hang out on the rear hinged deck cover. We have removable mesh "covers" that snap over the windows to cut reflection/glare. The center of the "roof" of the Bimini top zips out and the metal bow is easily removed so we can shoot out of the top of the blind. The front center of the pilot house has an upside-down "U" shaped zippered opening for the dog to get out over the bow.
2. We fully carpeted the interior of the boat with "thatch" colored marine carpet from West Marine, tucking the edges of the marine carpeting under the rubrail (we used heat to make the rubrail more flexible). The carpeting was the hardest part, and came out great. (Steve Coma, Woodland, CA)
3. We sewed a brown camo fabric skirt (same fabric as the Bimini-style top) to extend from the gunwales down to the waterline, all the way around the boat. It has a Fastex snap and strap system connecting it under the outboard. On both the pilot house and skirt, we sewed velcro loops to hold camo netting or tules (cat tails). Steve also sewed a brown camo cover for the 60 hp Merc, and I painted the 9 hp Nissan kicker.
4. We removed, camo painted, and reinstalled the fiberglass dual console unit, with some other modifications. These include getting rid of the full-beam storage seat, and moving the batteries forward to help the trim. Changed over to an 18 gal fuel tank, slightly further forward.
5. We removed as much chrome as possible, including the side rails and the rail over the seat back. We left a rail around the bow, and during the season just cover it with camo material and the wife's old nylons secured with plastic cable ties. We added six 10" long black rubber/plastic grip handles here and there for security in rough water.
Many would think these are terrible things to do to a Whaler, and they might be right. But, everything turned out twice as good as we expected. We just got tired of not feeling safe under dicey conditions in other boats, and decided we would bastardize a Whaler. Every one at the boat ramp during waterfowl season wants it. I'll post some pictures sometime soon, if a monstrosity like this will be allowed on the sight!
posted 03-22-2002 11:35 AM ET (US)
Actually sounds pretty intersting, do you have any pictures you could share? I am located in Novato, and hit the refurges all the time. Hunted the Delta once, and it was good but seemed a little dangerous, you know with the waist deep mud and all. Am always in need of a good Vet, especially one that hunts. Some of the ones in the city seem to think that k-9's are not carnivours but rather gentle lambs that shouldn't be "forced" to go hunting, but should rather be given a scented pillow to lay on and so on. Where do you practice?
posted 03-22-2002 12:32 PM ET (US)
I'll post some photos soon, next time I get the boat out on the water. Yeah, the Delta and San Pablo Bay get dicey--dark, windy, muddy, all that--that's why we modified a Whaler.
I practice in Davis--and have a surprising number of clients who actually shoot over their dogs. But I do know what you mean about not being able to admit to actually working with a dog. BTW, I've got three labs and a chessie.
You could come up to Davis anytime and look at the boat, or keep in touch and we'll take it out on San Pablo Bay next year.
posted 03-24-2002 08:59 AM ET (US)
posted 03-30-2002 12:11 AM ET (US)
Just received the bracket from Pick Instruments that was originally supplied with the Striper--it looks perfect, and probably not overpriced for what you get. I'll mount it on the bow locker bulkhead tomorrow.
posted 04-02-2002 11:36 PM ET (US)
Do you guys have the Pick Intruments contact information? I know I saw it on here somewhere in the past, but have misplaced it.
Thanks a lot!!
posted 04-03-2002 12:29 AM ET (US)
Pick Instrument Products Co, Inc.
Galena Park, TX 77547
Please tell Melba I said "Thanks" for the Hi-Rise Side Mount. It looks great on my 87 SuperSport Limited bow locker bulkhead!
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