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Ron Brassord posted 05-02-2002 08:22 AM ET (US)   Profile for Ron Brassord   Send Email to Ron Brassord  
My recently acquired older15 has turned out great, more than I hoped for. My prime purpose for getting the boat was to encourage our teen age grandkids to visit us in Florida, and it has worked. They are avid fishermen and I want to get the most out of the boat.
I have been thinking of installing some kind of a platform over the rear well behind the seat. The boys do a lot of casting, and I would like to avoid trips to the ER to remove hooks from ears or other places as much as possible. I figure if I can get one in the bow and one in the stern it should help.
I was thinking of a removable panel of some sort. Has anyone tried this? Suggestions sought and welcomed.
Ron Brassord lighthouse Pt Fl
george nagy posted 05-02-2002 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Ron, I've been thinking about my old 15' and how I could have done this very same thing. I had a friend in Deerfield that use to build them in whalers out of plywood with aluminum extrusions for lightweight non-corrosive support. I think that something like this is clever but can be refined.
jameso posted 05-02-2002 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Ron, I have seen the casting deck you are talking about, a boat in Charleston had one, the guy had measured and cut so that it would fit both in front of the console and as an aft casting deck. His rested on the ledge where the seat support goes. I have comtemplated making one for my 15. I think you could even build one with a couple of hatches and cubby hole storage if you wanted, I am not much of a wood butcher but may try it.
Jim Armstrong
where2 posted 05-02-2002 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
If you were going to do it in thin plywood with aluminum for support, why not do it in Starboard with aluminum supports. ZERO maintenance, just hose off with the rest of the boat.
george nagy posted 05-02-2002 01:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
I am not in favor of the plywood and starboard would be expensive and probably very slippery. I would look into a fiberglass sheet material or sheet aluminum and alwgrip w/ texture. Those plastic hatch covers would work but what about teak. As I sit here I have visions of teak planked deck over alum or some lihtweight composite material.

Can someone give me some dimensions of the inside of the 15' hull? In my "spare" time I would like to start working on some of the finer details of such a casting deck system. Maybe I can design something that would be universal to both sport and supersport models which can be shared by many.

COWBOY posted 05-02-2002 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for COWBOY  Send Email to COWBOY     
I have a 1989 17 and I just finished a flats boat conversion of it. It is pretty tricked out and looks factory finished. Wouldn't trade it for any other flats boats available. New 90 merc 2 cycle. I sent you photos. Good luck. JA
pftate1 posted 05-02-2002 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for pftate1  Send Email to pftate1     
On my 15' ss removed seat back and installed 12 gal tank under seat. Add allot of open deck.
Paul T
mudpuppy posted 05-12-2002 10:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
On my 15' 87 SuperSport Limited, I removed the bow seat and under-seat locker to open up the front of the deck for fishing and for the hunting dogs. I rigged the seat bottom so it can easily be set back in place to bring the kids along. Installing the Hi-Rise seat mount originally made by Pick Instruments for the Striper on the bow locker bulkhead gave me even more room in the right place for fishing. Plus I can remove the bow fishing seat when not fishing and not have a mount in the way on the deck--gives the gun dogs a great spot to watch for birds.
carlz posted 05-12-2002 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for carlz  Send Email to carlz     
I am building a read deck for my 17' using 5/4 mahogany cut into 2.5 inch slats that span from side to side forward of the motor. Further back it will wrap the motor well. With 3/4 gaps between the slats it will drain readily and provide plenty of irregularities to prevent slipping. It will also look and hold up a lot better then any slice of plywood ever could.

take a look at this which was my inspiration:

Also this thread has a lot of pointers on stern seats.

carlz posted 05-12-2002 06:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for carlz  Send Email to carlz     
That should read "rear deck", not "read deck". Here's the previous thread:

lonestarpa posted 05-17-2002 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for lonestarpa  Send Email to lonestarpa     
several years ago I did what your talking about... about 4" aft of the rear seat I built a hatch system thats level with the gunnel. Two hatches that open from the outboard in,(only one can be opened at a time.) Inside contains 2-6gal. tanks, battery and some storage area that can be locked. Made of heavly painted T-111 with carpet on the top, makes a good perch for casting. Front seat is removable and serves as a backrest for the rear seat when in storage position, this opens the whole boat up for diving gear. One of these days I'll get my butt in gear and get pictures into the website.
kamml posted 05-17-2002 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamml  Send Email to kamml     
FREE BACK DECK! I have a fiberglass rear deck that came with my boat (US Government Montauk). It is not BW equipment as best as I can tell. It is the typical light colored speckled fiberglass. The color is sort of close to desert sand. It is L shaped and fits tightly along the lower gunnel ledge to the floor completely across the back. It is open for the splash well. It is not a smooth fit along the sides. It has a small recess cut on the starboard side where the original Mercury t&t motor sat and a U shaped notch on the same side for the steering and motor control cables. It has a centered round 6" plastic port & cover for access to the bilge and primer bulb. It is flat, L shaped, and I think about 20"-24" deep from the center of the splash well edge. It is FREE to a good home, just come over and pick it up. I wouldn't want to try and crate it and it is way to big to box up for UPS. It is located in Aiken SC across the river from Augusta GA. It would be a good project on a narrower whaler as you could get a closer fit. The gel coat is in good shape and has internal reinforcement as my wife daughter and myself have stood on it at the same time. Apparently the electric stun fishing rig used on this boat required some sort of apparatus off the deck. Ken
jimh posted 05-18-2002 10:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
That beautiful teak seat/platform is also seen in . Cf. Photo 43-04.

It began its boating life as a swim platform on a larger boat.

kamml posted 05-18-2002 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamml  Send Email to kamml     
Casting deck gone!

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