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Will Fish For Food posted 06-11-2002 04:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for Will Fish For Food   Send Email to Will Fish For Food  
i recently purchased a 1978 17' boston whaler. the original owner replaced the console about 15 years ago. i would like to convert it to a center console. is there a good aftermarket center console available? how hard is this to do yourself? and where can i go to find it? any advice is appreciated
carter posted 06-13-2002 05:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for carter    
Hey. I'm interested in this info, too, if anyone has got any ideas. I saw a console for sale on the market board, so there is some activity with these things.
Ed Z posted 06-13-2002 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Z  Send Email to Ed Z     
There is one in Overtons
Search on part # 32354..

Its not an original but may suit your purposes...

bajabreeze posted 06-14-2002 06:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for bajabreeze  Send Email to bajabreeze     
I can understand your desire for a center console. I bought my Montauk it had side console mounts and seats. Not very comfy in large water, a standing position is much preferred, with the option to sit if you want.

I designed my console a bit higher than the whaler one and built a compound angle area for gauges, throttle, wheel, it has a front access area for wiring, a middle water tight shelf area, and the bottom is open to the floor but enclosed. I have on the console, 2 radio's, stereo, flux gate compass, tach, water pres, tilt, speedo, fuel guage, throttle, steering wheel, 6" WP speaker for VHF, GPS, Depth SOunder, in the console 2-27 series batts and 100ft towline, garden hose, spare prop, skads of spares, emergency equipment etc etc etc.

If you are interested in some photo's to give you some ideas, to build your own let me know. I built mine up in 1/4" ply and the glassed it and faired it and painted it. I get comments from whaler owners all the time, asking where can I get one.

The one I copied it from, my buddy also has a battery monitor, TV/VCR built in the front, wash down hose, tackle box, fire extinguisher and some serious other electronic goodies.

lucky 13 posted 06-14-2002 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for lucky 13  Send Email to lucky 13     
I just researched this for my boat. The best prices I've found (and a pretty good selection as well) was Scotties Canvas and Marine Outfitters ( There is a link for consoles mid page. They have both fiberglass and UV stabilized plastic ones made by Todd Marine. I would recommend the fiberglass model. I purchased one of the Todd Marine consoles and lets just say, you get what you pay for.
Duncan posted 06-14-2002 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
If you're handy, build one. Prefferably out of Starboard. I built mine out of Exterior Plywood faired with Bondo auto body filler and painted it. If you trailer your boat plywood is fine. if you leave it on the water use starboard.

I looked at the premade consoles but they're all open ...not water protected and not secore. Mine has a cabinet door and a seat up front with storage under. Essentially converted a 13 to a CC flats boat.

BOB KEMMLER JR posted 06-14-2002 03:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
Check out the carolina skiff company,you can get a console there pretty cheap
Will Fish For Food posted 06-19-2002 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Will Fish For Food  Send Email to Will Fish For Food     
Does anyone know of a dealer that does this kind of work around houston, austin or san antonio?
lucky 13 posted 06-19-2002 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for lucky 13  Send Email to lucky 13     

I sent you an e-mail with some pics of my new console upgrade. I live in TX (near Houston)and I can help you out.

DaveS posted 06-19-2002 03:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
I did the same thing earlier this year. I purchased a Newport and really wanted the smaller console without the bucket seats. After pricing consoles around the area, including carolina skiff, I decided it was in my best interest to purchase a Montauk blank from my local dealer. The price for the console itself was in the $500 range and when they included shipping, it was around $580...I could have had it shipped to my door if I wanted. If I were to do it again, I would have had it done with the cutouts. Seems to me that most of the hatches are standard sizes and they would have cut them for no additional cost to me.
The price of a large Carolina Skiff with the windshield and rails were about $400-500. I ended up bending the plastic for the windshield myself and in a week or two, form the rail. If all goes to plane, I'll be done in a week.
The motivation behind going with the Montauk vs. Carolina Skiff console was resale value. I stayed away from the Todd consoles, being very light weight, I didn't think they would offer the support I would I would need if I was thrown from the boat and holding on to the console was my only say to keep me in the boat.

Good luck.


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