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Remove the front thwart in 13' Super Sport?
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posted 06-21-2002 01:18 PM ET (US)
I would appreciate some advice about removing the front thwart in the '86 Super Sport I bought to use for flyfishing on Martha's Vineyard.
I bought the boat recently, but have not had a chance to see it in person yet, but am curious whether I can remove the front thwart without impact the structural integrity of the console.
I will use the boat alone, or at most take my wife and 2 kids out for a little cruise, and am thinking about removing the thwart to facilitate quicker access to the bow for casting to fast moving bonito or breaking bass. It does'nt seem like I would give up too much seating, and I could even add chocks and place a cooler in front of the console for additional seating space.
From the pictures of the SS that I have seen, it looks like the console is mounted to a bracket that secures it to the centerline of the boat. If it also is attached to the side boards, does it need the front thwart for any additional rigidity.
If you greenlight me to do the surgery, please tell me what it encompasses. Does the thwart attach to the side boards (risers?) with stainless steel screws, or is it glued?
Thanks again for you assistance.
posted 06-21-2002 01:26 PM ET (US)
Little fuzzy on the SS but on the sport it does nothing for the console's rigidity and you basically just slide it out. My 13 has the wrap around railing which prevents removal that easily but I think yours can just be removed. No need to add seating if this is the case, just remove and put in the stern or something.
posted 06-21-2002 01:36 PM ET (US)
Bigshot is right, the thwart does nothing for the console, I think the SS is just a sport with storage behind the seat back right? I run my 15 most of the time with the thwart strapped to the luggage rack on the tow vehicle. If I don't have pacs it is in the way.
posted 06-21-2002 02:27 PM ET (US)
I'm assuming the 13ss interior is a slightly smaller version of the 15ss. If so, the front thwart seat is just a friction fit. Push it forward and it slides out of the slot created by the ledge of the hull liner and the mahogany side pieces - and it is just as easil to replace. No structural integrity lost - just reveals an odd looking notch on the mahogany side boards.
posted 06-21-2002 02:39 PM ET (US)
You could remove the Mohagany thwart and sneak a piece of larger plywood in and form an almost continuous bow double-hauling platform/underneath storage, nice and elevated. When the family comes along switch them out. Fished on this set up once but I think it won't work with the railing installed.
posted 06-21-2002 03:58 PM ET (US)
Having just spent a week in Maine, having conned my uncle out of his 13' for a week, here are my thoughts....
I like your idea to get the thwart out of the way. For trout and bass I left it in and it never got in the way. I've been thinking of getting my own boat and was thinking of building a casting platform or just adding more thwarts. If you add a platform - carpet it, much better traction if wet. This is what I plan to do with a 15' or 17'. Hope this helps.
posted 06-21-2002 04:32 PM ET (US)
I used to remove the thwart on my '72 13 all the time to make room for surfboards and to free up room for casting. It just slipped out, and as I recall was held in with some small rubber bumpers set into the wooden side rails. Pulling the seat turned the little 13 into sort of a floating pickup truck, with a remarkable amount of cargo room for such a small boat. It was also nice for lying down and taking a cat nap while on the anchor. I didn't have any rails on mine, so it also worked fine for flyfishing. The gunwales are so low on this boat I can't imagine needing a platform for casting.
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