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Brcurcio posted 08-26-2002 03:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for Brcurcio   Send Email to Brcurcio  
I recently purchased a 1978 15' Whaler w/50 Johnson. The hull is in great shape, as well as the engine. What is not in great shape is the interior. I have seen some wonderful looking wood consoles and seat setups among the pages of this website. Does anyone know of any wood kits or templates that could be used to duplicate either the original console and seats, or something similar to those that I have seen at this website. I have owned Whalers in the past. I used to own a 1995 24' Outrage with T 200 Yamaha's great boat, sold it last year. The 15 is going to be a general purpose run around for the enitre family, but we want it to look nice all the way around. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
jameso posted 08-26-2002 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Do you have any of the original wood? If so that makes a great pattern, if not I may be of help...Also does your boat have a 'center tunnel' for the wiring ect?
Jim Armstrong
Brcurcio posted 08-27-2002 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brcurcio  Send Email to Brcurcio     
I do not have any of the original wood. As for the center tunnel I am not sure, the boat does have a new rub rail and I think that is where the Nav light wiring has been run. I take possesion of the boat later today, or tomorrow. I will check on the tunnel then. Any help you may be able to offer would be greatly appreciated.
Brcurcio posted 08-29-2002 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brcurcio  Send Email to Brcurcio     
Does anyone on this forum have any suggestions on this subject.
Bigshot posted 08-29-2002 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
What do you have for an interior? If you have the interior, sometimes you can flip the seats for a good surface. If not use the old wood for templates and buy new wood. SOme have also made them into center consoles which is what I would do.
David Jenkins posted 08-29-2002 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
The original interior was not a good design, IMHO. Several people in the forum are currently in the process of re-doing the interior of their 15s to make it more comfortable. There have been a couple of threads about this in the past. Search through the threads that are 30-90 days old. My project is temporarily on hold, but I will post results as soon as I am done. Good luck!
DaveNJ posted 08-31-2002 09:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveNJ  Send Email to DaveNJ     
I don't know if you want to spend $ or if you are a good woodworker. If you are a woodworker, try to locate someone who has a 15' and take dimensions. If not and you can wait try these 2 sources. Their prices are reasonable for the quality and the amount of time you will save. You probably will have to wait due to lead time. See these threads also for more:

Good luck,

ztagator posted 09-02-2002 07:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for ztagator  Send Email to ztagator     
I just removed all the wood from my 84 15' SS and purchased a console with molded front seat from a local skiff dealer. I also purchased a deck track to run right down the middle to conceal all the wires. I will be putting in an igloo 54 qt. with cushion, raised 1'3/4 to allow deck plate to go under. A 13 gallon tempo fits in console and battery but am thinking about putting battery in rear of boat. I couldn't sit in that original configuration any longer.

Good Luck,

Brcurcio posted 09-05-2002 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Brcurcio  Send Email to Brcurcio     
Thanks for all the good info. Sorry for the delayed response. I think I will leave the new Todd pedestal seats that exist for comfort reasons, but I may buy the wood for for the console, forward thwart seat, and anchor locker cover, as well as the side rails. Keep me posted if you have any other ideas on the issue. Thanks again.
Bigshot posted 09-05-2002 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
That will not look right in my opinion. I would buy an aftermarket console from a Carolina skiff dealer and make a front hatch from starboard. With pedestal seats a factory console will be too low. Front twart is a pain to climb over etc. 15' is a great hull if you can stand up and drive when it gets sloppy.
Brcurcio posted 09-05-2002 03:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Brcurcio  Send Email to Brcurcio     
Does anyone have an opinion on the 15 super sport set-up. I am refering to the higher console with the steering wheel on an angle as opposed to the sport with the top mounted steering wheel and shorter console. I also liked the super sport rear seat with a back and some storage behind it. Any thoughts???

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