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shoctor posted 10-03-2002 01:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for shoctor   Send Email to shoctor  
I am in the middle of rebuilding my 65 currituck and am either going to purchase glass console or make my own but the issue that I am having is 2 fold how do i mount the new console ie do I have to put wood in under glass in floor? Realize there is a few posts on this but would like some additional help and second most important how much steering cable do I need Length that is and how sharp a turn can be made with it? I was going to run the wires through the tunnel in floor then up to Motor and battery along with a fuel tank in the console to free up some fishing room does anyone have any ideas?
Shane
crosley95 posted 10-03-2002 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for crosley95  Send Email to crosley95     
shoctor,

there are diagrams in the reference section that give you the embedded wood locations.

there are also several members who have original whaler drawings for consoles and seats for your boat. do a search.

crosley

shoctor posted 10-03-2002 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for shoctor  Send Email to shoctor     
I have the diagrams but the question was for the controls length ie steering length how much of a bend can you put into them and attaching to the floor of the boat. 1 not sure of the condition of the wood under the floor and 2 would it be wise to cut holes in the floor and install pressure treated 2x4 epoxy in place then glass over and then screw new console into those. My concern is that I am somewhat hard on everything I own and find the sturdier the better I am having doubts about screwing into almost 40 yr old wood and it's ability to hold the console down. The steering is an issue as well in determining the length I need as the amount of bend that can be put into the cable will determine the length.
Shane
Drisney posted 10-03-2002 04:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
Schoctor, I built the consol on my 1971 hull that I just sold.. I mounted to the existing floor using the embedded wood diagram. I used my boat on Monterey Bay, Calif(plenty of pounding) It held just fine. I would not suspect the wood to be damaged unless there is some indication to show it is....Dave
bsmotril posted 10-03-2002 05:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
Laminate a piece of 3/4" Marine Plywood to the deck the same size as the inside bottom of the console. This will become the console floor.To that, mount aluminum angle rail along and flush with the sides of this plywood. Drop the console down on top of it's new floor, and bolt it to the brackets.
BillS
shoctor posted 10-03-2002 05:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for shoctor  Send Email to shoctor     
Does anyone have any suggestions for the steering issues? Have seen the carolina Skiff wiring conduit but want to stay away from that and go with a cleaner appearance on the interior. Any suggestions? Also have to relocate controls etc which should not be a problem they bend a bit more but am concerned about the steering.
Thanks
Shane
JohnAz posted 10-03-2002 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
Just read the insrtuctions on a steering package,,,it will answer all your questions as to instilation,,,,
shoctor posted 10-03-2002 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for shoctor  Send Email to shoctor     
not to ask again but the question was not instalation but length of steering and the amount that a steering cable can be bent (can i run under the floor and to the engine or would that be too much of a turn near the engine and stick out to far in the boat?
Dr T posted 10-03-2002 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
You can download measurement and installation instructions from the Teleflex website at
http://www.teleflexmorse.com

tds

ShrimpBurrito posted 10-03-2002 06:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
bsmotril -

According to the method you described, wouldn't all the strain placed on the console stress the gel coat to which it is laminated? This seems like it might eventually pull the gel right off the glass. If you've done this, have you noticed any cracks in the gel coat around where the console is mounted?

Tom W Clark posted 10-03-2002 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Shane,

Yes, you can run the steering cable under the floor. The steering cable can be routed down the tunnel with all the other wires and cables just as it is on tens of thousands of other Boston Whalers. It will not be too sharp a bend. An 18' to 20' cable should do it.

bhobbs posted 10-03-2002 10:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for bhobbs  Send Email to bhobbs     
I used a Carolina Skiff Large size console in my 65 this year and had no problems finding good wood. I like to go fast even in chop and didn't find any looseness at all. I used 5200 under the flange and cut a wedge to match the contour of the floor to keep my toes from sliding under in front as I don't usually wear shoes.
shoctor posted 10-04-2002 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for shoctor  Send Email to shoctor     
bhobbs do you have any pics of the finished product as I am very interested to see as I am looking into the same options also if you don't mind me asking what did you end up paying for the console from Carolina I have not been able to get prices as of yet due to none of local dealers having any instock and them not wanting to order one for me.
shoctor posted 10-04-2002 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for shoctor  Send Email to shoctor     
bhobbs do you have any pics of the finished product as I am very interested to see as I am looking into the same options also if you don't mind me asking what did you end up paying for the console from Carolina I have not been able to get prices as of yet due to none of local dealers having any instock and them not wanting to order one for me.
crosley95 posted 10-04-2002 10:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for crosley95  Send Email to crosley95     
i believe that whaler's original application was to screw a cleat to the floor of the boat through the embedded wood. the console was then screwed through the ouside wall(finsihed with stainless finish washers) into the cleat.

not sure about a carolina skiff application on a boston whaler.

18ft. steering cable will be plenty of length.

crosley

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