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jokor3 posted 07-25-2003 06:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for jokor3   Send Email to jokor3  
Need info on building and installing rear casting platform on a 1990 15' striper.
ChocLabWhaler posted 07-25-2003 06:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for ChocLabWhaler  Send Email to ChocLabWhaler     
Depends on how high you want/need to be. Do you want to pole over the engine or be at deck height to see better with polarized lenses.
I chose the latter for my old 17. I built a platform out of marine plywood and 2x4's. I measured and built to the angle of the edge of the inside of the boat. Very simple and gets me high enough for flyfishing. I have not been on the ocean with this set up, yet, and I withhold judgement on the footing/stability for striper fishing in medium seas.
my $.02 worth
CLW
jokor3 posted 07-25-2003 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for jokor3  Send Email to jokor3     
The second of your ideas is basically what i had in mind and it also serves to enclose the gas tank and batteries. Now if I can figure a way to make it look as though it was an accessory type item and not just a thrown together platform. thanks
WhalerGoFar posted 07-25-2003 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerGoFar  Send Email to WhalerGoFar     
I just built a casting platform for my 68 Currituck. I used a product known in the sign industry as "Signboard". It is a highly compressed plywood with one side primed. I have had experence with this product and can attest to it's staying power exposed to the riggors of wet, cold and heat.

Your woodworking abilities will determine to what extent your finished project looks like it was a factory add on or something you just threw togeather in a hurry.

My platform falls somewhere in between the above discription.

I painted the top deck (Bikini Blue) with Pettit Easy Exposy and sprinkled some pumice (sp) for anti-skid.

My wife is making a cusion for it this weekend which will be attached with button snaps on a extended flap so that when using the platform for fishing the cusion will fold and hang down to touch main deck hiding battery and gas tank and when underway provides addition seating confort.

Mike

Rick Dewees posted 07-25-2003 11:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rick Dewees  Send Email to Rick Dewees     
Jokor3,

Take a look at the rear deck/bench on andygere's Montauk:

http://home.earthlink.net/~andygere/montauk17forsale/

ChocLabWhaler posted 07-26-2003 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for ChocLabWhaler  Send Email to ChocLabWhaler     
That's the look!! Now if I could only duplicate it....
I'm dangerous with anything but a skilsaw....
CLW

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