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whalernut posted 08-25-2003 07:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalernut   Send Email to whalernut  
Hello all, I am going to order my New 17` Standard Interior for my 1973 16` Currituck in the next couple of days, but I want some of your edjucated opinions. First, I can get it with just the rear thwart seat with small risers that just accomodate the rear seat, they will not accept a front thwart seat, and may even be too small for my throttle to connect too but not sure, since I have never sean that on any Whaler. My question to you all is, I was thinking of just getting the small risers and putting a padded cooler seat in front of the console instead of the front seat and long riser option. To get the long risers, I have to order the front thwart seat option, and I was thinking of doing that and then I would have the option at least to use the seat or the cooler seat. Here is the kicker, if I do order the front thwart seat option with the long risers, it will cost me about $250 extra for the seat, long risers, screws, and seat support kit, but if I don`t order the front seat option, I have to deal with the short riders and give up the front seat option and only go with the cooler seat. My question to you is, would you go with the front seat option and then have the option to use it, and now you have the long risers to do so, or use the cooler seat also, with the removable chock bungees, or save the $250 and be mentally tortured knowing now, that option is gone or pay the piper later, but stuck with the extra short risers and now extra holes. What would you do, I am leaning towards ordering the optional front seat kit and paying the piper now, and even if I don`t put the seat in that often, I still have the option to use the seat or the cooler seat and have the long risers in place already. Also note, I have the money, so that isn`t a worry, so any suggestions? Thank you-Jack.
dgp posted 08-25-2003 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Jack, since you've cannibalized a great '73 Currituck, why not bite-the-bullet and make a Montauk out of her? I'm not sure what you've gained by selling the original interior and replacing it with "standard" interior.
whalernut posted 08-25-2003 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Well, varnishing for one, i just hate varnishing :( To make her a Montauk, would require alot more money and a bunch more rigging, something once again, I hate to do and don`t know how to do. Also, I love the openness of the Standard-sport-Currituck,etc :) I really should wait for the day an 18 Outrage Classic comes along, that would be the perfect Whaler for me on lake Erie and have more room in it than the Montauk, much more room :) Jack.
Moe posted 08-25-2003 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Jack, I'd spend the money for the front seat, and have both seating options, as well as the longer risers. I think the boat will look better that way, and I'm sure if you ever sell or trade it, you'll get every penny of that investment back.
whalernut posted 08-25-2003 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Ya MOE, I was thinking along the same lines as you are :) I feel that way, I can either use the bench seat or a cooler seat as neaded and the short risers that are made for the rear seat only, are only good if you plan NOT to add the front seat, and frankly I don`t think I could sleap at night knowing that is the case. I am so excited to get going on this project, and then get padded seat covers for her, my butt and a higher driving veiw will appreciate it, as will my wife and son :) I am not sure what size cooler seat I will pick, but it will have to seat at least 2 average adults, so I am thinking at least the 94 quart? Jack.
Moe posted 08-25-2003 10:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Not sure about quart size, but here's a coupla measurements to put it in perspective.

The front bench seat of my F250 is 58" wide, while the back seat in its extended cab is 60" wide. Three adults is doable, but snug. OTOH, the rear seat of my 150 Sport is 66" wide... 3" more on either side of the middle person, plus a bit more to the railings on either side.

When you consider that the two people will need 8" or so between them for their arms to fit side by side, 22" per person leaves 18" per torso. No need for seat under the outboard arms of two people.

Hope this helps,

Moe posted 08-25-2003 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Better yet, take the family to the store with ya and have them sit on the cooler in question.


DaveNJ posted 08-26-2003 07:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveNJ  Send Email to DaveNJ     
Jack -
I would get the interior with the front seat. Order it soon and install it while you still have some summer left.

I think the cooler idea could wait until next spring.
If you need a cooler to take out sodas and food, use a smaller igloo or buy one of the cheap styrofoam ones for now.

Get out in your boat ! Fire up that motor before it seizes on you. Sounds like it has been dormant this year.

- Dave

whalernut posted 08-26-2003 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I have a little time as the Steelhead don`t start hitting for about a month and also the Perch in Lake Erie. The engine won`t seize, no Saltwater to worry about and it is still strong as a bear, even after 28 years of hard labor :) She has been dormant for about 9 months, but will be back to life within a month, the hull is really clean as is the trailer and the motor is still great, no worries here, just patience!! I also agree about the Cooler seat MOE, it can wait until Spring, and I will take the wife and boy to sit on them!! Jack.
whalernut posted 08-26-2003 07:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Sue is ordering the Interior tommorow and i got the full kit with front seat!! I also inquired about Seat Cusions in Tan, she will let me know about this one. She said about 2 weeks to a month.Thanks to all who have hellped me out :) Jack.
DaveNJ posted 08-27-2003 07:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveNJ  Send Email to DaveNJ     
Jack -
Good luck with your purchase and install. Keep us posted when done so we can see pictures. If I had an older 16' or 17', I would do the same as you are doing.

- Dave

Moe posted 08-27-2003 08:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Lemme know when you get the boat done and head up to Lake Erie. Maybe we can meet ya up there. I wanna see that boat when ya get done with it.
whalernut posted 08-27-2003 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Thank you all for your comments, and sue said I can get the seat pads for $168 apeice, wholly crap is that alot, don`t ya think? I wonder what Daves or Haulls would be? Anyway, Sue said about 3 weeks for delivery, oh well, patience is a vertue!! Mow, I will be up in Conneaut from Friday to Monday, my parents have a cabin on Lake Erie, Conneaut is only about 3 miles from PA and 2 and a half hours from Pittsburgh where I live, whatcha doin this weekend?I was also talking with Sam about him and his Wife comeing up for Saturday or Sunday, he had the oldest Whaler at the Rondevous, a 1967 13` Sport. Jack.
Moe posted 08-27-2003 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
After 4 straight weekends at Lake Erie, THIS weekend I have to stay home and catch up on things. LOL! Even have to try to squeeze in the 20 hour (at 25 hours) break-in oil and gear lube change amongst fixing the water softener, and other stuff that's piled up. Thanks for the invite though!
whalernut posted 09-02-2003 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Update: Sue called me back and said Boston Whaler will now not do the standard Interior in Tan, it looks as though it will have to be White or maybe Light Grey? Something about the commercial Division not having the Mold anymore, but that is strange, because they still make the Alert, or do they? This kinda sucks, but maybe they can do light grey, that would be close I think? Jack.

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