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tarbaby posted 10-20-2003 10:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for tarbaby   Send Email to tarbaby  
The distance between the console and the side of the boat is too small and I have an idea of cutting a mauntauk console down so that it is about as wide as the wheel and the shifter. I could also do the same thing to the RPS. I would put it all back together so that it looked "Stock". I am thinking of a way to make a Newtauk more friendly to fishing. My fishing is usually with one other person and hustling around that console is a pain. I am sure that purists will disagree... But has anyone else thought of this? Or done it? Just an idea..tools not in my hands.. Yet. Shay
tarbaby posted 10-20-2003 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
Also, a Tempo 27 Gal. tank would fit lengthwise front to back under the RPS. Extend the cushion of the RPS so that when the teak seatback is in the aft position there would be a seat for one person to face aft. Am I crazy?
glassman posted 10-21-2003 05:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for glassman  Send Email to glassman     
YEP!!!
Reupolster and modification of 3/4 ply for RPS seat and teak backrest $$$$$.Fiberglassman to reglass the inside and out of center console with a respray of either,Gellcoat or Awlgrip. $$$$$
Will all be waiting for your plexyglass windsheild,stainlees console grab rail, and center hatch door to come up for bids. Unless your going to cut them in half too? Patch all the old screw holes in the deck from your old consoles previous location now that they're exsposed $$$$$.Relocate battery to rear if it was in the console.Cutting and tossing the remainder of cable. $$$$$. ect.ect.ect. Unless you realy don't care what it looks like ,it's not worth it.
tarbaby posted 10-21-2003 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
The boat needs a refit anyway and I will do all of the work myself. The cost of doing this is not a problem. I just think I can make a great boat better. Anyone else done this?? Winter is coming and I need a new project.
lakelanier posted 10-21-2003 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakelanier    
If you are going to go custom maybe you want to consider a side console. I bought a 17 standard with the original intention of turning it into a center console. Now that I have had it for a while I am starting to like the openness of the set up. I removed the front thwart seat. I too am usually fishing alone or with one other passenger so the rear thwart seat is adequate. I am considering ways to raise the console or the steering wheel as I find it too low. I will also need to come up with a better helm seat arrangement which includes a back rest. Am considering leaving the rear thwart seat in but adding an adjustable height pedestal seat installed under it and coming through a round hole cut to accommodate the pedestal. Having the pedestal seat coming through the thwart seat will increase its stability. The thwart can then double as a passenger seat and bench for working on tackle, cutting bait etc. With the pedestal seat turned sideways the thwart seat also makes a great foot rest while kicking back in the helm seat waiting for the fish to bite. As you can see I am more concerned with my comfort than my passengers. This arrangement is very open and easy to move around in for fishing.
Of course the drawback is that standing behind a center console is much more comfortable in rough water; but I do most of my fishing in lakes and bays. The second drawback is the concentration of weight to the starboard side, especially if there is also a kicker installed on that side. I think I will try to keep my seat and wheel as close to the center as possible and relocate my battery to port.
hooter posted 10-22-2003 12:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Before you do a grand job of destroyin' the re-sale value of that boat, why not just do the right thing under the circumstances?

Sell it, and buy a Outrage 18':-!

glassman posted 10-22-2003 01:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for glassman  Send Email to glassman     
I'm with you Hooter. Like tarbaby said, money is not a problem. So pickup an older model outrage and enjoy!
Chesapeake posted 10-24-2003 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Since the finished product will not be stock, why not sell the original console and put in an aftermarket that is much smaller. I don't know what RPS you have, but if a classic, everything will be easy except cutting and accurately rewelding the bars.

Hoosier posted 10-25-2003 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
Why not just replace the console and seat with new third party stuff. I'd be interested in buying the console and RPS from you. Heres are a couple of companies that have "whaler-like" consolesand seats. They are also in West Marine's on-line catalog.

www.toddmarine.com
and
www.tracy-intl.com

Todd has a new design that looks like what's in the new Montauk 170.

Tom W Clark posted 10-25-2003 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Shay,

It would be far easier and cheaper to just buy a new (non-Newport) rub rail kit, remove the deck from you Newtauk, patch the screw holes and install the new rub rail kit. Done.

hooter posted 10-25-2003 10:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
I've got a bud with a '67 Corvette, damn near mint condition, that wishes he had a back seat in the thing. Actually, it's his only ride, and what he really wants is somethin' like a pickup truck, so that when he needs to take large home appliances out into the woods and dump 'em, he won't need to borrow MY truck anymore. Ah think, based on the logic presented in this string here, Ah'm goin' to recommend he cut that car's top and back-side off with a cuttin' torch and make a 'vett-camino out of it. What the hell, gettin' what he wants is what it's all about, and a cuttin' torch make LOTS more sense than just buyin' a cheap old pickup truck, don'tcha think?
glassman posted 10-27-2003 12:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for glassman  Send Email to glassman     
Put that torch away!!! A corvet is fiberglass. Cut out the back with a jigsaw and drop in a fiberglass hot tub, resin together. Your friend can take rubbish to the dump and then take a bath in the tub when he's done. Get dressed and head into town, tub filled with ice and beer.
hooter posted 10-27-2003 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
NOW you TALKin'! You gots glass, man,

Ah mean class, man.

Sure hope tarbaby done put that saw away.

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