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skred posted 01-08-2004 08:22 AM ET (US)   Profile for skred   Send Email to skred  
I've often considered (and wished I had) the option of dry storage in the bow locker of all my previous and present Whalers. I'm thinking a thin, compressible rubber gasket attached to the bow locker cover, and a small latch on the front edge (to pull it down tight) might work. Anyone tried or considered this modification?
where2 posted 01-08-2004 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
If memory serves me correctly, you've got a 15' hull?? My personal approach was to toss a 150qt Igloo cooler behind the rear bench seat to keep items I wanted to stay dry in. Prior to the cooler, I was using a Rubbermaid storage chest that filled roughly the same space (those chests became impossible to find, so I upgraded to the cooler).

I can envision a seal made from self-adhesive weather stripping around the perimeter of the bow locker. However, I thought most of the Mahogany locker covers had a 1" hole drilled in the middle of them. (mine has a huge hole thanks to the previous mounting of a seat pedestal). I suppose if you had the fiberglass lid as the later GLS came with, you might be able to seal to the bottom of the lid well enough to keep most moisture out, or if you had one made from King Starboard.

Just remember to install the drain plug in the bottom of the locker...

skred posted 01-08-2004 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Yep it's a 15, and I've got the cooler scene covered already. I seldom have the plug out of the bow locker, and when I wash down the inside of the boat, or even ship an occasional wave over the front, it naturally runs into the locker, wetting whatever I choose to have in there. My cover is mahogany plywood - one piece, no holes. I'm going to try to find a low-profile rubber gasketing material and try it out. I know it's a minor inconvenience, but I hate mopping out that locker to completely eliminate the water. Thanks for the observations.
Backlash posted 01-09-2004 09:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

I think your gasket idea would work if the hold down latch compresses the gasket material enough for a tight seal. Two latches may be necessary.

Here's a link to a sponge gasket material (at West) that measures 3/4" wide by 1/2" high and is designed to seal hatches. It is made of a high density foam rubber and is not like the cheap foam weatherstripping found at most home improvement stores:
I have found that most self-adhesive gasketing (weatherstripping) has a tendency to slide around when heated by the sun. A shallow groove (slot) routed around the perimeter of the hatch, the width of the gasket, would help hold it in place.

Good luck!


skred posted 01-09-2004 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     

Thanks for the link. That's what I was looking for. Gonna give it a try (Soon as I finish the other 6 projects on my Whaler....).

Toad2001 posted 01-12-2004 01:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Toad2001  Send Email to Toad2001     
Good Question.
What were they thinking when they designed this?
I realize its an anchor/wet storage locker, but why not have the ABILITY to stow lines/gear so they are not permanently wet. If you leave the plug out, you get a nice garnish growing in the bottom. I give up.
I can't understand why whaler did it.
skred posted 01-12-2004 08:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
I suppose Whaler's theory was you will be stowing wet anchor line, and you could drain it easily. It's obvious they never considered dry storage there. Possibly, they considered it as an alternative baitwell....
where2 posted 01-14-2004 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Considering the foam filled nature of the boat, the bow locker ought to make the perfect cooler if you had an insulated lid... Leaving the plug out would tend to drain the melted ice overboard, if we could make a one way drain plug so that the water outside didn't tend to come in and melt the ice...

Ironically, I use my 150qt cooler as a dry box and usually have to stow an additional cooler on board for the drinks... My bow locker keeps the anchor and 200' of line handy for use. I hate having to rumage for an anchor in an emergency...

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