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RCS posted 01-20-2004 07:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for RCS   Send Email to RCS  
I would like to replace whats left of the "wear pads" on the underside of my front bow locker. Sue at Twin Cities has done a little research and unfortunately found that Whaler does not still have the ones that came on my 1988 Outrage. Whaler does make a pad that is used on current models that looks to be about the size of a half dollar (that might work but according to Whaler they have to be glassed in). Has anybody here found an alternative that holds up? All that remain of mine are a couple of small pieices of plastic.
Thanks much for the help.
Rob
Tom W Clark posted 01-20-2004 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Rob,

Your question answers a question I had for many years. What are those plastic plugs in the underside of the Outrage anchor locker cover? I had thought they might be the sprue holes for filling the lid with foam, but now I know. Well, it's a dull day when you don't learn something new.

I recall the parts on my outrage 18 were yellow plastic and about the size of a quarter or half dollar. Something tells me they are a generic part that may have been intended for some other use, maybe just a plug.

Have you perused the offerings of McMaster-Carr Supply Co.?

www.mcmaster.com

onlyawhaler posted 01-21-2004 12:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Tom,

If I think you are talking about the same white plug on the aft end of the anchor locker, I think I know what it is. On an 18 Outrage it is an ancess hole that you can use to wire power to the anchor locker. I used it on a former older 18 OR to fish wire from a battery in the center counsel. I installed a power point with a flip down cover that I used to plug in a bow mounted electric trolling motor directly in that hole.

When I needed power I would take the power cord from the troller, open the anchor locker, plug it in and shut the lid making sure the electric cord was laying in the grove so it lid wouldn't lay on top of it.

I mounted the electric trolling motor (Minn Kota) on a 1/4 inch piece of plate alummium that fit the outside curve of the gunnel up front and stuck out the edge a few inches. The troller was mounted to the plate, the plate was mounted to the gunnel by unscrewing the bow rail bases on two of the downward rails, sliding the plate under the bow rail bases, marking, removing the plate, drilling and reinstalling the whole thing. In affect the plate was sandwiched between the bow rail bases and the gunnel and screwed down.

Ugly, but it worked. I would never do it to my boat now.

Sterling
Onlyawhaler

onlyawhaler posted 01-21-2004 12:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Tom,

If I think you are talking about the same white plug on the aft end of the anchor locker, I think I know what it is. On an 18 Outrage it is an ancess hole that you can use to wire power to the anchor locker. I used it on a former older 18 OR to fish wire from a battery in the center counsel. I installed a power point with a flip down cover that I used to plug in a bow mounted electric trolling motor directly in that hole.

When I needed power I would take the power cord from the troller, open the anchor locker, plug it in and shut the lid making sure the electric cord was laying in the grove so it lid wouldn't lay on top of it.

I mounted the electric trolling motor (Minn Kota) on a 1/4 inch piece of plate alummium that fit the outside curve of the gunnel up front and stuck out the edge a few inches. The troller was mounted to the plate, the plate was mounted to the gunnel by unscrewing the bow rail bases on two of the downward rails, sliding the plate under the bow rail bases, marking, removing the plate, drilling and reinstalling the whole thing. In affect the plate was sandwiched between the bow rail bases and the gunnel and screwed down.

Ugly, but it worked. I would never do it to my boat now.

Sterling
Onlyawhaler

RCS posted 01-21-2004 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for RCS  Send Email to RCS     
Tom,
You may be right. They may just be access holes for injecting foam. The Jury is still out. I'm not 100% sure yet that the Whaler folks and I are talking apples and apples. I will keep you posted. Some day I have to learn how to direct somebody to an image on this forum. I'm used to the easy way of just attaching an image file.
Rob
Tom W Clark posted 01-21-2004 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Rob,

Just upload an image to your personal web space provided by your ISP and then link to the image.

Can you measure the exact diameter of the holes to be plugged?

McMaster-Carr has numerous plugs that look like what I recall the anchor locker having. See page 3442 of their catalog for many options. (Their catalog can viewed online.)

By the way, I can find no reference to these plugs in the exploded parts diagrams for the Outrages. Apparently they were not a part available by themselves.

RCS posted 01-21-2004 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for RCS  Send Email to RCS     
Well folks I'm feeling pretty stupid at the moment. (Tom, a light sorta switched on when I read your post) Turns out, those holes were not for "wear pads" at all. Whaler refers to them as "blow holes", whatever that is. Yes I can measure them and I am going to check out McMaster-Carr. Thanks for that link. I could just about plug them with anything I suppose but a plastic plug would be awfully simple. I'm not really sure I need to plug them at all actually. In my crystal clear hindsight I can see that where these holes are located, they would not contact the inside of the locker anyway when the cover is on. It is now painfully obvious.
I'll let you know if McMaster has something that works.
Thanks,
Rob

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