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dlmenius posted 03-01-2004 03:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for dlmenius   Send Email to dlmenius  
Don't take this the wrong way, but the 13 sport has a little room for improvement in the storage department. The bow locker barely holds an anchor. When you add a few lifejackets, throwcushions, and all of the required sundries for a day of fishing or hanging out at the local beach, the craft appeares to be full of refugees.

I am looking into building a casting deck that spans from the forward bench to the existing deck. I haven't worked out all the details, but the goal is to provide 1) ample storage and 2) a raised platforn from which I will throw castnets, pole around in the shallows, and stretch out.

Has anyone tried this? Any thoughts? I've not seen any photos or threads on this site, which suprises me.

I realize there is a large contingency of you who would scoff at "tainting the original layout" and I appreciate your historical reverence. For them, I swear it will not have any astroturf and it will be removable via MINIMAL screws.

overbrook posted 03-01-2004 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for overbrook  Send Email to overbrook     
I did this with an aluminum john boat with great results but not a whaler-My 21 outrage has been converted though-the front portion as well as the gunnels were closed in. I think you could do this pretty easy with good results or simply get a bigger boat :) What were you planning on using that would be easily removed but not be "crappy" looking ? I think if I were going to do it -I would opt to go ahead and fiberglass it and leave it a permanent addition. you can see my jonboat and the 21 outrage here-
jimh posted 03-01-2004 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I don't believe Boston Whaler ever provided a raised front casting deck for a 13-foot hull. You could speculate and say that perhaps the reason it was not offered was because it is not really prudent on such a small boat to elevate your footing so far above the deck.

They did provide raised casting decks on the 16/17 foot hulls. See the Tashmoo model shown in Cetacea.

dlmenius posted 03-01-2004 11:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for dlmenius  Send Email to dlmenius     

The proposed differnce in elevation would be about 7 inches and I would use discretion when it came time to stand up.

I've been through all of the cetacea pictures and seen nothing that fit the bill. No threads touched on it either.

I'm axious to pick Kelton's brain about this one. I think I've read that he does a little woodworking and he's not afraid to tweak out his 13 either.

I try to balance time between engineering and woodworking, so hopefully I can come up with something for the photo album. It would be nice to improve on someone else's idea though.

keltonkrew posted 03-01-2004 11:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     

call me at work sometime if you want to talk


overbrook posted 03-01-2004 11:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for overbrook  Send Email to overbrook     
DL- you could use one inch starboard and mount a few "legs to the underside that would support it put some type of rubber feet on them and have minimal screws around the edge of the deck?The real question would be how to fasten it down without messing up your boat,and if you were'nt using it you'd want to leave something like that at home-if your boat is cluttered now imagine where you would put a portable casting deck? And I kind of agree with Jim that a 13 footer does'nt have much stagger room- My 18' dauntless kind of has a raised deck in front where I have a pedestal seat and I get a little shaky standing up on that.In calm shallows casting for shad you'd probably be o.k. much beyond that I'd excersise extreme caution. Tom
dlmenius posted 03-02-2004 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for dlmenius  Send Email to dlmenius     
I plan on pulling the tarp off and taking some measurements next week. I'll let you know what I come up with.
Gep posted 03-02-2004 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
My dad made a deck for our 13' sport.
It worked pretty slick for fishing. Had a foot controlled trolling motor and anchor all in easy reach.

It weighed down the bow of the boat also and made for a much smoother ride.

Here's a link to a picture.


Gep posted 03-02-2004 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Oops, I don't know where that link came from.
Try this one.

keltonkrew posted 03-02-2004 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     

might want to check your link...that's a little bigger than a 13'

that looks like the 18' ventura that people were talking about

dlmenius posted 03-02-2004 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for dlmenius  Send Email to dlmenius     
Again, not exactly what I had in mind, but it is nice to see some folks giving it some thought. I'm thinking about utilizing the ledge/seat clamp that holds the front thwart seat in. This will support the platform along most of the side. In the front, it would be flush with the existing deck. For support there, I would a)put a leg in the "ditch" or b)through-bolt a plate above the bow locker drain hole. As far as materials go, 3/4" treated ply with a stained and sealed 1/4" luan topping. This gets me up to the 1" of the factory thwart and I can cut hatches in it as I see fit. I'll probably build a bulkhead flush with the front of the console.

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