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Mullet posted 03-19-2004 10:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for Mullet   Send Email to Mullet  
I ain't wanting this to turn into a debate on original vs. modified. I have a 1971 21 ribbed side Outrage. In the past someone had removed the old console rail and replaced it with a windshield. The original design can be seen on Cetacea page 36. Its a railing with a canvas windshield snapped at the bottom and laced at the top.

I am dropping my boat off in New Bern Monday and am debating whether to go back to original or just have em build the rail around the current windshield. One part of me says go back to original and the other says that as much as I tow that canvas will eventually get beat to death. I don't want to remove it every time I tow.

BTW, I am trying to keep the boat as original as I can but have no plans to ever try to get it back to 100%.

Any thoughts?

HAPPYJIM posted 03-19-2004 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
If you use your Outrage for cruising I would say keep the canvas windshield and get a new grab rail.

If you are into fishing in cold windy conditions you might consider what I did.

I had a 21" tall windshield made and a new grab rail to match. I fish more in the Fall/Winter under less than ideal weather. The taller windshield gives more protection from cold wind and spray.

One other option would be to make a taller grab rail with a taller canvas wind screen. The canvas is cool looking with the classic wood console.

Mullet posted 03-19-2004 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mullet  Send Email to Mullet     
My main concern is tearing up the canvas windscreen while towing. I definitely like the looks better.
Mullet posted 03-19-2004 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mullet  Send Email to Mullet     
HAPPYJIM, do you have the teak and holly anchor locker hatch. Mine was replaced with starboard and I am definitely going back with the T&H. If you do have the hatch how is it put togther? I was told to use marine grade plywood and veneer with the teak. ???
HAPPYJIM posted 03-19-2004 10:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
As long as the canvas is tight I don't think you have anything to worry about. It really is not much surface area to catch the wind. A console cover would work for trailering also.
HAPPYJIM posted 03-19-2004 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
My anchor locker is a 2 door fiberglass with hinges.
Mullet posted 03-19-2004 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mullet  Send Email to Mullet     
I guess I could also remove it for the 70 MPH long trips. The more I think about it I am going to go back original. I e-mailed the pics from the Cetacea to the fabricator to give them an idea of the design. I guess they'll just have to eye-ball it to get the height and I can have the canvas made to fit. Thanks for your help.
dfmcintyre posted 03-20-2004 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Mullet -

Regarding the towing concern....why not trail it with trailering/mooring canvas up? I have always trailed mine this way with no problems.


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