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Center or side helm locatuon on 13 ft re build?
|Author||Topic: Center or side helm locatuon on 13 ft re build?|
posted 04-15-2004 12:49 PM ET (US)
What are the pro and cons on helm location on a 13 ft , condition of wood will nedd to start from scratch could go either way?
posted 04-15-2004 04:05 PM ET (US)
I like the CC configuration.
Check out my pics page and see if this is what would work for you. I built my console from scratch
posted 04-15-2004 04:07 PM ET (US)
or my main site (some of the thumbnails are missing, but the pics are there - my isp lost their servers and I'm in the process of restoring my data)
posted 04-15-2004 06:52 PM ET (US)
I have a 1976 13 ft sport. It did have center steering (factory) but when I restored/rehabbed her I moved the steering to the side. This was not a center console with an isle on each side but a plank (like a thwart) across the beam.
A disadvantage of center steering on a 13 ft is seating comfort for two adults. If you like to sit right behind the steering wheel then that will not leave too much room on either side for another adult. Also, the original configuration had the steering wheel in the center and the controls on the side. I like to be close to the controls.
posted 04-15-2004 10:58 PM ET (US)
The 13 never came in a center steering configuration. that must have been modified at one point.
I like center consoles because if you are by yourself the boat is not leaning one way or another.
Tightlines & Happy Whalin'
posted 04-15-2004 11:28 PM ET (US)
13' Whalers where available with center steering stations. I beleive it was standard on the Sourpuss model and an option on sport models, in certain years.
posted 04-16-2004 07:27 AM ET (US)
Aubv is correct and all Sourpuss models had the center steering (on the plank) which made it hard to move about as one had to step over the "plank". I'm not certain as to specific years but there is a 1972 model nearby. I prefer a narrow, stand-up center console to a sit-down side console on the 13. I put many miles on one and the handling was fantastic. Happy Whalin'... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
PS. the Sourpuss had a wrap-around-the-back stainless rail and could be ordered with blue cushions for the thwart seats, very pretty rig
|Tom W Clark||
posted 04-16-2004 09:16 AM ET (US)
Brian and Clark are correct. The 13 foot Whaler was available with center steering from 1970 to 1977.
The Sourpuss model was distinguished by having the blue denim cushions and wrap around rail as standard equipment, not optional. Without those two features is was simply it was a Center Steering Sport 13.
Other than that, a Sourpuss model IS a Sport model. They were not that rare either. Lots of them were built in that configuration.
By 1976 Whaler stopped using the Sourpuss name and reverted to calling it the Center Steering Sport 13.
I had a 1976 Center Steering Sport 13 with optional wraparound rail. I preferred that configuration because if you are alone, it is much easier to balance the load.
It is easy to sit with your hand on the controls AND the steering wheel. It's just not that big a boat.
posted 04-16-2004 11:50 AM ET (US)
Consider where the wood behind the fiberglass is located. You need to hit the wood with your mounting hardware. I considered a center console when I did my thirteen and dedided against it because of the previous statement.
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