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Rick10 posted 04-15-2004 12:49 PM ET (US)   Profile for Rick10   Send Email to Rick10  
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?
keltonkrew posted 04-15-2004 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
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

keltonkrew posted 04-15-2004 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
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)

dburton posted 04-15-2004 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
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.


WHALERBOY 14 posted 04-15-2004 10:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for WHALERBOY 14  Send Email to WHALERBOY 14     
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.

Joshua Walters

Tightlines & Happy Whalin'

aubv posted 04-15-2004 11:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Whalerboy 14,

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.

Clark Roberts posted 04-16-2004 07:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
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)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
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.

SMLWhaler posted 04-16-2004 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for SMLWhaler  Send Email to SMLWhaler     
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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