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cc378 posted 08-17-2015 07:26 AM ET (US)   Profile for cc378   Send Email to cc378  
I am beginning to work on a design for a removable wedge and filler that I can insert into the bow [of a Boston Whaler OUTRAGE 25 boat] at the same level of the step seats to make a larger elevated casting platform in the bow. I thought I would reach out to see if anyone has made a wedge piece that joins the two step seats into a larger platform. I am interested in your design approach. Thanks--Stephen
jimh posted 08-17-2015 07:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The well-photographed OUTRAGE 25 WHALE LURE has a platform in the bow that leveled out the foredeck in order to create a nice area for sleeping.
cc378 posted 08-17-2015 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for cc378  Send Email to cc378     
While I have found many great images of WHALE LURE using local search I have yet to find one that shows the bow platform. Can you point me any that you know of?



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jimh posted 08-26-2015 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I couldn't find a good image--or even a bad image--of WHALE LURE's bow platform.

If I were making one, I would plan it as follows:

--use teak or mahogany planks oriented fore-and aft and spaced apart about 0.25 to 0.3165-inch to permit water to easily drain off them; orient the planks with the wide face horizontal; plank width should be about 2-inches;

--attach the planks to risers that run athwartship; plan for a riser at the forward end and the aft end, and likely at least one riser in the middle of the platform; perhaps more risers if the platform is to hold heavy crew; risers should be heavier boards or timber;

--contour the bottom end of the riser boards to match the contour of the deck of the Boston Whaler laminated deck;

--the forward end of the platform is flush with the foredeck level and maintains that level as the platform runs aft, or perhaps has a very slight downward slope to the aft to help drain water off the platform;

--the forward end of the platform abuts the Boston Whaler hull with a close fit;

--the platform extends aft with sufficient length to permit a nice sleeping berth to be created with a level surface of deck and platform that is at least six-feet long and perhaps longer depending on your height and sleeping preferences;

--at the aft end of the platform the edge could be straight across the boat or it could be composed of three sides, tapering slightly to shorter in the center;

--give some thought to walking access with a cooler seat rigged in front of the helm console, and either extend the platform all the way to the cooler or only extend the platform to within six to eight inches of the cooler, leaving some room to walk around the platform; this will have to be determined by the constructor and his preferences.

Here is a link to a nice image of a Boston Whaler forward platform: html

dfmcintyre posted 08-26-2015 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Stephan--I made a sleeping platform for a 22-footer years ago, out of 1-inch plywood. I didn't need beauty, as it was covered with a cushion. It didn't insert flush, instead it covered the step seats.

Two pieces; first piece fit over the seats that was four feet wide, from bow towards stern, second piece was an additional three feet, that gave us a seven foot platform in the middle, and reducing towards the sides of the boat. The second piece I made with feet that still allowed for access to the forward and side storage compartments. Attached some padding on the edges to minimize scuffing of the gelcoat.

If I was to do it again, I'd seriously consider using either 1/2-inch end-grain balsa or Divinycell sheets, laminated with a bottom layer of carbon fiber for weight reduction.

Regards - Don

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