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Bill Davis posted 01-30-2001 08:42 AM ET (US)   Profile for Bill Davis   Send Email to Bill Davis  
I have really enjoyed the web sites that folks have put up with detailed pictures and writing about how they have outfitted their Whalers. As a new owner of a first boat, a 13 Sport, I would love to see such a site on that boat in particular.
I am happy with the boat. But it is a boat manufactured to keep the cost down. It has a great Whaler hull, steering, power trim. But as far as cleats [?], storage bins, rod holders, etc., it is thin!
I want to fix up for fishing in up to 10 ft. of water.
For example, I got an anchor yesterday atm West Marine, a danforth style. It is pretty small, but big enough. But the shank has to stick out of the dip in the lip of the forward bin [it still closes well] by about 2 inches. Wish I had known of one shorter; and maybe I can modify this one.

I am affraid to drill holes in the boat, but rod holders of some sort are a must. I just ordered one of a style that will clamp on a side rail to try it out.

I will be getting hand-help gps [thanks for the tips on that in the "performance" forum] and VHS radio; and will look for something to keep them. I could attach a bracket [where?] or get a suction-cup held hanging thing I saw a West.

So, my point is this: Anybody out there really "done up" a Sport 13 yet, like cleats, tie downs, rod holders, color tv and mircrowave?? Is there possible even a web site? Should I drill holes in my hull?? [Horrors!]


tbyrne posted 01-30-2001 03:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbyrne    
I have a 2000 Sport 13 and I have not done much customizing. Rather than a Danforth-style anchor, I use one of those folding grappling hook designs. I believe they are available at West Marine. Since I pull the boat after each use and do not often anchor in critical situations, I went with an all rope (100') rode. I realize that it may not be enough in an emergency, but like most boaters, I simply cannot carry enough rode for all situations. If I were to lose power and get dragged to the Race (L.I. Sound), even 1,000' of anchor line with a 50 lb. Fortress wouldn't be enough. For me, it's better to be diligent with maintenance and keep a Seatow/Boat U.S. towing contract.

As to rod holders, I have installed three of those white plastic tube-style holders in a milk crate. If I place a heavy tackle box in the crate, it can hold as many as three spin or boat rods, plus one flyrod in a "Blue Water" holder (highly recommended). There is plenty of space for the crate in the stern or between the bench seats and I didn't have to drill holes in the gunwales. A pad below the crate keeps it from sliding all over the place. I guess I could also use a bungee to tie it to a seat.

I did drill holes on the top right side of the console to install a fishfinder with temp & speedo and it fits perfectly. I was surprised by how thick the console was - it took some drilling to get through!

I still need to find an acceptable place closer to the centerline to install a compass. Any thoughts?

triblet posted 01-30-2001 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The compass should be on the centerline of
your eyeballs, not the centerline of the
boat. On a Sport 13 it looks like those
aren't the same. And should be well away
from VHF speakers.


2001 13 Sport Owner posted 01-30-2001 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for 2001 13 Sport Owner  Send Email to 2001 13 Sport Owner     
I just bought a 2001 13' Sport but have not had a chance to see it yet. It is parked at some property I own in Texas around the Gulf Coast. I am interested in hearing from other owners about how they like theirs. I would also like to know what engine other owners have and how they perform. Mine is equipped with the 25 horse four stroke. If you have the same engine please let me know how you like it. Also interested in learning about how the boat rides and handles. Hope to get a chance to use mine soon. Thanks!
Bill Davis posted 01-30-2001 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
The milk crate idea is great!

About that fishfinder: Tell me more. Does it take the place of a gps? What model, etc. Did you do the wiring, etc.?


ps: I'd love to see your boat!

Bill Davis posted 01-30-2001 05:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
By the way, one reason for a length of chain at the anchor end of your rode is to act as a weight to lay the rode down when there is pull, so as to facilitate the anchor digging in and holding by laying on its side better.
Mako posted 01-30-2001 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mako  Send Email to Mako     
I'm in the same boat (pardon the pun) and use a 4.4 lb. Simpson-Lawrence Claw with 13' of chain and the whole setup with 150' of rode fits nicely in the anchor locker. Unlike the earlier boats, the new 13 Sport's locker is deep rather than wide so it holds the Bruce and plow-type anchors well.
Let me know if you guys find a good place to mount a compass. I'm using a stick-on airglide now, which is only slightly better than nothing.
Those clamp-on perko rod holders work great--just don't angle them too far back or your rods will fall out before you get onto plane (I lost my dive flag that way).
lhg posted 01-30-2001 06:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
For anybody in the market for rail mount rod holders, take a look at the Lee brand, about $60 from a discount catalog. Since 1973, Boston Whaler selected this brand for their option list, and they are first class. The Perko units are not as nice, but less money.
Dick posted 01-30-2001 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I happen to own a Montauk but the new 13 Sport is a great boat, had a chance to run one when I still worked at the Whaler dealership.
For a compass take a look at the Ritchie S53.
I have one on my boat and don't think you can beat it for a small boat compass. Easy to install just drill 2 small pilot holes, screw down the base & snap the compass in.
For rod holders I like either Tempress or Scotty with rail mounts. When you don't need them slip them out of the mount and they are not in your way and your mooring cover will fit.
Whaletosh posted 01-31-2001 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
I have a 2000 13 Sport. I have a handheld VHF, a Garmin GPS 12 Map, a Lowrance X75, rod holders, cleats, and even 2 Walker down riggers. All properly and neatly installed.

rod holders: the clamp rail mount metal units that West Marine carries are very nice. They are made of stainless and chrome plated brass.

electronics: I mounted the GPS on the port side of the console, under the steering wheel. The VHF is kept in a small vynil holder on the starboard side. I can see and get to both of them through the openings of the steering. Neither installation interfers with steering. The Lowrance is mounted on the flat area on the starboard side of the console.

cleats: I mounted two of them on the gunwales up near the bow. There are large pieces of Whaleboard up there. Drill and tap just like aluminum.

downriggers: on each side of the stern, in the triangular spots with the antiskid there is large piece of Whaleboard. Drill and tap like aluminum, just be carefull locating the board.

Check the wood diagram that should have come with the boat before you begin.

Whaleboard is tough stuff. It is made for Boston Whaler by a company that produces similar products that skateboards and snowboards are made of. Ever see the abuse skateboards get today? My Whaler dealer had a Montauk come in for repair after being struck by large cuddy cabin. The bow rail was bent halfway from the port side to the starboard, but the mounting screws were still securely held the Whaleboard.


Bill Davis posted 01-31-2001 08:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
Sean--You are a gentleman and a scholar! And we are awed at you 13!

thanks for the inspiration,

Bill Davis posted 02-24-2001 08:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
Sean: I would love just a little more detail from you on your outfitting,

Your GPS: is it mounted on the port face of the console? You said "under steering wheel"... Do you mean just low on the face of the port side of the console?

And have you mounted your 12MAP and your hand held VHS radio? Where? Using what?

Next, I'm going to ask about your milk crate!


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