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Outrage 18' - Bow cushions does anyone have them?
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posted 09-30-2003 05:01 PM ET (US)
I am considering installing bow cushions on my 2000 Outrage 18. Does anyone have them? Were they an Option? Who would make them for me?
This is for the 18' Outrage sold in 1999, 2000
posted 09-30-2003 05:32 PM ET (US)
I was just going to post looking for same
posted 09-30-2003 05:33 PM ET (US)
You can view older snapshots of the Whaler website at:
It doesn't look like that was an option on the 18 presented here:
but I could've overlooked it.
posted 09-30-2003 10:08 PM ET (US)
Has anyone found a use for the bow cushion on the 130? It sits up so high, I'm not about to let someone use it, maybe with a full bow rail.
posted 10-01-2003 12:43 PM ET (US)
I just had the Bow Cushion installed on my 2000 18 Outrage. It is an option, although an expensive one, that is still available from BW. The install consisted of two heavy and thick boards with anti-skid, (that matched the deck), being screwed down along the raised lip in the bow and and resting on two blocks that were attached to the front of my console. In effect I now have a deck forward of my console. Male Snaps were placed in the four corners of the board and the cushion is one large cushion that folds in half. When unfolded it fills the entire bow of the boat.
The forward cushion is very practical when I have the family on the boat. The added filler deck is very sturdy and can be walked on with no problems. I remove the cushion when fishing and I now have added storage under that filler deck. If interested I'll post some pictures.
Again, I did this because of my family (wife, three kids). If I was going to use the boat for just fishing I would have perhaps added another cooler up front to complement the 94 qt. cooler under the leaning post.
Hope this helps,
posted 10-01-2003 01:52 PM ET (US)
I would be very interested in pictures of the cushion install. If you can post them somewhere that is great otherwise I can give you an e-mail address.
I was thinking about just adding cushions to the skinny bow seat areas along the sides but that may not be practical or as desirable as your setup.
posted 10-01-2003 03:37 PM ET (US)
I'll see if I can take some pictures either tonight or tomorrow morning. I do not have the cushion installed at the moment as I am in fishing mode as opposed to family mode, but you will get a good idea of what the platform looks like. If I get a chance, later on I'll add the cushion and take some more shots.
I do not know if adding cushions to just that little lip would be a good idea. The whole reason I added the bow cushion was because of an unfortunate event where my wife while sitting on that lip slipped off onto her butt when I took a wake from a 38 foot SeaRay. My six year old was on her lap. She screamed at me for going too fast which scared the kid, he started to cry and two weeks later I had the bow cushion. Go figure...
I'll post them up on Yahoo photos and send the link when I create the account and get them there.
posted 10-02-2003 12:04 PM ET (US)
If the link does not work, just cut and paste, it's http://photos.yahoo.com/rbuchholz63
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posted 10-04-2003 09:53 AM ET (US)
Thanks very much for the pics. It is an interesting set up. I too use my 99 Outrage as a family boat. Does your family ride up front while underway or only at anchor.
Due to optimax problems, I repowered mine with Honda 200 and it makes for a nice package.
posted 10-04-2003 01:35 PM ET (US)
In rough waters my family does ride up front, my two eldest boys, but only at cruise speed.
If the water is calm like glass I'll let them sit up there on plane.
Regardless of the conditions, my wife is next to me on the leaning post with my 6 yr. old in between us.
My Optimax has been flawless so far, both trolling and at WOT. I am of the opinion that the motor needs to be run hard every so often, like a race horse, and I try to get the boat out at least once a week and open her up a bit.
I must admit though, the thought of a 200HP Honda makes me smile. Maybe sometime down the road, I do not plan on getting rid of this tough little boat.
posted 10-07-2003 12:27 PM ET (US)
I can make cushions for you. There are several options to choose from, such as materials to use. I can offer a great discount to the person who can help me fisnish a cover I am making for a customer of mine. I have a customer with an 18 outrage (with a factory T-top) in Texas. I am located in South Florida. I need access to a similar boat to finish fitting the cover.
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