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Moe posted 01-15-2004 08:28 AM ET (US)   Profile for Moe   Send Email to Moe  
On 01-15-2004 at 12:37AM ET, HI808DI wrote in the General Forum:

Hi, I'm new to this website. I live in hawaii and have a 03' 150 SPORT. Anyone who has this boat, how did you outfit your boat for diving or fishing.

Moe posted 01-15-2004 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Let me start the responses. I don't have a ladder yet, and don't know if bob wallace still participates here. He installed an Armstrong dive ladder on the transom of his 150. He pointed out that he got the 28" two-step model so that it could be stored on the transom between the boarding steps. He attests that even at his 66 years-old, the two-steps are sufficient for him boarding with dive gear.

I'll be back with more a little later, and hopefully other 150 owners will contribute something.


sportroyalwulf posted 01-15-2004 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
I have added a couple of rail mounted rod holders (for trolling etc). Used with 9' poles and dipsey divers. Berkley brand they are helpful. I saw that cabelas had a similar rod holder but they come in a white color that is more attuned to the sport 150 scheme. My current project involves mounting a downrigger without violating too much of the shell. I have a plan and am working on the rig. If it works I will share it here.
4whaler posted 01-15-2004 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for 4whaler  Send Email to 4whaler     
I have a dive ladder mounted on my 15'ft classic as indicated in the picture. Its the 3 step model and you have to ball up to a little to reach the first step but its no problem. I didn't select the 4 step cause I had a longer different style on an eariler 15 classic and it would sometime ground on the bottom if we were anchored off the beach in shallow waist deep water.

See pic of current application: I have close up pics of mounting bracket and backing for bolts if you want to see them. Its thru bolted to plastic plate (cutting board) with large SS washers under nut heads.

tombro posted 01-15-2004 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
At the time of purchase I had my dealer install the swim platform/ladder that is currently an option for the 170 Montauk. It works well for me, and is overboard and out of the way. The ladder is telescopic, with two steps.
Moe posted 01-15-2004 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
We got a 11.5 quart "Cool Bubbles" Bait Bucket before thinking about it much. About all the insulating foam shell does is delay the water getting too warm on a hot day. Without recirculation, the water is going to reach ambient air temperature sooner or later. The foam just makes it later. On the not too hot days at Lake Erie, it keeps minnows for 2-3 days. I'd recommend just buying the battery-powered aerator, using a large uninsulated bucket, and save the money, or rig up a recirculating setup.

I removed the rod storage on the back of the seat because we wanted to put a 50 quart cooler on that side and there wasn't room between the boarding step and the rod holders for it. Couldn't put anything in the rod holders with the bimini up anyway. We plan on adding C. E. Smith adjustable rod holders to the railing or rear bimini brace.

As it is now, we have a second fuel tank on the other side of the seat divider, a mirror image of the factory location. I thought about turning the one on the port side longitudinally so we could get another one under that side with it. That would put a corner of one of them in the step-through, but even my wife can step over it. Could actually do the same on the starboard side for a total of 4 tanks. Not sure what we'll wind up doing. We have 70-80 miles capacity as it is with the 4-stroke. bob wallace installed a 14.5 gallon Tempo tank under the port side on his and put the factory tank on the starboard side.

For the safety of a longer range radio, I installed an Icom 402S fixed mount VHF by drilling out the rivets in the max motor weight plate, very slightly elongating the holes in the radio bracket, and fastening it there with buttonhead machine screws. I mounted a 4' 4.5db model 528 Digital brand antenna up high on the bimini brace with a stainless ratcheting rail mount. The antenna can be adjusted vertical regardless of what position the bimini is in. We've gotten a good radio check from the USCG station 15 miles out with that setup.

I also replaced the middle cupholder with a Ritchie F50 compass for navigating in poor visibility.

Some pictures of the radio and compass are here:

Also plan on buying one of the new Garmin 178C GPS/Sounders when they come out this Spring.


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