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Davidc posted 02-12-2004 06:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for Davidc   Send Email to Davidc  
I thought of purchasing a bow railing to make the bow area safer for my young daughter.The railing will hamper entering and exiting the bow area.
Any advise????
disneycaber posted 02-14-2004 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for disneycaber  Send Email to disneycaber     
I've been wondering the same. Contemplating a 150 Sport and I'll likely be infrequently using docks and piers. I figure that bow side access from shore will be a necessity . I don't know about the safety issue for a child. Are there other options out there for hand holds possibly ?
Moe posted 02-14-2004 12:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Here are my pros and cons to the bow rail and cushion:

Between the bow rail and the rear bimini struts, about the only place to board our 150 Sport is at the stern corners. That isn't a problem. Even with me standing my 280 lbs on one corner with both feet, the waterline is still well below the transom cut-out, at the bottom of the stern eye.

We can step over the bow rail onto the bow corners at a dock, but stepping across the bow cushion isn't very stable at all. The bow cushion also makes it a pain to get to the anchor and rode in the bow locker.

I wouldn't want the bow rail and cushion if you're going to be beaching the boat and transitting over the bow. But if you're going to be doing that much, make sure you install a keel guard to keep the gel coat on the keel from being worn off.

Where we boat on Lake Erie, the shores are mainly gravel or rock, so beaching isn't practical. We could set the bow anchor out, feed it's rode out while waves wash us shoreward, or with no waves, have the person at the stern throw out a stern anchor and pull the boat in a bit at a time, then tie off the bow rode, exit over the stern, set the stern anchor, and wade in.

For us, the bow rail and bow cushion is a wife thing. She wanted them. She feels a lot more secure up forward with it, especially when I ask her to retrieve the anchor in 2-4' chop. The cushion is a lot easier on the knees than non-skid. While I fish out of the stern at anchor, she can snooze up on the bow cushion in the sun when she's cold, or snooze across the helm seat under the bimini when she's hot. When she's happy, I'm happy. The boat also looks nice with it.

Here are three pages of pictures of our 150, including some at the dock:

http://www.engr.udayton.edu/staff/lriggins/Whaler

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Moe

droz posted 02-14-2004 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for droz  Send Email to droz     
My new 130 sport came with the bow rail of which I feel much safer with the rail as opposed to not with two boys 12 and 14.

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