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Fish Stick posted 01-10-2006 01:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for Fish Stick   Send Email to Fish Stick  
I decided to trade in the 130 Sport for a 150 Sport, and am very happy with the change. The 150 is really what I hoped the 130 would be. Much better power and usable space for a small skiff. With the middle bench removed there is a ton of usable deck space.

The following are some pictures the modifications/additions. (I apologize in advance for the double posting of each picture in the gallery)

These include LED deck lighting, with several pictures showing the installation and lights on, a fuel filter, a breaker panel, GPS install, and a Smart Craft guage.

Also done but not clearly shown are cleats for mooring, a bait tank and rod holders on the front of the console.

http://www.allcoastsportfishing.com/photos/showgallery.php/cat/500/page/ 1/sort/1/perpage/9/ppuser/104452


-Joe

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 01-10-2006 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
That must be a 2006 model, since I have a 2005 15' Sport and none of those toys were available. I have added a Racor, GPS, Stern cleat starboard side and after having run up on too many floating docks due to the bow flair I added a pair of small Harken fairleads to affix fenders off the bow. The lights on the console are cute.
Fish Stick posted 01-10-2006 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fish Stick  Send Email to Fish Stick     
It is a 2006 boat, but the modifications were not factory options. I had the dealer add the smart craft guage because it needs a special cable connected to the engine.

I installed all the other items.

-Joe

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 01-10-2006 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Does the cable come standard on the 4 stroke EFI? I also added a cig lighter in front of the console.When you added the bow cleats did you screw into the phenolic?
DaveH posted 01-11-2006 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     
Very tastefully done modifications and clean appearance. Good job, Fish Stick.
Fish Stick posted 01-11-2006 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fish Stick  Send Email to Fish Stick     
Trafficlawyer,

The cable does not come with the 4 stroke as standard. You can see the blue cable in the pictures of the fuel filter.

I believe I spent about $ 375 on the Smart Craft and cable, plus 1 hour of installation from the dealer.

I probably could have run the cable myself. It appears to just plug in under the cowling, but there are several pins/wires not used on the guage side of the cable. I wasn't sure which ones are not used or what they are for.

The 12V receptical now comes standard on the console. It was a plesant surprise.

The bow cleats had 2 screws pick up the backing and 2 straight through the fiberglass/foam. Fortunately, the fiberglass is fairly thick. I believe between 1/4" and maybe 3/8". I used 5200 to bed the cleats and I don't think they are coming loose, under all, but the most extreem conditions. (It locked up a 1/2" drill when the screw bottomed out, and didn't strip the screw or hole.)

The stern cleats are installed 5" behind the end of the bow rail (to the start of the cleat) so that I can reach them while seated. There was no backing in that location, but again the 1/4"+ fiberglass. These appear to be very secure as well, but I won't be using them to tow the boat.

-Joe


davej14 posted 01-13-2006 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
VERY nice installation. Where did you get the LED lights you installed in the console? I like this idea. I was going to light up the inside but after seeing your pics I think I will light up the outside as well.
Jkcam posted 01-14-2006 01:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     
Excellent! Very clean install. Would you list the source and make of the 1. gas filter, 2. led lights, etc? I have a 2005 model that is bone stock. I would like to add the rod holders on the console, and have considered replacing the bench seat with a fiberglass dock box. The bench seat gets in my way when there is a fish-on. Enjoy. jkc
Moe posted 01-14-2006 12:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
VERY nice upgrades. I really like those lights!

The factory lighter plug is nice, especially if one assumes a GPS or VHF used on this boat will be a handheld. I plan to add one over next to the light switch.

However, it's my opinion the factory should also provide a horn on a boat being sold on its safety. They do on the 150 Montauk, and it's a serious omission on the Sport models.

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

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

I like your breaker panel. I used a fuse panel mounted behind the capacity plate. Again, I believe Whaler should provide at least positive and negative terminal strips under the console for adding accessories with in-line fuses.

It also appears Whaler has added a cup holder on the starboard side of the console (or did you do that?). I had thought about one there, but didn't think there would be clearance below it to the Teleflex steering mechanism and cables. In the end, our Garmin 178C is mounted closer, right over where that cup holder is in your pictures, and I think I prefer it that way.

If I had the cooler thing to do all over again, I would try to replace the hinged center seat with a cooler with cushion. I believe a 72 quart might fit there, but haven't worked out the logistics of tying it down.

If you don't mind, could you publish the Mercury part numbers for that SmartCraft gauge and cable. I've tried to find that gauge on the Mercury Parts Express website without success.

Again, my compliments on some very useful and tasteful upgrades to your 150 Sport.
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Moe

tombro posted 01-15-2006 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Nice job! One more slick addition I made to our 150 was a Stainless 8 spoke wheel with Edson powerknob. Just ask Moe.
Fish Stick posted 01-16-2006 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fish Stick  Send Email to Fish Stick     
Thank you everyone for the compliments. It is nice to see that the work is appreciated.

DaveJ14: all the lights came from Boaters World. This question was actually answered in more detail on a continuation of this thread here: [url]http://www.allcoastsportfishing.com/forum/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=316&topic_id=151439&mesg_id=151439&page=[url]

My comments start below reply #5 with some links to Boaters World.

The Strip lights under the seat are Sea Sense LED utility strip lights. Boaters World part # 19-679-0588

The console lights are Attwood ovals, with white LED. 19-679-0752. These will actually put a little light inside the console too because the housing is clear plastic. The stainless is only trim on the outside.

Jkcam, The rod holders on the front of the console are Frentess 3 rod holders 12" wide. Perfect for gaffs and nets, a little close for off shore reels. They came from Cabelas, but I don't have the part # or catalog handy.

We actually put a 54 quart cooler along the port side to on occasion. It makes a convenient seat and keeps things cold, but I have not positioned it to replace the center bench.

Moe, I agree with all your comments. The cup holder is new from the factory in front of the GPS.

For Smart Craft, I used the Smart craft made easy page [url]http://www.mercurymarine.com/united_states[url]

Pick a gauge and cable length. I have the basic system. The only reason I ordered a 150 Sport was because of the pictures you posted of your boat. I knew it could be nice.

Tombro, the stainless wheel is on the list of things to add. It is a classy touch that makes if feel more like a little yacht than a 15' Sea Ray.

One last item for everyone interested. I over estimated the thickness of the fiberglass in the rails. I installed a flush mount flag pole socket this weekend and was very surprised to see the glass was so much thinner on the 150 (hole saw core), than from the 130 Sport. Both holes came from the same area of a rear boarding step.

I may start another thread on variations in hull lay up later. It could simply be coincidence of a thick and thin spot, or the maybe one is more typical of how the hulls are laid up?

-Joe

good_enough posted 01-16-2006 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for good_enough  Send Email to good_enough     
Moe,

Those are also nice touches.
Would you please advise diameter of the SS steering wheel that you replaced with? Is it 13"? And can you see the tach at any angle? Did you get the horn from a dealer or aftermarket?

Thanks in advance.

Moe posted 01-16-2006 08:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Thank you, good_enough. The wheel I used was a 15-1/2" 22 degree Schmitt 6-spoke destroyer style wheel from Go2Marine. It is their part number 86942. It comes with the black hub cover.

http://www.go2marine.com/g2m/action/GoBPage/id/86940F/ 6_spoke_destroyer_style_wheels_schmitt_boat_steering_wheels.html

The cheap 13" Ace steering wheel Whaler supplied is here:

http://www.go2marine.com/g2m/action/GoBPage/id/65291F/ ace_steering_wheel_teleflex_morse.html

It actually helps me see the tachometer better sitting behind it. Before the Ace wheel rim blocked my vision in that position. It also makes the steering easier and I can spin the wheel with one finger, though without the exact control Tom has with his "necker's knob."

The horn is an Aqua Signal double Hidden Horn in black, with their stainless steel cover over it. I bought both from the Whaler dealer, although you can find the horn, usually in white (not a match for the gelcoat), at lower prices elsewhere. Couldn't find the cover elsewhere.

While I'm at it, the compass that replaced the cupholder is a Ritchie F50. On one of the compass light wires, I used an insulated female piggyback 1/4" spade connector and plugged it onto the nav light male 1/4" spade on the light switch. The female 1/4" spade connector on the nav light wiring plugs onto the 1/4" male spade on the piggyback. The other compass light wire goes to a negative (ground) connection. This means my compass ligtht only comes on when the nav lights are on. I wanted to do the same thing with the tachometer light, but never got around to it.

Hope this helps,
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Moe

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