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130 Sport Storage
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posted 03-01-2006 10:26 PM ET (US)
I have a new 130 sport in winter storage.
I would like some advice for utilizing the space under the front and rear benches. Are there coolers that will fit under the benches? Can that space be used for life jackets? Tackle box? What is the best way of securing items under the bench?
I don’t have the boat near me so I can get the bench height measurement. Any and all comments would be greatly appreciated.
posted 03-02-2006 10:19 AM ET (US)
I just picked up our 130 Sport and looking at the same issue.
Here are the bench clearance heights on the 130 Sport
However, the front seat has the anchor light pole and mounting clips underneath the seat and the rear seat has the straps for the fuel line. This reduces the total height available.
I have some Rubbermaid storage bins with hinged tops but not sure what the dimensions are. However, I'm already thinking I may use a dry bag or extra cooler. They can both be easily moved, the dry bag would need no hardware.
posted 03-02-2006 11:44 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the clearance heights.
I got my boat in ME
posted 03-02-2006 02:20 PM ET (US)
Forgot to add the rear clearance on the Stern seat- only 10-3/4".
The reason for different dimensions (front and rear) on the stern seat, the deck has a lip under the stern seat. This lip is the transition point where the deck begins to slope upward towards the transom.
posted 03-02-2006 04:25 PM ET (US)
Thank you again. I remember that it looked like there was almost a separate panel in the floor just at the back of the bench.
posted 03-02-2006 05:54 PM ET (US)
There is a lot of usable room under the seats in this boat. I keep a PFD Bag with four PFD's in it under the rear seat. I moved the clips and the light pole to the aft edge of the rear seat to free up space under the front seat for a 2nd battery, a dry box, and a tackle drawer system. I also installed some small SS eyes to bungy gear to, such as the 36 quart cooler/seat/dry box in front of the console. Drill and tap holes under the seats to mount items to, but make sure you use a drill stop so you don't go all the way through. A 90 degree drill attachment is a big help for this, especially on the outboard ends of the front seat, where the clearance is less.
My 13 Sport is in storage for another month, but there are a few pictures at http://photobucket.com/albums/v406/MC1888/Ichthus/
This boat presents some serious challanges when it comes to storage, but with a little forethought and some soul searching, one can find a place for everything, even if that happens to be on the dock!
posted 03-03-2006 09:00 PM ET (US)
I like your bracket for your trolling motor. Could you tell me where to get one?
posted 03-04-2006 01:38 AM ET (US)
With a little help from my friends, I fabricated mine. I can send you a print if you like, but it's not a cheap part to make. The aluminum alone is around a hundred bucks. Email me, Dennis, if you think you'd like to give it a try.
I think there are some alternatives to the construction I used, such as starting with a short section of aluminum I-beam. Since it's a custome job, you can make it as you like. I made several iterations out of 3/8" plywood before solid modeling in CATIA and generating a drawing. All told, with all of the professional work that went into it (such as my engineering time, my friend the prototype tech who did the welding, CAD time, etc.) it probably cost about a grand, but it was fun and it sure came out nice!
If I had it to do over again (like on my next boat), I would have made it even more offset. On the CATIA tube, it looked like rather a lot of cantilever, but in the flesh, she could have gone a bit further without ill effect. I offset mine enough for full engine deflection, but not so sure a bigger engine would still clear.
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