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Fish Stick posted 08-14-2006 01:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for Fish Stick   Send Email to Fish Stick  
For those who have asked to see, these are a few small additions to Fish Stick.

The fuel tanks have been moved to the port side to help balance the boat better. It also makes better use of the space under the seats.

An 1100 gph automatic bilge pump was added. I added a 3 way switch to the panel for Manual/off/Auto operation. It is mounted with two angled blocks of plastic,to get the right angle level with the deck. One block is glued to the transom. The pump is screwed into the plastic, not the wood.

I made a filler cushion to fill the gap between the seat backs. You can see it installed in the fuel tank photo as well. 1/2" ply wood, with foam pading and vinyl stapled over it. Some sealant too glue a decorative cover over the staples.

The last additions were two 1 1/4" wide X 12" long rub strakes to the bow. The rub rail was chewed up from the anchor line and chain. It needed additional protection. You can see how scratched up the left side is already.

Fish Stick posted 08-14-2006 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fish Stick  Send Email to Fish Stick     
The picture links did not work. You can see the pictures here:

fuel tanks sort/1/size/medium/cat/500/page/1

bilge pump sort/1/size/medium/cat/500/page/1

fill Cushion sort/1/size/medium/cat/500/page/1

rub rail sort/1/size/medium/cat/500/page/1


stiles_s posted 08-16-2006 02:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for stiles_s  Send Email to stiles_s     
nice job on the filler cushion. Is that velcro you're using to attach it to the seat back?

what is the purpose of the bow rub rails?

nice modifications!

erik selis posted 08-16-2006 04:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Very well done Joe. I like what you did on the rub rail. The rub rail on my 170 Montauk is also starting to look chewed up at the bow. Some of my fishing buddies have been pulling the anchor and chain in in a fairly rough way. Although I have asked them to take it easy when they see the chain.


Fish Stick posted 08-16-2006 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fish Stick  Send Email to Fish Stick     
Stiles S,

Yes, that is simply velcro to hold it in place. I made plastic blocks originally, hoping that would wedge it in place, but the cushion kept falling out. If someone thinks of something better, I will replace the velcro.

I should comment that it is virtually seamless when leaning partially on the factory cushion or filler. It is hard to tell the differance,and they compress to the same depth. I didn't plan it that way, but it worked out well.


Due to the low clearance between the bow rail and the rub rail, it is very difficult to raise the anchor without chafing the plastic rub rail. You can see the stainless is already scratched up, but easily replaced, or removed for polishing when I don't like how scratched it has become.

Thank you both, for the compliments.


Jkcam posted 08-16-2006 01:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     
Wow!! You do beautiful work. I wish you lived closer, I sure could have used you last night when I was installing my Garmin FF, what a pia.

Why a bilge pump?

Very nice boat.

Jkcam posted 08-16-2006 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     
"Why a bilge pump?"

duh! I bet you leave the boat in the water. You'd think I started boating yesterday.

Love the cockpit lights.

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 08-16-2006 03:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
the 15' can be left in the water without the plug and it will self drain.
Fish Stick posted 08-16-2006 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fish Stick  Send Email to Fish Stick     

The bilge pump is to keep water off the deck in general. The pump is not necessary in the slip.

If the boat takes a wave over the bow or stern, it is nice to get the water out fast.

It is also helpful when spray begins to accumulate on the deck. I really don't like gear washing around the back.


Speedo66 posted 08-17-2006 07:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
Fish Stick- Once again you've provided some great innovative ideas for 150 Sport mods.

I especially like the seat filler you made. Looks very professional with the finished back, appears to work well, and solves the problem of seating a third person there. Also couldn't be any easier to remove, no tools required, when not needed. Great.

Keep 'em coming!


daniele81 posted 08-17-2006 07:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for daniele81  Send Email to daniele81     
The best 150 Whaler i`ve ever seen...

florida1008 posted 08-17-2006 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for florida1008  Send Email to florida1008     
If anyone has pictures of their mounted transducer location on the 150 series, can you please post one or two

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