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Bought a 150 Sport
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posted 11-15-2006 04:45 PM ET (US)
I just sold my Holby Bristol Skiff and bought a 150 Sport. It's a 2004 with less than 2 hours of use on the four stroke. It sat shrinkwrapped in the first owner's warehouse. The boat looks brand new without a single scratch or spec of dirt anywhere. It came with a swim ladder, Whaler bimini, cushions, second fuel tank, and Garmin 176C. I think we got a great deal!
I've already bought a cover from boatcoversdirect and an outboard cover from outboardmotorcovers.com (the full motor cover is great!). I'm waiting for my Mercury service manual to arrive.
One of my first projects will be to fill in the gap in the backrest. A full backrest will work better for our small kids. I'm thinking about filling the gap with a Whaler portside backrest cushion (the smaller of the two). I'd attach it by adding some Starboard in the gap. Using the Whaler cushion seems like the best way to match the rest of the cushions. If I can't get up the courage to drill 4 holes, then I'll do something with Velcro similar to Fish Stick's backrest filler. Any suggestions on a better way to fill in the backrest gap?
Thank you to everyone who has provided information about this model! I spent many hours using the search feature! By the way, the owner of this Whaler dealer said he routinely sends people looking for older Whaler info to this website.
posted 11-15-2006 05:19 PM ET (US)
Congratulations on the new boat.
A similarly contoured starboard filler, and another factory cushion would be a first class solution for the back rest. Please let us see how you make out with it.
I tried using plastic blocks to wedge the padded filler in place, but it kept falling out forward when no one was leaning against it. Screws will solve that problem, but then you can't remove the filler to easily step through.
One other observation, the adhesive on the velco gets soft, in the humid environment under the cover, and begins to slip after a while. For some reason it only slips on the vinyl cushion side, the side on the fiberglass is rock solid?
I now need to staple the velcro in place, or get some with better adhesive.
Good luck with the project and you will love the boat.
posted 11-15-2006 07:20 PM ET (US)
Congratulations on your new boat! I have owned a 150 since 2004 when I bought it new, and it really is quite a boat for 15 feet. It is amazing what it can go through! The fourstroke is great too and I wish you many hours of enjoyment!
posted 11-17-2006 09:12 AM ET (US)
Here is seat filler idea for you. Make 2 U channels out of starboard and attach them to the vertical portion of the pass through. (I would not worry about drilling a few holes in the seat) Then make a seat back from a piece of starboard that slides into the channels. Once this is done, a cushion could be made and attached to the starboard seat back permanently or with snaps. The seatback/cushion could then be removed or installed as one piece very easily with not tools. You might need a strap with one snap or some other retaining device to hold the seat back in place while towing or underway.
posted 11-17-2006 02:40 PM ET (US)
That's not a bad idea. It would have good strength to hold up against someone leaning on it. Plus, it could handle being hit by someone climbing over it. If you're going fishing it could be pulled out with the rest of the cushions.
If I use bolts to attach a cushion I plan to space the Starboard out from the gel coat with plastic washers. That way, if I ever remove the Starboard there won't be any scratches - just two holes on each side.
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