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K Albus posted 04-17-2010 01:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for K Albus   Send Email to K Albus  
I just had the Sun Lounge Option installed in my 2002 Dauntless 180. I had it installed in conjunction with having a canvas shelter made so that I can sleep on my boat during overnight, weekend, and week-long boat trips. With the Sun Lounge installed, I now have a sleeping area that is approximately six feet long by six and a half feet wide at its largest dimensions. The Sun Lounge will easily accommodate both me and my wife, although I doubt she will be joining me for many overnight trips. She will, however, enjoy the Sun Lounge for laying out on our day trips to the lake.

Now for the pictures and some details.

Here's a view from above: FromAbove.jpg . As you can see, there's a bit of a difference in color between the nine year old bow cushion on my boat and the new Sun Lounge cushion. I'm not too concerned about this.

The cushions are level across the top. The new cushion also appears to have been made from the same materials, including the foam, as the old cushion. I was relieved to find this out because when I ordered the Sun Lounge I was told that there would be a slight delay because Boston Whaler had changed cushion suppliers. I had previously ordered a replacement seat cushion for my cooler seat in 2009, and when I received the new cushion it was not a very good match for the rest of my existing cushions. The Sun Lounge cushion, however, matches the existing cushions very well with the exception of the aging that is evident in the older cushions.

Here's a view from the port side: FromPort.jpg , and here's a view from the starboard side: FromStarboard.jpg . As you can see, there is empty space available under the Sun Lounge. On longer trips I will use this space for storage of items that I hope I won't need access to, such as my spare propeller. And here's a view from the bow: FromFront.jpg . As this picture shows, the Sun Lounge extends all the way to the front of the center console.

Here's another picture from above, this time with the cushion removed: PlatformWithoutCushion.jpg . With the cushion removed, the Sun Lounge makes for a very sturdy platform which is level with the existing front platform/anchor locker. This would be very useful for fishermen who like or need 360 degree fishability. The platform has the same non-skid pattern as the rest of my boat.

Next are two pictures showing the cleats which support the Sun Lounge from beneath. Cleats.jpg and Cleats2.jpg . These cleats appear to be made of the same material as the existing cooler seat cleat which you can also see in the pictures.

Finally, the last two pictures show the hardware which locks the Sun Lounge into place. On each aft corner there is a spring-loaded barrel snap: BarrelSnap.jpg . Under the front edge of the Sun Lounge there are two metal brackets which fit into slots on the front cleat: Tangs.jpg .

As the pictures show, the Sun Lounge is removable. However, it is very large, unwieldy, and heavy. It measures about 3-feet-5-inches by 6-feet-4-inches, and it weighs about 50 lbs. without the cushion. I was able to remove and reinstall the platform by myself, but it's not something I'd want to do by myself on a regular basis.

The cushion, which has the same dimensions as the platform, does not fit in the back of my Jeep Grand Cherokee without bending. However, the cushion can be stored on the boat, under the Sun Lounge platform. It is a two-person operation to get the cushion under the platform.

Finally, as you may have noted, the cleats for the cooler seat have remained in place. The cooler seat cannot be used at the same time as the Sun Lounge, but the cooler seat can still be used when the Sun Lounge is not in place. The Sun Lounge cleat attached to the front of the center console does not interfere with the cooler seat.

K Albus posted 04-17-2010 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
Additional details.

The total cost for installation of the Sun Lounge option was $1,392. The breakdown was $1,100 for the parts, $142 for freight, and $150 for installation.

Also, please note that I am aware that my boat is very dirty in the pictures. I have intentionally held off of my spring cleaning until all of the modifications were completed. I will be washing the hull, cleaning the deck, and waxing the boat over the next couple of weeks.

Finally, on some of the pictures of the Sun Lounge it may appear that there are gouges or scratches on the top of the platform and on the bottom near the hardware. Those marks are actually just dirt and/or pencil marks.

Ridge Runner posted 04-17-2010 04:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
Great casting platform!
alfred posted 04-17-2010 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for alfred  Send Email to alfred     
I am tempted to install one to make overnighting more comfortable.

How are the supports for the sun lounge mounted?

K Albus posted 04-17-2010 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
The front cleat and the two side cleats are attached with lag screws which pass through Whale Board that was glassed into the boat when it was originally made. See: . The rear cleat is through-bolted to the center console.
home Aside posted 04-18-2010 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Looking good! you'll be plenty comfortable with your new Canvas & sun lounge setup, looks like there will be some good storage under the sun lounge platform too.

you also might be able to hang some small net hammocks between the framework of the forward shelter to keep some small items in...


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