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David Ratusnik posted 11-08-2001 07:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for David Ratusnik   Send Email to David Ratusnik  
with this post I wish to share a minor modification that worked out well for me on the 22' Outrage. My wife and 3 kids love to boat, especially ski and cruise. However, I never could get them to go toward the rear of the boat. My wife finally stated that she was afraid be/c the boat by her standards had no stern. Cut for twins but running a 225 on an extended bracket. To the wife and kids the water was right there all the time and sometimes in went by in a big hurry. So what do I do? Sell the boat, heck no! My solution was to purchase a piece of white fisherman net, called 3 stretch size. I neatly cut it to fit the stern of the Whaler. I fashioned it to hang across the stern, down the inside of the boat and then down into the splash well. Its periphery is attached to 1/2 inch, quality braided rope. It looks quite nautical, serves a safety purpose and keeps light items like towels, shirts, and buckets from exiting thru the open cut in the stern. This net comes in white and green. It's tough since it is actual fishing net. Oh, it is supported across the stern by stainless hooks port and starboard. The net hooks into a brass piece I attached to the inside of the teak gunwhale. Anyway, maybe this little modification will be of value to a Whaler. David
LarrySherman posted 11-08-2001 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
Nice Idea! I don't even like going back there, so I can imagine how my wife and daughter feel as well.
Peter posted 11-08-2001 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Can't get back there in my 22' Revenge because I've got a bolster running across the stern where some have the stern bench. I guess that was an option back in '86 to overcome the open transom concerns. The net sounds like an interesting solution. Is it anchored at the bottom?
David Ratusnik posted 11-08-2001 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
ps. When I go fishing with the guys the net is simply unhooked and dropped into the splash well. Doesn't hurt the net and the whole back end of the Outrage is open for casting or fighting a fish. When cruising, I often vertically attach the auxiliary boat entry ladder to the net and stand it in the splash well. I bought two pieces of net for $10, so the price is right.
jimh posted 11-08-2001 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
On our Revenge we usually have an IGLOO cooler across the rear of the cockpit in the center, strapped down to pad eyes in the floor. It gives one a sense of security when going to the stern.

Sitting on a cushion on the cockpit floor with another one propped against the cooler makes a comfortable seat, especially when in a seaway. We've never taken any spray back there (yet), either.

The net sounds good, especially passengers who have not acquired their sea legs.


David Ratusnik posted 11-09-2001 09:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Peter- It is not anchored at the bottom although it could be tied off to the eyes that come thru the transom port and starboard. Possibly the reason I have never had any trouble with the net coming up out of the splashwell is be/c I have a bildge pump mounted outside below the water line that feed water thru a 1" tube to an auxiliary live well. The tube runs thru the net providing some degree of anchoring. David
lhg posted 11-09-2001 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Many have forgotten that BW offered a very nice Stern Rail option for the 22 Outrage/Revenge, which addressed this exact situation. CMI probably can still make one.

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