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Bob H.
03-25-2007, 04:54 PM
My hull is a 1986. Love the extra deck space on an Aquasport but hate the wet socks. Finally decided to try and keep some water on the outside. At the end of last year I took on some serious water while working my eeling hole. I used hinges with removeable pins and 3/8" Starboard, the two piece fancy hinges would have cost a fortune. Since I usually keep a full cover on the boat I went for the zinc hinges (I can buy a ton of them for the price of the fancy hinges). I had to hit two marine stores gathering enough stainless bolts and nylon nuts. Nice talking to RJ at Boater's World today.

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Also got tired of buying those $40 plastic console covers that don't like temps below about 50deg. Found a new use for large thru-hull fittings. The hard part was taking a razor knife to a brand new $80 cover.

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I used some Gorilla glue on the outer fitting to help (hopefully) keep the cover from tearing and cut a big washer from an old coffee can to stop the cover from getting mangled when I tightened the backing nut. This is my normal trailering position. I leave the antenna mount loose and bungee the antenna to my seat back.

Steve F
03-25-2007, 06:19 PM
Very nice job Bob I hope it keeps the water out for ya and the way it looks you should not have a problem.

Bob H.
03-25-2007, 06:38 PM
Thanks Steve. Not as pretty as I wanted it but got tired of searching for hardware. When I did find the hardware it was over $120 just for hinges for a 21 year old hull:eek: I gave up on pretty and went for function. Just as well since I found water in the transom when drilling the hinge screw holes.

Roger T
03-25-2007, 07:01 PM
Nice looking job Bob,looks like it belongs on the boat.Where did you get your console cover ?I need one for mine,but I have a T top so I don't know if it will work.

Bob H.
03-25-2007, 08:02 PM
I think my receipts are in my office, I'll have to check on Monday. My console cover is the middle of the line, material wise. I only use the console cover prior to a trip, otherwise I use my custom fit full cover. My covers are worth more than the boat:D

EricMagsamen
03-25-2007, 08:56 PM
Great Job Bob... I think it looks fine with the hinges you have.

Let me know if you want to test it out with a little more weight in it! ;-)

scootin
03-25-2007, 09:01 PM
Nice job, Bob I've often wondered what to do with my center console.Do you use a bimini? I have a full custom cover for my boat. Well worth the money. I have a bimini and thought about using a console cover in the warm months. I use a 4ft. antenna,which works ok with the bimini up. Brian

michael holliday
03-25-2007, 09:29 PM
nice work Bob!

jwittman
03-25-2007, 10:48 PM
Looks good Bob. I had the same problem last year and custom cut a piece of white window treatment material from Home Depot to fit my transom. Starboard was too expensive at BPS and BW. I glued it in but may need to rethink that idea. The two biggest problems were that I glued it to the motor and transom, motor virbration shook one loose and the kids helped to loosen it even more by standing on it when getting in and out of the boat when swimming. I just installed a swim platform this weekend so that should help with that problem.:yes:

Bob H.
03-26-2007, 06:51 AM
Roger - I got the cover at GO2MARINE.COM, $79.99 w/shipping. I think they had three different materials and I really didn't know the difference. The covers can get pricey and I use my full cover most the time anyway.

Brian - I have a bimini but only use it on rare occassions when the wife is in the boat and it puts a lot of drag on the boat and the straps are always in the way for fishing and crabbing. I just angle the antenna out the back if the top is up.

John - I really wanted to build the fix into the transom but that's too much labor. I may go for the big test and see if I can leave the boards on while trailering.

Eric - We'll have to give a test at the flats.