Custom casting platform

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by dustinroedding, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. dustinroedding

    dustinroedding Well-Known Member

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    I was just wondering if anyone knows of any company that makes a custom plastic or fiberglass casting platform for boston whalers. My buddy has a small skiff called a "Red Fisher" that has a custom plastic casting platform on the front. Right now I have a wooden platform I built but it's so heavy that it's hurting my polling ability in skinny water. If anyone knows of anything please let me know so I can get my boat in the skinny!!!
     
  2. tom_in_orl

    tom_in_orl Founder of Microskiff, Member of the Gheenoe Army

    Try finding a Rubbermaid or other brand plastic stepping stool/platform.
     

  3. dustinroedding

    dustinroedding Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the reply but I wasn't very clear in my explanation of what I'm looking for. By casting platform I really meant deck. So basically I'm looking for a plastic or fiberglass custom front deck for a 14 foot boston whaler skiff. Like I had said, I've fabricated a wooden deck that's heavy as hell for both the front and back of the boat so I'm drafting about 1 1/2 inches deeper than I would be with a lighter deck. I'd say screw it but I'm getting into fly fishing so I NEED that flat front deck space. Any suggestions would be great!
     
  4. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Owned a 13 whaler for many years. No, they don't do well with
    lots of lumber. Eliminate all the heavy wood. Drop back down to
    the level of the anchor locker and the in-hull mounting ledge.
    Then build a new smaller deck at the same level as the anchor locker
    using 1/2" birch plywood. You'll still have access to the anchor locker,
    and storage space under the deck. Do the same thing at the stern
    using the level of the splashwell and the mounting ledge to build a
    new smaller deck that drops onto the mounting ledge. Paint or varnish
    well. Plywood is still your best material for deck construction because
    of it's weight to strength ratio and low cost.

    link to example:

    http://harpoonmarineinc.tripod.com/parts.htm

    note that all decks are installed to the mount ledge, not the gunnel.
     
  5. dustinroedding

    dustinroedding Well-Known Member

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    I see now where I went wrong. I built both the front and rear decks flush with the gunnel, using wooden legs and posts drilled into the fiberglass. The boston whaler I have doesn't have the mounting edge running from bow to stern. For some reason it's begins and ends about a foot and a half from both the bow and stern. I'll see what I can do with it though since the extra height definitely requires more wood and therefore weighs a lot more. With dropping the bow deck down, where do you mount a trolling motor?
     
  6. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    I've never liked trolling motors, because of extra weight,
    cost, and prop noise on the flats where I fish.
    To hear that noise, get in the water and listen.
    Fish can hear better than you can, their whole body
    reads pressure waves. Compare that to the size of your eardrums.
    Still, for more info check here for tons of info on 13 whalers:

    http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum4/HTML/004249.html

    You can extend the ledge using 1-1/4 inch angle aluminum
    fastened into the ledge and extended along the sides of the hull.
    Then using 1x2 fir braces from the deck up to the underside
    of the angle aluminum to support the cantilevered end,
    and attach a 1/4 inch plywood bulkhead to, to enclose the end of
    and support the new decks.
     
  7. dustinroedding

    dustinroedding Well-Known Member

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    You're the man Brett! That site has some great options and your opinion on the noise of trolling motors is dually noted. I'm in college at UCF right now so I lack sufficient funds for major upgrades but my next will probably have to be a decent push pole because the bamboo stick I'm using right now ain't that strong. Poling is definitely a better option but my family is from fort myers so when I go down there the trolling motor is almost essential for mangrove fishing. Thanks for the advice though, I'll probably be using your idea this week and give the 'ol whaler an upgrade.
     
  8. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    I expect to see pictures!
    Before, during and after.


    I do enjoy those build pics... ;)
     
  9. copperhead

    copperhead Well-Known Member

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    You're really into that boat porn aren't you Brett :)
     
  10. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Serious hardcore boat junkie, that's me.
    My browser history reads full of engine tech sites, builders forums,
    web-zines from micro to uber monster yachts. Links to marine supply
    stores, lumber yards, coastal maps and aerial images.
    When I got married, I told the wife she'd never have
    to worry about another woman, just the other boats!

    The best part of build pics and modifications, is seeing other
    people's solutions to using the limited space allowed by their hull.
    You can never tell when one of those solutions is gonna be useful.
     
  11. copperhead

    copperhead Well-Known Member

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    Ok, if you're a serious boat junkie, answer this...

    When in the finishing stages of building a boat, are you already thinking of what your are going to do different on the next build? Before the current boat evens hits the water?
     
  12. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    I've already drawn up the plans for my next build.
    Cartoppable tunnel cat, all deck, smaller motor.
    1 man flyfishing boat. The "Polecat"
    Less fiberglass and epoxy.
    Marine plywood, no scarf joints
    monocoque construction

    I learned too much to list during the construction of the Slipper.
    All will end up being used in the Polecat
     
  13. copperhead

    copperhead Well-Known Member

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    Never ends...you're fine, get out of rehab and next thing you know I have CAD program up and running on the laptop.....
     
  14. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Here's when the next boat was already being planned... ;D

     
  15. copperhead

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    Interesting idea...I've got a design done for a small Texas sled tapered back to a cat tunnel type of stern; probably never see the light of day....
    If you ever get down to the Ft. Pierce area, please stop by..