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Old 11-16-2016, 02:25 PM   #21
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i think this should give me a best of both worlds scenario. I do like the "wings" on CCs but i dont like the idea of having to stow them, this would be kinda like a convertible in a sense..
I like it, but it does look kinda sketchy...
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Haven't decided what to do with it, it's on a console that is over 40" wide though.... It will need some alteration for narrower beamed boats
Lemme know what you plan on.
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Build thread would be much appreciated. Good winter follow.
If I go ahead with it I will certainly make a thread
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Old 11-16-2016, 04:36 PM   #24
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Lemme know what you plan on.
If you want it make an offer I guess I'll let you know when I take it off. I was going to try and salvage the Barton skin but it's way to small so I may just can it.
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Old 11-17-2016, 05:29 AM   #25
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I built my doghouse right on top of the existing console. Honestly even without the wings its pretty prrotected. My roof has camber so I don't get wet underneath either. Mine is glass over marine plywood, as long as your console is through bolted, or attached well I think you should be OK. I had a hard t top before and the whole doghouse is actually lighter.
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Old 11-17-2016, 08:51 AM   #26
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I plan on building a hybrid pilot/dog house on the Fishbone this winter. the top will have a brow/gutter system so when it rains water will go down the support legs in the back and not drip on your head or down your neck. the rear windows will be on piano hinges and will swing out to keep the cockpit dry while running and swing in for ease of walking around while fishing. the sides and back will have roll up Stamoid canvas pieces. these could be moved to another track on the outside edge of the top and attach to the gunnels or tuck in and attach to the console/leaning post. funds will determine if it will be built from AB plywood or Coosa/Penske board. it will be built on the existing console and replacing an aluminum tube T-top.

i think this should give me a best of both worlds scenario. I do like the "wings" on CCs but i dont like the idea of having to stow them, this would be kinda like a convertible in a sense..

if youre going to build it, make it exactly what you want and skip the "kit" idea IMHO


Very nice. What thickness plywood would you use for that?
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Old 11-17-2016, 09:03 AM   #27
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Very nice. What thickness plywood would you use for that?
Glassed right you could go 3/8" on the sides and 1/4" on the roof and be ungodly strong.
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I built a pilot house for my 23' SeaCraft about 8 years back. I looked all around for options, such as buying a ready made one, having one built and so on and was shocked at how expensive it was going to be. I was on a budget so paying $2,500-$5,000 for a pilot house was not an option. That's when I decided to build one myself with the help of my father and few friends. The frame was built out of high quality plywood that I bought from the local lumber store. I was given a partial roll of 1708 fiberglass and I was lucky enough to have a friend that had a Port supply account at West Marine that could get me very large discounts on 5 gallon buckets of polyester resins and hardeners. I had 0 experience with fiberglass going into the build. It was a learn as you go deal. In the end I had 100% functional pilot house that was built like a brick shit house. I mounted radar, 18' outriggers, 2 GPS antennas, and 1 VHF antenna from it. We installed the windows and gaskets ourselves that we got from a local glass guy. In the end the entire project cost me a little over a grand. It was commercial grade work, not yacht quality, but it was 100% functional and kept me dry when the weather turned. I also learned a lot about fiber glassing which would help me out later down the road with other projects that came up on the boat.
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Great job Dan. Thanks for sharing that with us.
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Didn't you way overbuild yours Dan? We had a convo about that a while back. My 20SF came with the same console as your boat has. I think I'm gonna butcher it down.
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Build thread would be much appreciated. Good winter follow.
build thread here
http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...e-project.html
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I was looking around for a pilothouse kit that I might be able to install on a 20-22 foot center console. Pretty much all I see are doghouses, not a real pilot house. I'm ok with an open back so long as you can close it with a curtain. I'm not ok with open sides.


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Bill - What kind of center console is it? What's the beam of the boat? I have one on my seacraft and it's great. Fibfab makes one you can step into . . . FYI . . . A pilot house you step into with 3 solid sides need a Green head fly paper mount and fly swatters for your passenger. They also get real HOT without a breeze (so make sure you get windows that open),

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Bill, Bay Sails Marine in Wellfleet sells pilothouses ready to go. They have one (had one maybe) right in the showroom. I was impressed and considered replacing my T top on my SeaCraft with one. I can't recall the price now but it was reasonable I thought and seemed like it was well built.
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Bill, Bay Sails Marine in Wellfleet sells pilothouses ready to go. They have one (had one maybe) right in the showroom. I was impressed and considered replacing my T top on my SeaCraft with one. I can't recall the price now but it was reasonable I thought and seemed like it was well built.
On their site they mention their relationship with Allied Boatworks, I wonder if that's who makes the pilothouses for them. http://www.alliedboatworks.com
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I pretty sure the bay sails wheelhouse is made by FibFab...its been in the window since I was a little kid, honestly long as I can remover and way longer than allied boats have been around.
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Bill - What kind of center console is it? What's the beam of the boat? I have one on my seacraft and it's great. Fibfab makes one you can step into . . . FYI . . . A pilot house you step into with 3 solid sides need a Green head fly paper mount and fly swatters for your passenger. They also get real HOT without a breeze (so make sure you get windows that open),

I decided to either hold and repower the Retro 18 or shop around for a NorthCoast 21 Hardtop or Parker 21 Sport Cabin.
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