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Old 12-28-2019, 10:26 PM
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So I soon will be building a 28' WhiteWater CC, it has a flat forward deck with a huge under deck fish box. If I went with a coffin box on top I am not sure what I want to store underneath the coffin box.
Knowing it will take added time to get to what ever is underneath the coffin box, putting any emergency/ survival gear underneath is out of the question. Maybe a spare anchor, tool kit, spare props and parts can be stored there, what would you guys store underneath the coffin box.
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Old 12-29-2019, 03:43 AM
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Can you have Whitewater install a hydraulic or electric hatch lifter to lift the hatch and coffin together? If so, that would be the way to go.

Buckets, cast nets, extra fresh water for island trips, etc
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Nothing, it gets wet in there no matter what I do to try and prevent it. It always gets cracked open after putting the cover on to prevent mildew

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I have classic 25 contender and have the same set up. The only time I put anything in there is island runs. Then it’s ice with a few 2 liters with cooler gel which turns that into one big block of ice.

if you can get the hydro lift I’d put it in and put fenders and extra line, anchor ball in it. It’s just too much of a pita to do it with all the storage I have.

the coffin was one of the beet things I added to the boat.
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Originally Posted by mshugg View Post
Can you have Whitewater install a hydraulic or electric hatch lifter to lift the hatch and coffin together? If so, that would be the way to go.

Buckets, cast nets, extra fresh water for island trips, etc
definitely worth it. A buddy has a setup just like this on a Hells bay CC. The storage under his actually gets used since it can be accessed with a button...
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I grew up in in Miami during the 1980's, bodies under the coffin box, what a great idea!
Thanks for that one.
It seems it would be very nice to fish around, layout and sun on and place things on the top of the coffin box for temporary conveenience.
I have not yet talked to Norman on how he rigs the opening system of the under hatch. I like the idea of putting my life rafts, ditch kits and other survival gear in the coffin box for it's ease of access and the fact that it is away from anything that would explode or catch on fire.
Can anyone with a 28' WW that has the coffin box, post a picture or two on how their box is set up.
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Cast net and large fenders as it is often damp under the coffin box.
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My 28 does not have the top anchor hatch up on the bow and I'm not willing to spend the 500ish bucks for the piece from Norm. AND still have to install it.
But, I still want the gravity advantage of just dumping the anchor line behind me as I pull in the anchor and not having it all pile up on deck.
SO, I split the forward portion of the hatch lid just forward of the coffin box. Basically, the main hatch is tri-hinged.
Then, I built a starboard panel that slides into place inside the hatch that separates it into two.
In the forward section is my primary bruce anchor, 300 feet of rode, and the anchor ball.
In the aft section, I have a large rubbermaid bin that holds a spare prop, prop tools, spare filters, extra oil, etc.
In the actual anchor locker way up under the bow I have my heavy danforth, a rock anchor, and 600 feet of rode.

yes, the forward section that I created can get moldy due to the rode being damp all of the time, but hey, it's a boat. Any anchor locker will get that way. Crack it open and air it out. Spray some bleach on the mold. Whatever.
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the fish box under the coffin box is used as a fishbox. the coffin above keeps things dry so is used as storage for the days needs. seems simple
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In the keys I use my coffin box for fish as its easy to reach, easy to segregate fish into different parts for optimal icing, and drains out the side of the boat for easy clean up (vs. bilge for the area under it)

up north the coffin holds safety gear, camera equip, and gear that needs to be readily accessible (spare harpoon rigging, lunch, etc etc)

The area under the coffin is accessible with twin (non captive) Bennett hyd rams where you will find spare props, pelican case with “stuff”, poly balls, tow line(s) and other stuff I might need 1x a decade.
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Originally Posted by crossbones1 View Post
the fish box under the coffin box is used as a fishbox. the coffin above keeps things dry so is used as storage for the days needs. seems simple
Same here. However more often than not, our fish box ends up being a 120qt cooler because the massive fish box under the coffin is a PITA to pull fish out of and clean afterwards.


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Originally Posted by OffshoreApparel.com View Post
... because the massive fish box under the coffin is a PITA to pull fish out of and clean afterwards.


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and that's exactly why it may "seem simple", but it isn't as simple as it seems.
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Are you doing a troling motor? If so would it be possible (or wise) to install the 3 batteries & charger for them in there? I agree it seems like a PITA but great for rarely accessed items like spares and use for ice on trips
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it sure was simple on the ww i fished for 5 years and all the yellowfins ive fished on as well, but everyone has their own needs and desires. we always carried 5-600 lbs of ice and the big box allowed us to keep what we wanted without having to think about where we would store it and if we had enough ice. the good thing in this situation is norman can figure out how to accomodate your needs during the build so you'll b able to do what you want. if it were me i would keep an open mind and try to come up with a plan that allows for a great variety of situations as no matter how well planned you are properly utilizing the prized amount of space on a small boat will change a great deal as your situation changes. ww's do indeed have a large amount of usable space, much more so than other boats of the same size. good luck
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Originally Posted by crossbones1 View Post
it sure was simple on the ww i fished for 5 years and all the yellowfins ive fished on as well, but everyone has their own needs and desires. we always carried 5-600 lbs of ice and the big box allowed us to keep what we wanted without having to think about where we would store it and if we had enough ice. the good thing in this situation is norman can figure out how to accomodate your needs during the build so you'll b able to do what you want. if it were me i would keep an open mind and try to come up with a plan that allows for a great variety of situations as no matter how well planned you are properly utilizing the prized amount of space on a small boat will change a great deal as your situation changes. ww's do indeed have a large amount of usable space, much more so than other boats of the same size. good luck
you manually lifted your coffin box that was full with whatever and the hatch every time you caught a fish? Or did you have a hydraulic/electric ram that raised it for you?
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all boats i was on had a electric ram. the freeman up in venice la had the same thing if i remember right. the newer yf had a small hatch lid forward of the coffin box which led straight down into the fish box below. once we mentioned it to norman he said no problem and there it was at completion. catch a fish lift a small lid, drop it into the ice. easier than opening a cooler lid and the box stays super cold especially with the added insulation of the coffin on top. open it up a couple times a day to lift ice bags onto the fish and continue on. ez pz. small hand gaff at cleaning time to pull out the fish as necessary for cleaning. run hose in box after cleaning to melt ice, flip on the whale pump, clean the box and off you go. if you blieve the box is too big for everyday use im sure norman can figure how to partition it if that suits your needs.
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the electric ram definitely goes a long way in making the decision more simple. But not everyone has the electric ram or really has the desire to add one.
But, as you've shown, everyone has a different idea of how to best use their boat.
In my case, probably 95% of my fishing in the Keys can be handled with the floor fish box that is directly in front of the console. A 4 guy limit of snapper and grouper, more mahi than I ever want to clean, average sized wahoo (bent a little in the box), etc.
It leaves the coffin available for dry storage or spare ice, the main floor box for the items that I rarely need access to, and I don't have to worry about lifting a big coffin box or waiting for those rams to open and close. Especially with mahi, I'll do everything I can to get them straight into the fish box. Gaff fish, open hatch, fish goes in, hatch closes instantly. The more time I wait for the electric ram to open and close, the more time the fish has to thrash about, covering the boat in blood, whacking my dog in the face, impaling my crew with hooks, whatever.

Now, if I go swordfishing or if I were chasing 150+lb tuna out of Venice, I'd opt to use the coffin box or maybe even remove it entirely so that I could have instant access to the large floor box.

But again, it all depends on how each individual uses their boat.
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I don't have a coffin box. Buf IF I did, I would use it for fish. All the other crap can go below. One of the things I don't like about my 23T is how tough it gets to keep bending down to open the fish boxes. Forward or aft. When the action gets hand over fist the repetitive bending gets just a bit old. I suppose when you're in your 20's or 30's it's not a big deal. Sucks just a little when you're in your 60's.

And I'm surprised nobody said they had Jimmy Hoffa under a coffin box.
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