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Old 05-21-2020, 04:35 PM
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So my question is this. A lot of companies are making boats with the side tuna -walk through door on the port or starboard side of the boat. Iíve wondered what people think of them after they bought the boat. Do they like that setup, had problems with it not leaking or rattling or wish they didnít buy that setup. I have no fight in this, just strictly wondering peopleís views.
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I wouldnít own another boat without one. My new Intrepid that is on the way has the best dive door set-up in the business with the fold out ladder under the deck.

The last one on my Boston Whaler would shoot water in the boat depending on the seas.
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^^ Agreed. It is a must have in my opinion.
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A properly built side door should not let water in (well minimal) there is a brand of boat built here that has the steps/ladder built into the door, when it is opened (it opens downwards) you just use the inside of the door as steps, it works a treat and a few are copying it now.
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Originally Posted by Magnanimous View Post
So my question is this. A lot of companies are making boats with the side tuna -walk through door on the port or starboard side of the boat. Iíve wondered what people think of them after they bought the boat. Do they like that setup, had problems with it not leaking or rattling or wish they didnít buy that setup. I have no fight in this, just strictly wondering peopleís views.
I think those side doors are intended as more of a dive door than a tuna door. they serve both purposes well,
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depends on how close to the waterline it is. Close or at the waterline? No way unless you want it to sink.

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have heard mixed opinions/first hand experience on water penetration (much depends on the quality of the boat) -probably best if you dive or fish/catch really large tuna or swords-we opted to not put one on our boat-also, it is an expensive add on if you do not need it
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I think itís most useful to get on off the boat from dock to be honest. But I would be all for a properly done 2 piece door but I hate these new boats where one side of the boat is messed up for fishing because the door removes the normal toe kick and gunwale to lean against.
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I enjoy the port door on my Jupiter center console, works great and no downside.
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I think Intrepid has it down to a science at this point.



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This is a great conversation.
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No door on my Grady or WorldCat. Two doors on the Lumacat and buddy’s Lumacat. I was against wasting the money on Any door. Boy was I wrong. Even when on the trailer, the door is great to have. We even have fold out tackle storage in our door cavities.
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Originally Posted by MajSchaefer View Post
I think Intrepid has it down to a science at this point.


That is some beefy looking hardware.
What is the blue X for?
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intrepid hardware has always been top shelf
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I have one on my 36 Invincible. It's not perfect, but I would 100% do it again. 36 wasn't designed to have a door. It's a retro-fit and there are some manufactures that have slicker set-up for sure. My favorite is the Sea Vee 39 that is a one piece vs the more common 2-piece designs that have gunwhale section that needs to be folded over. There is also no way to convince me that any hullside door doesn't lessen torsional rigidity vs a solid hullside.

It does leak some. It's mostly when HS wahoo trolling or heading down sea and hitting the back of a wave...anything that squats the rear end into the water more. More annoying for people in bean bags during crossings than while wahoo fishing. If you look at the 36 Inv dive door, it's pretty close to the waterline. Better for entry/exit, worse for keeping water out. Some designs are higher up the hull sides, sometimes to the point they don't even look like they'd be that easy to use. On the balance, I 'll take the functionality of the lower threshold as that's the whole reason I got a door.

For most of our spearfishing in the Bahamas, we just get in at the transom when going spot to spot

With the kids, we almost always use the door. I like keeping them away from the engines.

I rarely use the ladder. My set up has a detachable ladder and I don't even keep it on the boat. I like the designs that have a built-in retractable ladder better. I did use it on a family trip to the abacos last year. With out the side door and ladder, my 74 year old mother would have been confined to the boat. With it, she was able to snorkle and hit all of the stingray/turtle/sandbar spots and spend invaluable quality time with her kids and grandkids. That alone made the purchase price and hassles well worth cost/trade off

I did use it as a tuna door once when an unexpected YFT was landed and the gaff was stowed. Flipped the door open and pulled it in.
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There is no doubt it is convenient. I chose not to add it to my boat because I felt sure that making a cut in a ringed structure would have to weaken the structural integrity of that structure. When we have boats that take a lot of pounding from riding in a rough ocean, I do not want any weakness in that structural integrity.
I would be surprised if there is not more vibration in a boat with such a cutout door although I am just as sure that owners with such a cutout door will likely say they have no such vibration or structural integrity loss.
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Originally Posted by SeaPro48 View Post
That is some beefy looking hardware.
What is the blue X for?
The blue X on the bottom left of the photo is where my fuel bladder disconnect will be. The blue X on the right is a speaker placement.

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