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Bulkhead vs Freestanding 2nd Station

Old 01-10-2019, 11:42 AM
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Default Bulkhead vs Freestanding 2nd Station

Looking at purchasing a new boat and need help sorting through pros/cons of either a bulkhead mounted or free standing 2nd station. Boat is a Parker 2320 SC. Thanks!
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:35 PM
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I like my second station on the stbd side, on the washboard, near the stern, so you can still run the boat while stuff is going on back there. (pic attached)
The charter boat I ran had 3, with another at the back bulkhead, which I rarely used. It always felt like an odd place to be.
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:54 PM
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How are you using the boat? On a 23' boat I'd just scamper back to the cockpit when I was needed. I was able to do this pretty effectively on a 34' with the helm pretty far forward. With cockpit size you're looking at, I'd say against the wheelhouse so as not to clutter your open space.
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Old 01-10-2019, 05:17 PM
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Freestanding gets my vote.

​​​​​​It was asked here: Second station ?

There are a few posted in the link including my second station on a 2320 with a networked fishfinder on an articulating mount.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:55 AM
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I don't know why anyone would chose a free standing station over a bulkhead mount 2nd station especially on the 2320. The footprint on the bulkhead yields no loss of deck space. The freestanding station is right where a bottom fisherman would stand. Also, it's an easy pass thru to the cabin if you wanted easy access.
The further back mounted 2nd stations are useful for commercial fisherman/ crabbers/ individuals who are working solo or w/ one sternman hauling pots, etc..

My vote is for bulkhead mounted...that's what I was going to do w/ my Parker 2830 and certainly Would do with the 2320.
PS: That is a serious battle wagon: the Parker 2320 very capable offshore hull with amazing fuel economy. Nice choice! Are you getting the 4.2l 300 on the bracket? The tuna / dive door option on the transom and the Livewell option IN the transom? I'd do that too.
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:01 AM
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Thanks guys. The biggest reason I'm leaning toward the 2320 is overall size and versatility. I dry rack at Sunset and the 2520 would be outside the specs they could fit - sure I could look at another marina, but if you've been to Sunset before, you'd understand why the wife and kids (and me) enjoy it there. I like the 2320 for offshore capability (of course depending on weather), the deck space and comfort of the pilot house for Oct through April. 50% would be 20+ mile runs out front and 50% inshore or back bay. There are several times I fish alone or with my young children and definitely see the need for a second station with a PH boat. Last year I was caught a few times in a pop-up storm and sure wished I had a full enclosure to stay dry. I honestly could go either way with the 2nd station but must say the view and functionality of a free standing station back further felt much better for those sole runs and docking.

The one I'm looking at is a 2018 leftover with tuna door, bracketed 250 Yamaha with free standing 2nd station, live well in transom. My wife has no interest to overnight so the berths on these are not much of a factor other than for storage and resting spot for the kids (or that one friend that thinks its great to binge the night before and can't handle tight rollers)

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