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Bulkhead vs Freestanding 2nd Station

Old 01-10-2019, 12:42 PM
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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, 03:35 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, 03:54 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, 06:17 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, 02:55 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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