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Converting my 1981 egg harbor to a center console

Old 02-03-2019, 03:18 PM
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Hi everyone my names iain and I purchased my egg harbor 2 seasons ago and it’s home is lake St.clair in Michigan. I was recently sent a picture of my boat converted into a center console and fell in love with the idea. Personally the center console would be a way better fit boat wise. My egg harbor now is a lot more boat then what I need or ever use. So I guess to get to the point I don’t have any experience with these conversations and can’t find anything on the internet and am looking to get advise tips or somone one to tell me I’m crazy and leave the boat alone. The boat currently is is decent shape, cosmetically needs TLC on the exterior and interior but it is a running driving boat that I use weekly during the summers. Thanks so much to anyone that can help and I have hundreds if pictures of anyone would like to see more !!!
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Ok,... so my first thought is,.... Youíre not concerned about being able to get out of the rain or weather up there?
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Thus could be interesting. Get a few more posts so you can upload pictures.
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Originally Posted by NedLloyd View Post
Ok,... so my first thought is,.... Youíre not concerned about being able to get out of the rain or weather up there?
Not at all ned!
ive never taken an over night trip and typically i drive about a mile to a nice sandy beach and park for the day with friends on weekends. Thats about as far as my boating experience goes during the season
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i tried to upload pictures but seems not to be working any help?
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Need min 10 posts I think before you can post pics. Put up another 7 posts and you should be good.
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Originally Posted by Aliboy View Post
Need min 10 posts I think before you can post pics. Put up another 7 posts and you should be good.
thanks ill get that done and upload pictures asap
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Probably better off selling the Egg and buy a Center Console
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I've long wanted to rebuild a 31 Bert into a fire breathing, Gulf chop smashing 700 HP diesel CC....just havent had the spare 200K, 3 years and most of my soul to commit to it...YMMV.
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Originally Posted by Eggmarshall View Post
Not at all ned!
ive never taken an over night trip and typically i drive about a mile to a nice sandy beach and park for the day with friends on weekends. Thats about as far as my boating experience goes during the season
fair enough.

I guess I use my boat differently than most these days. I like to be able to go out on Friday evening and come back on Sunday any time I want to, and not worry about the weather.
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33ft or 37ft Egg Harbor?

converting over to outboards as well?
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Old 02-03-2019, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Eggmarshall View Post
Hi everyone my names iain and I purchased my egg harbor 2 seasons ago and itís home is lake St.clair in Michigan. I was recently sent a picture of my boat converted into a center console and fell in love with the idea. Personally the center console would be a way better fit boat wise. My egg harbor now is a lot more boat then what I need or ever use. So I guess to get to the point I donít have any experience with these conversations and canít find anything on the internet and am looking to get advice tips or someone one to tell me Iím crazy and leave the boat alone. The boat currently is is decent shape, cosmetically needs TLC on the exterior and interior but it is a running driving boat that I use weekly during the summers. Thanks so much to anyone that can help and I have hundreds if pictures of anyone would like to see more !!!

You or someone with an Egg Harbor could probably best answer your question ,I have a Chris Craft Cutlass (Cuddy Cabin) that I love but kinda think I'd love a center console more , that said I have researched the Cutlass versus the Center Console and they are the same hull and I believe they can be converted with minimal effort provided you have the parts, On my boat the cuddy cabin looks easy to remove its screwed on , just pop it off easy peasy and what is left is the same as a Center Console (nothing unsightly) , however the the problem occurs when you now longer have your console in short you need parts precisely a center console, with a center console and possibly new seats if and that's a big if. If your Egg Harbor is similar to a Chris Craft Cutlass a conversion is doable without too much expense . My advice do some research and find out what you have to work with on your Egg Harbor research is the answer!
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Originally Posted by Chris Craft Cutlass View Post
You or someone with an Egg Harbor could probably best answer your question ,I have a Chris Craft Cutlass (Cuddy Cabin) that I love but kinda think I'd love a center console more , that said I have researched the Cutlass versus the Center Console and they are the same hull and I believe they can be converted with minimal effort provided you have the parts, On my boat the cuddy cabin looks easy to remove its screwed on , just pop it off easy peasy and what is left is the same as a Center Console (nothing unsightly) , however the the problem occurs when you now longer have your console in short you need parts precisely a center console, with a center console and possibly new seats if and that's a big if. If your Egg Harbor is similar to a Chris Craft Cutlass a conversion is doable without too much expense . My advice do some research and find out what you have to work with on your Egg Harbor research is the answer!
Guys,it will be far easier and cheaper to sell what you have before butchering it up and get the setup you want.Glass work is dirty,expensive and hard to get right without hiring a pro,or working through the learning curve.Your boats have structural integrity because of the way they were designed.Modifying them without having some engineering input will result in a flexi flyer.Not saying it can't be done,but if you need to ask opinions on a project like this,you may not be ready to tackle it.All due respect.
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Old 02-04-2019, 07:27 AM
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Please, Please just sell the boat and buy a CC, It's going to take 6 months to a year to do it, you may end up with something cool but your going to spend a psychotic amount of money to get it done, your never going to get anything close back in resale and if you ever want to sell it you may not be able to do it.
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The right advice is the sell and buy something else advice.

Many people don't take good advice, though, and the result is some of the most awesome threads on THT. So for you I am hoping you listen and sell, but for me I am hoping you go ahead with the conversion and document it with lots and lots of pictures and progress reports.

It can be done well, and can be done in a way that will result in a good boat. The problem is there will be a huge amount of time and money required for that, and even with lots of time and money you are not guaranteed a good result.
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Old 02-04-2019, 07:57 AM
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I did just what you're talking about in 1980. I worked for Egg Harbor at the time and the 30 foot model was taken out of production. Got a bare hull and a pair of Volvo diesels used it as a charter boat for years. Ran great and was well balanced.

Not sure it it makes sense for you but it can be done. What model is yours?
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A couple photos

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This seems like a cool idea. Can’t wait to see it.
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Not even worth considering. Cut my teeth on an Egg Harbor for many years as a mate. Can't even imagine cutting one apart to make it into a CC, unless you do what Logman did and start with a bare hull. Much more economical, (and just common sense) to sell the Egg and buy a center console that suits your needs.
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:12 AM
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I think sailfishquepos would be a good man for this job!
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