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Old 02-19-2013, 05:23 AM   #1
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Default Looking to add a tuna door -south shore.

Is there anyone that does mobile fiberglass repairs on the South Shore? I've discovered my mickey mouse gin pole is not going to cut it on fish over 80".

I'm thinking of adding a tuna door. I don't have enough trust in my fiberglass skills to do it myself and getting the boat hauled to a shop is not an option.

Looking to remove the swim platform or put it on a bracket (deal breaker with the wife), leave the transom rail intact and cut a door. The transom minorly flexes when were tight with fish already. So I don't think cutting the rail is a good idea.

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Old 02-19-2013, 05:32 AM   #2
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go with a higher gin pole, telescoping and a 12v winch for $50 from Harbor Freight
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Aluminum tuna "teeter"ramp will be much cheaper, and not require structural mods.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:47 AM   #4
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go with a higher gin pole, telescoping and a 12v winch for $50 from Harbor Freight

Worried about anything from harbor freight getting near salt water. Good idea though.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:10 AM   #5
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I'm planning on adding one to my SeaCraft in the spring but at the same time I'm completely redoing the entire boat. There is pretty good thread on classic SeaCraft right now showing a 23' SeaCraft on the capes progress. http://www.classicseacraft.com/commu...t=22887&page=4
Most people that I know who have added tuna doors to their boats add them during complete restorations as they were replacing the rotted transom anyhow. I don't know the age or the materials used when making your boat but wouldn't want you to open a can of worms when you only wanted to add a door.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:07 AM   #6
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That would be my luck Dan.
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John Doucette - J & D Fiberglass is one of the only mobile glass guys around here (based in Pembroke but has a fully-equipped truck). There are other great fiberglass guys but they work more out of their shops.

Jeff at East Coast Fiberglass in Marshfield might be worth a try too.
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John Doucette - J & D Fiberglass is one of the only mobile glass guys around here (based in Pembroke but has a fully-equipped truck). There are other great fiberglass guys but they work more out of their shops.

Jeff at East Coast Fiberglass in Marshfield might be worth a try too.
I had John do some work for us a few years back. You couldn't find the patched area with out me telling you where it was.
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I have been kicking around the samething and considering putting in a side door in my Topaz.

Capt. Collin Had one put in the Karen Lynn by someone that came to the boat and did a beautiful job. You could contact Collin through his website for the guys contact info.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:43 PM   #10
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http://scottsboatservice.com/TransomDoor.html

Here's a link to a great guy. Not sure he'll make the trip but he's a UMASS Engineering grad and we'll known for all kinds of boat repairs and mooring work. The above link shows steps to cutting a port side door.
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John Doucette - J & D Fiberglass is one of the only mobile glass guys around here (based in Pembroke but has a fully-equipped truck). There are other great fiberglass guys but they work more out of their shops.

Jeff at East Coast Fiberglass in Marshfield might be worth a try too.

Awesome thanks.
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Don't do anything, just invest towards another craft more suitable for your needs. You need a bigger, better boat!
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:23 AM   #13
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I'll lift her up for you..
get a pole at admirals metals for under 100 bucks and weld it up.
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We sealed the original tuna door in my blackfin becuase it wasn't big enough for a good size giant and installed another on the other side. I'll try to find some pics for you. The boats on the hard next to the flying bridge in Falmouth. Feel free to swing by and take a look if you're in the area. It may give you some ideas for yours.
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Here's a few pics from the inside and outside to give you some ideas. It's pretty basic and how many do it. We put in stern controls where the other door was and added a transom joystick. It's great for short handed giant fishing, but also fantastic for trolling for bass because I can stay in the back with customers.
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i got a quote to add a tuna door to my boat it is came back north of 8K
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:56 AM   #17
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make an offer on one of those boats that have been sitting on blocks for over 10 years!
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You goin in the side of the hull like putt putt?
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Tuna door ?
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