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Headhunter's 31' Contender Dive Conversion

Old 01-07-2013, 10:04 AM
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Arrow Headhunter's 31' Contender Dive Conversion

Headhunter a Hull Truth member who likes to shoot cobia off the backs of bull sharks is having Boathaus & Line-X completely makeover his Contender.The center console was removed and moved forward to a side console. The old center console area was converted to a dive tank storage area, & the boat received a massive new hardtop! We sprayed an ice blue Line-X XS650 to create a new marine non-skid capable of standing up to hard spearfishing! We also apply Line-X Xtra in color to aid in cleaning and provide an easy repair option down the road.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:22 AM
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WOW! I am beyond thrilled at how this is coming out. And as soon as I read about the work Brian and Linex were doing, I knew it was the perfect product for my build. Spearfishing is rough on boats, and in my previous boats I have always been a nervous wreck about tanks, weight belts, and big green fish with spear shafts stuck in them destroying the deck. I can't express how nice it will be to have this level of protection on the deck, and not have to stress it. Sure, drop your weight belts, swing that 60# cobia over the gunwale green as hell with 3 shafts sticking out of it. You can't phase me

Brian, thanks so much for fitting us in, and doing it in such a timely manner while not sacrificing quality! Based on the pictures I am confident it will exceed expectations. I can't wait to see it in person!!

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:34 AM
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Looks nice R. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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Thanks C. I really think many in the spearfishing community will start applying this product. I'll post reviews once I have time to put some hours on it. Should be back in Jupiter just in time for a lot of this in the upcoming months:
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Originally Posted by head_hunter View Post
Thanks C. I really think many in the spearfishing community will start applying this product. I'll post reviews once I have time to put some hours on it. Should be back in Jupiter just in time for a lot of this in the upcoming months:
are you shitting me? you are crazier than i am.
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Originally Posted by head_hunter View Post
WOW! I am beyond thrilled at how this is coming out. Working with BoatHaus to turn my vision into a reality has been a dream come true. And as soon as I read about the work Brian and Linex were doing, I knew it was the perfect product for my build. Spearfishing is rough on boats, and in my previous boats I have always been a nervous wreck about tanks, weight belts, and big green fish with spear shafts stuck in them destroying the deck. I can't express how nice it will be to have this level of protection on the deck, and not have to stress it. Sure, drop your weight belts, swing that 60# cobia over the gunwale green as hell with 3 shafts sticking out of it. You can't phase me

Brian, thanks so much for fitting us in, and doing it in such a timely manner while not sacrificing quality! Based on the pictures I am confident it will exceed expectations. I can't wait to see it in person!!
What all are you doing to the boat? Do I understand right that you are making it a side console?

The Line-X seems like the perfect product for divers. I hated bringing tanks on my boat. Was always scared somebody was going to tear it up.

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What all are you doing to the boat? Do I understand right that you are making it a side console?

The Line-X seems like the perfect product for divers. I hated bringing tanks on my boat. Was always scared somebody was going to tear it up.

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I was a little hesitant to share the build here because I figured I would be crucified for tearing up a beautiful contender. But what the hell.

It started as a 1998 Contender 31 cuddy. It will be a side console express layout when we are done with it. The CC layout is great for fishing but just not ideal for what we do. There is a lot of space in a CC but it is all divided up. We need one giant open cockpit. We carry a ridiculous amount of gear, tanks, dive scooters etc etc etc. I needed the dive-friendly layout of an express. And wanted the protection from the elements.

I tried to make it work with production outboard express like Pursuits and Gradys, but they weren't ideal either. Small cockpit compared to overall length. anything over 28' long is 10+' wide, wider than I care to trailer. Not enough fishbox space. No true 24* hulls. Big fancy cabins I'd rarely use.

What drove me to the Contender 31 cuddy for this build was:
-1200 qts of in-deck fishbox space. Nuff said
-24* deadrise, nuff said.
-32'x9.5' dimensions. Easy trailering anywhere with a 3/4 ton diesel pickup.
-small utilitarian cabin that I can hose out. No frills and extra weight. No windows, no headliner.
-tons of in-deck storage.
-deck layout that lends itself well to our goals.
-The inspiration came from my friend, a commercial diver in the gulf, who built an awesome pilothouse commercial spearing boat on a 35 Contender hull.

We are adding:
-9'x12' Hardtop and custom Pipework. This is all done and the work is amazing.
-center island where CC was, will house 12 tanks stored vertically. Steel tanks are heavy and we went to great lengths to make sure the weight was down low, and on the centerline. This will have that massive weight 24" below deck height, on-center. Hatch with seating on top
-4 more Roll Control tank racks on each side for a total of 20 spots. Plenty of places for more if needed.
-31" wide console to the left of the the tank island. Single bolstered helm seat.
-Makrolon polycarbonate enclosure. Will tie hard top into existing cabin.
-Linex protective nonskid.
-New (to me) Suzuki 250 4-strokes, new Garmin electronics.


In the end I will have a trailerable expedition spearfishing vessel with few limitations. I can dive 6 people for day trips, 4 for overnights, carry 20+ tanks and all our other crap. Plenty of fishbox for anything we catch. Trailer it anywhere in the Southeast, splash and do overnight trips and/or tournaments anywhere within 150 miles of the dock. All for much less than a 33' Pursuit or Grady would cost, and a much more capable boat for what we do. We put over 400 hours on my Pursuit last year, and 3k miles on the trailer, and have even bigger adventures planned for this rig.

So, feel free to ask questions. And if you want to blast me for ripping up a beautiful fishing boat, thats cool too.

Rob
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are you shitting me? you are crazier than i am.
LOL. This is the video that screen grab came from if you wanna check it out.
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Originally Posted by head_hunter View Post
We are adding: 9'x12' Hardtop and custom Pipework.
are you having the pipework linex'd as well?
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What are you doing for the dive ladder?

And what is Makralon??

Lets plan a trip to meet in the Tortugas by boat. That would be fun. I'll pick up Bubba on my way down.

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That thing is gonna be killer. Id put an upper station and do away with the console completely. Huge deck space like that.
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Originally Posted by too.late View Post
are you having the pipework linex'd as well?
Not now. Its too pretty, and I am trying to keep costs down. May do it down the road if the alum gets beat up.

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What are you doing for the dive ladder?

And what is Makralon??

Lets plan a trip to meet in the Tortugas by boat. That would be fun. I'll pick up Bubba on my way down.

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Armstrong Swing ladder. They are awesome, and the bracket just replaces the bracket from the standard Armstrong ladder, with a couple new holes.

Makrolon (spelling?) is a semi-rigid polycarbonate enclosure material. Marketed under Rainier Windows
http://www.rainierwindows.com
Going to model the enclosure after this Everglades: http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...oat_id=2540361

Hell yea, count me in for a tortugas trip! Would you trailer to KW or tow to Marco/Naples and run from there?
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Originally Posted by head_hunter View Post
Not now. Its too pretty, and I am trying to keep costs down. May do it down the road if the alum gets beat up.
i gotcha.... when do you think she will be all done?
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That thing is gonna be killer. Id put an upper station and do away with the console completely. Huge deck space like that.

I don't see Rob up in the tower on a long trip with all his dive buddies sleeping in bean bags down below.

Or we can hit the Middle Grounds buddy boating.

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Originally Posted by head_hunter View Post

Hell yea, count me in for a tortugas trip! Would you trailer to KW or tow to Marco/Naples and run from there?

I'd run down from here. Maybe fuel up in Ft Myers and head straight there.

I'll check that ladder out.

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Looks like a great project. I've seen pictures of the 35 express you mentioned, it's definitely set up to dive. You're lucky to have boat haus there. Wish they were here in South Louisiana! They're very talented.

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On the tower thing, I may add one later. But a lower station will be necessary. Keeping it as compact as possible.

I'd run down from here. Maybe fuel up in Ft Myers and head straight there.
Damn thats like like 200 miles each way. You will pass a ton of killer bottom on the way though. Definitely down for a buddy trip to the middle grounds too, when we can keep enough fish to justify the run. Are ARS and gags ever open at the same time over there?

Hoping to have it home in a few weeks. Can't wait!!
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Looking good .
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On the tower thing, I may add one later. But a lower station will be necessary. Keeping it as compact as possible.



Damn thats like like 200 miles each way. You will pass a ton of killer bottom on the way though. Definitely down for a buddy trip to the middle grounds too, when we can keep enough fish to justify the run. Are ARS and gags ever open at the same time over there?

Hoping to have it home in a few weeks. Can't wait!!
Who knows on gags/ARS.

But there is always scamps, big hogs, mango, AJs, and lobster. Feb/Mar is pretty good too, sometimes find some decent blacks there in the winter.

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Holy shite. Shooting for cobia in the middle of bull sharks---Jesus Christ...
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