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Old 09-07-2019, 03:40 PM
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Does anyone have some guidelines/plans/dimensions for a BFT teeter board to use on a 23' Seacraft? Planning on building one this winter in the shop, want to see what I need for materials. I understand the board itself could just be a cut glassed sheet of marine ply, but what's best to use to mount in a swivel rod holder? Was thinking maybe a fillet table swivel mount but wasn't sure if it would hold up to the weight.
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Old 09-08-2019, 03:09 PM
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I’d fully explore possibilities of a transom or side door before attempting to board a heavyweight BFT over the gunnel of a 23 footer, especially if conditions are less than optimal.
you may ship some water through an open door, but it’s much less likely to radically tip the boat.
We lost three young strong men a couple years ago with just that scenario, 2 or 3 big YFT and lots of ice already in an on deck cooler, one more coming over the rail when everything shifted to the low side, boat rolled over, all hands lost.
Your teeter board will hold the fish high, and possibly dump it into the boat with considerable force too.
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Old 09-09-2019, 01:39 AM
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Originally Posted by nuffaredy View Post
I’d fully explore possibilities of a transom or side door before attempting to board a heavyweight BFT over the gunnel of a 23 footer, especially if conditions are less than optimal.
you may ship some water through an open door, but it’s much less likely to radically tip the boat.
We lost three young strong men a couple years ago with just that scenario, 2 or 3 big YFT and lots of ice already in an on deck cooler, one more coming over the rail when everything shifted to the low side, boat rolled over, all hands lost.
Your teeter board will hold the fish high, and possibly dump it into the boat with considerable force too.
Trust me I have thought about it. We have already man handled a 400 lb BFT over the side, surprisingly the boat was extremely stable after shifting some weight to the opposite side. I transom door would be in the future when I can justify a total transom replacement, but in the interim I think a board would do the trick. Was also thinking that a pulley on the end of the board would help to "brake" the fish as it goes into the boat. Use some mechanical advantages to pull it in and ease it down so-to-speak.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:36 AM
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i believe there was a thread on CSC about a teeter board
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:57 PM
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last winter we got a 600# bft into the boat with a comealong & it worked but less than ideal since I have bought a 7000# block & tackle & recently used it to effortlessly get a 520# blue marlin in my boat. which is also 23' we hooked one pulley to the top & the other pulley to the fishes tail & pulled the fish tail first 1/2 to 2/3 over the gunnwal & then easily handled the front of the fish into the boat. not doughting your idea but I just cant imagine bringing a 90" bft sideways over the side & into a 23' boat

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Old 09-13-2019, 06:00 AM
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Originally Posted by BHBell View Post
i believe there was a thread on CSC about a teeter board
I think your right, I'll do a search over there.
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Old 09-13-2019, 06:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Timex View Post
last winter we got a 600# bft into the boat with a comealong & it worked but less than ideal since I have bought a 7000# block & tackle & recently used it to effortlessly get a 520# blue marlin in my boat. which is also 23' we hooked one pulley to the top & the other pulley to the fishes tail & pulled the fish tail first 1/2 to 2/3 over the gunnwal & then easily handled the front of the fish into the boat. not doughting your idea but I just cant imagine bringing a 90" bft sideways over the side & into a 23' boat
I think a lot has to do with the seacraft being a straight inboard, with great centered weight and closed transom. We had three guys on the boat, two had a gaff and one had the trail wrap. Trust me, it took a few heaves to get it in, but it wasn't as bad as we thought. It was a 90" 393 lb fish. We put the filled livewell on the opposite side of the boat, along with the ice cooler and any other ransom gear. When the fish was on the gunnel I can't really say the boat felt like it was leaning over that much, if at all. It is also important to note that the conditions were 1 ft seas that day, and if it was rougher out my tune may be different.

Now we lucked out that day it was a manageable size fish, and moving forward I'd like to be more prepared so I don't have to drag a fish in from the bank. I don't just fish the Seacraft, so it's hard justifying redoing the whole transom at this time just to add a door. Have also contemplated a Gin pole, mounted up against the center console. I can't use my T-top, since its just mounted to the console and the console hinges for the engine.

I appreciate the responses thus far, thanks all.
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