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I think you are on the right track with having only two seats enclosed, I think a bigger cabin is too much compromise with loss of deck space...especially it being a narrow walk around cabin, just doesnt seem worth it especially for a fishing specific rig (which I know it is LOL)...If the weather is that bad a couple guys in the cuddy and 3 could squeeze up front(cockpit) quite easily
....or ...what about leaving the back open with an extended hard top over all 4 seats but the enclosure only around the front two????...kinda like the T-top hardtops with a partial enclosuer..
Ill keep thinkin....
Great work so far nick!
After thinking about it long and hard I would keep it open at the back for extra guests and do a back to back seat thing like Johnny did on the Hourston with the photos Kelly put up. You can always enclose it with some canvas which is alot cheaper too. Sorry man but I think you will be beating your head against a post when you want the extra guests on board. You will maximize the fishability of her by doing so IMHO.
I agree like someone else said that making the cabin long enough for extra seats up front is going to waste your deck space. Having it just behind the front two seats is a waste as well for buddy factor. We are trying to have fun and function mixed together.
Just my 2 cents.
Originally Posted by Fishtofino
"If you're trying to go for tuna on the cheap you are just asking for trouble. The ocean is a mean bitch that wants to kill you. My 2 cents worth."
Nick, the more I thought about it the more I agree with sculpin...think of our trip to bam, when we put up the drop canvas on my 2452 the day of the hurricane (LOL), with a full beam cockpit and the canvas, access/visability to the gear would have been compromised (I find it restrictive even while cruising)...and thats a full beam cockpit yours will be much narrower which i think will really cause quick access to deck to be restricted...
we were out in some pretty nasty stuff that trip and the open rear cockpit did well for us (IMO), we didn't get soaked, but we still had the canvas for the really nasty day...a hard enclosure with open back I think is your best fishing option...
...and do an extended hardtop over the two rear seats please, as I plan to be a passanger on some of these trips!!! lol
didn't we call this a brainstorming web back in school? haha. very good points...while I was sitting in my first mock-up it definitly occured to me that a sealed rear cabin door would be limiting to accessing the rods. A rear canvas wuldn't be the worst and it would be in from the elements under the extended hardtop, so its look, and function should last longer. That and for the days to the lake with the miss, Im sure the open rear wall will be a big favorite.
we will see where this goes today and tommorrow with mock ups...pics to follow
good quality canvas will last a long time, as you said its out of the elements and when not in use will prob be tucked away somewhere protected and dry...the same type of use mine has seen most likely..
p.s. my canvas is original from 1993...not the prettiest, and the clear is not so clear anymore...but it does the trick especially for being near 20 years old
Lets hear your thoughts.....mocked up 3 designs which I thought would make for a good fit on the boat...
I already have a winner in my mind, but looking to hear what others think!!
a good few opinions would be really appreciated..Pics below!
Pic #1 Rear facing Windshield
Pic #2 Flat Faced 3 pain Windshield
Pic #3 Forward facing windshield
you know my pick...the slight rear facing slant...I like how the angle changes from cabin to windshield...unlike the OE windscreen that fallowed the cabin angle...google some of the newer trophy or striper factory W/A hard tops, I know they are all glass but have simular angles to what I think you are going for...Im a fan of that look, practical and simple too