Its pretty close to midship, mounted to the hull structure on an aluminum cradle. Might be an option but that would also require a lot of refab, and it would change how the boat sits in the water and how it rides. Its a 50 imp gal tank and would involve moving hatches and all kinds of stuff.Where is the fuel tank? If it’s in the stern and gets moved up front you may see some results.
Im not sure its that easy, unless he wants to seal the scuppers up and find a buyer who doesnt need/want a self bailing deck. Or a buyer who wants a self bailing deck but doesnt care about TC certification or swamping himself and his guests. Its such a tough situation, idk what the solution is right now. Think I probably need to sleep on itShit man that sucks. Don't compromise though, I'd get him to sell yours and start fresh. That's a major error on his part. Feel bad for all parties involved.
No pics of the finished pod, but lots in this thread of it during the build process. Its got about 3-4" on each side it could theoretically be widened without interfering with the trim tabs. I dont think thatll provide the buoyancy required for another 3-4" of deck height in relation to the waterline though.What a shitty situation. Seems like he needs to build a deeper hull with a higher deck. How established is the builder? Do you have any pics of the back of the boat/pod?
That would be an ideal solution but I dont want to leave him holding the bag on this boat. Its beautifully crafted and otherwise perfect, save for that 1 glaring issue. Its a huge issue for me obviously though, not something I can look past.3” is shit ton in my opinion. Honestly for a forever boat I would be inclined to make him build you a new one. If you are like me at all any mods at this point will feel like a band aid. Good luck...that sucks
I agree. Any pod modifications, engine swaps (i dont want an etec anyways), etc would just be patching up the problem. Raising the deck with some kind of subfloor structure would create more problems by making the gunnals and stern rails too low. Sealing off the scuppers would fix the issue, but thats not what I ordered so it might work for someone else but not for me.Oh wow that is a serious issue. 3" is a huge change to achieve, core architecture has to change.
The one change that pops into mind would be to hang an Etec G2 on it, those weigh 180 kg compared to Suzuki at 240 kg, would also have a lot more torque and dealers have big factory incentives to move them.
But... even though 135 lb off the transom would help, would it be enough to make the 3"? If I was the builder, any offer to build a new boat would be strictly one time only, you don't get to try a bunch of ideas before finally asking for a new hull.
Short answer: gravity never fails.Yup that sucks but I have to ask, why is the self bailing deck so important to you. Done right a properly plumbed and with the right pump set ups you can get rid of water just as fast or faster with pumps. This is providing your batteries are up to snuff of course.
But if It’s a must for you and you specified to the builder what you wanted is it not up to him to build you the boat you requested and build you the boat he said he was going to build you.