How could I fasten a piece of plywood over my open bow?

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by Arminius, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. LTD.330

    LTD.330 Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Lake Erie
    1999 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPI
    Wingless aka FredM aka Armnius is a troll. He gets off on peeps trying to validate his preposterous assertions. Stop feeding the troll and ignore these bait threads.
     
  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    You think so? The guy is spending real money on some of these hair brained projects. I find both his project resume as well as his approach (never accept challenges or logic) to be quite entertaining.
     
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  3. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    New England & South Florida
    None!
    None
    Where is GW when you need him.......
     
  4. blaster

    blaster Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F-250 CCLB 6.2 4x4 3.73 rear.
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    I’m sure Gary is just chomping at the bit waiting to get into this one.
     
  5. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
  6. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    I'm thinking if he mounts the cover on a hinge and adds a kick-stand, he can stand it up and use it as a sail!!
     
  7. Absolut Summer First Mate

    Absolut Summer First Mate New Member

    3
    Nov 14, 2020
    205 Sport
    5.0 Mercruiser
    So can you remove this on water? Seems like getting to your anchor well would be a pain. If so just make sure you pull your anchor lines in before reinstalling. It would suck to cut them with the prop...
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  8. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim Active Member

    343
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB, 150 & 5 Mercs
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    WOW, what nostalgia!

    I didn't know that the African Queen and My Three sons ever acted together.
     
  9. Arminius

    Arminius Active Member

    309
    Oct 30, 2019
    Seattle
    Bowrider 200 Select, 2003
    5.0L MPI, 260 hp w/Alpha 1 Drive
    This cover is not removable after launching. Having beached the boat, I could retrieve the bow anchor and tie it to something sturdy. I carry a 4' chunk of rebar, looped at one end and sharpened at the other. Maybe the plywood deck could be a landing platform for an anchor line drone. Boats don't last forever and you don't get value out of them at the end so you might as well use them hard. Gave my last boat to my brother on the other coast. This Columbia Law grad finally admitted he is incapable of maintaining it which is satisfying in its own way.
     
  10. blaster

    blaster Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F-250 CCLB 6.2 4x4 3.73 rear.
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    Is it walkable?
     
  11. Stingrayaxe

    Stingrayaxe Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 29, 2015
    Crystal Lake
    2009 Sea Ray 205 Sport
    2015 Chevy Tahoe, Max Towing
    5.0 Merc Alpha 1
    A couple of good waves over that bow and a submarine is exactly what he will have. A submarine with a wood door.

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  12. Absolut Summer First Mate

    Absolut Summer First Mate New Member

    3
    Nov 14, 2020
    205 Sport
    5.0 Mercruiser
    Install a periscope and he would be in business. upload_2020-12-1_13-46-24.jpeg

     
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  13. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim Active Member

    343
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB, 150 & 5 Mercs
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    I buy my boats new, maintain them meticulously and always garage keep them. They get run hard, but never put away wet.

    My last boat was 35 years old when we sold her. The capital cost investment turned out to be less than $180 / year. The selling price was about 4x above blue book. I consider that not too shabby of an investment. Because of the care, the maintenance costs were pretty low as well.

    The new owner is tickled pink that he got a boat that looks like new and performs flawlessly. To him, that boat had quite a bit of "value".
     
  14. Espos4

    Espos4 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    You could mount your “On-Star” antenna on the center where the boards meet. Wire it to an altimeter so it’ll send an automatic SOS call once the bow goes under. That way the coast guard will have the GPS coordinates of where to start looking for you.
     
  15. Arminius

    Arminius Active Member

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    Oct 30, 2019
    Seattle
    Bowrider 200 Select, 2003
    5.0L MPI, 260 hp w/Alpha 1 Drive
    Cell based systems don't work on the high seas. I was planning on installing a pipe flange over the overlap and the fence post leg with 4" deck screws. I could screw in a radar reflector if I had to motor home in the fog or wanted to impress the tribes with my hood ornament. IMG_0566[1].JPG
     
  16. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim Active Member

    343
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB, 150 & 5 Mercs
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    You complained about having OnStar. So, if your wife had an accident you would not want her to press the button because it would be an invasion of your privacy.

    So, why would you deliberately want your boat to become visible?
     
  17. Arminius

    Arminius Active Member

    309
    Oct 30, 2019
    Seattle
    Bowrider 200 Select, 2003
    5.0L MPI, 260 hp w/Alpha 1 Drive
    Have to cross shipping lanes twice to return from Sucia. Large freighters and containerships only have one screw and change course or stop very slowly. They will sound their horns if they see something in front of them.
    Going slowly, semi-planing, about the only metallic, radar reflecting portion of my boat significantly above the water line is the windshield frame. You'd have to put it on the stealth pylon down at Area 51 to find out what sort of signature it would have, who knows. I think having a radar reflector stowed alongside the engine to be screwed into the already mounted flange on the high riding bow is good cheap planning. Fleeing is not an option in the fog.

    In the "Hollywood" movie suppose Brad Pitt had a 911 button on his dash and Squeaky put her finger on it and insisted upon her proposal upon threat of telling the cops they already had. Pitt would have become one of Manson's homicidal zombies.
     
  18. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim Active Member

    343
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB, 150 & 5 Mercs
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    Wooden panels, galvanized pipe and sharp edged sheet metal. Yup, I changed my mind.

    Boats have no value.
     
  19. blaster

    blaster Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F-250 CCLB 6.2 4x4 3.73 rear.
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    I’d invest in a good radio with AIS and a larger boat.
     
  20. Arminius

    Arminius Active Member

    309
    Oct 30, 2019
    Seattle
    Bowrider 200 Select, 2003
    5.0L MPI, 260 hp w/Alpha 1 Drive
    A cluster of gentle and festive sliver metallicized helium birthday balloons inflated with a small tank, tethered with kite string, deployed as necessary, should have a substantial radar signature without offensive sharp edges.
     

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