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Thread: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

  1. #3001

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    I'll make the pockets, how high should they be? Since i will need to bend the plywood to the curve do u think 6mm ply would be enough?

    Need to work out how to get a sheet home

  2. #3002

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    The pockets are a very good thing. Here’s a photo of mine with an oar for size comparison. Note that there is a lip underneath where you can put your toes when fishing, it does help.

    Also, perhaps drill some holes in your current structure so that you can put rods or gaffs in them.

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  3. #3003

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    That looks awesome Ray i think i'll do mine from the floor just so i dont have to add a shelf

  4. #3004

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by gazza2006au View Post
    That looks awesome Ray i think i'll do mine from the floor just so i dont have to add a shelf
    I think you will be sorry when you can't put your feet under the pocket's.

  5. #3005

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    I understand that it would be easier to build it to the floor, but I reckon it wouldn’t take too much more to make space for your toes. I was very appreciative of it yesterday and you will thank yourself if you do it, especially when you’re fighting a big kingy!

    the lip doesn’t need to be big. But with it you can stand flush to the side of the boat and support yourself. I fished off a polycraft fighting some decent tropical species and that boat didn’t have space for your toes. Sounds like a small thing but it ends up being so valuable if you have them.

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  6. #3006

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    The problem is trying to fibreglass under there it will be a nightmare to glass and sand than to paint its just to much work

  7. #3007

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by gazza2006au View Post
    The problem is trying to fibreglass under there it will be a nightmare to glass and sand than to paint its just to much work
    Mine looks like it just screws/bolts in. You could pre-fab it then screw it in.

  8. #3008

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    Gazza, Only my opinion,,, But what RayLamp said, X 100%......
    It is the most frustrating thing when fighting a decent fish, not being able to balance on the side, by getting your toes underneath.
    I too, have fished in a Polycraft, I found it disturbing !!!
    I replaced my side cover, onto the original shelf, with the angle brackets they were originally fitted with by Cruise Craft. Because my floor height changed, being the difference with thin Masonite to 12 mm Ply, when I refitted them, I set them on blocks, and physically tested the gap. I fish bare feet, at best with flip flops, so I put my steel toe cap boots on and gave it that much clearance, as amate that fish with me, tend to wear steel toe boots..
    I wanted the original look as well, so I replaced the Marine ply, recovered with carpet, set the angle brackets up and bolted them on...
    But that's only my set up...
    Think carefully before you go right down to the ground, I recon you will be cursing and regret it at a later date....
    Not a good photo, but I think you can see what my set up is..

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  9. #3009

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    Ok thanks for the advice guys i may just go without the pockets and start sanding today in prep for painting

  10. #3010

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    I know bugger all about this stuff, but couldn’t you pre fab a box and fit it between those side bits you just did. Just one box each side as a temporary measure till you have tried fishing from it a couple times.

  11. #3011

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    Tried sanding this carpet glue sander is too loud on the hull, tried a carpet glue remover that done jack all now trying orange peel paint stripper

    Admin has banned me from uploading pics to the web site and linking these url links are getting tiring.. so i dont know how long i will be posting pictures for

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  12. #3012

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    Won't Acetone remove it?

  13. #3013

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    The goop off carpet glue remover has 50% acetone in it does barely nothing, 100% acetone does nothing i just cleaned out the whole hull everything inside the hull has been put in the shed so im now left with a empty hull, today i drilled 2x 20mm holes at the rear fuel tank and coated inside the holes with epoxy resin

    The plan is to gurni the entire hull out all the dust, all the dirt and crap strait out, and gurni the carpet glue off the hull 1650psi should be enough to wash that glue off

    I just need to look up if i can use a gurni

    Forgot to mention the citrus orange peel paint striper barely done anything to the carpet glue

  14. #3014

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    Gazza, a couple of things, side pockets definitely, make them up and you only need a small amount of glass underneath which wont be seen and will hold as much as you want if well bonded on the inside of the pocket.

    Carpet glue is an odd ball thing depending on it's original composition. I've found metho works better on some or mostly turps on others. Lay a rag nice and flat wet it out well with turps, wait 5 to 10 mins and scrape it up. No matter what you use it will be a waiting game.

  15. #3015

    Re: Vintage Inboard Cruisers to Centre Console Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by gunna View Post
    I know bugger all about this stuff, but couldn’t you pre fab a box and fit it between those side bits you just did. Just one box each side as a temporary measure till you have tried fishing from it a couple times.
    This is the way to do it, make the pocket, glass it, then just glass it in place, or, leave them out, your choice.

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