Boat Conversion

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by saabnob, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. saabnob
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    saabnob New Member

    I have a 1989 Sea Ray 200 Cuddy, I'm wondering if anyone out here has tried to convert a cuddy into a bow rider. If so how difficult, and is there structural issues to be concerned about. Family is growing and need more room
     
  2. marshmat
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    marshmat Senior Member

    Boats like this are often offered from the factory as a choice of BR or cuddy configuration. The fibreglass deck/liner of most boats is structural, and in a bowrider, extra reinforcement is added in key areas to make up for the lack of a full foredeck. So the conversion's more complicated than just cutting a gap in the foredeck- yes it is pretty difficult, and yes there are major structural issues. I think if you want a bowrider, you'd be better off to clean and polish the Sea Ray, sell it, and buy a bowrider of comparable size and price.
     
  3. saabnob
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    saabnob New Member

    Thanks Matt, I assumed that cuting a hole in the deck would not be a weekend job. I could give her a spit polish and shine in the weekend though. I can now show this to the wife to justify a new boat.

    By the way, have you heard of a new boat seat by Attwood called VisionAir I've got a lot of design and development into making this seat. Its going to be the wave of the future in high end performance seating.
     
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