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Old 16 July 2015, 22:29   #1
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homemade bow locker on sib????

Hey guys!!! Just wondering.... Has anyone attempted to make a bow locker out of say wood, or whatever, and installed it in a aluminium floor sib??? I have a 12 ft. Aluminium floor and thought that it would be a great storage place, as well as a place for another person to sit. Then they wouldn't crowd you so much. Sound like a good idea, or not??? Might have to build the locker first, and figure out a way to mount it to the underside of the floor. Any thoughts??? Thanks Joe.
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hi mate

just on with a similar project i have down sized from a 6m rib to a 3.65 mercury HD sib i am building a console for the chart plotter etc made it out of 6mm exterior plywood been on a web site over here showing how to then coat with glass-fiber and finish with flow-coat i want a textured finish to match the seat so will be using a pan scrubber coated in flow-coat and stipple the surface.you can get a reasonable finish if you take your time as shown in the video.the company is east coast resin supplies i will post pics etc when i get to the glassing stage.another option but was expensive was to build out of HDPE sheeting welded together few companies making boats that way here for fish farms etc.
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Don't know about sitting on it (the ride forward is pretty harsh), but I don't see why you couldn't build a box/locker/whatever.

There is an airspace on either side of the keel where the hardware won't impact anything. Stay inboard of the edges where the bottom fabric pinches the floor with the tube. I'd go with bolts up through the bottom, and reinforce with a bit of aluminum or SS flat bar.

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this was mine a few years ago, was brilliant for keeping everything together and out of the way, but also transformed the handling for the better by keeping the bow down. one side contained anchor, chain and rope, other side housed 12v battery for electronics as well as flares, tools, fire extinguisher, fog horn, and various other bits
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this was mine a few years ago, was brilliant for keeping everything together and out of the way, but also transformed the handling for the better by keeping the bow down. one side contained anchor, chain and rope, other side housed 12v battery for electronics as well as flares, tools, fire extinguisher, fog horn, and various other bits
That looked a tidy Job that Fester...
Could certainly have done with one in MY old SIB!
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That looked a tidy Job that Fester...
Could certainly have done with one in MY old SIB!
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ive got one all ready and lined out for you mr kern!
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is that why you have gone elsewhere for a pre-payment plan? - you dont trust me not to keep domino for myself?!!!
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I made a bow box couple years back very much inspired by Festinghouse.
Bolted to the floor board using m8 stainless coach bolts.
Made from 12mm marine ply.
Painted it with flow coat paint - which is bomb proof!!
Airflow cushion on top and it doubles as a seat.
Stainless hinges and locks.
Makes use of an other wise unused space and definitely helps to keep the bow down when your out on your lonesome.
Cost me 70 quid all in.
Wouldn't be without it now.
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