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Making a Closed Bow into a Open Bow

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  1. premier marine interiors

    premier marine interiors Active Member

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    Here are some pics of a closed bow 28 Extreme being made into an open bow. If anyone is interested in making their V bottom or cat into an open bow Please give me a call (619) 504-9961 I will post more pics
     

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  2. Crazyhippy

    Crazyhippy Haters gonna Hate

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    i hope there was more too it than that;)
     
  3. Nord

    Nord HONKY

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    Very cool. Can't wait to watcht he rest of the process!
     
  4. Essexive G's

    Essexive G's Well-Known Member

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    What's the difference structurally between cutting out a closed bow, and having one come out of the mold? I had heard that cutting one out made the rest of the top prone to cracks.
     
  5. RiverDave

    RiverDave Banned

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    Most manufacturers actually lay boats up as closed bows and then cut an open bow into them. Some actually have seperate deck molds, but the majority do not.

    When they cut an open bow, they will add wood in there (bulkheads that will become seat backs etc..) and there shouldn't be any problems structurally if done right.

    RD
     
  6. Gelcoater

    Gelcoater Well-Known Member

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    yup,what he said
     
  7. Outdrive1

    Outdrive1 Well-Known Member

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    A bulkhead in front and a bulkhead in the rear. A floor platform and then a bow rider usually slides in as one piece from the top.

    Dave's correct that most boats are born as closed decks and then cut.
     
  8. Tremor Therapy

    Tremor Therapy Well-Known Member

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    So this begs the question...say I have a 25' Shockwave Tremor that is a closed bow, and I want to convert it to an open bow...what is the cost?
    Nothing extra fancy, white vinyl seats with cubby's on each side with cup holders, and 2 cutouts in the seat bases for a set of 6 x 9 speakers. The seat bases lift up for storage, and the front section tilts up with hinges and it has storage for buoys and your anchor.
     

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  9. Lavey5150

    Lavey5150 Just one more

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  10. rivergames

    rivergames Well-Known Member

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    Maybe I will cut an open bow into this boat
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    CampbellCarl Well-Known Member

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    Ya, that's the ticket Andrew!

    I'll help you IF you supply the right amount of Jack, I'll supply the chainsaw!

    :D
     
  12. rivergames

    rivergames Well-Known Member

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    That can be arranged :D
     
  13. desertbird

    desertbird Well-Known Member

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    I think that's awesome!

    I absolutley LOVE my Lavey. It's a beautiful SeBring, re-powered with 496 and Bravo X. Won't find another like it, and I hate to think about giving it up, but the wifey is pregnant with the first of what we hope to be 2 kids, and I'm going to need the room!

    Are you plans to make that a walkthrough to the open bow or a hop-over? With the windsheild in the way, my options are limited, but I'd like to email you some pics and seriously talk about my options!!!
     
  14. RiverDave

    RiverDave Banned

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    Judging by the pics, the DCB is going to be a cuddy cabin / crawl through deal.

    RD
     
  15. Tomale

    Tomale Well-Known Member

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    Ok how about this I have an open bow, I really don't care for it but I do like my boat. Could it be done to make my open bow into a closed bow?
     
  16. RiverDave

    RiverDave Banned

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    Anything can be done, but in your case it's a walk through open bow. They would have to take the original deck mold and lay up a section of it and then glass it all together etc..

    Or in reality the best way to do it would be to just lay up a new deck entirely, and cut the old one off the boat and install a new deck.

    You'll have more $$$ invested into doing the conversion, then you would just selling the boat and buying a closed bow. Unless you got a real hard on to keep the boat for some reason, it's not worth doing.

    RD
     
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    H2oracer Well-Known Member

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  18. 90 Laveycraft

    90 Laveycraft SBC/Jet..Oh hell ya!

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    Had both types, speed boat should be closed but I love the open for a play/ski boat.
     

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  19. Tom Brown

    Tom Brown Epsilon contributor

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    Great thread. Skifaster would a quote on making his boat open bow.

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  20. Tomale

    Tomale Well-Known Member

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    Yea my last boat was a jet closed bow loved it, then I bought this boat with an open bow, and I don't know what I was thinking. Oh I know the ex ol lady liked the Open Bow and I liked her new DD's :D
     
  21. Racey

    Racey Maxwell Smart-Ass

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    Always brings a tear to my eye to see a closed bow boat get cut open.... :D
     
  22. River918

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    I had my 25' Tremor closed bow made into an open bow/cuddy a few years ago and it turned out great. Shockwave did it for me for around 4K...When I get home I'll try to post some pics..

    The big plus was it made the resale a lot easier!!!
     
  23. Tamalewagon

    Tamalewagon Little Buddy

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    What's your website address?
     

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