Replacing flat Starboard covers - Stainless Steel?

WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 538Member ✭✭✭
Want to replace the covers over my blower vents on FV270. Having a tough time finding StarBoard at a reasonable price anywhere nearby. Can probably get HDPE. Same thing? Thinking of checking with local metal fab shop to see about having them cut out of stainless. Other reason would be so I could mount a down-rigger on one side, after figuring out how to better fasten them down.
Goofy idea? Downside would be they'd be a lot heavier I suppose.
"Knot Quite Shore"

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  • Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 2,859Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 19
    The stainless will get hot. Boatoutfitters.com has Starboard at a decent price.
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  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 538Member ✭✭✭
    Until you add the shipping, customs duty and exchange.  In Canada.
    "Knot Quite Shore"
  • Liberty44140Liberty44140 Bay Village & Marblehead, OH.Posts: 1,201Member ✭✭✭
    If you can find cutting boards at Walmart or wherever of the same thickness and a color you like that would be a cheap way to make them. What's wrong with yours?
    Wine-N-Down -- 2006 342 Express Cruiser

  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 538Member ✭✭✭
    Mine are full of holes where a P.O. had rod holders or something mounted on them.
    I've been keeping my eyes open for the cutting board idea, just haven't found one big enough yet.
    "Knot Quite Shore"
  • frenchshipfrenchship Québec ,CanadaPosts: 1,070Member ✭✭✭
    is it cover with Gelcoat... If it is would be easy to fill the holes and applied Gelcoat on top of the filled holes
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 538Member ✭✭✭
    Nope. More of a StarBoard type material. 
    "Knot Quite Shore"
  • Liberty44140Liberty44140 Bay Village & Marblehead, OH.Posts: 1,201Member ✭✭✭
    Until you find what you want, toss some stainless steel screws with finishing washers in there. Will look like they are intentional. 
    Wine-N-Down -- 2006 342 Express Cruiser

  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 538Member ✭✭✭
    Could do that. Other reason to go stainless, or thicker StarBoard is that it's the perfect location to mount my downrigger, as long as I can figure out how to better fasten them, maybe through bolt if I can get up in there on the inside.
    "Knot Quite Shore"
  • skennellyskennelly ChicagoPosts: 606Member ✭✭✭
    I too have thought about mounting a downrigger there...but I don't think the strength is there.  You really have to bolt through the gunwhale.
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
  • randy56randy56 Newburgh INPosts: 1,620Member ✭✭✭✭
    @Willhound I was at Sam's today buying supply's for BBQ and purchased a cutting board, that would be a cheep fix for your replacements, it was 15 x 20 1/2 inch thick $8.99 If you have not worked with these materials it is easy to cut (table saw) and drill.
     Daily Chef Commercial Cutting Board 15
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  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 538Member ✭✭✭
    edited June 2
    Thanks @randy56. Still about 5 inches short.  But as a matter of fact I went ahead and mounted the downrigger yesterday on the existing Starboard.  I pulled it off and looked at it and it's almost 5/8" thick and the fibreglass underneath is another half an inch. I redrilled the holes to 1/4" and by reaching up through a speaker cut out I was able to get a decent size fender washer and locknut on them. Very sturdy. Even added one more extra bolt from stock. Also mounted the downrigger to the rear where all the strength is. Going to try it next week.
    "Knot Quite Shore"
  • MarkBMarkB OntarioPosts: 2,923Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    When I put my downrigger on we basically glassed in a thick layer underneath the gun wale. Not sure if the 1/2" you talk about is OME. We probably went with 1". It was stiff. But the gun wale had a long unsupported run over the vent, so I put an aluminum post about 2" x 2" and though bolted it right into the top of the vent and caught the bolt from the inside of the engine compartment. I was worried about flexing especially in wavy conditions which would ultimately lead to gel coat cracks. Well the system was stiff after that and it worked well. I could put some pretty heavy weights on the downrigger. 

    Boat Name: King Kong

    "Boat + Water = Fun"

  • randy56randy56 Newburgh INPosts: 1,620Member ✭✭✭✭
    @Willhound   I wish you the best of luck, catch some. nothing better than fresh fish.
    Boat Name : Knot My Prolem

    2003 - 270
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 538Member ✭✭✭
    Thanks guys. This is all inland water. Maximum 8 or 10 lb cannonball and I probably go about 5 times a year, and only in fairly calm conditions so not that worried about anything moving. Lake Trout fishery here is well known to cough up lots in the 18 to 22 lb range. My average is around 14. I'll post pics if we have success.
    "Knot Quite Shore"
  • MarkBMarkB OntarioPosts: 2,923Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Willhound, I was on Lake Ontario fishing for kings (Chinook) and trout. You'll find the blowback on a 8 to 10 lb weight to be short of ridiculous. If you stick with the fishing you'll want to upgrade to a rigger that can handle at least 12 lb and preferably 15 lb Weights.

    Boat Name: King Kong

    "Boat + Water = Fun"

  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 538Member ✭✭✭
    I've used 12's and the 10's I use work pretty good. I've fished lake O many times (in a different set up) and the speeds there are generally a lot higher. We're usually down to around 1 to 1.5 mph with the help of a set of Amish Outfitters trolling bags and the trick is to watch for the hit at the turns, so usually fishing a zig zag pattern. 
    "Knot Quite Shore"
  • MarkBMarkB OntarioPosts: 2,923Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yeah 1 to 1.5 mph is low enough for 10s. If you get into Chinook fishing (and you should) you'll need to go 2.5 mom, and that's when you'll appreciate 12 or bigger. 

    Boat Name: King Kong

    "Boat + Water = Fun"

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