Prowler 13 Centre Console

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owaldock
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Sun May 10, 2015 4:50 pm

The Prowler 13 has served me well since picking up second hand but the lack of storage really lets it down. I have been using a dry bag in the back and a small sistema upfront but have finally got the issue largely sorted. In need of some more space i knocked up the following centre console to hold a bunch more gear and give me a decent platform for a fish finder.

Its not the most safisticated bit of engineering, but after a dozen trips out is not only working well but holding up to the punishment. I have knocked it up in 12mm ply, glued and screwed and the bottom plate fixed to the three standard fisxing points in the 13. The only penetration through to the hull is for the FF cables which are finished off with a flush grommet below the bottom plate.

Overall dimensions are 100x170x410mm and gains enough space for a decent sized sistema, which although still on the small size has enough roof to keep the bulk of stuff i need warm and dry. i have added a few more bungies to accommodate soft bait pot, iki, knife. I was keen to find space for my Rob Fort gaff which meant having to trim about 150mm of this, the pointy end sits safely upfront.

So not exactly a finely crafted piece of carbon of glass work, but well worth the few hours in the shed to get the Prowler right up to speed in terms of a fishing platform.
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knife sits nicely in recessed edge, recess is required in order to console unit onto deck
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pointy end of gaff is nicely tucked away
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bit of wear and tear but oil based penetrating stain is doing a good job of keeping ply in reasonably nick
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utilises existing fixing points
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just enough space in there
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just enough gear to keep me fishing, food and other odd and sods still sit in the dry bag out back

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Sun May 10, 2015 4:58 pm

Good DIY skills !! :y:
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Mon May 11, 2015 7:05 pm

Nice well done. I have a mate with the same kayak I will pass this on to him.

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Mon May 11, 2015 8:05 pm

That's a great job owaldock. Having had 2 Prowler 4.5s (which I think is pretty close to the P13), I understand the need for storage space. One I bought second hand and a simple tackle box on it and it was SO much more convenient.

I'd be a bit concerned about that exposed gaff there by my feet for when things go wrong. Just this weekend I noticed that my Old Town Predator has insets on both sides to decide which side of the kayak I want to fit the Scotty Paddle Clip that comes with it and as it happens my gaff fits perfectly into that paddle clip.

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So I'm ordering another one of those pretty soon so my gaff can be close, but out of the way. Something to consider.

And have you tried re-entry with that knife sticking out?
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Mon May 11, 2015 8:25 pm

looks good mate :y: you comimg back up north for the solfbait comp this year :^)
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owaldock
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Mon May 11, 2015 8:56 pm

Yeah keen as. Last year was a blast. Has a date been set yet?

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Mon May 11, 2015 10:21 pm

owaldock wrote:Yeah keen as. Last year was a blast. Has a date been set yet?
Saturday 22nd August i think :y:
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Tue May 12, 2015 4:24 pm

Looks good man :y:

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Wed May 13, 2015 9:00 am

choice DIY skills :y:

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