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Doc Duprey 07-23-2004 02:15 PM

A more secure casting platform...
Any suggestions for a knee brace or other type of support to make a casting platform on the bow of a center console more secure and stable in a chop? Something like the braces you often see in a drift boat?

Thanks in advance!

Best regards,


bcasey 07-26-2004 08:21 AM

Dave Peros had one made, I think at Kent Fab. I'll check with him on where and how much and try to find you a pic. It was mounted on the forward casting platform and with a single tube protruding up from the deck, it had a tubular rack that would cradle you as you stepped into it. Very nice rig, he's a guide and was allways concerned for his clients in the chop. He has a Maritime Skiff, which has a bottom not unlike a Whaler and rolls some in the rips he likes to fish. Then again ALL BOATS roll in the rips!
I'll get back to you!

bcasey 07-26-2004 08:41 AM

Go to and click on "flyfishing" to see the model I was talking about. I don't see it in the options for Maritime Skiff and, like I said, I think Dave got his at KentFab Engineering, Co., Inc. 433R Washington St., Norwell, Ma 02061
Phone # 1-800-773-9707 :cool:

BigDave 07-26-2004 09:29 AM

wow that's a sweet leaning post.

the standard 2-foot leaning posts with the padded cushion are really nice too. shop around and you can probably find one that's the perfect hight for your build.

FredA 07-26-2004 11:01 AM

Check out Capt Ray's setup on his whaler. Works great for the "high cog type who likes to boggy on the bow" like myself. See Cast-a-Fly Charters on the sponsers page.

Doc Duprey 07-26-2004 12:30 PM

A more secure casting platform...

Many thanks for the suggestions. I am following them up for a possible addition in time for the fall run down here in Joisey. Capt. Ray's setup looks sweet, and I think I have seen one like Capt. Dave's on a boat in Chatham last season, and really liked it. Still more research to do, but even that is fun. :cool:

Best regards,


Rob Estlund 08-06-2004 01:18 PM

Hyde Boats
The rear casting brace from a Hyde drift boat would also work. They sell them separate from the boat. You can get a one-leg or two-leg brace.

Doc Duprey 08-06-2004 05:11 PM

A more secure casting platform...

I had a series of e-mail exchanges with the folks at Hyde, and I think it is going to be the solution. However, I want to get a better feel for mounting the bases and just how stiff the hatchcovers that make up the casting deck are before I "pull the trigger".

I appreciate the input, and will let you know if it works.

Best regards,


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