New guy looking for help with Doghouse

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  1. NickGarrott

    NickGarrott New Member

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    Hello everyone. I don't own a Downeast, I have a C-Hawk 245 center console. I'm looking to build a doghouse for it to keep me out of the weather, and your site was recommended.
     

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    Welcome.

    Try the search function. Quite a few good doghouse projects over the years.

    This is a good one.

    Dog House Miss Daisy
     
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    Thanks Mar. I saw Tuckerman's build you helped out on. I'm worried about visibility. I saw this picture and it makes me think you sacrifice a ton of visibility year round.

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    I've built a bunch over the years and got a bunch of pictures I could text you if you send me your number.
     
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    Thanks Willy. I sent you a message. I'm leaning pretty hard towards a new tall console and a custom radar arch with eisenglass curtains. Like this Gravois.
     

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    That picture is deceiving. I've been on the boat, I don't think you loose anymore vis than you would with curtains. Plus no canvas to maintain.

    I would go with the house.
     
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    The best doghouse to date (IMHO) is SeaKarma's. I don't remember the name of the thread but it is well worth the time hunting for it.
     
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    Actually, SeaKarma's is more of a dog luxury town house on steroids :D I agree with ElMar on the house. Visibility is fine on that boat-I don't understand your concern there. Do you think the windows will fog up? Did you check out the dog house build for that 24 Rampage charter boat? Also a nice job that was a conversion of the existing center console.
     
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    Have you checked out the center console "sister forum "....there are a few over there including this below

    Making Windows
     
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    I think you can certainly have visibility problems with any windows you cannot open or see around, particularly at night or early in the AM when it's dark and you get condensation, or if there are lights around reflecting off things. Every night I'm out in my skiff, which has a tall window in a stand up height sort of helm, I tend to spend some amount of time looking around the window to verify I'm not about to run into something. The problems are hardly insurmountable though.

    2 simple options - #1 make the window in front of you one that opens - many people object to this in a full size pilot house as they always drip a bit in some situation, but in a center console a little drip is way better than no doghouse as far as getting wet - or #2 make the doghouse shallow or without a side (or sides) so you can poke your head out and take a peek around the windshield.

    Jon
     
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    I agree with an opening window. Lobstermen have been doing it for years.
     
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    The original wheel house on my boat
     

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