Removing Fly Bridge

osprey47

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Some of the 35-38' used DEs we are considering buying have Fly Bridges. The boat will be used for cruising and not fishing. We are moving from an off-shore sail boat to a DE. We like the more traditional look of a non-fly bridge.

The question: What are the issues/problems that come with removing a fly bridge? In particular, is there a negative impact on fore/aft weight distribution and boat stability?
 

tomy

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I just posted a "cruser" in the found boat section. look at the duffy..
 

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Osprey- No need to worry about negatively effecting the performance or stability of the boat if you remove the bridge. You would be removing weight from above the center of gravity, which is a good thing.
 

captainlarry84

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None all Des are designed without a F/G so if anything you will pick up performance, ride & stability. Pulling one off is just a lot of work. In most cases all antennas, GPS, radars are routed via the F/G chase tube. I lot of care is need when pulling out these wire and re-doing. Cosmetics are easy as it is the hardtop, so just fill the beveled mounting holes sand well & re-gelcote the top. Big holes like the wiring & steering chase will require laying some glass. Also easy to go. Bottom layer first, drop in some core, step the top layer & done. With the spare steering head you may want to add cockpit controls.
 
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