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Old 04-02-2014, 11:47 PM   #1
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Transom door

Anyone know dimensions of an average transom door for a Californian?
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:30 AM   #2
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I don't know the dimensions of the Californian factory optional transom door but I am sure interested in any reply from someone who has one. One of the projects I have identified to do to mine is cut a door. I have the sawzall ready but I don't think is this is the year because I just want the boat to float again after a really long tough winter. Maybe next year. I don't think the size is much a concern. I planned to cut the door to match the opening gate in the aft teak rail. I would guess that the sill of the door is about 6 inches or so above the cockpit floor. I have been watching for pictures of the factory option 34 LRC door. I have seen a few but have not yet seen enough to saw with confidence. I would be really interested in comments and pictures from those who have one.
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Old 04-03-2014, 06:47 AM   #3
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How about cutting the transom WIDE in a way that it could be lowered , to use as a swim step, and wide enough that the dink can be dragged on board.

Think pick up truck tail gate.

A couple of extra lines and the dink is a get home engine.
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:25 PM   #5
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Really like that, but I would think that would have to be structurally designed into the boat.?
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:52 PM   #6
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Naaa. A good marine grade hinge and cables or chains and other assorted hardware and you can extend your aft deck.
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Really like that, but I would think that would have to be structurally designed into the boat.?
I was actually sitting here the other night having the same thought about a full width 'tailgate' and the same structural concerns.

OK, who's going to be the first one to try it?
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:36 PM   #8
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I always have liked the True North Tailgate..
Actually I like a lot more than the tailgate..

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I was actually sitting here the other night having the same thought about a full width 'tailgate' and the same structural concerns.
Making it easier to pull in a sturgeon?

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I'd probably have to give up the rails that are covered with fire hose in that picture.
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The Fathom 40 has a good arrangement like that…
https://www.google.com.au/search?q=f...11%3B500%3B333
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Actually was not talking about the actual gate itself, but the port and starboard sides that are now not tied together and basically winging. I know in sportfisherman, there is structure around the door supporting it.
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