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Perfect Cockpit

Key elements to consider in your next boat.

November 8, 2012
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Cockpit space is always at a premium and thoughtful layout increases efficiency and makes the crew’s job easier.
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Proper chair placement, complemented by proper tackle selection, allows the line to clear the transom corners in the heat of battle.
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A cockpit built to the right dimensions will make fishing much easier, whether you’re the angler or the one wiring the fish. Joe Mahler
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Fighting chairs adjust to fit different-size anglers. For the average man, the chair footrest extends 36 to 38 inches, with 2 inches between notches. So to allow enough room, the chair center should be mounted 48 to 50 inches away from the inside edge of the transom covering boards. Joe Mahler
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With several big guys in the cockpit, space becomes tight, so well-planned organization becomes a necessity.
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Six tubes surround a central livewell to keep tunas and other baits alive. This well design stems from Mike Andrews of Tropic Star Lodge, in Piñas Bay, Panama.
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