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cwright
07-25-2006, 12:05 PM
My 88PS190 is closed bow of course, and laying inside of it checking things out I'm left unsure if it is designed to support any downward load. It is straght fiberglass (what is it, 1/4" thick?)with with no vertical support.

I don't make a habit of walking on my bow, but have been in situations with other boats where I needed to. Anybody know this one? Is cracking the bow, or spider cracking the bow's gelcoat, a common problem from the lack of support?

bcampbe7
07-25-2006, 12:33 PM
I have a 96PS190 and have, on rare occassions, stood on the bow. I'm about 180lbs.

Not sure if it is strong enough or not, but it was very solid. One thing I was worried about was slipping on the slick surface and crashing through.:eek3:

NatesGr8
07-25-2006, 04:22 PM
230 #'s here, walk on the bow of my 94 prostar regularly. no issues, never even considered it would be a problem.

Datdude
07-25-2006, 04:33 PM
I walk on the bow of my 1995 PS 190 all the time. The launch I use is very shallow and I need to nose into the dock to prevent running aground.

stevo137
07-25-2006, 04:38 PM
I would be more concerned about stepping on the dash on your way over the windshield. There wasn't a lot of support in that area where the observer seat hinges are located and you can crack it.

92 190 PS
07-25-2006, 04:43 PM
Lay across or walk on my 92's bow all the time to attach the fly high and have not had any issues.

dog paw
07-25-2006, 05:03 PM
I walk on my S+S all the time(not in the center), have to to tie the anchor. No lightweight anymore either:confused: Like Steve said the windshield is the hard part

captain planet
07-25-2006, 05:13 PM
I walk on the bow of my 98 PS190 all the time. No issues. I am just real careful not to fall down.

Jwhitsett1129
07-25-2006, 05:20 PM
I hope it's not too weak, because I stand on it regularly. Seems pretty sturdy to me.

DrJ
07-26-2006, 12:37 AM
Same here, I have never given it a second thought. I get out there any time I need to, never had a problem.

6ballsisall
07-26-2006, 12:45 AM
No problem for me on the 86 or the 95. Biggest issue on the 95 (nose slants slightly downward) was after a fresh wax it's all you can do from not sliding right off that thing.

erkoehler
07-26-2006, 12:54 AM
No problem for me on the 86 or the 95. Biggest issue on the 95 (nose slants slightly downward) was after a fresh wax it's all you can do from not sliding right off that thing.


That was half the fun to send someone else out there in socks and watch them slide into the water:D

6ballsisall
07-26-2006, 12:56 AM
That was half the fun to send someone else out there in socks and watch them slide into the water:D

Been there done that. Very funny to watch. :D

LakePirate
07-26-2006, 11:26 AM
You should have seen my dog when he jumped the windshield after a fresh wax. 4 legs going 8 directions.

I stand on my 89 Tristar closed bow all the time. It is how I hook up the mooring whips.

It has with stood up to some pretty big folks from time to time. My brother and all of his friends were lineman. I wouldn't worry about anybody on it.

Datdude
07-26-2006, 11:35 AM
You should have seen my dog when he jumped the windshield after a fresh wax. 4 legs going 8 directions.




The one time we took our dog on the boat with us she did the same exact thing. She hopped over the windshield and tried to hit the brakes but was unsuccessful. It was a funny to see:D

cwright
07-26-2006, 11:56 AM
Thanks all for the input. Looks like bow walking is a load the bow is designed for. I will be mindful of the weak dash if going out that way. i would never have thought about the slippery slope, so thanks again.