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    While going over my "new" 1998 28' this past year and replacing some electronics, when running the cables down from the rear of the top, through the hard top stantions, I removed the panel that is on both sides of the engine hatch. For those of you that have not done it, it exposed the PVC air intake pipes that extend from the flush mounted intakes on the cabin sides down into the engine compartment. The entire front portion of this area is open, so I purchased two of the three drawer flush mounted storage boxes the hold the plano lure boxes and installed one on each side. I also replaced the wood strip on the back of this piece that was screwed into the deck and used to secure the bottom portion of the cover with a piece of trex (synthetic wood used on decks) since the wood in place was wet and rotting out. Caulk everything back in place and you have six additional lure storage boxes that are convenient and maximize otherwise unused space.
    Capt. B

    Now a 2014 28' Regulator
    Wall, NJ

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    If I'm not mistaken, is'nt that where the saddle tanks are installed on the gas boats. They have 290 gal capacity I think.
    Life is to short for an ugly boat

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    • #3
      Never occurred to me - that might be correct.
      Capt. B

      Now a 2014 28' Regulator
      Wall, NJ

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      • #4
        Same idea/different solution

        I cut the same thing out and instead used one of those rectangular (28 X 14??) Bowmar inspection hatches with the hinge at the bottom and the latch on top.

        I slide my spreader bars; offshore lure bags and fighting belts into those areas as well as a couple 3 gallon tupperware containers that hold my ballyhoo and shark rigs.

        I gutted a Plano tackle bag, took the plastic insert from that and mounted it under the sink in the tackle center. That gives me space there for 4 vertical plano boxes for my inshore bass n blues stuff.

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        • #5
          Keep them coming. I guess I will be the guinea pig on the 32.
          Life is to short for an ugly boat

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          • #6
            On the 28' at the Atlantic City show, they do have storage boxes in the place we identified earlier in this post. Apparently Mac realized the unused space and put a liner and a hatch there.
            Capt. B

            Now a 2014 28' Regulator
            Wall, NJ

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            • #7
              Mine(2004) has the aforementioned cabinets. Great place to keep a ditch bag or anything you need in a hurry!

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