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Old 11-09-2010, 06:07   #1
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Dock / Deck Box Recommendation

Anyone know who makes the dock boxes West Marine currently carries? We want a couple of low-profile boxes to bolt on deck on Beausoleil - the aft cockpit model of the Formosa 51 series is notorious for lack of on-deck storage. We have lot's of forward deck space, so I'm planning on bolting them to the deck on the port and starboard sides, near the rails.

I was looking at Better Way's 48Lx20Dx18H model, and West Marine has a similar one with the same dimensions. West Marine's seems to have a cored lid, as does the Better Way. I can get the Better Way for about $45 less.

Anyone have anything to say about either?
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:20   #2
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Dock/Deck Box rec

Unless you just want to spend an enormous amount of money at West Marine, I recently found a seller on ebay, dockboxman out of Indiana that is making Fiberglass Dock Boxes. We got a very nice one shipped to us all inclusive $300, 43 long x 16 in wide and 17 in tall and the Captn is pleased with the thickness and quality of the fiberglass work. A little to be said about what he uses as the lifter for the lid, but that can be replaced easily. Shipped via Fedex and it was very well packaged and wrapped!
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