What's a good toe kick height/depth for a cockpit?

PSULion

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I'm having toe kicks installed in my cockpit but don't know what height/depth they should be for boots (xtratuf, grundens, etc) and regular shoes.

I'd appreciate it if someone on here could measure theirs and report back? 2" 3" etc. Hard to find anything useful via web search.

thx.
 

Walker Inc.

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Barry-
I have been in, around, and on 7-8 different Coldwaters. Never have seen toe kicks on any of them. Gunnels are so high it’s not needed. Is your deck higher than normal?
 

PSULion

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No but I’m pretty damn tall and the gunwales are a tad lower than on my hewes. And I’m not going to put rails back there like on Karl’s. Bruce was going to just weld on some round bar nice and simple.
 
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openclass

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First poster says to kicks to be installed in the cockpit......how do you do that? Second poster says gunnells are way high back of the back of boat? Where exactly are we talking about?
 

ledbed6b

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I'm having toe kicks installed in my cockpit but don't know what height/depth they should be for boots (xtratuf, grundens, etc) and regular shoes.

I'd appreciate it if someone on here could measure theirs and report back? 2" 3" etc. Hard to find anything useful via web search.

thx.
Just measured the ones on my parker and they are 2" and I wish they were at least 2.25-2.5"

I personally like them to not be too tight and require very little effort to get in or out and I have to really wedge them in with one of my pairs of boots (I have Xtratuffs and also no brand cheapos and forget which one is taller).

2" is perfect with flip flops or light shoes but usually if I am in flip flops I don't need toe kicks.

I think 3" would be too tall unless you are wearing winter boots.

I'd recommend trying out different heights before welding them but my vote would be 2.5"
 

TonyG

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Just measured the ones on my parker and they are 2" and I wish they were at least 2.25-2.5"

I personally like them to not be too tight and require very little effort to get in or out and I have to really wedge them in with one of my pairs of boots (I have Xtratuffs and also no brand cheapos and forget which one is taller).

2" is perfect with flip flops or light shoes but usually if I am in flip flops I don't need toe kicks.

I think 3" would be too tall unless you are wearing winter boots.

I'd recommend trying out different heights before welding them but my vote would be 2.5"
Eli - pictures plz if you ever get a chance.

-tony
 

ledbed6b

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Eli - pictures plz if you ever get a chance.

-tony
Here's an old picture that includes the toe kicks on my boat, you can see it best on the starboard side, made of starboard. Let me know of any specific pictures you want. They are super helpful shrimping/crabbing where you are leaning out.
20190727_204112.jpg
 

TonyG

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Here's an old picture that includes the toe kicks on my boat, you can see it best on the starboard side, made of starboard. Let me know of any specific pictures you want. They are super helpful shrimping/crabbing where you are leaning out.
View attachment 1100523
Thx!
 
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wdlfbio

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Awesome! That’s the same setup I’d like in my next build.
 
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JayG

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What is your interior side height from finish floor to top of gunwale ?
 

WaveDancer

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Toe rails or toe kicks as you call them are priceless once you have used them on a sloppy day regardless of your gunnel height.

I put them on my brand new Aquasport years ago and installed them at 2.75" of clearance after fishing on some Grady's that all had them and they helped, big time with stability on sloppy days while having two hands full of a fishing pole.

Another good use for them is to get some small plastic part bins with drain holes in them and put one on each side of the boat behind each rail for lures, weights, whatever to keep the deck clear while making short moves or under way.

You will be glad you put them on if you ever fish in lumpy weather out on the ocean jigging for sea bass or whatever.

Good luck.

WD
 
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Saying high gunnels will make up for toe kicks is like saying closing your car windows will compensate for not having bolstering or seat belts. You might not fall out of the boat but you better control where you are inside too.
 
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