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PostPosted: 04 Aug 2016, 12:31 
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To add a flat floor, I added braces along the bottom of the side rails for the floor joists to sit on. Ran the joists across and tied them to the center of the ribs across the floor.


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PostPosted: 09 Aug 2016, 15:52 
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Used cardboard to get an idea for the layout of the front and back decks. For the side rails and risers, just measured and cut. Used a hole saw to cut the round edges of the under-seat storage area, then jigsaw to connect the curves.


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PostPosted: 09 Aug 2016, 18:42 

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Very good looking boat. I think it will be awesome when its done!


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PostPosted: 10 Aug 2016, 09:12 
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Cut holes in the top rail boards for cup holders, rounded the edges of everything, and sanded. I chose an oak stain to darken it up a little and bring out the grain. Then I put 8 coats of marine varnish covering everything, with light sanding between every other coat. I don't really care for using varnish all that much, so I was really happy when this was over!


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PostPosted: 10 Aug 2016, 09:36 
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Thanks Derek!


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PostPosted: 14 Sep 2016, 09:40 
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Made some more progress this past month since my last posts...

Put the plug in and filled with water to do a final test for any new leaks that might have surfaced during the remodel. I was really happy to see no leaks at all.


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PostPosted: 14 Sep 2016, 09:52 
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I bought two 4x8 sheets of 2" thick insulation and cut it to fit between the floor joists. Also cut it to fit the below deck bow area, along the side rails, and anywhere else I cut stuff it. Also used the super thick pool noodles anywhere the rigid pink insulation was hard to fit.

Also cut the floor to fit out of 1/2" plywood. Put 6 coats of marine varnish on it and carpeted it. Also added a drain for the floor.


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PostPosted: 14 Sep 2016, 10:02 
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I installed a 5 switch panel and negative bus bar on a side rail, and started bolting down the decking. Installed hatch hinges and barrel bolts.

Then installed the starting and deep cycle batteries under the front bench seat.


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PostPosted: 15 Sep 2016, 21:05 

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I'm curious as to how much all the aluminum cost you? I'm working on a similar boat with a similar design. I will not fare as well as you though


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PostPosted: 16 Sep 2016, 07:15 
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I'm guessing all the angle has added up to the range of $300-$400. That's been the most painful part of the build. At first I ordered some online because you can find cheaper prices, but once I paid for shipping, and some sites have a processing fee, that all added up to about what the local Lowes charges.


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PostPosted: 16 Sep 2016, 07:21 
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I'm hoping to install the bow light, stern light, and bilge pump this weekend and get them all wired up. I bought some old cheap stainless grab rails off Ebay that I'm hoping to find a place for too, install the cup holders, and there are a couple other cosmetic things I want to do too. The goal is to get out on the water next weekend.


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PostPosted: 28 Sep 2016, 10:22 
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Last week I finished the wiring for the bow and stern lights and installed the bilge pump. Mounted all the hardware and boat hook clips, and installed a fishing rod holder.

There are a few small things I want to add/tweak, but for the most part, it's all done!

Here are some final completed pictures.


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PostPosted: 28 Sep 2016, 10:25 
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I made it out to this past Saturday, the boat handled great! I really like how everything came together. Got about a half bushel too.


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PostPosted: 28 Sep 2016, 13:25 

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Awesome work! How good it felt to get out there, I bet! I'll be taking a few ideas from this for a new boat I just got.

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PostPosted: 28 Sep 2016, 13:54 
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Well done sir, well done!! =D> =D> =D>

I bet that thing flies with the 40 on the back.



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