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 Post subject: Tracker 1542 Upgrade
PostPosted: 16 Aug 2016, 09:21 
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Location: Central Kentucky
Hey Guys and Gals,

Just dropped the boat off with Dawson at Fish On Fabrications down in Cartersville, GA. The plan is to fabricate a front casting deck with a lockable storage area below, and to turn that unusable center seat "livewell" into a battery compartment. I already have a G5 Slider on the aft bench, and want to put one on the center bench, but the "livewell" hatch is in the way. Dawson is going to remove that hatch from the top of the bench, and install a different hatch on the aft vertical area of that bench, install a "blankoff plate" in the void, and install a G5 Slider seat on the center bench. With the new battery compartment, I'll have more floor space for tackle boxes or decoys, depending on what I'm using the boat for on that particular day. Here are a few "before" pics. The last picture is my rendition of what is getting done to the boat. The "after" pics will come in a few days when the work is complete. I hope to post "in progress" pics as well.


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 Post subject: Tracker 1542 Upgrade
PostPosted: 18 Aug 2016, 23:23 
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Here are a few "in work" pics. I got the boat back, and I am very pleased with the work. I'll give a plug to Fish On Fabrications soon. I've had some rain here in KY, but hopefully tomorrow will be better, and I'll get some pics of the finished product, before painting.


File comment: Front casting deck and storage compartment
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File comment: Center seat looking forward
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File comment: Center seat storage and battery tray
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 Post subject: Re: Tracker 1542 Upgrade
PostPosted: 19 Aug 2016, 00:39 

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I love the middle bench battery. I may end up copying this design for my boat!

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 Post subject: Tracker 1542 Upgrade
PostPosted: 19 Aug 2016, 09:53 
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Dawson is the man!!! He made me a custom hatch with 3 lids for my bow deck extension and a custom waterproof hatch with drop in liner for my rear bench a few years ago. Sent him my measurements and they were perfect. High quality stuff and work for sure.



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 Post subject: Tracker 1542 Upgrade
PostPosted: 19 Aug 2016, 10:22 
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Location: Cullman, Alabama
Nice!

I have a custom hatch currently on order with him. Can't wait to get it!



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 Post subject: Tracker 1542 Upgrade
PostPosted: 19 Aug 2016, 23:26 
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I agree, Dawson does fantastic work. I would recomend him for any work needed on a jon. Here are more pics, all work is completed. I am in the process of priming/painting the bare aluminum. I'll send more pics as the work progresses.


File comment: Casting deck hatch
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File comment: under casting deck, and center seat hatches
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File comment: front casting deck area
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 Post subject: Tracker 1542 Upgrade
PostPosted: 19 Aug 2016, 23:28 
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I have another slider seat for the center bench, and plan to have a pedestal seat on the castng deck. Again, as work moves forward, more pics will follow.



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 Post subject: Tracker 1542 Upgrade
PostPosted: 24 Aug 2016, 00:48 
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Boat is all painted up. Pics shown below.


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