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PostPosted: 08 Oct 2016, 20:00 

Joined: 01 Oct 2016, 22:11
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Hello to all,

Just bought a new Alweld 1448 (along with the Magic Tilt) and I'm slowly putting all the pieces together and "making it my own". Picked it up at Hanko's Metal Works in Berwick, LA last week. I haven't motored around in jon since I was a teenager and I'm looking forward to catching plenty of perch and catfish with my 5 year old over the coming years.

My Tohatsu 20 electric start tiller should be here next week and I'm pretty excited about it. I've heard nothing but good things about them.

Right now the hull is at a shop having a 3/16" smooth deck welded in the full length from bow to stern. I chose aluminum over marine plywood because I'm trying to keep the weight down. Also, going to have a bow deck shelf fabricated to extend the deck back about 10". This will extend the deck depth from 38" to 48" and will give me a place underneath the shelf to mount my battery (or two). That's the reason I ran a #4 AWG pair from bow to stern, along with a smaller pair for a bow light and a pull string for future use if needed. I'm moving the battery forward because a lot of the time I will be fishing along and this will help balance the load from the start.

Just got the cast aluminum bow seat base and a pair of 5" cleats in the mail today. They are manufactured by Hillside Castings who supply Alweld with some of their factory parts. The quality is outstanding.

I will probably be purchasing a sheet or two of Hydro Turf to install on the bow, stern seat top and deck. I would like to leave the rest of the interior and exterior bare aluminum because I love the look of unpainted aluminum.

Anyway, here are a few pics. I'll post more as the build continues. Tips and suggestions are welcome...

Waiting for the forklift. Mine is the 20" transom, on the bottom.
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Got her home.
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The #4 THHN wire is protected by PVC sleeves secured with silicone. Also ran a #14 THHN pair for the bow light plug and a pull string for possible future use.
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Cast aluminum seat base and cleats.
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PostPosted: 08 Oct 2016, 20:10 

Joined: 17 Aug 2016, 20:52
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Location: NJ
Well welcome to you. Nice looking boat! My goodness, I haven't been in a tin for decades now, I'm use to the salt and seeing those low side walls sure look scary to me. I'll have to get used to river riding again, no 2'-3' on the river I hope.


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