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PostPosted: 20 Dec 2012, 19:07 
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Thanks Fender! I am very lucky to have a 22,000 square foot facility to do a project or two in. My boss (owner) is very cool and lets me do my thing in there. I guess that is a perk of being the facility manager also. Another nice perk is that we build deep cycle batteries so I get those for free too. Is that a jet drive on your outboard? How happy are you with it? The water is sooo low around here that would be great. The charter guys run those on the rivers on the west side of the state for steelhead all winter long. They can fly along in like 6" of water...it is wild, but fun.



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PostPosted: 20 Dec 2012, 23:31 
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Scott Mac wrote:
Thanks Fender! I am very lucky to have a 22,000 square foot facility to do a project or two in. My boss (owner) is very cool and lets me do my thing in there. I guess that is a perk of being the facility manager also. Another nice perk is that we build deep cycle batteries so I get those for free too. Is that a jet drive on your outboard? How happy are you with it? The water is sooo low around here that would be great. The charter guys run those on the rivers on the west side of the state for steelhead all winter long. They can fly along in like 6" of water...it is wild, but fun.


Yes...that is a jet drive. I love it when it ran. I blew it up in Aug 2012 and will rebuild it after the first of the year. Can't wait to get it back in the shallows. I've missed a lot of fishing this year because of the drought and shallow waters that I won't take my bass boat in.



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PostPosted: 22 Dec 2012, 13:44 
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Finished the inside paint and now I have to figure out what the final design will be. There are so many great ideas in this site it is hard to figure it out. I think I have a plan so I very roughly laid it out using cardboard. It looks to me like a useable floor plan. I have to think it over in the next few days.


File comment: Crude but effective.
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File comment: I think this will be useable.
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PostPosted: 23 Dec 2012, 09:30 
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Now it's time to frame in the floor.


File comment: Simplicity is key.
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File comment: Should hold up after I treat all the wood.
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PostPosted: 26 Dec 2012, 20:52 
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Laying out the floor and starting on the side lockers. I am using 5/8" outdoor rated plywood (NOT pressure treated). I picked up a gallon of Spar from Lowes on the way home and will start treating all the wood prior to gluing the carpet.


File comment: Starting to take shape.
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File comment: 5/8" ply.
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PostPosted: 27 Dec 2012, 20:10 
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Banged out the side locker frames and figured out the rear deck. Still a ton to do, but I love it.


File comment: Getting ahead of myself but I wanted to know what the seats will look like.
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File comment: Starting to look like somethig.
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File comment: Framed in the side lockers and cut the sheet for the rear deck.
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PostPosted: 27 Dec 2012, 22:05 
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Great thread, enjoy watching your progress! Looking really good =D>



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PostPosted: 29 Dec 2012, 00:08 

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Hey Scott, the boat is starting to look sweet. I can't wait to fish the Saginaw. I've read a lot about it but have never ventured out there. I wasn't sure if my 14' Starcraft could handle it. Any help would be appreciated.



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PostPosted: 29 Dec 2012, 22:32 
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Hi fishingmich,
The Saginaw Bay is a hit and miss fishery with a small boat. I have fished it with 14' boats and have done very good when the weather will allow it. I fish the Saginaw and Tittabawsee river when the bay is too rough. The Walleye in the river is good early spring for a few weeks after the opener. The bay is open all year for Walleye and it can be very good just after the ice out because they are in shallow meaning you do not have to go way out to catch them. Also the river is good in the late fall up to the ice forming. If you can handle the cold it is very good just before ice up. Good fishing and shoot me an e-mail if you are heading this way and if I can help put you on fish, I will.



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PostPosted: 31 Dec 2012, 16:20 
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Spent the better part of 4 days getting the wood sealed. I put 3 coats of Spar on it so I sohould be good.


File comment: 3 coats of Spar on the wood....Boring!
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File comment: I recieved a gift card to Lowes from my son Aaron and purchased the minwax "Spar". What a nice Christmas gift.
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File comment: adding some flotation under the floor on the sides. The shinny stuff is epoxy for the seams and rivets.
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File comment: This is how the sides will fit. I plan to make them rod lockers and misc. storage.
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PostPosted: 31 Dec 2012, 16:35 

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Hey how wide is your boat across the bottom? I wanna put some side storage in like you did but I don't want it to be too narrow. How wide are your storage boxes and how much room do you have in between?



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PostPosted: 01 Jan 2013, 08:47 
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I will measure it today and send the info. I plant to go later this morning.



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PostPosted: 01 Jan 2013, 16:34 
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Hi fishingmich,
I measured my boat and it has a 54" beam. My floor (plywood) between the inner side walls measures 34.5" leaving 9.75" on each side from the widest point. This width was determined by my front bench width. I left the outside portion of that bench attached to the sides so I could span support from there to the remiddle bench and on back to the rear bench. I feel it stiffens the sides back up after cutting into the front two benches. It's just me. Anyway I can get around the front seat on both sides or simply swivel the front and walk to the back and visa versa. I am setting this boat up for one or two persons. That will cover about 95% of its use.



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PostPosted: 01 Jan 2013, 17:10 
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Hey, fishingmish,
I forgot to add a photo.


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PostPosted: 01 Jan 2013, 19:43 

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That's almost exactly what I'm planning for my boat. My side storage won't be as long as yours is, but I only removed 1 bench and I'm going to deck over the front 2 benches and make storage underneath for life jackets, anchors and what not. I'm trying to decide if I want full length storage like yours or half of that. Someone else on here did half storage and I kind of like that too. It gives a little room along the sides to get coolers and other stuff out of the way. Anyone that has ever owned a tin boat knows there's never enough storage, so I'll probably go full length like yours. I want enough storage so that I have room to keep everything I want right on the boat. I don't want to be scrambling around at the last minute looking for stuff. My walleye jigs, my pike cranks and spoons, my panfish stuff and all of my soft plastics! Well, maybe not all of my soft plastics. I need a bigger boat for that! :LOL2: :LOL2: [-o<



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