14' Naden Fisherman Modification

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deezee
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14' Naden Fisherman Modification

Post by deezee » 11 Apr 2010, 18:52

Greetings! I'm a long time lurker between Iboats and here. You fine folks got me motivated to upgrade my Naden Aluminum boat. 2009 was the first year I had started fishing since I fished with my father some 35 plus years ago. He passed away when I was 6 so I had no other experience fishing after that.
I few of my friends invited me to go fishing with them last spring. I had no fishing rod or tackle so I had to borrow from them. Needless to say I was hooked. We went to a hidden lake and caught a few Northern Pike for our "friends fish fry"

Friend Dave kissing a pike.
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So I had to buy my own gear and I was able to purchase a complete set of rods, reels and tackle from Ebay.
We fished a number of days on and off, in a buddy’s aluminum boat that had no motor, just paddles. Now this lake we have access to is shaped like a horseshoe, so you can be in the middle, cast and hit the shore from the boat on either side. It’s that narrow. It’s close to a small river so my guess it was part of that river and after time it was closed off but fortunately it’s fed by a spring. Anyway back to my point, I bought a trolling motor and a battery and we were set to go, problem was we kept the boat at that lake and if we wanted to go anywhere else I “had” to buy a boat.
So 2 months later I was a proud owner of an 14’ Naden Fisherman with a 4 stroke 15hp Yamaha.
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Post by deezee » 11 Apr 2010, 18:54

My daughter and her friend.
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Post by deezee » 11 Apr 2010, 18:56

Why can't I add multiple photos to a post? I get this message: It was not possible to determine the dimensions of the image.
Ah, figured it out. Anyway

Myself and Derrick.
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The boat worked great but seeing all the mods done to the boats on here made we want to do something over the winter months. So September of 2009 I started the project.
The boat stripped of all accessories and rug that was on the seats. Very front bench was ripped out because the mounts were torn.

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I was lucky to find about 50 feet of 1 ¼ aluminum angle for 10 cents on the dollar. That took care of most of what I needed. I bought 5/8 good one side exterior plywood
That was coated with resin. I also was able to find some outer deck vinyl at a local hardware store that was rolled up in a ball in the corner. Picked that up for ½ price. It wasn’t enough to do the whole boat so I picked up some high grade outdoor carpet for cheap as well.

Front bow and casting deck dry fitted.
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A photo of the boat disassembled and ready for sanding primer and paint.
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Four coats of Rustoleum Sandstone paint that was rolled on with a foam roller.
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Now this is where I fall apart on the photos documenting the rest of the build. I was given an old metal cooler that I made into a live well with pump and a drain. Found many opportunities for storage possibilities. Ahead and behind the live well, as well as in the middle bench that I cut for a walk through for battery storage and electronics. I also needed to find a place for the gas tank. The floor is framed with the 1 ¼ aluminum angle that was attached to each side of the bench’s with extra support for the pedestal seats. The bases are bolted to the aluminum along with 5/8 plywood below the deck. I just cut the pieces in a circle. So all in all I have the bases attached to the plywood deck, attached to the aluminum angle the followed by the circle piece of 5/8 plywood. I had wanted those seats solid without wobble. Worked great.

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To cut the middle bench I loaded up with protective gear, a skill saw with carbide tips and a felt marker. Marked where I wanted to cut and went to it. It’s loud and violent but made some nice cuts. I did not cut all the way to the bottom of the boat as I need some solid material to attach my angle to for the deck. I took the cut pieces to a local plumbing shop and they bent the aluminum to wrap around the ends.

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All decking was predrilled and attached to the aluminum frame with stainless steel screws. Stainless hinges for the storage and live well lids.
Enjoy some photos of the finished product.

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Maybe next year I will add some decking to the rear. I ran out of vinyl and I also like to sit on the bench straddled when I captain the boat to the next fishing spot.
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Added a couple spots for two batteries in case I decide to add a bow mounted trolling motor.
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So I have some minor fixes yet to do. I want to find a convenient place to mount the fish finder. Add some storage for the tackle. We just had a dump of snow here so it looks like I won't find out how she fishes until May.

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ober51
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Post by ober51 » 11 Apr 2010, 20:02

Really sharp - great job. Did you buy the motor new? I love those Yammys, such a quiet, efficient motor.
Current Rig: 1996 17' Tracker Targa
1997 60 HP Mariner
1987 8 HP Johnson

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Post by deezee » 11 Apr 2010, 20:10

ober51 wrote:Really sharp - great job. Did you buy the motor new? I love those Yammys, such a quiet, efficient motor.
No it came with the boat. Nice not having to mix gas. :)

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Post by Specknreds » 11 Apr 2010, 20:12

Very impressive build!!! =D>

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Post by aircraftmechanic2000 » 12 Apr 2010, 08:29

Wow,

certainly one of the nicer builds I have seen!

Job well done!
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Post by deezee » 12 Apr 2010, 10:33

Thanks. One thing I would not do again is have the lid with rounded corners. I did that to match the live well lid. It was a bugger to wrap. Not so much the lid but the inside corners. I did not get that right at all. #-o

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Post by dyeguy1212 » 12 Apr 2010, 10:39

=D> =D> =D> =D>

This is one of the nicest mods on this site... job well done :beer:

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Post by Nevillizer » 12 Apr 2010, 11:32

Wow, turned out really good.
Well behaved people rarely make history!

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Post by Froggy » 12 Apr 2010, 12:12

Great! you got two different post on the back bench? sit low while riding out, then move over on the higher peg, I like that .

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Post by That Robbie Guy » 12 Apr 2010, 12:23

Congrats to you !

... this is one my fave builds.

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Post by deezee » 12 Apr 2010, 12:26

Ebay was my friend with a lot of the parts here. No doubt it cost me. :)

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Post by gmoney » 13 Oct 2010, 21:50

Hey guys I'm new to Tinboats and I just bought pretty much the same Naden boat and Yamaha except the boat is older but the yamaha is an '04. I plan on making some modifications to it once I get some money

deezee, did you just attach the casting deck frame to the front seat since there are no ribs in the boat?

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Post by deezee » 14 Oct 2010, 09:29

My front seat was torn from the tabs attached to the boat, one tab was torn away from the boat. So my frame is attached to the storage compartment. In the photo "Front bow and casting deck dry fitted." you can see how it was attached. If my tabs weren't wrecked I would have removed the seat and used the tabs because I still wanted storage there. Good luck.

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