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Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 15:27
by reedjj
I started doing a little work on my little 1542 Alumacraft over the weekend. Here are a few pics of the foam going in.
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Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 19:30
by reedjj
heres a couple more. They wouldnt load earlier

Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 20:08
by fatherfire89
Heck ya. Where did you get that foam?

Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 21:08
by reedjj
Its 3/4 inch foam board from home dep. I glued two pieces together to get the right thickness. I got 2 packages of foam board for $7 a pack. It was enough to do the whole boat.

Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 21:28
by richg99
Hope it is "closed cell" foam.
The open stuff weighs a ton after water gets inside.
Rich

Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 21:30
by bcbouy
fyi,that 1/4 inch foam is great for deck templates

Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 22:01
by reedjj
richg99 wrote:Hope it is "closed cell" foam.
The open stuff weighs a ton after water gets inside.
Rich
The label saidit was for interior and exterior use, and it resists moisture. Iput a coat of urethane on anyway just to be safe. It seems to be the same stuff used in the seats of most boats. I'm only out about $14. If it turns out bad lol.

Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 22:14
by richg99
I don't know of an easy test for closed vs open cell foam...but did find this comment on iboats.
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"Re: questions on foam under floor?

Glad you ask! This has never been debated ever! lol..Ok maybe once or twice.

You have a LOT of options to go with beginning with no foam actually..
But I would say the following list in order are what is currently in use.

1. Closed cell pink foam from any big box DIY center
2. Poured in self expanding foam (a nightmare to remove and probably whats under your deck now.
3. POOL NOODLES (yes, 99 cent pool noodles)
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Rich

Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 09:41
by reedjj
I'm gonna leave the regular old foam I got it in it for now. If it gets waterlogged and heavy i will get the other stuff later. It all comes out nice and easy. The hardest part would be going to home dept. 2 miles down the road. No big deal.

I heard about the closed cell foam but when i was looking for it, and I didn't see anything on any of the different foam board that actually said "Closed Cell Foam". So I got the stuff that said it was moisture resistant, and for exterior use. Plus it's what I have seen in other boats so I just went with it. Oh well live and learn. I think it'll be ok for a season or so.

Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 29 Jan 2011, 10:16
by reedjj
I have abandoned the idea of the console and remote motor. I think I am getting so far beyond why I bought a jon boat it the first place I need to get back to basics. I just wanted a small boat to get back into the creeks and stuff. I guess if I wanted a bass boat or a center console Jet boat i should have just got one to start with.

Im going to finish the flooring this weekend and deck the back bench to the transom and make the hatch for the gas tank. Then make a trip to Gander mtn for a seat to mount on the rear bench to operate a simple pull start 20hp tiller.

All that other stuff sounded good but now that I think about it, it just seems like too much. I just want to get out there and fish/hunt.

Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 29 Jan 2011, 10:28
by richg99
I think you have it right, now. Fish, hunt, enjoy. After a season of doing that stuff, you can whack away and make all the mods that are NECESSARY.

After going fishing a few times, I always found things that I should have done. I also often found that things that I did when I first got the boat.... were just time and materials wasted. Just the nature of those of us who hang on this site, I guess.

regards, rich

Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 29 Jan 2011, 23:06
by reedjj
richg99 wrote: Just the nature of those of us who hang on this site, I guess.

regards, rich
Yea, I cant even look at a boat without thinking, I would change this or that...hahaha! Never satisfied!

I did get the floors and rear deck done today. I'll post pics tomorrow.

Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 19:52
by reedjj
I did a little work over the weekend and finally got around to posting some pics.

Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 19:59
by reedjj
A couple more pics. I still need to add the side console ( I decided to go ahead with my original plans) and figure out a way to build a removable front deck for bowfishing but that can wait till after I get a motor and trailer.

I talked to a guy today about a late 90's 40 hp merc 2 stroke with oil injection and power tilt/trim! He wasn't sure if it was a short or long shaft but I can always get a jack plate if the price on the motor is right. I bet that thing would push my "little swamp sled" close to 50mph!

Its all starting to come together.

Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 20:33
by natestep
Good job! I like it....