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Post by TheMaestro » 28 May 2012, 20:53

Im having a tough time deciding whether to install boat seats at the bow, middle and stern. Whem I mock them up, it looks cluttered and its very difficult to move from stern to bow. Most of the time my 'passengers' will be my daughter in the middle and my wife at bow, but I will need to move around to help them. Now Im thinking of just having a 'captains' chair at stern, and leaving the others empty with just cushions for comfort... Any thoughts would be appreciated! :idea:
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Post by jasper60103 » 29 May 2012, 08:09

I can tell ya, I tried it for a while w/o seats. On long trips having a chair to rest your back is nice.
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Post by TheMaestro » 01 Jun 2012, 22:19

Finally had time to work on the rig again, and its getting closer to being done. I decided to line the insides of the storage compartments with carpeting. This will deaden any objects that would otherwise rattle against the hull. While I was at it, I also lined the inside of the lids with a marine vinyl that looks likes cloth:
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I also decided to carpet the inside of the stern compartment that will house the gas tank but also has what I call the 'glovebox' area:
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I also lined the cover of this area as well, and cut out a hole for my vent to help with gas vapour. Im going to use a simple heating floor vent that I will paint grey or black with Krylon Fusion. I tried using valspar, but it didnt take.
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I also got some deck plates, a larger one for the other side of the stern and another for the bow. I will also paint these to match. When I install them Im going to attach a ripstop nylon stuff sack to the deckplate flanges to create storage.
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Finally, after thinking hard about my seating, I decided that mounting the swivel boat seats I bought was too cluttered and not flexible enough for moving around. Id like to be able to sit in different areas, and I realized that even shuffling over to the port side meant not being able to sit in the swivel which I would have mounted on the starboard side. So, after searching, I decided to go withnthese deluxe stadium seats which are very comfortable, strong and I can put them where I want or just fold them up and not have them in the way:
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Post by TheMaestro » 02 Jun 2012, 22:22

Finished mounting transom diamond plate on the outside and plain aluminum plate on the inside. Also installed a ribbed ruubernlining on top of the transom to protect it there too.

All deckplates and gas vent are painted, and Ill be installing them tomorrow.
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Post by Johnzsmith » 03 Jun 2012, 01:24

You do very nice work, I really enjoy the look of your boat.

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Post by TheMaestro » 03 Jun 2012, 18:09

Johnzsmith wrote:You do very nice work, I really enjoy the look of your boat.
Thankyou :) I based the layout off Sgt. Stiglitz's build.. His is awesome.
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Post by TheMaestro » 03 Jun 2012, 18:19

So I finished installing my deckplates with drybags. I got the idea from what kayaks use for storage. I didnt use traditional hatches because the cheapest hatch I could find either via shipping to Canada (eg from Great Lakes Shipping or Cabelas) of even ones from the local marine supply store were @$90 each. So,the deckplates were $10 andthe drybags also the same each.I like the results, and now I have real dry storage, plus stuff isnt rattling in the bow. I didnt put a dry bag in the stern, as that deckplate is larger and i may just leave it as starboard stern access.
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Post by TheMaestro » 03 Jun 2012, 18:45

Chitownbasser was the first mod I saw here that incorporated cargo netting as added storage on the seat 'bulkheads'. I decided to use that idea and I ran into the same problem he did, and im sure others too....Most cargo nets come in one size...TOO BIG. Smallest most common size I found at Lowes, Canadian Tire, HomenDepot and Walmart was 48" x24"... So after visiting all these places, I bought one with the idea of modifying it to give me 2 usable cargo nets.

When I got it home, I saw that its basically a net with a bungee cord as its frame, and four hooks to hook it in your cars trunk. I removed the clips and cut the net and bungee in half giving me two 24x24 pieces.I then un-weved the bungee cord out of the net and re-weaved in to make the new frame and 12x24, which is the size I needed. I tied the bungee ends in a knot, cut the excess netting carefully and then used a small butane torch to seal each frayed cut of netting. This took about an hour as it is tedious and requires some planning and manipulation of the net.

I then attached the cargo nets using insulated (rubber coated) electricians staples that I hammered in. Finally, I used some 3M outdoor clothtape I had to create a smooth edge where I cut and heated the netting.
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This is where Im at with all my progress:
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Post by fishingmich » 03 Jun 2012, 23:23

Hey Maestro! Could we get a close up of your net Job. From what I can see it looks pretty sweet!
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Post by TheMaestro » 04 Jun 2012, 17:38

fishingmich wrote:Hey Maestro! Could we get a close up of your net Job. From what I can see it looks pretty sweet!
Here's a couple of closeups of the cargo net I modified:
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Post by TheMaestro » 09 Jun 2012, 19:50

Ok, so Ive been working on some finer details as well as the install of my floor. First some details....I realized that my deckplate covers need to be secured so that they dont go overboard when they are removed...Using what amounts to bathtub chain and secured it to the lids and inside the stoarge areas using round electrical terminals and s.s screws. I gave myself 2 feet of chain just so the lids didnt have to be close to the openings, thus giving me more flexibility:
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Post by TheMaestro » 09 Jun 2012, 20:00

Next up were the rodholders... I saw a post here where someone used 1 1/2" pvc 'Y' , so I spurged the $1.21 and bought an ABS one to fiddle with and see if I could adapt/mod it...Much to my surprise, when I test fitted it to my ideal location, it worked like a charm! I can have my rod vertical or off to the side, AND when its off to the side, the friction holds it in place so that if I had a bite, the rod wouldnt go flying out. 3 s.s screws and some drilling, and Im totally happy with the end results:
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Post by TheMaestro » 09 Jun 2012, 20:21

And finally, my floor. First let me say that what I wanted was a lightweight, durable, nonslip floor, and I didnt want to feel the ribs on my feet through it. I also wanted to keep the floor as low as possible. To get a level floor, I would have had to raise the floor 4". That was not ideal, so a frame and as out. I was going to use a 3/4" rubber stall mat, which would have conformed to the curve of the boat and strong enough to hide the feel of the ribs. However, when I went to see the mat,it weighed 90lbs, and Id need 2, so thats like an extra persons weight in floor mats!
Well after much research and store visits, I came up with the soljtion. Very lightweight,sturdy, comfortable and easy to remove for cleaning and drying out the hull. I found a 5/8" closed cell commercial grade antifatigue mat designed to be non slip. Its like the consistency of memory foam, so not squishy like a sponge,but like its viscous slow squishy. Alone, it fits perfectly and is heavy enough that it wont move or blow away.Alone, when I step on it,it greatly reduces the feeling of the ribs, but that gave me an idea....
I bought 1/2" polystyrene insulation board (non absorbent) and I cut it and laid it in between the ribs. When I overlayed mat,it basically gave support enough to make the ribs not felt at all! And since its so easy to remove, any water that may be trapped after a day on the lake can be easily drained/cleaned afterwards. The foam is thin enough to concorm to the curve of the hull,yet it strong and doesnt get squished, especially with the mat on top.
The mat has a great look to it, complete with grooves and subtle yet effctive textured surface. I sprayed it wet andtried it with shoes and barefeet and sandals and its absolutely noslip.
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Post by Fudoshin » 10 Jun 2012, 04:33

Great work, job well done!

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Post by acabtp » 10 Jun 2012, 07:38

looking good! i like the cargo net idea, i think i will steal that for my build
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