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Tracker Topper 14 conversion - Finished!!!

Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 20:17
by bhumbertson
So I traded some guns that I no longer use for a new 14' Tracker Topper with the plans to convert it to my own little Bass Tracker. I picked up a 8hp outboard for $400.00 and got a tailer for free. I've also purchased a Minn Kota bow mount trolling motor to be installed later.

14" Tracker Topper to My Bass Tracker Conversion

Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 20:19
by bhumbertson
I got it home and started cutting some holes in it. Needed to gain access so I could brace the front deck.

14" Tracker Topper to My Bass Tracker Conversion

Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 20:22
by bhumbertson
Built the front deck braces from 2 x 4 and reinforced sides with 1" aluminum square tubing.

14" Tracker Topper to My Bass Tracker Conversion

Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 20:27
by bhumbertson
Ran 1" PVC the length of the boat down both sides to have a channel for wiring. Also began to run some of the wiring for the lighting in the front. Installed ground block and built a deck for the the two batteries I plan to have in the rear of the boat.

14" Tracker Topper to My Bass Tracker Conversion

Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 20:31
by bhumbertson
Decking? I Used the expensive stuff, $80.00 a sheet (Marine Grade). Before I made a single cut I used a refrigerator box and made a template. At this point it started to look like what was in my head. Also added some foam under the main floor.

14" Tracker Topper to My Bass Tracker Conversion

Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 20:34
by bhumbertson
Installed some switches. Can control my Nav lights, bilge pump, storage lights and stereo from here.

14" Tracker Topper to My Bass Tracker Conversion

Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 20:38
by bhumbertson
Started carpeting. So much fun. Not at all.

14" Tracker Topper to My Bass Tracker Conversion

Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 20:41
by bhumbertson
More electrical.... installed the navigation light, anchor light, stereo and storage lights.

14" Tracker Topper to My Bass Tracker Conversion

Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 20:45
by bhumbertson
More carpeting.... so much fun I tell you.

14" Tracker Topper to My Bass Tracker Conversion

Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 20:48
by bhumbertson
So at this point it appears that I'm getting close.... Not so fast. Nothing is actually screwed down. I'm about to take all the decking off so I can get ready for paint.

14" Tracker Topper to My Bass Tracker Conversion

Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 21:00
by bhumbertson
This is what I've been doing all weekend long (and I thought carpeting sucked). Removing paint from a boat is my new least favorite things to do, but it needed to be done this weekend in case the temperature goes above 50 degrees anytime soon so I can paint. My plan is to paint the bottom red and top black. Stay tuned....

Still to come.

Painting the boat.
Install deck for the last time.
Install the seating.
Finish wiring.
Install two fish finders (including down scan imaging).
DIY portable livewell installation.
I'm sure something else....

Then my favorite part. GO FISHING!!!

Tracker Topper 14 conversion to Bass Ackwards Fishing Boat

Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 22:37
by Pweisbrod
Already looks awesome. Nice work!

Tracker Topper 14 conversion to Bass Ackwards Fishing Boat

Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 23:05
by bleumunkie
Looks awesome. Keep up the good work.

Tracker Topper 14 conversion to Bass Ackwards Fishing Boat

Posted: 10 Feb 2013, 14:35
by bhumbertson
Got back at it this weekend... Weird that I did all this work to strip it and the primer took it right back to the original color (green that is). I used Rustoleum's Self Etching Primer after scrubbing the boat in 37 degree weather I might add. This week I'll be applying some the first coats of actual paint. I've decided to go with red on the bottom and black on top. I'm going to roll and tip the boat using Rustoleum enamel paints.

Tracker Topper 14 conversion to Bass Ackwards Fishing Boat

Posted: 10 Feb 2013, 15:26
by Scott1298
How did you mount/support your side console (Pictures pour favor :lol: )? I worry about the extra weight and lost width, but I keep coming back to this idea for stereo, wiring, (& storage) like you've done.

Thx!