12' pond hopper named "Fly Time" with wheel dolly

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erictetterton
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Location: Winterville, NC

12' pond hopper named "Fly Time" with wheel dolly

Post by erictetterton » 10 Mar 2013, 22:04

1231 Sears gamefisher in rough shape for $80 with paperwork. Sounds like a fun project to me.
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HMS Chilcotin
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Location: Port Moody, B.C. Canada

12' pond hopper named "Fly Time"

Post by HMS Chilcotin » 10 Mar 2013, 22:58

Great photos. Thanks for sharing them. I was thinking of a similar approach for the look of my 1436. Mine is a cartopper so lightweight is key for me. I think foamboard and carpet should be just fine but wasn't sure how to secure it (so it wouldn't fall out when upside down). You might be on to something.

Thanks
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erictetterton
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12' pond hopper named "Fly Time"

Post by erictetterton » 10 Mar 2013, 23:06

That's exactly what i had in mind building this boat. Light weight and easy to maneuver alone. It can be flipped upside down without the rubber mats falling out because i riveted them into the ribs. The foam was put in place because i wanted to step on something besides the flimsy floor. These 12' Sears boats dont have much meat to them. Cracks and holes everywhere. Hopefully the foam and rubber mats will take some stress off the floor.I built this boat to fly fish out of so i need plenty of room.

I also wanted to make this a step by step picture tutorial of how to do this type of thing to a boat. Lots of threads leave steps out which is like skipping chapters in a book. Hopefully i captured every step in this build. There's still more to come.

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TimRich
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Location: Altamonte Springs, FL

12' pond hopper named "Fly Time"

Post by TimRich » 11 Mar 2013, 12:00

Nice work! I like how open the boat is now.
Current rig under construction- 14 foot flat bottom jon http://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 65#p242665


erictetterton
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12' pond hopper named "Fly Time"

Post by erictetterton » 13 Mar 2013, 23:06

I made a set of wheels that easily attach to the transom to make it easier moving the boat long distances. The best fishing holes are way back in the middle of nowhere and its not good to drag a boat on the ground
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chevyrulz
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12' pond hopper named "Fly Time"

Post by chevyrulz » 14 Mar 2013, 11:12

nicest $80 boat i've seen, good job =D>

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