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Post by huntinfool » 06 Aug 2009, 21:49

Many years ago my father bought a Lowe 1032. We fished the heck out of that boat. I caught so many fish and have so many memories of us with that boat. But it was never stable and frankly it scared the heck out of both of us. So one day we decided to make it wider. We Cut it in half and braced it so we could add more aluminum.
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Then we started adding aluminum and welding it in small sections to keep the heat down and to keep it from twisting...which it was doing real bad.
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When we were done it looked like this
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Then we added an aluminum floor and foamed it for flotation and for support. We added some bed liner to the bottom and skid no more to the floor and then we poured a solid fiber glass transom so we could mount a motor. We even built a custom trolling motor ( one we shortened just to fit this boat) for the front and a mount for it. All in all it is a great boat. we both can stand up in it and fish all day with out it wanting to tip. (we can even pee overboard with out it wanting to tip) I believe that is mostly possible because we made the bottom concave so it was almost like having two pontoons underneath.

Here are the finished pics.
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Here is a pic of the front where it is welded and the mount for the trolling motor.
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Here is a picture of the solid transom.
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Hope you enjoyed this build.

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Post by dyeguy1212 » 06 Aug 2009, 21:59

American ingenuity at its best. =D>

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Post by Waterwings » 06 Aug 2009, 23:29

Nice work! Did you have to modify the trailer much?
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Post by huntinfool » 07 Aug 2009, 07:13

The boat did not originally come with a trailier so we just used a single PWC trailer that we had here. We took the fenders off so it would sit as low as possible and launch as shallow as possible...but that is about it.

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Post by Zum » 07 Aug 2009, 12:40

The the second widened jon boat mod,I've seen on here.
Great work,bet it's nice and stable now.
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Post by Waterwings » 08 Aug 2009, 08:35

Zum wrote:The the second widened jon boat mod,I've seen on here.
Great work,bet it's nice and stable now.

As Zum mentioned above, there was a member (zoeconnor) who widened a boat as you're doing. The other member mentioned that he also had a 1032, but converted a different boat. He made 34 posts and we haven't heard from him since. Image

Here's the link so you can see what he did in his project: https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=3034

Looking outside of the building in the pics, there seem to be a number of boats out there. Are you doing the mods at a marina/boat yard?
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Post by huntinfool » 10 Aug 2009, 09:37

My father and I have a fiberglass repair shop. We do repairs for several of the local manufacturers and Bass Pro Shops. Plus we buy and sell a few boats on the side (used boat dealership and we sell maybe 3-4 boats a year).

We do Aluminum welding for Bass Pro Shops as well. Hence the reason for all the boats. Plus we own several each. But this was a project just for us. It really turned out better than we hoped for.

Thanks for the link too, I'm going to go view it now.

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Post by RBuffordTJ » 10 Aug 2009, 10:13

I love seeing people do this type of stuff! How awesome!

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Post by huntinfool » 14 Aug 2009, 14:00

This was such a fun project, and I can't wait to do it again.

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Post by krisopp » 16 Aug 2009, 22:36

Nice Dude! I'll have to come check it out soon.

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Post by huntinfool » 20 Aug 2009, 14:46

When you come over Sunday to weld your boat up remind me and we will go look at it.

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Post by bassboy1 » 20 Aug 2009, 20:44

What welding machine do you use for the thinner gauge stuff?

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Post by huntinfool » 21 Aug 2009, 09:24

We have a Miller Syncrowave. It is a tig welder and it takes some experience and patience. Experience to not blow a hole through it and patience to fix the hole you blew through it. :D

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Post by Jim » 14 Sep 2009, 10:14

Awesome job man and great skill you got there!
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Post by huntinfool » 14 Sep 2009, 18:55

I wish I could take all the credit, but my father is the one who did most of the work. i helped where I could, but this was really his brainchild.

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