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

erictetterton

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1231 Sears gamefisher in rough shape for $80 with paperwork. Sounds like a fun project to me.
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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.

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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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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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You're a dadgum genius on making that little dolly for the boat. I don't know if you came up with that design but you just solved a big problem for me that I have been dealing with all winter. I've looked all over the internet this winter trying to find home made dollys for my Alumacraft 1232 and haven't had much success until I looked at yours today. Like you, my little 40-50 acre lakes I fish in Oklahoma require hauling everything in on foot. These holes are obviously the best fishing because most folks don't want to put in the grunt work it takes to get in there. We have built dollies in the past to have them simply fall apart. I'm definitely going to try an imitate exactly what you did here. If you have any pointers on building the dolly I'm all ears. Thanks for posting! Your boat is looking awesome as well!
 

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