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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #60 on: June 10, 2011, 11:23:55 PM »
Sounds like the Jet Ski Guy got his motor cranked  :D.  Good stuff, keep it coming.
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #61 on: June 11, 2011, 06:29:43 AM »
Don't worry about the big shot, probably on his second mortgage. I woulda waved at him and his big hulk with a smile on my face. :D :D Too funny.

I have a 7.5 HP Evenrude just sitting around. It's got almost no hours on it at all, way less than 100. I have kept it because one never knows when I might take to urge to go boat'n. Now a days you have to take an examination on boat safety to even put it in the water. Regulators think these things keep idiots off the water you know. :D

You have yourself a nice little boat, although I'm not so sure I would be walking the deck without a hefty fella on the stern. :D ;) That little walk out there can be a little dicey. :D
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #62 on: June 11, 2011, 06:52:20 AM »
MS, the unforgettable memories with your family is really what its all about. The deck looks super.
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Keep stories and pics coming., thanks.
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #63 on: June 11, 2011, 08:08:08 AM »
Nothing perturbs me more than being in that secluded cove drowning worms when all of a sudden one of those bass boats comes screaming in full bore. Can you guess where my next cast goes.  :D

Great stories Chris, brings back fond memories. Well except for the bass boat.

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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #64 on: June 13, 2011, 03:35:25 PM »
I hear ya on the Boaters Exam there Swamp Donkey.  It's nothing more than a joke.  When I went for my certification it was nothing more than a multiple choice test and any of the questions that someone was unsure about they gave us the answer and explained it to us.  That consisted of over half the test.  Can't remember for sure but you needed either 80 or 90% to pass.  Somehow there were a few that still didn't pass.  :D  And to think that they charged us $60 per person for this.  ::) 
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #65 on: June 13, 2011, 04:24:47 PM »
I love the decking!  Nice job MS!  Great little craft.

Swamp + Coon -  I had to get a boater's certification for myself, my wife, and my two daughters just to use our boats up in Canada.  If you fail the test, you just take another.  I saw nothing in the test worthwhile, except maybe the emphasis that you should help another boater in trouble (duh!).  What is really great is the "security" of the test.  You can't have a family member monitor the test to make sure the person taking it isn't cheating.  The monitor has to be from another email address!  Totally a shameless, money-making scam.
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #66 on: June 13, 2011, 05:12:06 PM »
It sure makes one wonder why a fellow can't just throw and log in the water and paddle it around, doesn't it?

It's a good thing there were no boating tests 100,000 years ago.  Man would still be in Africa.
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #67 on: June 15, 2011, 07:51:13 AM »
The boat decking looks terrific Chris.  Good luck with the motor.   smiley_thumbsup
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #68 on: June 21, 2011, 01:46:14 AM »
Metalspinner, caught more fish in a 16' aluminum boat with a 5hp Sea King(Sears) than any of the bass boats I ever had. Good luck fishing, just be careful in the wind.
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #69 on: November 09, 2012, 01:12:56 PM »
Before I winterize my little boat, there is some updating to do... ;D

Because of the way I fish, I found myself walking back and forth from the bow to the stern all the time.  And the middle bench seat was getting tiresome to step over.  The ribbed bottom was also kind of testing my patience because all my stuff wouldn't sit flat and just seemed to be in the way.

So the middle seat came out, and I installed a floor in the bottom.

Each rib was different, so they all had to be scribed to their particular rib in the boat bottom.  I cut and installed the front and rear ribs first and added the center floor board.  That gave me the refrence for all the other ribs and things moved along pretty quick. Under each scribed end, I put a piece of weather stripping that give some cushion to the floor.



  

Here are all the cedar boards installed...


  

They extend under the back bench seat but stop shy of the transom....


  

And a view from the captain's chair...


 

Fishfarmer,
You mentioned earlier a foam product and I think I will spray this under my flooring for some added floatation.  Under the front decking I have plenty of floatation in the form of about 100 plastic gatoraide bottles. ::)  But the middle and rear of the boat is is need of something.

A couple of other things you may have noticed... A new motor! 8) it's a 15hp Tohatsu with electric start. 

Also, on the front seat, I installed a solar charger for my battery.  It won't charge a drained battery in a day, but it keeps me from having to remove the battery from the boat when I get home to charge in the garage.  I fabbed a couple of aluminum brackets and installed them on the the back of the seat.
 
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« Reply #70 on: November 09, 2012, 02:35:40 PM »
The cedar looks very nice!    I've heard good things about the Tohatsu motors, electric start sure makes boating more fun.   8)

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« Reply #71 on: November 09, 2012, 03:00:35 PM »
Nice work.  8) I bet you had fun sprucing her up!

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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #72 on: November 09, 2012, 04:11:18 PM »
Looks good, the wood and rubber will go along way to deadening on board noise when fishing :)
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« Reply #73 on: November 09, 2012, 04:20:11 PM »
You did a fine job remodeling. :) Be careful out there, I know how tippy the smaller alum. boats were when we used to fish and anchor side by side on the Saint John river. We had a larger boat. Good thing, my grandfather liked standing up fishing sometimes and I think he felt he was still 30 when casting that fly for a salmon. He was always sober, but you know how you start to get unsteady after about 40. :D ;)
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #74 on: November 09, 2012, 04:45:00 PM »
Spray foam can be expensive. If your using foam, I would get block foam from West Marine. Also, you don't need much to keep the boat afloat if its swamped. The only problem with too much foam (blocks or spray) is water logging and that can cause mildew and smells. The stuff I used in racing was ballast bags. They are inflatable bags that provide flotation, can be removed for cleaning, and will keep your whole boat afloat with just two small bags.
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #75 on: November 09, 2012, 06:50:33 PM »
Your superb craftsmanship and thoughtful planning is very obvious.  It's a shame to have to winterize something like that, but "come on Spring".   :)
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« Reply #76 on: November 09, 2012, 10:27:35 PM »
Thanks, guy's for the shared excitement. :)

I originally bought this boat because it was inexpensive and I thought it would stay that way. ::) ::) : Yeah, right! :D

At some point, it becomes a point of no return. It's just about how I want it now. ;D  Rod storage is the one thing I keep scratching my head about. ???
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