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rtg
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This is what I picked up today! I am pumped...I like what you guys have done to your boats and am looking to do the same. Any ideas? I am still looking at all the nice work on this site. It is a welded 14 foot Aluminum Jon that is 60 inches wide at the top at the widest spot. with a 20hp merc. It also came with a 35lb thrust troling motor. If there are any ideas you may have Please let them fly. Thanks. Randy

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Congrats on the boat! Id get out there and fish a few times and figure out exactly what you want. After a couple of fishing trips, youll know how you wanna modify your boat.

Welcome aboard, you got a great boat.

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Welcome to the MonArk club - look around, plenty of mods to think about before you jump in. Good luck, buddy.
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I think I am realy liking the walk through center seat. meaning cutting out the center seat and puting in a batterie on one side and cooler or storage on the other with a walk way in the center.

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I started ripping into the monark. I went with cutting out the whole middle seat and will go with a flat bottom. I have not figured out if I want to mount a seat or buy the seat with four big legs so you can move it around in the boat. I will be usig this for duck hunting in the winter and fishing in the spring and summer. I am also going to mount a bow troling motor with foot controle and auto from the rear. Do you think I need to reinforce the spot under the original seat? Thanks Randy

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Keep up the good work. You are going to enjoy ripping that bench out and the open floor plan.

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rtg wrote: Do you think I need to reinforce the spot under the original seat? Thanks Randy

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Your boat looks to have good bracing running all the way across and up the sides so I see no need to reinforce it. I'm sure others will chime in here who know more about it then me though. Good luck
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Whenever you remove a structural piece of a boat it would be a good idea to use some sort of reinforcement in its place. What I would do is make sure when you put your floors in that you brace in some stingers to the sides of those supports. It will keep the hull from flexing in the middle where the bench was removed.

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Make the bulkhead for the front deck tie into the ribs and kill two birds with one stone. Even a piece of 3/4" plywood cut to fit tight and screwed into the sides of the ribs with **stainless steel** screws will make a world of difference. Also MonArk used 2" ribs where everyone else uses 1 1/2". Generally as a rule they use at least one more rib than everyone else.

I'd go around and rebuck every rivet on that boat and she'll stiffen up real nice.

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Post by DownSouthGaBoy »

Nice Boat. Looks kind a familiar...lol, I have the same boat, or one really darn close. Here's a link to what I've done with mine. https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... =3&t=11121 Lots of photos to give you ideas, and more to come very soon.

Mine has the center bench removed too. I like it much better that way.
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Just finished with new paint. I got ahold of a bunch of military green paint...
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Looks good

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Looks like a brand new boat .... Looks like you even got a start on a camo trailer, add a little more green and some brown and tan .....

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When I rivet the floor joices in do you think it is better to drill vertical or horizonal ? Thanks

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Post by bluegillfisher »

I would put ss screws or aluminum pop rivets in the top of the rib. Are you going to screw down the floor?