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Had an unforseen problem with mounting bracket install. I found out that there is nothing under my deck to mount to. I'll post some pics when I get the hole for the new hatch cut out.
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Fishfreek wrote:Had ano unforseen problem with mounting bracket install. I found out that there is nothing under my deck to mount to. I'll post some pics when I get the hole for the new hatch cut out.
Boy am I glad your adding a hatch. I've been thinking about it but nervous as hell Bc I don't know what it will look like when I cut it open. Luckily for me, your showing me!! Haha


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I was so P%*#^ off when I discovered there wasn't enough to bolt that mount to. I ended up adding a 6" × 21" piece of plywood from cutting the hatch and an aluminum sheet. Here are a few pics of the process. One thing that I HIGHLY suggest is that if you add a hatch use the ones from R & R Design out of Texas. Beyond top quality. I have ordered both of mine through Cabelas because they have fit my needs and the free shipping.
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When you opened up the deck, what is there besides aluminum and plywood? A lot of foam to clear out? Does the deck feel like it's lost stability? Are you adding any support?


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I only saw the first pic before replying! I've heard nothing but good things about those hatches.


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As you can see there was 1 large block of white foam that I just cut in half and pulled out. It wasn't attached or glued down. Once I got the hatch sealed and bolted down it actually felt stronger than before. It took some of the flex out.
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I actually went back to your build to see if you had added a hatch in that area.LOL

I was hoping to ask you how it went. But I was the guinea pig. It worked out well. Tomorrow I will climb on and jump around around bit. I'd rather find out in my driveway than on the river.
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This makes me feel way more confident about taking care of the storage issue. Always enjoy seeing your progress. Seeing multiple takes on the same platform interest me. It's the beauty of Jon boats.


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Thanks, that's one of the reasons I like this site so much. It is cool seeing how different people set up the same boat to use in different areas of the country. I can't say enough about the quality of those hatches. They come with a plastic handle to open with but I will probably put a locking one on the battery area. I am putting that in the first hole.
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Second R&R Design hatch installed and painted also a new trolling motor mount support. Trolling motor mount will be installed tomorrow.
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Will you be installing a seat base in the front deck? Was there an issue that prevented you from putting the trolling motor plate below the deck? My old Alumacraft 1648 had 3/4" plywood under the front deck.

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No seat pedestal I primarily stand and run the trolling motor. I use a custom Birdsal type trolling motor mount. If you see the previous pictures there wasn't enough plywood to bolt through. So I had to open it up and add plywood and also an aluminum sheet as just in case. That's why I added the second hatch. The only reason I put the brace above the deck was convenience. I didn't have an extra set of hands to help.
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The Alumacraft mount is supposed to be mounted on the side not like you have it. They have several types. One for the left side and one for the right side and a true Flat Boat style. I have the left style on mine and run a 80lb Terrova. I don't have any problems.

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That mount takes up way too much deck space. Fly lines get completely tangled in it. So many years ago I started using another style that works much better for me. I've been out of town all weekend so hopefully I can get my mount installed today.
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After too much travel and unexpected surgery a family member helped finish the install.
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