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1gr8bldr
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Looking for some fabrication input. My boat don't need pods, but it could have some advantages. I have always said that if you buy a new boat with pods, you bought the wrong boat. Pods are an addition type thing. You could have bought a boat 2 feet longer. So, I bought the boat I needed, balanced it to let the entire boat float the motor. But, the benefit of slower speed on plane is a big plus. The rear not digging coming off plane. The added flotation in the event of it getting a hole knocked in it. The stability it offers to a transom. Many advantages. Since I like to fabricate things, I think I will add these to my boat. i have purchased the needed sheets of aluminum. I have drew pics of the shape I want. But, i'm still thinking. I don't want to build these and then think, "i wish I would have done this". So, I am adding internal sleeve from top to bottom for pole anchors, if I ever want to use this. I am pitching the rear back slightly, like the transom, parallel to the transom, so that reverse hits might not be as bad. Angling the bottom up about 3/4 so it does not drag on plane. And lining up the bottom transom to give the weld corner some protection. My input needed is in regards to spray deflectors. Or since I have a jackplate that extends the motor back, possibly build the pods as if 1 piece, all the way to protect the lower transom weld, stabilize the transom more, and create a leading edge lip, whatever you call it, the gap between the pods, enough to steer, becoming like a short tunnel. I have even tried to incorporate steer fins, deploy-able rudders, built into the pods to hold the boat straight in current when front anchored. LOL, Better to plan now than later. So, any input appreciated.

CedarRiverScooter
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You might want to mock 1 up in cardboard. Even better would be to build in plywood & try them out for real. But I am retired & often take the long road.

1gr8bldr
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Yea, I plan to bolt on lightly and trying before welding to the boat

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redrum
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Don't forget about your transducer, if you run one, and how you'll mount it.
1860 SeaArk CC MVJT Mercury 2S 90/65 Jet
1648 Tracker Grizzly Mercury 60/45 Jet
1648 MonArk 50/35 Evinrude Jet
1444 Polarkraft 50/35 Evinrude Jet (Stick Steer)

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handyandy
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I've had mine on a few years now zero regrets about doing them, I did a full write up on them. They help protect my ducer a lot I mounted my transom bracket I welded on that sits right by my right side pod. So it's in between the motor and inside edge of pod. I welded a pipe to each of my pods for spud poles it's been a great feature to be able to drop a stick it pole through for anchoring in shallow water or when I beach the boat on a gravel/sand bar.

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handyandy
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Tenner
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I had custom pods added to my 1654 Tracker Grizzly and they made a huge difference!! My boat was a CC and had a mercury 90/75 jet. The console was towards the back of the boat so I had to load it heavy on the bow when duck hunting to get on step better. I had better performance, handling, drafted shallow, got on step in half the distance as before. Well worth it, when they are built the right way.


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