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Build is looking great.

I will be following this. Check out my old build. Same boat. Might give you some ideas


https://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=16745

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Got the front floor section cut today, it's hard to see here but the rear section is already riveted in. 11.5' of floor in minus a foot and a half the rear bench will take up.

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Angle to reinforce the front floor
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In front of the floor I'll make square sections from angle to hold the gas tank and 2 batteries. 1 battery for the starter and accessories and 1 deep cycle battery for the front trolling motor and ice blaster. The front deck will overhang these.
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Still need to get some 3 or 4" aluminum strips and have them welded down the sides so nothing falls under the floor. Also need to get the rear bench and front deck fabricated and welded.

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Got down to the shop and did some more work on the boat today. Got the rear bench fabricated with the help of a new metal chop saw, glad I bought it, it was a big help. A 4.5" grinder/cutoff has worked well up until now but with all the 1.5" tube I had to cut I couldn't pass up a cheap harbor freight unit to help speed this along.

This is what I was going for on the rear bench only without the flip up door. I liked the design where you could throw a leg around which will be nice when using the tiller handle or maybe even when sitting and waiting for the ducks to come in.
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This is what I fabricated. My buddy did all the welding.
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And this is what I'm going to do for the front deck, I'm going to try to get that done this week as well.
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Started on the front deck
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Wow, really nice fab work! Turning out great....thx for the pics!

Frey

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Man, that's gonna be the perfect hunting boat. Nice set up!
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Thats a nice rig. Are you going to build the blind or buy one?

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Bamayooper wrote:Thats a nice rig. Are you going to build the blind or buy one?
I am planning on building one

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Great work!
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very nice!!!

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hookedontronics wrote:

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Do you or anyone know what that covering is on the floor and seats? That stuff looks awesome. Nice job on the boat. Making good progress. I wish I knew someone who could weld aluminum.

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BeerMe wrote:
hookedontronics wrote:

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Do you or anyone know what that covering is on the floor and seats? That stuff looks awesome. Nice job on the boat. Making good progress. I wish I knew someone who could weld aluminum.
I believe it's that BlackTip Sheetgoods stuff FloridaGrown was talking about.

https://www.shopsbt.com/blacktip-sheet- ... ction.html

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It's called hydro turf

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[quote="hookedontronics"]Got the transom fully bolted in yesterday

Question: How will you work around the heads of the bolts when you install the pods? I would think the back of the pod would need to sit flush on the back of the transom? I have the same boat and pods and am wondering how the welder is going to work this out?

All the work looks awesome so far btw.