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Ok so its officially on! I just removed the middle bench seat and console and now im pretty much bare bones. I was trying to wait until I had everything I needed, to shorten the time my boat will be out of commission, but I just couldn't wait any longer. I spend too much time looking at everyone else's mods and couldn't resist. I think I have enough aluminum to frame the front deck so all I really need is hardware, plywood, rivet gun, and carpet. Yeah right Im sure ill think of a hundred more things I need but Im starting anyway. Now that im down to bare bones Im gonna powerwash it tomorrow. Ok now for the questions. I want to move the console forward so that I can move driver seat off of back deck to open up more space for fishing however my steering cable won't allow but maybe 2 inches. How much and where should I look to find a longer one? Is my old one worth anything to anyone? Ok here goes.
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Nice boat, looking forward to seeing what you do with it...and I understand I should be out working on my boat right now instead of reading....Flintcreek

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Thanks for the interest Flintcreek. I have the deck framed and its about 95% done. I just need to add one more brace to divide two compartments. Next step will be to get some plywood for the floor and decks. Also I pulled the livewell that was in the middle bench seat out and Im going to make a box for it and put it between the console and front deck. There is already a thru hull hole there so it should work good. It would be great if I could get some ideas from anyone as to how I should set that up. I was thinking if I could put a bilge pump over the drain hole it could pull water in. Ok heres some pics.
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Nice start that framing looks familiar......can't wait to see what you do.

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Been trying to work on the boat as much as possible but im also trying to do things right and thats adding up to extended mod time. Been awhile since last update so i will try and pick up where I left off. I have just about everything I need so far. I used 1/2" Marine grade ply, 16oz marine grade carpet, I got 6ft of stainless steel piano hinges, Minn Kota edge trolling motor, and a bunch of hardware. Right now Im in the carpet stage. I actually have the back deck carpeted but i pulled my hamstring playing softball tonight so Im not going downstairs for new pics. I installed the trolling motor but not sure how Im gonna run the wires yet. The carpet is about 1/4" thick so I have to trim down my front deck hatches for a good fit. After I get everything carpeted Im gonna take it out and paint then put back and secure. Ok check out pics. I got more progress done but like I said couch and fridge for bud light is as far as im going tonight. Hope the pics are in order.
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man I wish my mod was moving along this fast. I over the 6 month mark :shock: looks good man
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Ok 8 hours of carpet and glue and measuring and trimming and stapling and im done for today. All I really have left to do is install the hinges, paint the boat, and put console and controls back in the boat. I haven't secured anything yet because im going to take it all out before I paint. Too tired to write more. Hope you like the pics although they were taken with iphone in dark garage.
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Ok pulled the boat outside and took some better pics. I still have to put some carpet on back bench and add walls to cover side ribs and add one more flush hatch pull when my boat shop gets more in. I also painted the seat post bases the same color as the boat will be painted and they are drying right now. Then I will paint the boat and she will be pretty much all set.
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Man you did a killer job that looks clean and you did it in such a good amount of time.. anytime you wanna come help me lay some carpe down in NC you let me know.. I planned on waiting until winter to get my carpet done.. if my carpet job is half as clean as yours ill be happy =D>

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Hey I really appreciate it Queencitybassman. I spent more time brainstorming on how I was going to do everything than actually modding and I think that helped move the project along. That way i was never stuck at a step wondering how Im gonna do it. I am more than happy with how the carpet turned out. Not my favorite part but it really brings it together. I can't wait to see it with some fresh paint. Thanks again man :beer:
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Man that looks great. I could use a hand with carpet too.....
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Yeah man its killer clean.. where did you get that carpet and how much was it if you dont mind me asking

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I got the carpet from boatcarpetcentral. I got the 16oz stuff. They actually have 20oz carpet and 24oz but the 16 oz is perfect for tin boat needs. I don't like the look of the home depot stuff, how you can see grooves, and not much cushion. This carpet is full and very soft. I got 6'x20' for $119 which was plenty to cover my 16ft boat. Its a little pricey but way better quality than indoor/outdoor carpet. It is about a 1/4 inch thick which surprised me and meant I had to trim down my hatches but that was easy and i only had to cut down two sides. They also claim to ship in 48 hours which didn't happen it took about 7-8 days. Customer service was pretty good, I sent an email inquiring and got a prompt response. I looked around and they have the best price for actual marine grade carpet. I can take some up close pics if you want just let me know.

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That turned out really nice. Might be a bit hard to plane with the wood. My 1448 had 1/2" plywood everywhere and wouldn't plane with a 9.9 Merc.

Questions;
How much carpet do you have left over? I have a bunch of hatches to cover and wanted to have the decks covered with one solid piece.

What and where did you get the handles to open the hatches?

Looks good, I've been fishing out of mine with just the deck ribs and it's fun but I need to finish it.

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Hey thanks. I'm at work and replying on iPhone but did a quick search and found these https://www.attwoodmarine.com/store/pro ... Pull-Round. If you search flush hatch pull you might find a better deal. I got mine at local boat shop. They are real nice and easy to install and only a few bucks each. As far as planing I will have to wait and see. The most I'll use the outboard is to cruise down the river most of the time I'll just be putzing around with the tm. No need for speed here. Down the road I'd like to get a 35horse but for now she will do. Idles real good for me. Thanks again for nice comments

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