Reed's 1542 Alumacraft Swamp Sled.

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Thanks, I have never done anything like this before and just went off what I had in my head. I took this pic tonight when I got home.
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Wow that looks great. Any idea what size motor you are going to put on it yet? Tiller or controls?
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Nevermind those questions I asked in my previous post. 20 HP tiller should be a good size. Have fun!
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I bought a 12/36 2 days ago. I think I will follow suit on that back deck. How will you run a tiller motor from those two seats? This is my 1st boat. Sorry if it's a stupid question. Do you think it would be bad to put my TM on that back deck? My 10 yr. old son will be fishing up front and I really don't want him running the TM.

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Im going to run remote controls on a side console. 25-45hp with power tilt and trim. I am just looking for a good deal.

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diabolic ben wrote:I bought a 12/36 2 days ago. I think I will follow suit on that back deck. How will you run a tiller motor from those two seats? This is my 1st boat. Sorry if it's a stupid question. Do you think it would be bad to put my TM on that back deck? My 10 yr. old son will be fishing up front and I really don't want him running the TM.
If you did a deck like mine on your 12-36 you could just mount the seat right to the rear deck a little off to the side and run a tiller from it. A 15 hp tiller would really move a 12-36!

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Yeah, an offset seat sounds great. I'm going to keep mine very simple and cheap. Keep the pics coming!

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The build looks like its going great. I just started modding mine and I wanted to ask u how u got the angle to cut the 2x4s u made ur seat bench out of . I'm tring to build a box like that to hold my guns in

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I used some of the spare styrofoam I had left over after doing the floor. I held one piece of it along the side of the boat vertically and put the other along the bottom horizontally (where the 2X6 would go) and then traced the angle onto it. I then cut that styrofoam at the angle I traced and used it as a template to cut the 2x6.

Just remember to measure the bottom width of the boat correctly and cut the wood to match.

My boat has a 42 inch bottom so I made the angle cut on one end of the board, then on the other end of the board I measured 42 inches bottom to bottom and started the cut there.

for the 2nd board Just used the 1st one I cut as a template, marked and cut the 2nd one accordingly.

I am not a skilled carpenter by any means. I am sure there is some fancy way to figure out the angle of the side of the boat and cut it that way using some formula and mitre cut! But for me, tracing it was easy and effective. I did leave a little room to play with in case I decide to put some sort of vinyl or carpet over it later.

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Post by Howard »

Looking great! I also have a alumacraft. My personel concern with the layout is the floor space you lost with the seat platform. I can see that you did gain some storage space which I like. Is the remote control worth the cost? I would be interested for myself but have not looked into. Good luck! =D>

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I did lose that area between the rear bench/deck and the middle seat as far as space goes. But because I didn't have to mount a seat on the rear deck to drive from , I can have the entire rear deck to to mount a pedestal seat for fishing and use the front for fishing too.

Most of the time when I am fishing I will be alone (me and the dog) so its not a real concern. Plus If I Just wanna go for a boat ride with my ole lady (or my dog) she/he can sit beside me instead of sitting up front haha.

In addition to this boat being a fishing/bowhunting/bowfishing boat it is also gonna be a little swamp "hot rod". I enjoy just exploring and riding around on a boat and just being out on the water so the console steer is going to be really nice.

As far as cost goes it is a little more expensive to rig a boat for remote steer with the console/rigging/steering wheel/throttle/ignition etc but I think I can find a good used set up for less than a brand new 25-35hp tiller, so I am willing to suck it up.

Your right though a tiller does give you more room room and costs less. It just depends on what you want to do.

That's what is so great about jon boats and little aluminum boats in general. All we have to do is imagine what we want and build it. It really doesn't take much money as far as any of it goes. Plywood, screws, a drill, a saw a few cans of paint! You can do whatever you want. If you screw up just go get another sheet of plywood. I cant even look at a boat anymore without saying to myself I would have done this or that to it.

This is the first time I have ever done this and it has been so much fun. I am already looking for another boat to start modding and Im not even done with this one. I think I am going to drive my wife crazy. haha.

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Got a little done on the front deck over the weekend. I ran out of 2x2 and tried to finish up with some 1x3 but I'm not happy with the strength of the 1x3. I stopped by hd on my way home today so I can rebuild it tonight.

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Looks sweet so far. Is there room (or an opening)to run wires through the original side boxes(transom support) between the back bench and transom on alumacraft models? Or would you have to drill out a hole to run electrical wires from back to front on a factory hull.
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florida strain wrote:Looks sweet so far. Is there room (or an opening)to run wires through the original side boxes(transom support) between the back bench and transom on alumacraft models? Or would you have to drill out a hole to run electrical wires from back to front on a factory hull.
Thanks.
Its sealed up from the floor to the top of the bench. you would have to drill a hole. I plan on just running any wires right under the gunnels inside some sheathing that will be kept nice and neat and held tight to the side with some sort of ties.

I really like the boat. I got it for just under $1000. brand new at Academy Sports in Orange Park. They want $1400. for it at every boat dealer I went to. Heck they want $1200 for a 1436 at Boathouse Discount Marine in Jax. Academy Sports is the way to go if your looking for a new boat.

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Here are some pics of the front deck
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