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Been doing a lot of conversions to small boat lately, mostly 10-12 footers...I really like the old fiberglass Tri Hull Columbian boats, they're nice and wide and generally pretty inexpensive...compared to a wide aluminum jon.

Recently I had a vision...I had a great idea for an awesome rod box...But the smaller boats that i normally convert arent big enough for what i had invsioned...so started looking at some bigger boats. I looked at all kinds of boats, but mostly i was looking for an aluminum wide v hull...but then I had an even better idea! People get rid of old ski boats and open bow runabouts all the time for dirt cheap, i thought it would be cool to find an old tri hull Glastron or Reinell and try my handy work on something like that...took a look on good'ol craiglist and this is what i found...

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She's a 1970's 16' Performer...picked her up for $400 and she RUNS!! 1975 Mercury 85hp 2 stroke outboard with power start. Sitting on a 1998 EZ Loader trailer.

Started the conversion a couple days ago, here are some pics of the progress, including the rod box.

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more pics coming soon...

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wow thats pretty sweet i really like the rod holders

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Got some more work done on the Performer conversion. Check it out!

Water proofed the framing
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Fitting the decking, hatches and walls
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Water proofed the decking, hatches and walls
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next step: carpet

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Got all the carpet laid out and installed. I decided to go with a darker carpet than i normally use, i think it came out looking really nice.

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Got all the hinges and door straps installed
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Next steps: Floor carpet, install seats, and install bow mount trolling motor.

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I like it. Tons of these old boats around.
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I have to say, that is pretty darn cool!
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Great job... Good post... as much as I like it, i would be concerned about the amount of weight you added... I would guess between 400 and 500 lbs.
The job does look great.

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I'm having a hard time believing my eyes. That is an awesome build. Keep the pics coming please!!

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devilmutt wrote:I like it. Tons of these old boats around.
I KNOW!!! they are all over craigslist and they go for dirt! Haha like i said, i got mine for $400 with the trailer and it runs perfectly!

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freetofish wrote:Great job... Good post... as much as I like it, i would be concerned about the amount of weight you added... I would guess between 400 and 500 lbs.
The job does look great.
Nah not that much...maybe 150, the framing really isnt as heavy as it looks, i can lift them out by myself. I took her out yesterday for her maiden voyage and she sat nice and flat and didnt show any signs of struggle from the added weight.

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bulldog wrote:I'm having a hard time believing my eyes. That is an awesome build. Keep the pics coming please!!
U got it man, I got some more work done to it today, but it got too dark to take pictures so ill try to get some posted tomorrow...still trying to figure out how i want to mount the seats...any suggestions anyone???

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For the seats what about building a stair step on that back wall you would set on the stair, then when it was time to fish it would make it easy to climb out

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79Stroker wrote:For the seats what about building a stair step on that back wall you would set on the stair, then when it was time to fish it would make it easy to climb out
Good idea.

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79Stroker wrote:For the seats what about building a stair step on that back wall you would set on the stair, then when it was time to fish it would make it easy to climb out
that is an excellent idea, i considered something similar but in the end i ended going with a pair of standard fishing seats that i picked up on CL for $40...Installed them on an 8" pedestal.

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Here are some more pics!

Carpeted the floor
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Installed the Driver and Passenger seats
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Installed the rear pedestal seat
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Installed the Bow mount minn kota
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more pics coming...