My First Mod - 1542 Sea Ark (Update 9/23 Pics)

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I've been following this forum for a while but now its time to build one for myself. I have really appreciated viewing everyone's work and plan on taking many ideas from others here!

This boat is a 1542 Sea Ark that originally belonged to my Grandfather. It is all welded and solid as a rock- he used it for fishing and crabbing in the creeks/inlets of coastal SC. 1994 Sea Ark hull with a 2001 Johnson 15 outboard.

I'm planning on doing a complete modification but I've decided that I will just paint it for now and use it the way it is for duck season and get a feel for what I really want to do with it. I know I want absolutely no carpet. I will use this boat for duck hunting and fishing and only in rivers and small lakes- we have a Pioneer Venture for larger waters. I am considering whether or not to cut all or part of the middle bench out and building a slightly elevated deck back from the bow deck with removable seats. I also want to add an aluminum floor with a nice covering.

Up to this point I've gotten it stripped down and primed. I've decided to use a Rustoleum textured paint. Pictures to follow shortly.

Would love to hear some ideas and/or recommendations. Looking forward to the possibilities!
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Keep going, always interested to see what everyone ends up doing with their rigs. I just picked up a 94 1448 Duracraft with a 2001 15 Johnson. Have not had a chance to start it yet, but once i have the time, I'm anxious to see how it runs. I brought it home, washed it out, pulled it in the garage and then went in for surgery that will have me down for a few weeks.

The rig belonged to an elderly man (kept inside until the last two years), passed on to his grandson who parked it outside and didn't use it for the 2 years.

I can't find an owner's manual on-line anywhere. i know this a lot to ask, but do you have the ability to copy yours, save it as a PDF and email it to me? Again, not trying to trouble you, just asking. Thanks.
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Scout- No problem I will work on getting it copied for you. Thanks for checking out my thread!

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That's awesome! I really appreciate you taking the time. Email address is tmurphy@trehel.com.

I'll be checking in on the thread.
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Ok it's been a while since I've updated this thread but I have done a good bit of work on the boat. I am in the process of getting some pictures uploaded now. Stay tuned.

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Here is what it looked like the day I picked it up.
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First thing was to get it stripped and primed:
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Few action shots here.
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I got the camo pain done and used it like this for the rest of duck season.
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After duck season I got back to work. I am still not finished but here is my progress to this point. I fabbed up the floor and front panel using 3/4" ply wood and coated all the wood with spar urethane. Floor panels were then painted and I am in the process of laying the Hydro Turf now. Really looking forward to this turf, it was lighter and thinner than I expected but still has a sturdy feel and provides some cushion.

The front panel will have a 11"x15" tempress hatch for a little storage compartment. I also have a 12v outlet for a spot light or phone charger on that panel.

Next major task is cutting an electronics compartment into the rear bench. I plan on having enough storage space for 2 batteries, an on-board charger and all my wiring, fuses, etc. I will have a switch box facing forward in the rear panel.

Stay tuned for more updates!
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Nice boat. That is what I want for my next project. Good job.
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