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Looks really good, love the topside battleship grey. I can't decide if I'll be using a grey camo or a tan camo. I do like the look of that grey... Excellent craftsmanship this far.

Ps, where does everyone get topside?

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I ordered mine from Home Depot (Rust-Oleum Topcoat). It was about $35.00 for 2 quarts.
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Opps, I ment Topside - not Topcoat
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Got some time today to work on the trailer. Cleaned it up then hit it with the wire wheel followed by a acetone wipe. Sprayed it with a rattle can or four of rust-oleum. Put new bearings and seals on the axel and put the final coat of spar on the bunk boards.
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Smelled a skunk this morning on the way to work a sure sign that spring is near. I spent a few hours this weekend pounding out the rehab of the trailer. Paint, bunks w/UHMWP skid surface, winch and assembly. I used 3/16 thick UHMWP attached to heavily spar coated 2 x 4's. I used epoxy and countersunk SS flat head screws. The bunks and rollers still need to be adjusted but it turned out good. A support will be needed near the front to keep the keel off the steel. I my use some more of the UHMWP rather than a roller. My intention is to keep the boat as low as possible to accommodate the low water levels. It was a struggle with my previous 12' boat; the docks were almost useless around here. I will need to attach a transom saver to get the outboard up so driveways and speed bumps are not an issue, it is better for the boat also. Side guides and lights will finish the job. Come on Spring!
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Found some time to work on the trailer so I added a front roller, wired the lights and adjusted the bunks and rollers so the boat is secure. I have to add safety chains or cables for the bow and the tow hook-up. I will also add some side guides to help align the boat in the trailer. Overall I am happy with outcome.
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Awesome job on your fishing machine! My coworkers and I were just checking it out, very nice. We have a couple questions. First, do you think you will have any handling/drafting concerns by adding the weight? Second, your battery, when it becomes available. Approximate price? Location to buy? We are in the Lansing MI area, Clare is a stop on the way to Houghton Lake for us. Thanks

Congrats on a very fine job

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Hi,
Thank you, I have been hard at it all winter. I am just waiting for a ramp to open up so I can perform a shakedown run. As far as the boat is concerned I do not anticipate any drafting problems with this set-up. I have done a few conversions and have found that the boat sits down nice and is not a tippy. Sure I give up some speed but I spend more time creeping around with the electric on the inland lakes and also as I drift the rivers. This boat is set up for two people but will be mostly used by just one (me). I searched around for this hull because it is rated for 860 lbs and rated to a 30 H.P. max. I can't wait to get out and bang some fish with it. As far as the battery, the 24 GC2 size will retail for $350.00. Compare that to 2 (two) 12 volt batteries and we are right in line. Add in the fact that our battery weighs 40% less each and will charge in 1/2 the time. We are currently getting production off the ground and they could be available within a month or so. Contact me at smacphail@advancedbatteryconcepts.com and I will keep you up to date. Thanks for the kind words....Fish On!
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Ordered my bow light today and fitted the side guides for the trailer. There are a few more things I need to do to finish this project. I want to make a transom saver that will also keep the keel up for clearance while towing. I also need some rod holders and various ropes for docking. The Walleye opener is the last Sat. in April in Michigan and I plan to be on the water with a full functioning boat that morning. Fish On!
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You have a dream of a shop it looks like, clean and organized. Extreme props on the build also, I like your layout. I have you bookmarked to help me with ideas for my project. Good luck in the tournament!

Also favorite comment of the thread: "I will have to elevate the front floor but not too high because I do not want a high center of gravity up front" =D>

Some builds I think "this cant be fun to stand up on and cast from" etc.

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I think that this set-up will fish good. I plan to get it on the water real soon and will let you know how it feels. Thanks for the kind words. Fish On!
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Where did you buy the latches for your storage/hatches?

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Catch Grab pt. #1659A5 from McMaster-Carr $1.36 ea.

FYI....I also trick out golf carts...lol HAPPY St. Patty's Day.
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Super clean, nice work!

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Scott Mac wrote:BLING!!! for no other reason. Told my wife it was for function....She's not buying it!
PLEASE post a picture of the inside of your rod locker with the lights on in the dark!!! I may have to do that on my new boat!!!