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Hi Action,
Thought I would send along a project that I did last summer. It is a 12' MirroCraft that was a basic model like your AeroCraft. I only cut the center seat ou and covered the front and rear bench. I tied the two (front & back with alum. angle along the top and framed in the bottom with alum angle as well. I used rattle can bed liner on the plywood as the surface coating. It served me well for the summer and I sold it last month to a co-worker. Just another twist to ponder.
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Hey Scott. Yea I really like that modification of your boat! Are those side compartments for storage? The front as well does it have storage? I like the way it is set up though! What is the walking area from side to side in the middle? Where did you place the seats because I dont see any seats or seat mounts. Because after I looked back at my mod and the pic of what I want. I was wondering if I was aiming to high with the seating? I mean it will be just ME 8) ... and maybe the wife from time to time lol. So do I really need 4 seats what do you think? And is it going to cramp the moving space within the boat if I do use three seats at a max? Let me know what you think.
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Action,
The sides are full of foam but could have had storage. I did not do that. The front has a large storage area. If you look close there is a parting line and that is a continuous hinge. The lid opening is the front nose piece. The front bench is still there so it was quite a large area because the front bench was just a flat board with no foam below it. The distance between the side walls is about 30". I did not add seats because I just sat on floatation cushions. I thought that a seat up front on a pedestal would have been a little tippy because the center of gravity would the been a little too high. I carried that concept to my latest project where I cut out the front bench and secured the pedestal to the floor that was at least a foot lower than the top of the front bench. Check out the link in my signature. When I was in the 12' boat, alone, I could stand up front on the platform just fine but with someone in the rear it made it hard to stand when they would move around. In that situation I would just stay seated. I found that the added weight of the conversion makes the boat sit down in the water better making it more stable. The 10 hp motor pushed it along just fine with the added weight. I did not have covered storage in the rear because the gas tank was too high so I left it open and added that storage bin. I did not know about tin boats when I converted that 12' boat so I did not document the progress and only have before and after photos. As far as your modification and the seating arrangement I think 4 seats would be too many. If you plan on being alone most of the time and having your better half along once in a while I would start with two seats and use it a few times before I added more (just a suggestion). I picked up the seats in my latest Q-14 project from Wal-Mart and paid $44.00 each without the swivel base. The swivel under the pilot seat was around $10.00 and the front one was $44.00 both from Wal-Mart. The quality appears to be very good for the money. I have added a couple pictures of the 12' boat prior to the modification that may help explain.
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Yea I love your 14' build!!! I have to make this quick because I have the surgery in the a.m. and need to get some shuteye but I really like your second build "14' ". I do like the advice and will take it because you have done this in a 12' so you know. Your 12' and mine look to be just about the same dimensions so I think I will go with something similar with the first but carpet it because I like the look. I thought about rhino liner or something similar but when I saw your second build I fell in love with the carpet! After taking a step back and looking at the drawing that I made in paint I do think that 4 seats are WAY to much and I will only go with 2. I see how you have the hinge in the front deck of your 12' and I will probably do something, again, similar because it gives more space in the front. Let me ask though was that cooler in the back the live well? I had thought I was going to have to use a cooler for this boat because the lack of space. Well my wife is yelling at me that I will never get up if I dont go to bed now, 6 am and shes probably right :shock: , so thanks again for the advice and I will be back on in a few days so Ill talk to you then.
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How did the surgery go? I said a prayer for you.
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Hey Scott and thanks, that was nice! Well it went ok. Im in pain now but dealing with it like I do... going to make this short because I dont want to tweak my wrist so here are a few pics my wife took after I got home from the surgery... Ill say I was a bit loopy :shock:
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To discribe this picture is basically, the doctors put a "block" in my shoulder to numb my whole arm. well it did just that for over 24 hours... this is my arm swinging and me having no control over it at all. I thought you might get a kick out of it so I put it up... My wife said Im now a weirdo... but as long as someone smiled at it I got the job done... :lol: Talk to you soon Scott...
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Oh I also picked up a used trolling motor from a guy my father in law knows for 100 bucks... Ill post a pic in a few days but it is a Prowler 55lb thrust... I think nice for the price... Talk to you soon.
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Glad to see the surgery went alright. Those blocks can do a number on you! Just be sure to take the Doc's recommendations on the workout and rehab. You will be recovered in no time.

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Hope you have good speedy recovery. Anxiously watching your thread as I work on mine. Your boat is pretty similar to mine as far as shape and size.
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:lol: Hey guys. Wrist is feeling really good. I think it is going to be a speedy recovery thanks to all the help from prayers :lol: Thanks a lot Wings and yes it did a number alright. My wife said that when they started to put me under she came in to get my wedding band and the few things that I had on me before surgery and I guess I was doing nothing but laughing and joking around..... :shock: I do NOT remember any of it... LOL Anyway all is well. Thanks BoatDawd Ill have to check out yours in a little bit wife is yelling at me to go eay dinner. I have picked up a few things for the boat... A used trolling motor "BPS" Prowler T55, a rivet gun, a small sheet of aluminum for the patch and some JB Weld and flexible silicone sealant to go along with the patch. I will be getting my trailer and tow package next week so Im excited about that. Thats it for now. I will post a few pics that I will take tomorrow. Wife is really yelling now.... Ill get on later guys, See yas!
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Hey guys here are the pics that I keep talking about. My wrist feels really good today, a bit sore, but tolerable. So I was going to go and work on the patch ie. drill the holes, cut the patch piece, rough the surfaces, apply the JB Weld and rivet the patch and after the JB Weld dried apply the silicone sealant....... BUT the weather sucks and it is raining and very wet here and I need it to be dry because I will be working on it on my back uncovered patio. Anyway here are the pics of the trolling motor and the new seats that I bought on SALE :lol: from Bass Pro Shop... As soon as its try I will post the pics of the patch. Enjoy...

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I put the seat I pulled out of the box down on a chair and sat on it. It is originally $50 on sale for $25 but I think the reason is because it is HARD as hell, as in NOT soft to sit on LOL :shock: ... you know what that means 8) they will "HAFTA" to be broke in LOL.

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This is a picture of the handle. It has a nice nifty little extension on it. Good thing I didnt get the Minn Kota extension at Walmart for $20 lol
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This picture is just showing the cables, they look like they were never even hooked up to a battery.... EVER lol all in all as a whole this is a VERY nice buy for $100 I dont think it was ever in the water. So its brand new!! :lol: Just a few scuffs from sitting in a pawn shop for 5+ months.
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Here are a two pics that I just had to show, My new rod Abu Garcia SilverMax, First bait caster btw, and the other is just my Tackle Box, A month ago it was empty :mrgreen: Just happy it is all coming together with budget buys... thank God for the all mighty sale [-o< Let me know what you guys think
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What a noob :oops: posted the Rod picture twice... here is the pic of the tackle box lol
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Lookin' good! I've been adding to my tacklebox, too. I swear they make lures more to attract fishermen than fish and price accordingly. Currently, I'm big into Gambler soft baits and War Eagle spinnerbaits. I just try to fill any "voids" in my fishing lure department and hope that I can learn how and when to use them effectively.

If you can, clean the hole and area around the hole with a wire brush or coarse sandpaper. Scuff it up pretty good and degrease with acetone to remove any oils or contaminants. Apply the JB and allow to set and cure. If the patch is going onto a curved surface, spend the time and shape the patch to the contour before you start riveting. Try to make the patch at least twice as large as the damaged area you are trying to patch. Once you have the patch formed and you are ready to start shooting the rivets, get ahold of a good adhesive sealant such as 3M 5200. Coat the patch with the sealant and each individual rivet as you insert them into the holes. It's messy, but it will seal! You can shoot rivets and then wipe the excess off with acetone. At least, that's how we put patches on cargo jets. I would assume if it is good for 40,000 feet, 500 mph, temp swings of -70F to 100F, it should do good on a little aluminum boat to keep out a little water. :mrgreen: Hope the wrist is healing up pretty well for ya.

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Nice finds on all the new toys! I need to check pawn shops for some things... You got me thinkin...lol Glad to hear of your speedy recovery.
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Hey guys sorry I havent been on for a few days had some things going on and my wife took a few days off so I spent them with her to make her happy, happy wife is a happy life right :lol: so she bought me a new gun, Sig Sauer SR2022 :mrgreen: I sure was happy then I got to thinking.... My wrist is all jacked up and I cant shoot it :? so she did :shock: and taunted me in more ways than one :lol: Here she is on the range shooting MY new gun LOL...
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So anyway back to my boat, I had every intention of getting up early and working on it because it was supposed to be a fairly nice day, but I slept in a little bit with the better half and we went and had breakfast before her late night shift, "retail Manger". So I got started on it about 12:30pm today and low and behold.... RAIN came in :evil: That sure did piss me off because was supposed to be a nice day! But I did get a few things done. Wings thanks for the advice, it sure helped... Kind of the idea that I had but your advice sure was the cherry on top. So I scuffed the surfaces today that will have the JB on it. I bought the MarineWeld from Bass Pro same price as the JB so I figured it might work better seeing how it will be in the water ie MARINE lol. Anyway I also bought this stuff, "Permatex, 1B, Form-A gasket Sealant", basically it is an engine gasket sealant so I assumed it would work to put on the rivets for sealant. If you think the 3M 5200 will work better let me know and I will pick that up instead. The next dry days I get out here I will be setting the JB with the patch and riveting it to the boat. Basically the progress I got done today was the scuffing inside and outside of the hull, drilling out the bad rivets and drilling the rivet holes for the aluminum patch, then the rain hit. Here are the pics so let me know what you think. Oh and Wings let me know if that is enough space for the patch, the crack itself is only about 2.5 inches and the square aluminum patch is 8inx8in, I figure that should be enough...
This is the scuff before I drilled out the rivet holes.
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The next few are the rivet holes along the seams. There are 6 total and in the old pictures you can see the the last owner used rubber washers and a olt and nut to seal the hole ?!?! #-o Not smart lol
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This last picture is one that shows the scuff and the drill holes for the aluminum sheet patch.
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And one last picture showing what a shitty day it turned into... Let me know what you think and the next few dry days I will be getting more done and posting more pics. Thanks yall.
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