1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

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I bought this boat in June because of its size and all welded construction. After studying this site and a lot of your builds almost nightly, I decided to start my build with hopes of getting it done before January. That may be hard with hunting season and two tournaments on Stone Mountain coming up. Please feel free to comment with as many great tips as possible. It is going to be all electric, all aluminum and no carpet..... Thanks
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Got rid of the wood floor, wood deck and really bad carpet....
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Why change anything there?
Put the Wood Deck down, A Butt Seat up on the Bow deck and go fishing. :o

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dawg, I assume you are from Georgia. Looks like a great project!
If you haven't seen Brine's build take a look.
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... hyan+Craft

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Yeah, Gill, I'm in GA.....I think I came across it in my looking, but I'll check it out again, Thanks!!! Thud, It would have been fine if all I wanted to do is fish.....I have big plans, BIG I say..... I have $2500 in trolling motors going on this bad boy. They just came in.... A Motor Guide 109# for the front and two Motor Guide 105#'s for the rear. I'm gonna be running 10 batteries :shock:

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Got some work done on the trailer.....
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Got a few more things done....temp fixed the winch post and built my rear battery boxes. I know I said it was going to be all aluminum, but I used some 2x4s in their construction. I also saved some materials cost by putting the spoils of my troubled youth to good use........I used some old road signs that I had "acquired" about 20 years ago as the floor of my battery trays. [-X There will be 6 batteries in the rear of the boat.
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Labor day means a day free to work on the boat. I got the old letters removed and new letters on....also got the floor cut and fully installed today with the help from a friend. It went a lot easier than I thought it would. I learned a very valuable lesson today......NOTHING IN AN ALUMINUM BOAT IS SQUARE!!!!
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Why 6 batteries?? Just curious

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Livetofish » 04 Sep 2013, 18:09 wrote:Why 6 batteries?? Just curious
It is going to be a reservoir boat. Most of the small drinking water reservoirs here in Georgia don't allow gas engines at all and some have a 9.9hp limit. They are any where between 100 and 500+ acres. I am also in an "electric only" bass club. I have two 105# Motor Guide motors going on the back and a bow mounted 109# Motor Guide going on the front....all three are 36 volt motors. I will actually have 10 batteries on the boat. The extra one will run my live well pumps, bilge pump and lights.

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what type of wax did u use on the paint to bring it back to life?

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erictetterton » 04 Sep 2013, 22:51 wrote:what type of wax did u use on the paint to bring it back to life?
I just had this in the basement.....it worked pretty good.
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Looking good.

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Bugpac » 05 Sep 2013, 02:16 wrote:Looking good.

Thanks Bugpac!! It is a definite pain in the butt, but taking some pride in doing it myself. It won't be as nice as some because of my lack of access to aluminum welders and benders. The biggest downfall of my build is the fact that my lids are not going to be flush with the deck. I'm using the hatch lids from T H Marine. Thanks again for the offer to come see your boat!!!

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I've been busy working on the boat, but have been lazy on posting the pics here. I have got almost all the framing done for the front deck. Started on the rear today.... I figured out that my welded aluminum live well is going to be 37 gallons. With the help of a friend, we got the frame done. There will be two inches of insulation all the way around the live well.
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