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JustinS
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Last fall I picked up a 1963 Ouachita in a 1648 size. This is the third boat I've had in three years. First was a sneak boat from Mallard Marine, a Marsh Rat, second was a Coleman Crawdad. The first two boats were powered by longtail mud motors, and this one will be no different.

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Here are some photos of my previous duck boats:

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Beached lol

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Now back to the Ouachita. I picked this boat up for $500 for the boat and trailer. Both of them need quite a bit of work, but I like projects so this boat was right up my alley. Here are some photos from the CL ad:

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Plans for this boat are:
22hp Longtail mud motor
Oznium LED flush mount bolts
Foam floor with 3/8 horse stall mat
Mounted fuel tank and battery
Complete wiring re-do
Bilge
Etc.

The main project will start in the spring but this post will catch me up to current from what I got done before winter. First thing I did was browse DrNip's thread and found out about the Oznium flush mount bolts for the nav lights. I got those installed the first week I owned the boat.

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Next thing I did was decide what motor I wanted to run. I knew I wanted another long tail mud motor as they are significantly cheaper than an outboard and I'm really though on my motors lol. I chose the new vtwin from Harbor Freight and I'm pairing it with a longtail frame.

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I got the motor fired up yesterday and here is where it'll sit till my frame comes in and I go and drag the boat out of storage.
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Congrats on the great buy!! Looks good only question I've got is you said your building your mud motor where are you getting your frame from? I would be interested in building one eventually.
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JustinS
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I'll be using a Swamp Runner kit. It'll be my third one I've run, started with a 3hp, 6.5hp Swamp Runner and this 22hp kit should be awesome.

I couldn't believe the boat dealer let the boat and trailer go for $500, I bright it home and hadn't told the wife yet.... heard about that for a week!

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Got the boat pulled out of the barn this morning, guess it's time to start working on it. I've made the decision to fully assemble the boat this year and not paint it or anything. I think I will run it this way all summer and then make the decision if I want to paint it before waterfowl season. I really want to find replacement Ouachita logos prior to stripping the paint off as these are one of my favorite parts of the boat.
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The first thing I did when I got it home was to assemble my mud motor and get it set on the transom (mainly just so I could get the damn thing off of the floor and out of my way). After wrenching down my transom bolts my transom squeezed in a bit so I'm guessing I'll have to replace the transom at some point but I'll at least get the boat out on the water a couple of times before doing that.

This is a 670cc Predator Vtwin from Harbor Freight that is rated at 22hp and I'm running a longtail mud motor kit from Swamp Runner out of Florida.
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The dog even decided she wanted to help out with assembling the motor.
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where did you buy the mud motor kit from?

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Mudmotorkit.com, Swamp Runner out of Florida is a great company to deal with!

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Last night I started to clean the boat out. When it was sitting in the barn some mice got into the foam and made a few nests, needless to say....the boat stunk! I used a combo of garden hose and a strong simple green/water mix, I didn't finish it up but here is what I was dealing with:

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Continuing on...

Stole an hour or so tonight to get my floor started. I'm going with a combination of foam cut to fit in between the floor ribs, with a rubber mat over the top. I'm going to paint the sides of the floor where the rubber mat ends black so that your eye isn't drawn to that area. Should drain water pretty will for when I'm getting in and out of the boat.

I'm debating how I want to hold the foam down so it provides flotation in addition to insulating my feet on those cold mornings while Duck hunting. Should I use aluminum flat stock laid over the top of the foam and riveted to the ribs, or rivet the rubber mat to the ribs?

Here is what I got done tonight:

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This is going to be the layout for my gas tank and battery box. You can see where I ran the gas line and battery cables down the sides of the boat held in by the side ribs.
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Tomorrow night I plan on cutting up some aluminum angle to finalize the battery box and fuel tank locations.

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Got some more time tonight to finalize the battery box and fuel tank mounting. Glamorous no, but it'll do for now until I decide what I really want to do with this boat.

I got my pieces of aluminum angle cut up with the miter saw (ears are still ringing lol).
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Had to notch out the foam because it is about 1/4" higher than the ribs
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Tough crowd. :lol:

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Lookin' good man! Love the build...Love that pic with your dog on the table.

"legally speaking" I don't think you need to have a fire extinguisher in an open jon boat, but if it makes you feel better, safe is good, haha.

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I love reading through these. What're the plans as far as decking it or flooring it. As way more of a duck hunter than fisher, my boat I'm building now with gun storage. If I had a 1648 and planned on hunting from the boat though, I'd build a spot along one side with cup holders and general storage for she'll boxes to sit tight in case it's a rocky morning out. Keep it up though, I'm subbed to this and gonna sit back and watch the build unfold

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Also, digi, in ohio you do have to have a fire extinguisher if you're running a gas motor. So im assuming it's something varying by state?

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digi wrote:Lookin' good man! Love the build...Love that pic with your dog on the table.

"legally speaking" I don't think you need to have a fire extinguisher in an open jon boat, but if it makes you feel better, safe is good, haha.
If you're over 10hp in Iowa you have to have an extinguisher. That one is getting tossed though. ..along with the seats, they are from the previous owner!

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derekdiruz wrote:I love reading through these. What're the plans as far as decking it or flooring it. As way more of a duck hunter than fisher, my boat I'm building now with gun storage. If I had a 1648 and planned on hunting from the boat though, I'd build a spot along one side with cup holders and general storage for she'll boxes to sit tight in case it's a rocky morning out. Keep it up though, I'm subbed to this and gonna sit back and watch the build unfold
I'm just going to use the rubber mats you see in the photos above. They are from home Depot, 4x8 and 3/8 thick. I wanted aluminum but didn't think the cost was with it for this boat.

I got some more done last night but haven't uploaded photos, cut my thumb pretty good while trimming the rubber mats lol