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nice job would love to see more did the middle seat compartment work or what i lvoe the front deck how does it hold up looking for something like that on my boat
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Nice work! 8)
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Nice work!!
Whatever you do DO NOT get rid of the 25!! Use it. If it ends up being too much for the boat, wich I doubt, you could BOL for a bigger better boat to use the 25 on.
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WhiteMoose wrote:Thanks for the reply caveman. I was trying to bend the aluminum to make brackets, but decided the only thing I can do is use steel brackets. I found some nice thick steel angle brackets for about $1.50 that I should be able to bend in the bench vise. They appear to be stainless, but what if they aren't? Can I paint them to prevent rust & any bad interactions w/ the aluminum?


Sorry to hijack my own reply, but does anyone foresee any possible issues with this modified bench seat design? If I cut the top of the bench seat out but leave the sides, is that enough reinforcement to keep the sides of the boat from caving in or the ribs from cracking?
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Take a look at this thread. When I saw that mod I knew it was exactly how I was going to do mine. Russ has it right! IMHO.
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 3&start=70

Don't take the entire top off, leave a lip around the outside.
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I read about the aluminum breaking you were trying to bend. You may know this already ,but if you get a marine type of aluminum,5356, it bends a lot easier without breaking.

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WhiteMoose wrote:Thanks for the reply caveman. I was trying to bend the aluminum to make brackets, but decided the only thing I can do is use steel brackets. I found some nice thick steel angle brackets for about $1.50 that I should be able to bend in the bench vise. They appear to be stainless, but what if they aren't? Can I paint them to prevent rust & any bad interactions w/ the aluminum?


Sorry to hijack my own reply, but does anyone foresee any possible issues with this modified bench seat design? If I cut the top of the bench seat out but leave the sides, is that enough reinforcement to keep the sides of the boat from caving in or the ribs from cracking?
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I did that to the center seat in my Little 10 foot Tracker years ago, I left about 2 in. of metal on the Sides and about 6in. on the ends of the top, Framed it with angle, Made a cap for it with 3/4 plywood and 2+2 on the long sides, Just set it on there, Put 2 big Batteries in there, Put carpet on the plywood , Ran a wire to the Back(Its all Electric) and went fishing, I have an onboard Charger in there, Just lift the top off once in a while to check the Batteries, Works good, and puts the weight in Middle of the Boat !! :wink:

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Thanks for the replys! I'll post updates (and questions I'm sure) when I start working on it again.
Russ's thread will come in handy when I get the the bench seat/battery storage phase of work. 8)

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This week I got my middle seat tore out and the new framing up (pictures to come). I have all my plywood cut, sanded, and waterproofed, but I ran out of carpet! I used Lowes marine carpet. The kid at the counter said I have to order a minimum of like 30 feet, but I only need 6 more feet, so I'm trying to decide what to do. 30 feet of that carpet will cost around $160, which is more then I've spent on any part of this boat, other than the boat itself. :x

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DO you have any updates on this?

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Nope :( It is currently covered up and sitting behind the garage.
I'm going to bite the bullet and just order more carpet from Lowes when it warms up enough to start working on it again.

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WhiteMoose wrote:This week I got my middle seat tore out and the new framing up (pictures to come). I have all my plywood cut, sanded, and waterproofed, but I ran out of carpet! I used Lowes marine carpet. The kid at the counter said I have to order a minimum of like 30 feet, but I only need 6 more feet, so I'm trying to decide what to do. 30 feet of that carpet will cost around $160, which is more then I've spent on any part of this boat, other than the boat itself. :x

So by order, do you mean online? Or were they out of stock and they have to order more and bring it in?

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No, ordered as in ordered from the store. They have it in their samples hanging up, but they don't have it in stock. I've found similar carpet online, but all the samples I've received are just not quite the same.

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Well its amazing how much I can get done in a weekend when the wife and friends are all out of town.
I was able to finish almost all my carpeting after having to buy 30' of the stuff from Lowes. Now I have a ton leftover, so I am considering carpeting up the sides as well, but that can wait as the hot crappie bite around here will be starting soon!

I decided to save money and use up my scrap wood for the back of the boat, rather then buying another whole sheet of plywood. Just had to make it 2 layers thick and use a lot of glue. This piece was really tricky because the seat curves up in the middle, and the 2 back parts are anywhere from 1" to 2" lower then the bench. In order to make it solid and level, I had to add different sized legs under all the corners to support it. I'm not sure how I will attach it yet, but I'll figure that out when I get to it.
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Here is a shot of the switch panel I made out of plexiglass painted black on the back. The lighted rocker switches will be for my nav lights, bilge, and interior or sex lights as I like to call them. :wink: This piece goes on the back of the bench seat so I can reach it from the back, or bend over and reach it from the front if I am running the TM. I know these switches aren't designed to be exposed to weather, so we will see how long they last. I made the middle seat with an overhang of about 4", so they shouldn't take much direct water.
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Steelflex time, baby!!!
One of the cans came pretty dented. I'm surprised it didn't get punctured, but all is good I guess.
Jerry @ fasco recommended NOT using steelflex on the inside because it would be too hard to spread it around the ribs, etc, so I will be using a rustoleum silver color with a "hammered" finish to hide the dents.


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