Tracker Topper 14 conversion - Finished!!!

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Tracker Topper 14 conversion - Finished!!!

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So I traded some guns that I no longer use for a new 14' Tracker Topper with the plans to convert it to my own little Bass Tracker. I picked up a 8hp outboard for $400.00 and got a tailer for free. I've also purchased a Minn Kota bow mount trolling motor to be installed later.
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2011 Tracker Topper 14 https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... 21&t=29024
2011 Pelican 8' Bass Tender
2010 Zodiac 10' Rigid
2010 Old Town 15' Sportsman Canoe with Flat Transom

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Enough said.

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14" Tracker Topper to My Bass Tracker Conversion

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I got it home and started cutting some holes in it. Needed to gain access so I could brace the front deck.
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2011 Tracker Topper 14 https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... 21&t=29024
2011 Pelican 8' Bass Tender
2010 Zodiac 10' Rigid
2010 Old Town 15' Sportsman Canoe with Flat Transom

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Enough said.

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Built the front deck braces from 2 x 4 and reinforced sides with 1" aluminum square tubing.
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2011 Tracker Topper 14 https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... 21&t=29024
2011 Pelican 8' Bass Tender
2010 Zodiac 10' Rigid
2010 Old Town 15' Sportsman Canoe with Flat Transom

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Enough said.

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Ran 1" PVC the length of the boat down both sides to have a channel for wiring. Also began to run some of the wiring for the lighting in the front. Installed ground block and built a deck for the the two batteries I plan to have in the rear of the boat.
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2011 Tracker Topper 14 https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... 21&t=29024
2011 Pelican 8' Bass Tender
2010 Zodiac 10' Rigid
2010 Old Town 15' Sportsman Canoe with Flat Transom

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Enough said.

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Decking? I Used the expensive stuff, $80.00 a sheet (Marine Grade). Before I made a single cut I used a refrigerator box and made a template. At this point it started to look like what was in my head. Also added some foam under the main floor.
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2011 Tracker Topper 14 https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... 21&t=29024
2011 Pelican 8' Bass Tender
2010 Zodiac 10' Rigid
2010 Old Town 15' Sportsman Canoe with Flat Transom

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Enough said.

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Installed some switches. Can control my Nav lights, bilge pump, storage lights and stereo from here.
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2011 Pelican 8' Bass Tender
2010 Zodiac 10' Rigid
2010 Old Town 15' Sportsman Canoe with Flat Transom

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Enough said.

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Started carpeting. So much fun. Not at all.
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2011 Pelican 8' Bass Tender
2010 Zodiac 10' Rigid
2010 Old Town 15' Sportsman Canoe with Flat Transom

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Enough said.

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More electrical.... installed the navigation light, anchor light, stereo and storage lights.
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2011 Pelican 8' Bass Tender
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2010 Old Town 15' Sportsman Canoe with Flat Transom

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Enough said.

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More carpeting.... so much fun I tell you.
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2011 Pelican 8' Bass Tender
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2010 Old Town 15' Sportsman Canoe with Flat Transom

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Enough said.

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So at this point it appears that I'm getting close.... Not so fast. Nothing is actually screwed down. I'm about to take all the decking off so I can get ready for paint.
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2011 Pelican 8' Bass Tender
2010 Zodiac 10' Rigid
2010 Old Town 15' Sportsman Canoe with Flat Transom

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Enough said.

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This is what I've been doing all weekend long (and I thought carpeting sucked). Removing paint from a boat is my new least favorite things to do, but it needed to be done this weekend in case the temperature goes above 50 degrees anytime soon so I can paint. My plan is to paint the bottom red and top black. Stay tuned....

Still to come.

Painting the boat.
Install deck for the last time.
Install the seating.
Finish wiring.
Install two fish finders (including down scan imaging).
DIY portable livewell installation.
I'm sure something else....

Then my favorite part. GO FISHING!!!
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2011 Pelican 8' Bass Tender
2010 Zodiac 10' Rigid
2010 Old Town 15' Sportsman Canoe with Flat Transom

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Enough said.

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Tracker Topper 14 conversion to Bass Ackwards Fishing Boat

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Already looks awesome. Nice work!

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Tracker Topper 14 conversion to Bass Ackwards Fishing Boat

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Looks awesome. Keep up the good work.

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Got back at it this weekend... Weird that I did all this work to strip it and the primer took it right back to the original color (green that is). I used Rustoleum's Self Etching Primer after scrubbing the boat in 37 degree weather I might add. This week I'll be applying some the first coats of actual paint. I've decided to go with red on the bottom and black on top. I'm going to roll and tip the boat using Rustoleum enamel paints.
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2011 Pelican 8' Bass Tender
2010 Zodiac 10' Rigid
2010 Old Town 15' Sportsman Canoe with Flat Transom

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Enough said.

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Tracker Topper 14 conversion to Bass Ackwards Fishing Boat

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How did you mount/support your side console (Pictures pour favor :lol: )? I worry about the extra weight and lost width, but I keep coming back to this idea for stereo, wiring, (& storage) like you've done.

Thx!
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