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Gaiagrim » Yesterday, 20:37 wrote:Alex,

Nice work on the boat so far. I noticed you were trying to find a way to get a bit more space. My wife and I are gutting/rebuilding our 1992 Lund 14 ft DLX and decided to go with a portable/removable live-well made from a $5 Walmart storage bin. The great part is we wired the boat to have a cigarette lighter socket (it makes life so much easier). I think we have a grand total of about $60 dollars into the removable/portable live-well, but it will run in the boat or we can just plug it into my truck. I also picked up a AC to DC lighter adapter so that i can even run it in the house if we want. I used Zip-Ties for most of the support because they work well and most importantly it is waterproof and cheap :)

I figured I would share the photos to help you get some ideas to help on the storage issues. Leaving some things as portable and simple make finding time to fish much easier. We had about 2 hours total labor into it, even including getting the parts so it is a really quick way to get it done.

My wife and I drilled out a bunch of holes on the bottom side of the PVC pipe to allow this thing to act as an aerator, and we added the ball valves as well so it was able to empty itself. (what can I say I figure if we are using the bilge pump it may as well empty the portable live well too.) We usually leave it empty to save weight unless we catch some pretty large bass or catfish.

You have an exceptional talent to repair boat hulls for sure. I personally am terrified to drill any holes in our boat whatsoever, and I don't think I'll play with trying unless I have a hefty knowledge of how to repair the hull. I do know a bit about plumbing though so it seems to help for a few things :)

Hope this helps and happy fishing,
Gaiagrim

That's really cool, and I dig what you did there, however I don't really have a need for a live well on my boat. I decided to sacrifice some storage for floatation in the end. All said and done with everything stuffed full, I have just under 700 lbs of floatation from the foam in there, if 1 cubic foot of foam gives 62 lbs of floatation.

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DanMC » Yesterday, 21:34 wrote:Hi Alex,
We also have a 2 Hp Honda for trolling,probably yours is water cooled ?, our little 2010 Honda is air cooled and does great job pushing our 14.6' Lund (2010) ,have fun !

This one is water cooled! It's actually nice and quiet. Can't wait to try it out!

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DOBSONFLY » Yesterday, 22:26 wrote::beer: :beer: :beer:
Looking great! I love the yellow, it is killer. Good snag on the little motor, that thing is clean and runs like a top it sounds like. Keep up the good work.

I had a good motor find over the weekend, since I am addicted to old cloud white Mercs I had to get it. Will post some stuff when I get some time...

Nice, I will keep an eye on your thread!
kensho1976 wrote:Your "crude" drawings use autocad. My crude drawings usually involve crayons! I like what you're doing with the boat. Keep the pics coming!
MS paint actually :wink: Lots of pics coming up too!

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Got back from Toronto Monday morning and didn't waste any time. Today I dawdled a bit in the morning since I was still pretty tired from the work trip, but I got in the swing of things by the afternoon. Still have a couple days work left but damn does it feel good to start screwing things down and know that it will be the last time I'll have to deal with it!
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More pics, because I know that's all you really care about :wink:
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Still have to paint the front storage metal, gunwale, transom cap, rear of the transom and another coat on the interior of the hull where it got scratched from installing stuff. I'll probably do all that last after everything is installed. Mask off where necessary and make it all look pretty again.

I kinda knew that I would have to do a second coat once everything was installed, but I got the first coat down so everything below the deck would be covered.

Aside from painting, I still have to build the console thingy for the switches and stereo and build the speaker boxes. Hope to get most of the install stuff finished tomorrow and then start on paint. Right now I am taking my time fitting everything and making sure the puzzle goes together in the right order.

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Wow! That is great work the boat is really starting to look like she is finished, just a few more touches. Keep up the effort and she'll be done in no time.

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Well it's pissing rain today, but good news is the 1100 GPH bilge pump shoots out water like a fire hose! =D>

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I may have missed one of the pics showing it, but how did you mount your seats? I'm trying to determine if those aluminum seat plates and seat bases would work. I want to be able to move my seats to the bow and stern and put a pedestal under them.

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kensho1976 » 46 minutes ago wrote:I may have missed one of the pics showing it, but how did you mount your seats? I'm trying to determine if those aluminum seat plates and seat bases would work. I want to be able to move my seats to the bow and stern and put a pedestal under them.
I used this:
https://www.springfieldgrp.com/products ... ivel-combo

You need to get their swivels since at 7" they are bigger than the standard 6-1/4" ones.

I mounted them with 1/4" SS hex bolts, 1/4" SS T-nuts and SS flat washers. The 4 T-nuts seem strong enough to withstand my weight on the seat.

I attached the swivel to the chair since they are mild steel, and the plastic mounts look like they would withstand more abuse getting stepped on etc. You can mount them either way though, with the quick mount on the chair and the swivel on the deck.
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Nice work !, you'll love your bimini on those bright days,we got one too on our 14 Lund and other than beeing kinda i the way at times....it's worth it !

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Yeah, there are some situations where I can see it getting in the way, but I can always take the rear bars out and fold it down for those trips.

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Thanks for the info on the seats. I guess I am worried too much about the ABYC ratings. Almost all of the seat brackets I want to use are rated for "fishing only" instead of driver or passenger. I'm thinking I'm just going to have to ignore the ABYC ratings and use some common sense.

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kensho1976 wrote:Thanks for the info on the seats. I guess I am worried too much about the ABYC ratings. Almost all of the seat brackets I want to use are rated for "fishing only" instead of driver or passenger. I'm thinking I'm just going to have to ignore the ABYC ratings and use some common sense.
Interesting, to be honest, I didn't check the rating on mine. I see that the quick releases are rated for fishing only. I'll try them out and if I don't like them I can always change them out

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Built the speaker boxes and got a coat of stain + varnish on them.

Built the stereo/switch console and installed an inspection hatch to access breaker switch, fuses and wiring. I mocked the wiring up, and I'll have a positive and negative buss bar that I can hook the positive and negative leads from my battery charger onto.

Also, I mounted the motors to check clearance of the Bimini. Looks like it's good to go - I can still run the motor with the tiller without any interference while the top is stowed down. I saw some quick release gunwale mounts that I can use instead of the thumbscrew ones that came with it so I can easily have the bimini stored up or down depending on how I am using the boat.

I took the motors back off because I need to paint the top and back of the transom still.

I need to move the frame of the trailer back on the main beam to move the axle further back and get some weight on the tongue. Right now with the motor, deck and battery in the boat, the tongue lifts off the ground. The bunks also don't support the back of the boat, and I don't want to move them back or make them longer, because they already sick out past the back of the trailer frame enough as it is. There are two u-bolts that I can loosen and slide the frame/bunks/axle backwards to achieve what I want it to do.
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