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Yesterday I was able to get back to working on the boat. I finished up the edging and the corner caps and started on the seat bases... then I decided to cut the underfloor storage box for boat #2 since the scrap of that will be used for the seat base backing to spread the load out across a larger area.

Since I never cut aluminum sheet before I followed Bassboy's recommendation to a T. Built a guide and used the recommended blade. Worked great!!! Here's some pics.
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Nice Man. This is a great build. =D>

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I want to do that too now. My wife will kill me though!
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Got a little more done this morning. After messing around for a couple hours yesterday trying to mount the first seat base, I came up with a good idea and it took all of 20 minutes today to mount the seat base. I used the scrap from the box I cut out yesterday. I traced the hole from the seat base and cut it out with a jig saw so that the base fit in the scrap. Then I drilled out all the holes so as to use the scrap as one big washer and support below the deck.
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I was also then able to use this as a template to cut the deck hole.
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Then I attached everything. Yesterday I had problems with the bolts bending. So today I screwed them slowly and everything went fine. Just that that was weird. Wondering if the friction caused too much heat... Here's a pic from below. They are rock solid.
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Just about done. Just need to mount the trolling motor and attach the battery box. Also need to figure out what I want to do with the front section. Wish I would have just made the deck bigger like the plan originally called for. Thinking just a aluminum step or place to mount a tackle box or anchor box, etc.

Here's the pics as it sits today.
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Looking good. You got a nice clean and finished look just by keeping it simple.. I like it!

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This is a awesome looking project. Something like that could be fun here in FL. You are doing a great job. Some of the lakes I fish here have small one man pontoon boats, which this is between a one man and full size. I am taking notes.
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Lookin good Nussy. I think that thing is gonn be great to fish off of. Plenty of room to stand and very stable. Do you have any ideas for rod storage?

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Troutman3000 wrote:Lookin good Nussy. I think that thing is gonn be great to fish off of. Plenty of room to stand and very stable. Do you have any ideas for rod storage?
Thanks guys,

This first boat will be pretty plain. Just trying to keep the cost down so I can sell it a little easier and make some of my investment back. I should have it done this weekend.

Boat #2 will be a little nicer. I live on a small lake and I plan to use the 2nd boat there. It will have the bike seats and adjustable peds. I want to keep the deck clean so that I can pull the seats off and the kids can use it as a swim raft. The plan is for some underfloor storage for the battery, maybe an onboard charger, life jackets, tackle, etc. I was thinking about putting in some flush mount rod holders in the deck that insert at an angle so that they would point off the deck edge(something like this)
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.....but I'm not sure how that would work. I'm worried they might get in the way for casting and landing fish. I'm the kind of guy that goes out with 4-5 rods instead of changing baits. Second thought was to have a velcro strip(or bunjee) on the deck and just strap them down. I'm also considering a small railing on boat #2...either corner railings or a just a kick plate of 1x1 Angle to keep things from falling off the edge..
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I would worry that just having them on the deck that they would get stepped on. You could make something portable to place in the middle of the deck. I have seen people use the pvc holders screwed to a five gallon bucket for easy transport. That way the bucket, cooler, or whatever container you use can be removed each time. I attached some to my bait tank and I love them. I can still cast from both ends because the rods are in the middle and pointing straight up.

Something like this attached to a bucket or something.
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Finally finished the first boat here's the final pics. It's for sale($2200) if anyone is interested.....
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Now on to #2...stay tuned.
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fender66 wrote:Although I'm totally impressed with this project.......I'm more jealous of the clean garage space you have!

Way to go man!
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Nicely done. What are the round things on the decking?
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fender66 wrote:Nicely done. What are the round things on the decking?
Cupholders...you can't go fishing with out a beer right??? I figured one next to the chair and a spare in case out run out.

Or if you're like me they end up full of lure, splitshots, junk, etc.

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Nussy wrote:
fender66 wrote:Nicely done. What are the round things on the decking?
Cupholders...you can't go fishing with out a beer right??? I figured one next to the chair and a spare in case out run out.

Or if you're like me they end up full of lure, splitshots, junk, etc.
I'm like you! #-o :mrgreen:
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Well I got started on #2 today, Frame mounted and the storage boxes are done and installed. They are simply .063 aluminum sheet cut and bent into a box. Then I took 1x1x1/16 angle to secure the corners since I'm not much of a welder. Just riveted the angle to the sheet. I'm really happy with how they turned out. I'll probably run some silicon down the corners to keep them water tight. Since they won't hit the water, I'm not too worried.
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Next up decking and hatches.
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