toolmaker wrote:I am going to counter the previous poster....do NOT cut that closed bow open!! as a matter of facts Id add a spray shield mounted to that closed bow angled up back towards the side blinds. and Id make it as water proof a mount as possible.
when the weather turns super nasty ...keeping water out of the boat is paramount. you spear a wave in a 16 foot open boat, you are taking on 10-30 gallons of water possibly...do it three times and now you are in trouble.
in my novice years I got stuck in a surprise Noreaster....I had a 16 footer with a closed bow and a small plastic windshield...when we stuck several waves the water shed right off and back into the ocean.....we barely made it back in....we would have NOT if the boat was an open utility....
now days every duck boat I use in the big water has a spray shield mounted to the front...
BigBlondeBirdDog wrote:: Pic's coming soon, but today I get my custom shelves put in to check off another project done in the off-season. So far this year, sealed her up, new rubber fatique floor and now shelves to store at least 2dzn decoys and gear.
Next is moving battery from back to front under bow ... rerigg wiring ... and re-do some rollers on the trailer.
Like I said ... Pic's coming soon.
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