2013-2014 Season prep thread...

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2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:02 pm

We've already started. We are working on reenforcing the transom on our buddies 18' Wareagle boat. And While we are at it, moving the batteries and the gas tank forward, adding some deck space, stiffening up the center console, and adding dry storage where the old gas tank use to be...

prep cuts for new battery wells
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there will be a continuation of the top deck 19" back on top of the batteries with access lids above each battery, and an anchor well in the middle.

Cut the front lower deck to install the new 25 gal. fuel tank...
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Large lid on the live well/storage on the center console..
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Outside the back of the boat with the motor off, looking into the back well. we cut the deck above where the old 18gal. tank sat so we can seal weld the seams and add a plate on the back for dry storage. the back well will be smaller now with room for 1 battery since we are moving the trolling batteries up front.
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the transom damage which will be welded and we will be adding a lot of channel and plate bracing to stiffen it up to hadle the 115 4 stroke motor.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby waterdogds » Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:01 pm

Whatever happened to the aluminum layout you and woods were building? I've been wondering when you guys would resume the build.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:04 pm

that has been postponed. we are building a couple individual layouts for next season and eventually we will build the 4 man layout boat.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby waterdogds » Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:13 pm

Indaswamp wrote:that has been postponed. we are building a couple individual layouts for next season and eventually we will build the 4 man layout boat.



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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby D Comeaux » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:45 pm

Went out to the blind this morning to check the status of water drainage and cut grass around the drains and pump. I took measurements to rebuild a couple of water level gates and I need to weld / repair a section of water pipe at the pump. I may have flushed a few mottled ducks that were nesting? I sure did get awfully close. Didn't go into the reeds to check it out, didn't want to disturb the area. Going to be busy preping for the upcoming season.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:47 pm

Comeaux-I've jumped mottleds off the nest in the first week of feb. before in the fresh water marsh out by my cousins lease. alked up on the eggs, so I KNOW they were on the nest. I'd say that odds were very good they were on the nest.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby Harbourone » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:48 pm

I've gotta put a roof and pop up lid on a blind I built last year. Buy a few decoys, and calls. Need a new jacket.

We travel in an old scanoe that could use a paint job I suppose too.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby D Comeaux » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:02 pm

Indaswamp wrote:Comeaux-I've jumped mottleds off the nest in the first week of feb. before in the fresh water marsh out by my cousins lease. alked up on the eggs, so I KNOW they were on the nest. I'd say that odds were very good they were on the nest.


Good to know..... I was thinking of cultivating the ponds as soon as they dried enough, but now I'm going to wait. I tried researching mottled nesting times and couldn't find any info. Would you know the "cut off" month for nestig with the broods able to move out and follow the hen?
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:04 pm

no, I don't...but Rick Hall might, or Larry Reynolds. Maybe try calling one of the regional biologist offices, I'm sure they could tell you. :thumbsup:
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby jaysweet3 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:34 am

We don't have much work until the ice is out. At the private club, ice breaks the blind loose every year. It usually doesn't go too far. Just hope the ice doesn't do too much damage, or push it up on shore too far.

The ice also damages our docks. Our shoreline is on the north side if the lake. Prevailing winds are out of the south west. 4x4s don't hold up to tons of moving ice too well.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby stumpjumper1590 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:54 am

Repaint some older decoys I picked up from a guy, buy a boat and do a LOT of scouting since I will be in a new area.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby fowled out » Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:03 am

at our timber spot--finishing the land owners blind, then adding another go to blind for our use.
at the river spot-- remodeling the boat hide and seating arrangements.
floating rig-- clean it out and scout new spots. redo some of the interior lighting and look into some sort of additional flood lighting for setting up spreads.
restock the ammo cabinet, add some decoys, pick up a dog blind, double check lines and anchors.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby dfrauenkron » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:31 am

Never ends does it. I have a new boat to set-up, but can't get to carried away till after bowfishing. Hopefully the blind will fit the new hull without to much hassle. Like to put together a field set of decoys for honkers. Seams to be more and more of these in our area every year. Pretty sure I tell the fiance every year, that I have everything then I keep buying more and more. Oh, and a new shotgun to pattern as well. But first, I wanna chase some turkeys.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby Underradar » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:45 am

I went Saturday and picked up the deer ground blinds, and I marked the duck pits with white PVC poles so the retarded tractor drivers don't run over them.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby ByersFarm » Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:16 am

I've been working on decoys for a while now. Have several pipes to replace along with an addition to build. It's a full time job around here.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby jaysweet3 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:37 am

ByersFarm wrote:I've been working on decoys for a while now. Have several pipes to replace along with an addition to build. It's a full time job around here.

When do you guys start planting rice?
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:29 pm

bump so I can find it later to post pictures....
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby OmegaRed » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:19 pm

Going to build a few blinds...flock about ten dozen goose shells...make a bunch of nesting boxes (depends if the DNR are still giving them away or not)...scouting and getting more permissions.

Also be dog training and all of the fun / accessories that comes along with that. Pup's born in May so mid July I should have her.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:10 pm

progress from Friday...
Woods forgot his safety glasses while grinding... :fingerpt:
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Livewell prepped
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Welding the angle in place
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Hatch lid test fit
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Hinge tacked in place, test open and close
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live well lid complete
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:21 pm

Saturday....
Battery tray test fit with battery
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Deck extension wall test fit
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Finished battery tray test fit in boat
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5 new aluminum cleats installed with 1/4" aluminum pads and gussets on the outside of the boat gunnel for re-enforcement
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:24 pm

Sunday...
combing for the hatch lids on the battery trays installed. As you can see, we replaced all the pop rivets on the deck under the new build with 1/2" pan head pop rivets made for boats. :thumbsup: and Pop riveted the battery trays in place. We bought a qt. of truck bed liner and will use that in the battery compartments and the anchor hatch.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:46 pm

Monday...
Started fitting the top plating to the new deck and installed the new gas fill box. We reused to old gas fill box top and fit it into place with new plating. We will cut a plate to fit the opening and pop rivet in place so it can be removed to get to the hose clamps if it ever needs to be changed. :thumbsup:
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Fitting the top combing for the anchor compartment lid...
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Finally we are able to weld the combing for the anchor hatch in place!! FYI-Nothing on a War Eagle boat is plumb and square!! :rolleyes: Had to custom fit every piece! But that's why they call them "Production Boats" instead of "custom boats"!!
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Welding on the combing for the anchor hatch lid is finished, support braces for the new pedestal seat bracket installed, getting ready to weld the deck plate on. The tube is a piece of old push pole that got bent last season. I bent it semi straight and cut it, installed it for a tube to run the battery cables through from one compartment to the other.... :thumbsup:
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:54 pm

prepped and ready for the top deck plate install...
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Anchor compartment deck welded on...I put the anchor in the compartment for pic.
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Seat pedestal bracket in place for pic.
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Other battery compartment deck plate welded in place
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got a lot of grinding and finishing buffing to do now on the front deck, then it's rod holders, gas tank compartment plate to cut and install, along with all the back deck and transom re-enforcements-but the hard part is done with all the fabing on the front deck-that was fun with nothing plumb to work off of.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:01 pm

The truck bed liner in the compartments will fill all the cracks and help protect the aluminum from batter acid if a battery leaks. It will help dampen the anchor bouncing around as well. we'll paint that probably next weekend.
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Re: 2013-2014 Season prep thread...

Postby D Comeaux » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:03 pm

Looking good!!!!!
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