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New boat for this year, redone

Postby muskyduck » Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:28 pm

Pretty happy! Bought a 16' flat bottom this year and had a project to gut and remove the benches, raise the floor 1.5", and weld a flat floor in. More upgrades to do next year but here is the before and after...
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Re: New boat for this year, redone

Postby muskyduck » Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:39 pm

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Re: New boat for this year, redone

Postby FlyFishingFreak » Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:34 am

Great looking boat!

I am looking into removing my bench seat too. How did you do it? Did you drill out the old ones and replace with larger ones? I am not a welder, nor do I know a welder, nor am I going to spend the monies to have a welder fill in the holes. I know that is the best option, its just not an option for me.
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Re: New boat for this year, redone

Postby muskyduck » Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:00 pm

I used a cutoff wheel to cut tabs off rivets then popped the seat out. Hit them then with a welder on inside to secure rivets. Rivets are still there, just welded to haul. I thought it would be hard to find a welder cheap enough, but trust me it wasn't that bad. I bought the aluminum myself and the guy I found was a Shorelander dock dealer. I had everything cut and set up the way I wanted it. He welded it together which took 2 hours and $150. The aluminum wasn't cheap but seeing how I did everything including the purchase of the boat, trailer and motor for $2100, I think I made the right decision over buying an already set-up Go Devil, Lowes, etc.
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Re: New boat for this year, redone

Postby CapdYa » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:20 am

Sick boat, nice work on the restore.
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Re: New boat for this year, redone

Postby cootlover » Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:46 pm

fly fish Where in Idaho do you live :huh:
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Re: New boat for this year, redone

Postby FlyFishingFreak » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:11 am

I PMd you coot lover.
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