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My boat project..

Postby gearhead80 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:28 pm

Here's my 18ft Modified Alumacraft boat we will be hunting and fishing out of this year. The back of the boat was customized with an all aluminum transom, pods, tunnel and back seats by Phowler Boats. I did the rest of the work, including mounting the 2001 Yamaha 60 on it, installed the front deck and fuel tank, and side blind rails that house my fuel line and wires that run down each side of the boat. So far it has been a fun project and it works awesome so far. With the tunnel I have taken off and ran in just inches of water. Can't wait to take it to the backwaters over on the Miss river. Gonna wait to paint it when I know don't have to do any more mods, so prolly after the blind gets built for it. Let me know what ya think..

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Re: My boat project..

Postby gearhead80 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:39 am

So I figured out how much I have in this project now.
Boat and Trialer- $500
Pods, tunnel, transom and rear seats- $1800
2001 Yamaha 60- $2100
Aluminum for front deck- $400
Plywood for floor- 100
Insulation for deck and floor- $80
Fuel tank - $250
So Boat and Engine total - $5230
Then I prolly have about $300 extra into the trailer with tires, bearings and bearing buddies.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby goetler » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:21 am

Looking good! That is a nice looking boat. Wish I had the equipment to weld alum.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby gearhead80 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:53 am

Thanks, It def is a nice option. It's not as hard as people make it seem.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby blackrhino » Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:25 pm

That is looking great!
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Re: My boat project..

Postby gearhead80 » Tue May 01, 2012 4:42 pm

Thanks, already thinking about ways to put a blind on it..
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Re: My boat project..

Postby seedub87 » Tue May 01, 2012 5:56 pm

great job looks like a nice ride. i really like how u put pipe inbetween the horizontal floor crossmembers for added strength. i might steal that idea.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby carolinagreenhead » Tue May 01, 2012 6:49 pm

Looks good. I like the way you did the fuel cell. Very nice work.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby gearhead80 » Wed May 02, 2012 10:32 am

Thanks guys. My plan was to make this boat as structuraly sound as I could without adding a lot of wieght. This thing seems to be quite a bit more rigid than it was when I got it. Also the front deck is WAY better since it had just a peice of plywood and one piece of channel under it for support. So far i think my fovorite part is that I was able to hide all the wiring for the fuel gauge and switch panel along with hiding the fuel line in those side tubes I'm using for my blind set-up as well.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby steve-o » Wed May 02, 2012 12:38 pm

nice. waiting to see more
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Re: My boat project..

Postby Cubman » Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:18 pm

gearhead, do you have any pictures of the boat from the back- showing the tunnel?
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Re: My boat project..

Postby redneckwino » Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:51 pm

Nice work. Wanted to do something like that, but ended up staying with bench seats in my lund. Will have to think about it more and weld away when the wife ain't looking.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby gearhead80 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:47 pm

Cubman wrote:gearhead, do you have any pictures of the boat from the back- showing the tunnel?


I will get some up for ya..
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Re: My boat project..

Postby gearhead80 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:23 pm

Here's a pic of the rear and a few of what it looks like running down the river with just me in it.

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My boat project..

Postby steve-o » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:27 am

Very cool
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Re: My boat project..

Postby handyandy » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:55 am

Got a few questions as this is kind of inspiring me to do something similar to my boat possibly about how high does the tunnel come up from the bottom of your boat, and where did you get your fuel cell I was thinking about welding up a aluminum one but I think the plastic would be a better option.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby gearhead80 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:58 pm

handyandy wrote:Got a few questions as this is kind of inspiring me to do something similar to my boat possibly about how high does the tunnel come up from the bottom of your boat, and where did you get your fuel cell I was thinking about welding up a aluminum one but I think the plastic would be a better option.


The tunnel is 4.5" tall and 19" wide X 40" long. The only problem with it my boat is that I need to have it vented for rougher water conditions. The tunnel is losing water in chop 1' and taller. No real problem to have solved though, I hope. Also I just google searched below deck fuel tanks, and found one that someone had in stock with the right dimensions and reasonably priced. Currently I think I'm running 18"s deep (to the very bottom of the skeg) at this time vs 24"s or so if it was set up normal.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby handyandy » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:57 pm

what do you mean by the tunnel loses water does the back come up to high and pull the prop up from the water? I'm just curious as I do encounter rougher water with my boat. You think a jack plate might work to solve the issue.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby apexhunter » Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:43 pm

Great job! Are you adding a hatch or some way to possibly access the fuel tank for repair/replacement or is the front deck and vertical totally welded solid?
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Re: My boat project..

Postby gearhead80 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:20 pm

handyandy wrote:what do you mean by the tunnel loses water does the back come up to high and pull the prop up from the water? I'm just curious as I do encounter rougher water with my boat. You think a jack plate might work to solve the issue.


Basically, there was only half the water coming through it over the chop, so yes the prop was blowing out. So I talked to Paul at Phowler and I guess since the boat is so light they need to add a vent to the tunnel because air is getting trapped in there and the boat doesn't weigh enough to push it out. Scheduled to have it done next Thursday so I will post pics when done and test results to follow.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby gearhead80 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:22 pm

apexhunter wrote:Great job! Are you adding a hatch or some way to possibly access the fuel tank for repair/replacement or is the front deck and vertical totally welded solid?


Thanks!! It's all welded solid at this point. I was hoping to nat have to do that, but if I do I figures that should be a ways away so I would cross that road when it comes.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby Cubman » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:10 pm

Thanks for posting the pictures, gearhead. Keep us updated on how venting the tunnel affects performance.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby handyandy » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:13 am

Yeah it looks like a great boat and now you really have me wanting to tear into my boat again and add a tunnel, tear out the bench and put side seats in it. Looking forward to seeing pics of it after the vent and how it works. looking like I may add to my transom weld up some pods and cut some of the bottom out to weld up a tunnel I really like it looks like it could run pretty shallow. Which I what I want which I know a good mud motor could do but I don't have the money for a 25-30hp drive but I can weld and can find plenty of scrap aluminum. Good job :thumbsup:
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Re: My boat project..

Postby handyandy » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:14 am

One more question are you running a jack plate at all? If not I would think it would help your cavitating problem having the motor further back.
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Re: My boat project..

Postby handyandy » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:17 am

Never mind Just looked at the pictures more closely and you are.
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