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Troutman 03-13-2012 04:07 PM

guide 119
I finished up my mods a few weeks ago to my canoe and finally was able to take her out for a test float this week.
I changed out the factory seat, added a thru-the-hull anchor system, tackle storage up front, and drybox and rod holders in the aft section. she rides balanced and paddles well.

They make a good affordable fishing platform that are easy to modify and get to those places without having to have a boat ramp to launch.

Byron Begley 03-13-2012 07:52 PM

Hey Gary,

Let me be the first to say, She is Beautiful. I'll look her specs up online. Nice work on the mod. I'm on iPad so words are limited now.


Byron Begley 03-13-2012 07:53 PM

Nice boat too!


MadisonBoats 03-14-2012 09:27 AM

I love what you did with your canoe! The creativity is excellent. I am sure you still get snags if you are fishing from the boat.:eek:

An easy fix is to buy some vinyl or a bungee net to stretch out across the beam for your coiled line to rest on. You can make patterns with cardboard to cut the vinyl to fit around the bucket/compartments as well and then add (SS) snaps to the vinyl and side of the boat for removal. It is a cheap, classy, and a easy upgrade for canoes and small boats. Oh; you might need the help of someone who can sew some hems and backing to beef it up. You can sew in some cross-rib slots on the bottom and install flexible plastic strips to help it retain a arched shape for water runoff. I was fortunate; I had some great mentors/co-workers teach me how to design and sew boat patterns. However; sewing is a skill I still struggle to master.

Troutman 03-14-2012 01:25 PM

Thats a good idea Shawn. right now I am stripping the line into the floor of the canoe and had thought about making a stripping basket to guide the line into. maybe velcro it to the floor between my legs. I had thought originally about making a mesh stripping net like the ones on a pontoon boat but my knees sit higher than the gunnels.

I will have to check with the boat fiberglass repair shop down the road from me in Seymour. He may be able to do upholstery work.

Thanks Byron, many more smallies to come this year!

MadisonBoats 03-14-2012 03:38 PM

I just purchased a rectangular-bungee cargo net in the auto parts section of my local chain store. I have two metal rings mounted on the underside of my gunnel on each side. The net has fixed end loops at each corner and I just slip the loop inside each ring and pull back down over it for a snug fit. It is easy to set up and take down. Plus; it allows me to lean in to it without destroying it. Works great for $4.

Corbo 03-15-2012 06:25 AM

Wicked nice rig... looks like it is perfectly well thought out and a one seater so nobody at home can beg to come along!

"Gee honey; if you had only let me buy the larger boat I'd have room for you to come along and read your kindle"

Troutman 08-05-2014 02:24 PM

Updating an old thread! Shawn , I have fished out out the canoe now for a couple of years and decided to make a few changes to my setup.
I was getting some water down into my tackle box I had mounted up front, so I mounted a couple more thwarts in the bow and installed a 1/2' thick plastic deck under neath of them. This makes a nice place to keep a couple of waterproof fly boxes strapped down to it, a place for my little dog to ride on the bow, and storage under the deck or a nice shady area for her also.

The stern still has a crate for a cooler or drybox. I moved the rod holders to both sides of the seat to keep the rod tips from hanging off the back. I also took the bassboat seat off and raised the platform to almost level with the gunnel and installed a cutting board ( to prevent water rot) and attached my sit backer. much lighter and more comfy with a life jacket on. .

Canoes are a great platform to fish out of and no boat ramp needed!:biggrin:

technowannabe 08-05-2014 04:49 PM

Great ideas!
Cool! I have the same canoe. Actually - seeing the mods in this thread last summer helped make my decision to buy it. Once the weather starts getting a little less fun to be out in - I'll start fixing her up.

MadisonBoats 08-06-2014 07:38 AM

Awesome job on your boat. I like that you did not get fixated on a particular setup and worked at making improvements. Thanks for sharing the information and helping others! Good job buddy!

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