View Full Version : FALL-WINTER Boat Projects - ?

10-20-2009, 05:52 PM
Just wondering if anyone is planning on updating or upgrading their boats this Fall/Winter...?

If so, post some ideas and I will see if I can help you with any issues...

Byron Begley
10-20-2009, 08:18 PM
Hi Shawn,

I'm planning to do just that. This vessel will be used in fresh and saltwater. I have a lot of ideas but I won't go into all of them in detail now. Our new boat is aluminum and the floor gets slippery when wet. Paula slipped and fell recently. I plan to have a non-slip application sprayed onto the floor and on two of the bench seats plus the added casting platforms. Maybe there is a better way. I want to move the batteries to the bow under a front casting platform with a hatch. The batteries are Optima AIG so they can be mounted at an angle or even on their side. We need more weight up front.

I want a casting platform in the stern. A friend of mine in the sheet metal business has offered to make a custom dash board for the electronic devices and electric switches. This boat has tiller steering, electric start and power trim all built in and controlled from the outboard. The boat will have movable folding seats that can be placed anywhere on a pivoting base with non-slip feet. We have a new transom mounted Minn Kota 55 pound thrust saltwater trolling motor. We want to add a Minn Kota ST 55 with Autopilot on the bow. Right now there is not enough support for that motor so something will have to be made.

It seems you are into customizing boats either as a business or hobby. I'm glad to have you here to help me and others. Thanks for being here buddy.

The boat is a 2009 Lowe Angler 1667 with a Merc 20 HP 4 stroke and a 20" shaft. The motor was bolted on about 2" higher than normal. The hull weighs 275 pounds, has a capacity of 1,000 pounds and has a 67" beam. I want to keep it light. We can run around wide open and fish all day on about 2 gallons of fuel. We have a woodworking shop that we use to build store displays. We can do anything with wood. I found some 3 gallon tanks. Two can be placed under the stern casting platform with plenty of room for other stuff plus my legs.


Carolina Boy
10-20-2009, 11:15 PM
Just added a sweet new GPS system, new seal kit, water pump, stainless prop, push pole caddy, chopped off the POS stern light that was sticking out the poling platform where I had sooo many opportunities to kick it over? battery op stern light on a vise type grip is so nice, new leaf springs on the trailer..check em out salt water friends they will rust through and they will leave you dragin a boat without an axle (seen it...ugly) and of course a new SC state flag! Chase reds now, and tarpon next summer in Fla! Hey Madison do you ever work with casting plaforms for the bow?

Green Weenie
10-21-2009, 07:54 AM

Have you looked at Hydroturf (http://hydroturf.com/pwc_matcolors.php)? It's what they use on jet skis. I'm restoring an old aluminum v-hull and have really heard some great things about using this as a deck covering. From what I can tell, it's basically high-density EVA foam. I had them send me a few samples in the mail. It seems ideal for what I want to do. I'm planning to lay in a floor and then top it with this stuff.

Also, check out Tinboats.net. That's where I'm getting my crash course in boat modification.

10-21-2009, 09:04 AM

I have a River Hawk boat for running up and down the Caney and local lakes. I want to add some rod holders. I am thinking of mounting two pieces of PVC on the sides. The back piece would have a gap in the top to place the rod inside. The front piece would allow the rod tip to slide in for protection. The problem I am facing is how to mount these pieces. I would welcome any suggestions or any other ideas. I just don't like the rods sitting free in the boat. I don't want to bother Winston with my misstep.

10-21-2009, 09:52 AM
Carolina Boy,

I have a YETI cooler that straps down in front of the helm, but also doubles as a casting platform on the bow. The mounts for the straps are non-snag when you don't want a platform on the bow.

10-23-2009, 06:17 PM
Sorry Byron for the delay in responding. I have been a little under the weather for a day or so...

Shoot me a pic of your boat and I will see what I can come up with for some ideas...

With Aluminum boats and small boats; we need to maintain weight constraints.

Byron Begley
10-30-2009, 06:14 PM
Hi Shawn,

Thank you for offering to help. I'll send some photos soon.


Carolina Boy
10-31-2009, 06:23 PM
Hey EARTHWORX what model Yetti are you talking about?

11-01-2009, 12:40 PM
Carolina Boy, I have the YETI Tundra 45 QT. You can check them out at Yeticoolers.com. Like I said I chose the tie down over the corner chocks in front of the helm, those chocks are murder on the bottoms of your feet when you don't have a cooler on board. After I got it installed I ordered an extra set of tie down bracckets for the bow. Works great. Also, would you be intrested in some advise for " Da-Skiff". I noticed something in our picture that may help it.


The Principal
11-01-2009, 03:04 PM
I noticed in a thread that someone had built a drift boat from a kit.
Does anyone know who to contact about ordering a kit to buiild one?


Carolina Boy
11-01-2009, 03:19 PM
Sure EARTHWORX always interested in improvements. shoot me an email if you want , Barry


11-11-2009, 05:02 PM
Outside of lightly sanding and revarnishing the gunnels and front casting deck on my drifter.

What I want to do...

I have a little 10' Livingston Dinghy. It is a little twin V hull fiberglass boat. This one was used on a 40+' cruiser as a tender.

What I am wanting to do is add a supported aluminum casting deck to the front, with a knee brace that can be lowed when not in use, but raised and locked into position when in use. An 8-10 hp motor on the back and a foot controlled trolling motor to the front.

I plan is to install two swivel seats, put down some sort of foot grip on the walkway and casting deck and mount running lights so I don't get ticketed when fishing at night.

This boat will never be a main channel boat, but something I can use for cove hopping and fishing small private lakes and large ponds.

I have some drawings I have generated using CAD and some roughly dimensioned mark-ups. So I have a start. I just need to put the plan into action.


11-11-2009, 05:19 PM
Principal, it depends on what type of boat your wanting to build. Most kits are to make a wooden driftboat. You can google it and a few makers will come up immediately.

I work with a guy that build his own drifter. It is sharp, he has had it for several years and just recently remodeled the interior and put a new HDPE bottom on it.

Boulder Boat does make a kit that allows you to assemble one of their HDPE boats with trim.

Don't know of any aluminum or fiberglass kit makers.

The Principal
11-17-2009, 10:58 PM
Thanks Petey I will do a google search. I will also check on Boulder Boat.