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Old 04-26-2011, 02:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Aluminum Boat to Bass Boat Conversion

Hey Guys,
Been a while since ive posted here. Many thanks to all the help you guys gave me starting when i was just starting out. I still cannot afford a nice bass boat yet so me and my close fishing buddies decided to try our hand a restoring the aluminum boat that I managed to get off of craigslist for around 600 $. It was fine for a while but it was getting hard to fish from.

The plan was to take care of a small leak we had in the boat. Strip the old paint, prime & paint it. After that our grand plan was to put in a carpeted deck, a live-well, bilge pump, rod & tackle storage compartments, a bow mount foot controlled trolling motor on a raised casting deck, two fish finders (one up front on the trolling motor & one on the transom) & a standing mount to use my Droid X phone as a GPS device for out on the water. We also needed to clean up the trailer and re-carpet that as well since it was pretty beat up.

Im a total noob when it comes to tools and woodworking but this was a really fun project and I learned alot along the way. I thought I would share with you guys how it turned out. Im very pleased with the end result. I wont get into all the details here of how we did everything but I just wanted to post a few pictures of how it came out. We took it out to margarita a few times already recently and its worked great, its a million times better fishing from a boat with some sort of deck then the back breaking v-hull that it used to be. Now if I can just learn how to properly use the trolling motor and fish at the same time id be all set, its a completely different skillset for me from shore fishing for the past year. Just need practice I guess.

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Old 04-26-2011, 02:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Heres some pictures of the decking we put in. We stained it with water sealant after we got the sizes cut right.
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Heres the decking after we stained it and carpeted some of it. We started running the electronics under the boat as well. I put a battery up front for the trolling motor. Picked up a minkota 55 lb thrust bow mount from bass pro. We have a separate battery for the back of the boat to run the bilge pump, livewell and the fishfinders. I also picked up two small solor panels, one for each battery
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's the paint job my buddy did on the motor cover, then the finished boat out on the street. We basically got everything we had planned for it all done with a few tweaks in the plans as we went along. It was a TON of work but it was worth it do be able to fish much more comfortably. Until I can afford my own Bass boat this should give us the practice we need out on the water.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Heres a few more of the trailer all cleaned up and the switch panel we rigged up and mounted on the side of the seat to control the bilge pump,livewell and both fishfinders.
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Looks awesome.
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Nice job . I hope to see you out there and when I do I will stop a shoot the bull with you .
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Old 04-26-2011, 01:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Very nicely done Bacarat, those kind of projects are labors of love, but, and this is a big "but", it will be hugely gratifying when you put your first limit or first 8lber in the live-well, job well done! Oh and for those of us that will admit it, we all have had our buts kicked at one time or another by a little "Tin Can"
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone! Hope to see you out there bassman!
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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NICE JOB . LOOKS LIKE A GREAT BOAT FOR BOW FISHIN TOO
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