I by NO MEANS am any kind of boat builder, or craftsman, but I thought I would share some of the tips I picked up while re-doing the SS Turdfloater. Starting at the floor, instead of fighting the ribs when fitting the aluminum floor sheets, or making any special cuts, I filled the gaps on the sides with Great Stuff expanding foam. That gave me another idea, so I took the floor up, lined the bottom of the boat with butcher's paper, nothing fancy or neat, just covered all exposed boat, and put the floor sheets back down and drilled some holes and filled the entire cavity (about 2.5 - 3" front, 3" back) with the expanding foam. The paper will keep it from sticking to the boat bottom, and it sure deadened the sound, and I believe (Mark correct me if I am wrong) will help with bouyancy, to help offset some of the added weight of the flooring. So now the edges are sealed, and nothing can get dropped under the floor along the sides. I did leave a channel right down the middle under the floor about 6" wide with no foam, so the water can channel to the back of the boat to the bilge. I took the advise of all the good brothers here to store my anchor in a milk crate, and another milk crate with bouys, rod holders, and mis. stuff in it. I keep them from sliding around while under way on the slick slimey floor with a piece of 1" aluminum angle pop riveted to the floor plate. This angle keeps the crates in place unless we hit some crazy rough water. To keep the bait tank in place, I took an old piece of "router matt" I had and cut it to fit under the bait tank. Router matt is pretty much the same stuff they sell in housewares for way cheaper, that your wives probably put in the cabinets to keep your cups and glasses from sliding around. It is rubber material that is shaped and cut to grab whatever it touches, and not slide a bit. I am going to glue it to the bottom of the bait tank, so it does not get to sliding around the floor. If you are going to paint aluminum - self etching automotive primer is a MUST. I can see a few small spots where I missed, up under the rail for instance, where the paint has already flaked off a little bit. Spend the extra few buck for the selfecthing stuff, it will save some headaches down the road. As for space planning, I spent a lot of time sitting in the boat, in the driveway, just as I would be if I were fishing, trying to visualize what I needed, and where it should be. This much to my wife's dismay!:big_smile: She says she was afraid to show her face around the neighbors, after I sat in the driveway holding a fishing pole over the side of the boat for an hour!:embarassed: I am sure there are more things I can't remember right now, but these are some of the big ones.