Ok guys. Here it is. I have a project I would like to start this winter to pass the months by. (Although I will still be fishin :wink. But I would like to start getting ideas from all my Brothers here on the BOC. I have read some of the posts on the main page about boat improvement. But of course all posts will be appreciated. I have a 16 ft semiV aluminum boat. I will be putting my 25hp nissan on this boat. There will be no steering wheel. I already have the boat totally gutted. So starting off with the frame will be easier. I want to add a platform in the front with maybe 2 storage areas, 1 being a livewell. On the back, I will be purchasing some good rod holders (driftmaster) 4 of them to be attached to a metal beam of some type up higher. Here are my questions: 1) What kind of metal/wood should I use to build the platform? I have access to a welder, so metal will be ok. Definitely would like to keep it light (aluminum) or whatever. 2) What is a good idea for a rod holder beam? Angle iron, square tubing, wood, etc.? 3) Rivets, welds, or bolts to connect stuff? 4) Any pics or diagrams I will read with enthusiasm! :wink: 5) Lastly, how high should i put the rod holder beam above the motor? Thank you all. Talk amongst yourselves. I am getting forcleft!