I bought a 12' 1971 Applyby Al. V-hull for $100 about a week ago, no trailer or motor (hoping to fix that soon)... Currently sanding the hull and reprimering with White Rust-Oleum Clean Metal Primer and then repainting a nice Red color. Right now I have some plans to build some decks on the boat to aid in my fishing and hoping to get it looking more like the picture below, with a possible subtraction of the high front pedestal seat. the problem is my middle bench is too far back to have a decent middle low deck... I know completely removing it would be far to unsafe, however if I were to shift it forward maybe a foot or two would the weight transfer make that much a difference in the handling/safety of the boat? Will get current pictures of mine up ASAP.