I recently bought an older 14' Lowe aluminum boat and want to make some changes to it. Here is a pic of a boat just like mine......... http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/boa/1116312569.html What I think I want to do is take out the middle bench seat and put down a carpeted plywood bottom in this area of the boat so as to have a large open area there. Will this have any impact on the strength of the sides of the boat. I dont want to harm the integrity of the boat in any way. Any help or info on this project will be appreciated!! Jeff With proper care and maintainance, the human body will last a lifetime!