Turning a duck bot into a fishing boat.

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by Thunder head, May 22, 2020.

  1. Thunder head

    Thunder head Well-Known Member

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    So my new to me boat was only used for duck hunting. Basically has nothing need for fishing except a factory installed trolling motor harness.

    I can go fishing without a trolling motor. I can go without a graph too. Hard to go without rod holders.

    So first order of business get rod holders on boat. Im leaving my old rod holders on old boat. Jumped on the interweb and ordered 10 Monster talons. Both left and right handed. Boat needs to be setup to fish both lake and big river. I decided against one big bar across the back for several reasons. So i drew up some corner rod racks to go on the back. My company uses tons of plate steal. Always lots of drops on the plasma cutter. So i can get scrap plate for pennies on the dollar. Slid by the cutting center and gave one of the guys a list of shapes to cut out before they remove it from the machine. Bought me a stick of pipe and went to fabricating. Main challenge was the top rail slants at 5/6 degrees. Corner braces slants another 6/7 off that. It took a lot of grind / check, grind / check, tack / check. Finally got them weld together. Got to get them blasted and painted.

    Next up,
    Rod holders down the sides. 20200521_213035.jpg
     
  2. SCUBACATFISHMAN

    SCUBACATFISHMAN Active Member

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    Sweeeeetttt... it won't be long before it gets blooded up
     
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  3. mooseman75

    mooseman75 Well-Known Member

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    I like it a lot (best Jim Carrey voice from Dumb and Dumber)
     
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  4. Thunder head

    Thunder head Well-Known Member

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    My roughneck has the slide rail for sure mount accessories. I dont want plastic rod holders. I ordered some brackets from Monster that fit 45 degree rails on seaark and a couple other boats. Dont quite fit right and had to do some modification to get them to work.
    Sure mount uses nuts with tabs on them that you put in the track and rotate. Monsters use a carriage bolt. You have to cut a access point in the rail to get the bolt in.

    Used a die grinder and ball nearl.

    Next slot wasnt quite wide enough. (mostly rubbery floor lining)
    Discovered by chance this wood bit would open it up perfectly.

    Lastly carriage bolt head to fat.
    Pair of vise grips and bench grinder made quick work of that.

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    Corner racks paint have been drying over nite. Gonna get them bolted on and tie up a couple of other things before starting on trolling motor.
     
  5. Thunder head

    Thunder head Well-Known Member

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    1 step forward and 3 steps back.

    bolted up corner rod racks. went to install rod holders in them. One wouldnt screw in. When i bought the 1/2" nuts at the store. One of them was actually 7/16". That really sucked. Had to unbolt. Cut nut off with grinder. Weld proper nut on. Welder acted up and had problems with porosity. took for ever. repaint.

    Had to relocate rear nav light and cleats for corner rod racks.

    Got trolling motor installed. There were basically two possibilities for mounting location. There was something i didnt like about both. Settled for the lesser of the two evils.

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  6. ramon06

    ramon06 Well-Known Member

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    This is coming along great. Can't wait to see the final product
     
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  7. SteveMcK

    SteveMcK Well-Known Member

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    Yep, looking nice. And I bet you are gonna love that trolling motor!
     
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  8. Thunder head

    Thunder head Well-Known Member

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    Yeah steve,
    I had a older terrova on my old boat. It had a 60" shaft. Decided to go with 45" shaft for this boat.

    Got the graph installed and wires ran for bait tank power. Moved most of stuff from old boat to new. Got to figure out were to put things.

    Got a 3 bank charger on order. Also some verticle rod holders for holding rods while baiting rigging etc.

    Gotta wait for the transducer board adhesive to cure. Theres a few other small things to do.

    Basically were ready to go fishing.
     
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  9. ramon06

    ramon06 Well-Known Member

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    Can't wait for the pics out on the new boat and the awesome fish pics. Time to get her slimed mine went from bait boat to mini cat boat lol I think I went crappie fishing on it once lol
     
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  10. twaskom

    twaskom Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    They make a great catfish boat Steven. I have a 2070 Lowe tiller model that I made into my cat boat. Mine is wide open space with a large box setting in the front for storage.

    With the weight all being in the back, give some thought to whale tails or flotation pods. All can be added at a later time if deemed needed.

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    tight lines.
     
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  11. flyfishingnut

    flyfishingnut Active Member

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    That's looking, fantastic. Great work.
     
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  12. ramon06

    ramon06 Well-Known Member

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    Your boat looks great
     
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  13. twaskom

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    I just wish I was able to use it. Hasan't been out of the barn yet. Been taking care of the wife.
     
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  14. Thunder head

    Thunder head Well-Known Member

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    Got the 3 bank battery charger installed.

    Peeled the vinyl camo wrap off the motor. 20200526_201900.jpg
     
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  15. twaskom

    twaskom Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Now that's beautiful but I didn't see the "before" pic for a true comparison.
     
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  16. Thunder head

    Thunder head Well-Known Member

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    I didnt take a before and after shot per say, You can see in the pic. Wrapped in camo and then misted with flat paint to dull the sheen. 20200514_191741.jpg
     
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  17. Brown Cat Kayak

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    Looking pretty sweet Steven.
     
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  18. Thunder head

    Thunder head Well-Known Member

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    More presents in the mail!

    Installed the vertical rod holders.

    Only thing currently on order is a windshield. Wish Lowe would hurry up.

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  19. typer181

    typer181 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    What brand are your vertical rod holders? They sure look nice.
     
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  20. Thunder head

    Thunder head Well-Known Member

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    Eric,
    Ill have to look them up after work. They came from 2 different places.
     
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