After finally calling it quits on my old boat
(too much work, too small, one hole too many...etc)
I decided I was going to start looking for another boat. After a few weeks of calling around and searching craigslist I found one I wanted (that wasn't an $8,000 Boston Whaler.... I still want that one!)
As you can see, the new one is a lot bigger!
It's a 2008 14' Tracker Topper Jon boat. Nothing fancy but does have a live well, two swivel seats (installed by previous owner) nice oars and a decking (installed by previous owner)
It was a little bit of a challenge getting it onto my trailer (meant for a PWC)
But I got it, and it "fits"
I ran it up the river with my 4hp Evinrude I picked up not too long ago and everything worked great. However the decking by the previous owner really bothered me. It was 2" foam insulation with a 1/4" piece of luan and some really old outdoor carpet. Not to mention it was falling apart in the boat as I was using it.
I decided I was going to upgrade the decking, run wires for navigation lights and add some storage. I'm also not very keen on drilling holes into a boat and I'd like a place to add accessories w/o drilling into the boat.
A trip to Home Depot's scrap wood pile and some other things and I was on my way. I worked for a few hours on it yesterday and made the first piece of decking.
As you can see it fits pretty nicely. If you look to the left of the photo up against the shed you'll see what used to be the old decking I was talking about.
Today I did a little more work and started making what will be the first storage compartment.
Eventually it will have a divider and locking lid on it (need more scrap wood) It'll hold most of my tackle, lures etc. I'll have 2 more similar but smaller boxes in the front area for other items.
I had just enough to start working on the front decking. I'll need o make a few more runs to home depot to check their scrap (Saturday afternoons are best)
When I'm finished everything will be able to be removed fairly easily (part of the design) I plan on using the boat for different tasks (fishing, crabbing and hunting) so depending on what I'm doing the configuration can change.
I'm picking up a 9.9HP outboard on Saturday (Hopefully) as the 4HP moved me but not fast enough for my liking and certainly not good enough to crab in the back bay..
What is the plan from here?
Complete first storage box and front decking.
Build 2 more smaller storage areas
Run wiring for lights
Set up accessories and anchor winch
Build "lid" for rear area that houses gas tank and batteries.
Replace seats with pedestal seats (Maybe)
Plus I'm sure there will be more as I get into it.
Any other suggestions?