Originally Posted by M3mphis
Nice looking setup, Elkhaven. That's awesome. That one more bay you have over my boat is looking very handy at the moment. Nice work!
Did you put the deck paint on the bottom of your floor boards because you were concerned about the textured deckover rubbing on the floor?
Are you getting drop bags for under the decks?
Are you considering doing a front casting platform in the future?
I should have my skidguard for side rails by the end of the day. I can't wait to get them built!
Thanks! I really wanted that back bench for the dogs to sit and to separate the fisherman from the rower, truly one of the reasons I went 15' instead of 14'. Other than that and the double rail set up, the frame is exactly the same as my old one (same bay spacing I guess). This happened purely by chance but I guess it means I had the old one dialed!
I have a drop bag up front, and may get one for the back, but I'm thinking of just suspending milk crates in the back bay or leaving it open to stuff things under from the fishing seat. Time will tell. As it turns out I have a piece of 3/4 left over that will fit perfectly back there as well so for long trips I may throw that in for a place to put propane, beer boxes, firewood, etc. So I guess in reality it will have several set ups...
Deck paint - That's pretty much why I did it... while the deckover was much less abrasive than I thought it would be, it still seemed like I would be placing sandpaper against my tubes. The other reason was It was cheaper. I would not have had enough of the deckover for two coats on the bottoms too so I bought the less expensive gloss paint. The dry box is also painted this way. Texture on top, front and back, but gloss on bottom, corners and sides (no sanding of the tubes hopefully). I think I textured the drybox more to break up the giant gray blob than anything, but I thought it might come in handy as a foot rest occasionally.
I have no use for front casting platforms. The front seat is strategically positioned so your feet can rest on the tubes. From there sitting in the chair is the best fishing position I've ever found in any boat, Drift boat, bass boat or other. It's stable, you can spin quickly but you're not standing all day. Everyone that fishes in that set up loves it. It's also exactly how I had my old boat setp up, but this time I can loosen two ubolts and slide the whole seat and tube off the front opening up the classic bench lounge for the wife and kids.
I think if I had ready access to the tan skid guard I would have happily done that instead. I like the looks of it and it's def. better plywood, but I wasn't driving halfway accross the state or paying to motor freight some here.