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Ok folks, I bought my first boat this year. I am going to get a off the bank for awhile( even though, I still love bank fishing). What I am wanting to know is some ideas on setting up my boat. Could you post pics or tell me how your boats are setup,like anchors, trolling motor, fish finder other gear. Thanks Dwayne

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   I kept the front two bench seats in and attached the plat form to them. The boat had 4 benchs I only removed the second from the back.  The two side storage compartments are inbetween the benches, on side houses my battery and the other my boat "needs".  Every thing is 3/4" plye wood painted with oil base paint (repels water better).  No holes in the side of the boat are necesary when you do it this way, plus the structure that is already with the benches make for a very stable platform. 

Dwayne,

This is the SC Crappie website forum for boat rigs. Lot of pictures of how guys set up their rigs.

http://www.crappie.com/crappie/south-carolina-crappie/83163-photos-...

Hope you can get an idea or two. Some high dollar rigs and some more to my style of simple fishing.

I don't have mine posted yet.

SeaRay

Som nice lookin rig, for sure! Thnks!
Kayaking is an easy and cheap way to get on the water Dwayne. No real expense except for the cost of the boat and for the accessories you add. No registration or tax fees (in my state). I got rid of my 16' boat and bought a kayak. It has really gotten me to slow down and notice all of the good fishing spots. The only disadvantage is windy days that keep me off the water. But kayak fishing has come along way in the past 3 years, with all the new kayaks designed to fish from. Good luck Dwayne with your new boat and enjoy.
i couldn't find a boat that worked for me so i built one.  its a 12' jon boat, its about 5 ft wide. i have a 6hp johnson and a 32lb minn kota. i use a 8 pound mushroom anchor it will hold it tight even in heavy current.  i put a deck on the front to fish off of and i think im going to put a seat and my minn kota up there.  i also have a humminbird portable fishfinder for it. it is a very awesome setup and it can go any where.
Sounds great, Chris! Could you get some pics to show us?
this is not a very good picture and before i got the 6hp, i don't have any good pics of it and its buried under the snow now.

Ah, you snow bound northerners with your winter projects!

Good looking work Chris! I recall that my dad built a similar boat when I was a little kid.

This was in the early 1960's, when plywood had started coming on the scene as a big deal. People were building everything from cars to boats from the stuff, in their garages!

I can still see the fibreglass outer shell as he applied it.

I like the fore deck you've added. Does it open, or come off?

Where did you get the plans?

sadly the deck does no come off... i got the plans by searching "free plywood boat plans".

Great boat ideas. The problems I am having is front deck and rear anchor mount. I just cannot figure out either. Below is floor layout of my boat.........Thanks Dwayne

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Neat looking boat Dwayne. BassPro may have what you are looking for.

 You don't need to add any mounts for your front deck.  Take a piece of scrap plywood/OSB (it doesn't matter) that would be big enough to lay in the bow from the bench forward. You want space between the board and the wall of the boat. Take pattern paper or card board and start cuting pieces to "fill" in that space. Tape/secure the card board as you go along. The cardboard pieces can be as little or big as you like. The end result will be a pattern of what will be your front deck.  Trace it out on your chosen piece of plywood and cut it out.  Take a grinder and angle the edge of your deck to closely mach the angle of the boat wall.  If you plan on using carpet leave yourself a little space for that.  There will be a lot of trial fitting going on as you grind the angle, so getting it to fit will really go by feel.  The Idea behind doing it this way is that the angle of the boat wall will hold up your front deck. If you need some extra bracing you can screw a divider under the deck down the middle which will rest on the boat floor. I measured and cut the right size piece out of plywood for my brace. 

I hope this makes sense, it is how I would do it.  There is no wrong way of course but I would try hard not to put holes in that perdy hull of yours. 

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