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Old 04-03-2017, 08:28 PM
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Have not done a lot on the 23' this week, sanded some more on the fillets, heading to FL tomorrow hopefully to pick up another project. Was going through my phone and decided to post a build I did for a friend this past December, converting his Gheenoe from a stick-steer bass boat to a side console flats rig. I think it turned out pretty well, was my (edit) 3rd made-to-order build after re-building/re-fitting 30+ personal boats in the last 15 years.

In addition to the 23' custom, I have 7 other refits going currently in lieu of a full time job...loving every minute, will see if I can keep paying the bills with this stuff.

So, the boat is a 15'6" Gheenoe Classic with a 18HP Tohatsu. My friend was planning on buying my re-built Jones Brothers Bateau however he and his wife found out about a soon-to-come bundle of joy as that deal was closing and he opted for a smaller, temporary inshore boat. His goal was to be able to pole the flats of Carteret County and to take his wife and child for rides on Jordan Lake.
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One of three main requirements - Front casting deck. I made it removable and after this summer he will decide whether he likes it removable or if he wants me to glass it down and put in a hatch.

3/4" Divinycell, 1708 bottom, 1708 plus 1.5oz chop on top, gelcoated.
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Closed in the boxes where the humps were cut off, few layers of chop and some gel coat later and she started to come together.

Made a nice control box out of Divinycell and a carbon fiber face...but I measured wrong and the steering wheel wouldn't fit...was running short on time and made one out of 3/4" Starboard instead.
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My friend Nolan works at a local boat builder and he came by to help me install all the things we welded up. Perk of (formerly) being the President of an anodized aluminum fabrication and welding company, I managed to pick up enough knowledge to be dangerous, plus I was able to bribe a couple guys who weld better than me to stay late one afternoon and lay down some dimes. But the fab work and a lot of the welding was done by me. Came out pretty good I think.
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The tops of the poling platform and casting platforms are 1/2" Starboard Anti-Skid -- great material to work with and way easier than doing it in fiberglass.
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The (somewhat) final product...there are a couple things I want to do that I've thought of since finishing it.

Fuel is in the transom area, Group 27 battery fits under the rear seat, console is floating so nothing to hit your leg on but has a custom bracket providing plenty of strength...some sharp eyes may notice the long shaft on the helm...well, I measured the box wrong and my friend told me not to bother so the helm shaft isn't recessed like it should be. Functions the same, just throws the aesthetics off a little bit.

Pull up cleat in the bow for pulling out the casting deck/storage area lid that also is a turn-buckle tie-down point for the forward casting platform. Center of the boat is a livewell/cooler that I added a little insulation to.

Would like to go back in and install interior LED lighting as well as a stereo. There is a Blue Seas fuse block/switch panel under the binnacle that now just runs the bilge pump and nav lights.
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The (somewhat) final product...there are a couple things I want to do that I've thought of since finishing it.

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Okay, for the first time ever, I'll say it.....Looks tippy, really tippy.

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That is a lot of weight in the rear, how does it ride?
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How stable is it with someone on that poling platform?
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Not tippy at all. These boats are incredibly stable. I've yet to use this particular one but my buddy had taken it with another guy his size (180-200lbs) and fly-fished from the poling platform while his friend was on the platform in the bow.

Poling platforms are very popular on these boats. I would have liked to made it a center console but his budget didn't allow.

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