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Old 03-20-2017, 08:16 AM   #21
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First real fit test and frame paint
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:19 AM   #22
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Console paint fail and new console panel
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:23 AM   #23
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Console semi final paint...still has a few runs that I can go back and fix with it in place but it will work for now...
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:27 AM   #24
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Floor hatch and console assembly
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:46 AM   #25
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Console wiring... This is not as nice as I would like it to be but considering how tight of a space I'm working in, it is decent. I had to go with rail mounted terminal blocks in order to fit as many circuits as I have. The buss in these TB's are tin plated copper and are good for up to 30amps. They are commonly used in many industrial marine switchboards. I often wondered why they hadn't been used by builders in an effort to save space. When combined with the appropriate wire trays and covers, they provide a very clean finished product. Of course those push button switches are not rated to handle anything more than light circuits so relays were added to run pumps where needed. Additionally, the switches are set up to be lit when turned on or lit all the time. Of course I wanted it both ways...lit when on or lit when I turn on my interior lighting. In order to make that work, I had to add two diodes to each switch to prevent back feeding. It now works exactly just as stated above...
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:59 AM   #26
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Cables pulled and console installed. As you can see I was able to fit all electrical in one rear pipe (two 16awg-12 conductors and two 14awg-9 conductors) and steering and transducer in the other rear pipe leaving access to the two front pipes wide open for the dealer to run motor cables thru. The white light you see thru the console plate is from the LED permanently mounted in the console which is wired to my interior lighting switch and the white light you see on the deck and on the seat is the two small surface mount LEDs you might have noticed in prior pics which I'm calling my deck lights. They are on their own switch which will eventually be labeled deck lights.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:32 PM   #27
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Agreed...tabs should generally only have to be used for adverse conditions...
X2 Tabs should not be to correct the boat set up. I just just worked through a couple of different props to get my pathfinder to run flat without tabs.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:36 PM   #28
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I admire the work, but have to ask why one wants to use casting space to operate the boat from? I have to wonder Why not raise it in place and still have the rear deck? It is a cool modification and a lot of nice workmanship went into it.
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I admire the work, but have to ask why one wants to use casting space to operate the boat from? I have to wonder Why not raise it in place and still have the rear deck? It is a cool modification and a lot of nice workmanship went into it.
Yeah and the boat is already pretty heavy on the ass end. I'd have rather raised a center console to a similar height. Maybe he guides or something tho and his clients are on the front deck or in the middle.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:53 PM   #30
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I admire the work, but have to ask why one wants to use casting space to operate the boat from? I have to wonder Why not raise it in place and still have the rear deck? It is a cool modification and a lot of nice workmanship went into it.
For the last couple of years I have taken note to specifically where on the back deck folks stand (both myself and customers) to fish from. Most of our fishing down here is trolling shorelines in the marsh looking for reds or fishing current lines and bait from one side the boat or the other. In every condition and case that I observed, everyone fishing from the back deck, including myself, was always standing on or behind the port or starboard aft boxes which remain completely open. In other words, this modification took nothing away from the amount of usable deck space from the boat and added much appreciated cockpit floor to the boat for those customers who are nervous about getting on the deck. My wife was quick to point this very thing out when I first mentioned my idea and it took a lot of me pointing out to here where folks were standing, including herself, on many trips to convince her it would work. She is now a fan of it and would agree that it doesn't interfere with fishing from the back deck. Additionally, raising it in place did nothing for creating room for passengers. If anything, it would have created more of a problem.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:25 PM   #31
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I knew there was a reason. There was to much work put into the build for there not to have been a reason for such a modification.
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Yeah and the boat is already pretty heavy on the ass end. I'd have rather raised a center console to a similar height. Maybe he guides or something tho and his clients are on the front deck or in the middle.
Pretty much spot on... I tend to get a lot of couples and I hated having to sit between them. Now I'm out of sight and out of mind while underway! So far I've gotten nothing but praises on it... I also like a clean boat and having the console separated from the floor and deck this way makes clean up much easier. The spotted finish also helps keep that clean look and feel.
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cool build!
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Old 04-25-2017, 09:18 AM   #34
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Been fishing pretty steady since complete and I have to say that I am absolutely satisfied with the new setup. No difference in ride, get up, shallow water access...just a whole lot more open space to flip fish in the boat and easier cleanup at the end of the day. Every customer that I've taken out on a trip has loved it.
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Custom hatch from boatoutfitters.com installed in back of console for easy access to fuse panel and small item storage (keys, wallet, cellphone, etc). Going to swap the plastic slam latch out on the new hatch with the stainless slam hatch from the original factory hatch...
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Hatch opened... Yes, I have to eventually do some touch up paint work... That will come next off season!
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Very nice. This is my old fixer upper before getting started. It's only rated for 225hp? I wonder how that will affect my ability to finance a 250hp?
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How much draft did you lose? I like the modification, think it's pretty unique!

Also, why a 300 over something lighter like a 200? How often are you running 60mph+ with clients, or was that more of a personal preference

Again not bashing! Just asking
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Hey man have to admire your work and outside of the norm thinking. Looks good. I especially like the fact that with that much power on the back if your co-angler gets to be a pain you can cut the wheel hard and out of the boat he goes!!!
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How much draft did you lose? I like the modification, think it's pretty unique!

Also, why a 300 over something lighter like a 200? How often are you running 60mph+ with clients, or was that more of a personal preference

Again not bashing! Just asking
I test rode and was going with a 200 and when I told the dealer I needed short shaft he told me of a 300 short shaft that was available for same price as 200. I questioned the weight an learned that the difference was 49lbs or just 20lbs more than the original 250. Obviously I decided on the 300 and its a decision that I definitely don't regret. I'm able to cruise at 50mph getting almost 4mpg. This enables me to cover a lot of area down here in the marsh. On a morning trip yesterday I covered 71 miles! (pic of trip log)

I doubt I lost any draft with that decision but over all with the reconfiguration I lost about 2". I've been back and forth between a 26 and 24 four blade. Obviously the 24 has a better hole shot but I've never been let down by the 26 regardless the depth I've attempted to jump up in. I've had no problems jumping up in a little less than 2'. Of course that is soft bottom...
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