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Old 09-13-2017, 11:12 AM
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I'm in the market to get a custom aluminum boat built come this spring, and I'm in the process of getting my list of accessories and wish list items down on paper to have it all priced out. This rig will be mostly for inshore fishing in SouthEast Louisiana on the interior marshes and bayous; it's secondary purpose will be to pull the kids and wife around for recreational purposes. Looking at to go about 22ft center console/bay style aluminum rig. With all that being said:

1. What are some custome features you'd want/add to your rig had it been custom built?
2. What are some must have accessories that you wish you had or currently have that you couldn't do without? (Outside the trolling motor, powe pole, stereo, GPS/Nav, bimini top, jack plate and trim tabs)
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Add the hole in the front deck that goes all the way through the hull.
So you add a 2" tube from the base of the front deck through the hull roughly 18" back from the bow. Mine was off to the opposite side of the trolling motor.
Then you get a 10' section of 1 1/2 pipe add a T handle and a point.
Fix it where it stores under the trolling motor mount.
There you go instant Cajun anchor.

Last don't be afraid to make the gunnels really wide..
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Where do you stow the makeshift anchor and how long is it?
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Originally Posted by H2OBUG View Post
Add the hole in the front deck that goes all the way through the hull.
So you add a 2" tube from the base of the front deck through the hull roughly 18" back from the bow. Mine was off to the opposite side of the trolling motor.
Then you get a 10' section of 1 1/2 pipe add a T handle and a point.
Fix it where it stores under the trolling motor mount.
There you go instant Cajun anchor.

Last don't be afraid to make the gunnels really wide..
Pictures of this please!
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Originally Posted by Dacman View Post
Pictures of this please!

Not a bay boat, but I'm always putting them on duckboat hulls that people use to hunt from.
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What brand boat are you having built? I've been looking at Scully boats online. Look like really nice boats.
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What brand boat are you having built? I've been looking at Scully boats online. Look like really nice boats.
Looking at either Charles Leonard or Hankos. Charles makes a REALLY nice boat.
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Seadek but I'm a bit biased. In all seriousness it's way cooler and way quieter.
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If a pilothouse design, go for center or rear cabin, and, if you have any spinal issues, don't neglect suspension seat(s), despite costing a fortune for good ones.

A forward helm will pound the shit out of you, and ruin your experience.

You don't list your location, but almost all custom welded-plate aluminum hulls come from pacific northwest, either US or Canada. Virtually zero dealers in northeast...damnit....

Many large builders are using CNC-cut plates, often outsourced, and even robotic TIG welders.
Don't expect cheap.
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Sealed chambers under gunwales (emergency bouyancy).

An underfloor fuel tank.

Nice wide gunwales that you can sit on. Have the gunwales come inboard enough to get your toes against the side of the boat and brace your thighs on the in-wale. Slight slope downhill toward the outside (so water tracks out)

Rigging station with a cutting board, overboard drainage, compartments for tackle boxes, trace spool holder and storage for knives and tools.

Live bait tank (if you use live bait).

A little davit with a pulley (if you set and lift traps/pots)

Somewhere to secure an ice-box or two

Rod holders - e.g. on top of bimini

Fender holders (if you use em)

Boat hook holder

Seating in front of CC

Removable tow pole (if you go water-skiing etc)

Boarding platform

Plenty of chase tubes for cables, hoses etc (with spares for future additions).

Solid alloy discharge pipes for any bilge pumps (short flexible pipe to actual pump).

Lots of storage (for example lockers under a casting deck) - the more stuff you can stow away the more deck room you have.
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Originally Posted by Castawaychris View Post
Seadek but I'm a bit biased. In all seriousness it's way cooler and way quieter.
No experience with seadek but I was definitely going with hydroturf. Seadek may be another option
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Originally Posted by Karl in NY View Post
If a pilothouse design, ....

You don't list your location
He has said he is in SE Louisiana and building a CC.
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Price out a boat from Gaudet's Aluminum boat works in Sorrento. Price out seadeck installed by Camo Toad. In addition to the above comments get a boarding ladder . Make a list of everything you want to store and make sure the design has a place for it all. Put tie downs around the boat to tie ice chests, portable bait wells etc. make another hole on the front deck so your cajn anchor can be stood up right behind your casting seat so u can temporarily store it standing up in the hole for a short move. With a gps anchor lock on trolling motor ( call Rhodan and investigate their motor) and a Cajun anchor hole in the back of the boat you don't need a power pole. Put a slightly raised ( 2 inches) platform in the back so that what ever u put on the floor stays dry. Put large scuppers.weld on an exterior spray rail.get an industrial type of paint job so u don't worry about waxing and can brush on and tip paint when dings occur. Choices in SeaDek can make it pretty and you save hours upon hours with easy clean up and no waxing. Get a nice half round pipe as exterior edge guard rail
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Cup holders

Larger hatches than 6" pie plates

5-10 gallon FW tank with hose

20 gallon larger fuel tank than you were planning on

Removable infloor fish boxes (then wrap outside with 1" EVA foam).

Self bailing deck

Raymarine M-232 FLIR
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Your uses and wishes may well be different than mine given regional differences, but I just had a custom aluminum boat built earlier this year. I'll just rattle off some of the things I did (some with explanation) and if any interest you and you have questions or want pics or further info, just ask:

- Coosa floors with Nautolex marine vinyl flooring. Floor segments are relatively easily removable for access to my fuel tank, sending unit, flotation foam, etc.
- 52 gal under floor fuel tank
- Flotation foam is cut & fitted between stringers under the floor and spaced up off the hull bottom to help prevent crevice corrosion
- Side flotation is cut foam panels encased in removable aluminum boxes.
- Bow cap has a cut-out to provide for anchor storage, which is bulk-headed from the hull and has drains. This also provided easy access for trolling motor mounting and wiring.
- Front casting deck has 2 large storage access hatches. Inside are 2 welded in battery trays for trolling motor batteries. Wire chases installed to the bow cap.
- Additional plate structure welded under the floor on each side of the center console to provide for T-top installation.
- Welded livewell/fish box in the transom. Here's one mistake I made.... find a way to have the builder insulate this. I didn't and it didn't hold ice worth a damn. It was a huge PIA for me to insulate after the fact and not all that effective.
- 2 bilge pumps, one with auto switch
- Storage box and seat on front of the console
- 2 easily removable storage boxes on the floor near the transom. I'll only put the larger one in during waterfowl season. With both in I can have a rear casting deck filler that spans the space between them, but have found I'll never use it. I like the open floor space better for fishing.
- Welded swim platform with grab rail off the transom. I put sea-dek on this and my front casting deck. I would NOT want it covering my entire floor.
- Washdown pump with seacock and quick-disconnect hosing to make it easily drain-able for winter/freezing.
- Flush mount gunwale rod holders
- Gemlux pull-up cleats
- LED nav lights, flush hull docking lights and interior lights.
- Welded transducer mounting bracket. Allows adjusting location & additional mounting without drilling into the hull
- Hull anode mounting plate
- Pre-rigged with additional switched wiring to transom and inside front under-deck storage for additional lighting
- Under gunwale storage trays that run most of length of each side of boat w/ rod holders, boat hook holders, stern light holders
- NMEA 2000 network
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Duckfish, that sounds like a hell of a rig. Would it be possible to see some photos?
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Here's a few. I can take some closer/more detailed pictures of any specifics if you need more.

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I have a 26' Charles Leonard and I love it. It is bigger than I originally wanted but he talked me into the 26' and I am glad he did. I have 3 kids and my wife and I, there is more than enough room to do anything on it without issues. I use it 50/50 for fishing and recreational. I'm more than happy to answer any questions you may have sorry can't figure out how to rotate the picture
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Cup holders. Lots of cup holders.

Also make sure there is access to every compartment.

On the safe boat I run it has the black stick down non skid and its great but bad on bare feet. The seaark I run is just painted with grit and much easier on bare feet.

Sharp corners really hurt. have them round off everything they can especially with kids on the boat.

Suspension seats are AWESOME.

Cell phone holder. Intergraded charger. Cooler holder. Tie down loops especially areas where you want to put a tube.
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You should be reading archives and asking questions on:

http://www.aluminumalloyboats.com/

THT is almost useless for info. on aluminum hull boats...except for one or two posters who visit occasionally, like Alloyboy (?).

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