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Birth of a little hunting boat in pictures

4WARD4WARD Cross Creek,FLPosts: 2,861 Captain
5 years under a tarp behind the barn, we would fiddle around from time to time. Finally got the dang thing done. She won’t win any races but sure will get worn out by the boys. No duck, frog or redfish is safe.

























"I hate graveyards and old pawn shops
For they always bring me tears
I can't forgive the way they rob me
Of my childhood souvenirs"... John Prine

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  • JohnnyBanditJohnnyBandit Posts: 703 Officer
    EXCELLENT!!!!

    Does FS still do the "one man's dream boat"?

    Because the story of that build would be great
  • bowhunter4lifebowhunter4life Posts: 2,170 Captain
  • Big MakBig Mak Posts: 5,466 Admiral
    Good as new. Nice job. 
  • JonsredfishinJonsredfishin Posts: 2,926 Captain
    Nice! I’ll keep an eye out for them on the lake. 
    One president put a man on the moon.
    Another president put a man in the Lady's bathroom.
  • josh_scott84josh_scott84 Palm HarborPosts: 1,129 Officer
  • FairoaksFairoaks LantanaPosts: 21 Deckhand
  • bottom feederbottom feeder Posts: 1,707 Captain
    Looks great.  I did that once with an old Alumacraft my dad gave me.

    Leaving Florida... take a developer with you!

  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,902 AG
    sweet!
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • Lineman North FloridaLineman North Florida Posts: 400 Deckhand
    Nice boat, nothing more satisfying than a good do it yourself project.
  • swampdogswampdog Central FloridaPosts: 4,393 Captain
    There’s a heap of adventure and knowledge to be gained with that craft. What the boys learn will stand them in good stead all their lives. Best man I ever saw regarding boatmanship and skills started with a 12’ v-bottom with a small outboard. Enjoy!
  • bswivbswiv Posts: 8,402 Admiral
    Be careful!! You've taught the idea of doing something on your own with the attendant pride of having done so. And of even more concern to the powers that be, you've instilled the idea that he can work with his hands, enjoy it and profit from it. 

    That kind of learning does not create the kind of sheepel they want.

    Oh......and.....EXCELLENT!
  • 4WARD4WARD Cross Creek,FLPosts: 2,861 Captain
    Thanks all !

     Lots of lessons learned in that little boat build.
    Trailers 101, 12v wiring 101, Painting and prepping aluminum 101, Don't buy cheap parts 101, Motor service and carb cleaning 101, Patience 2.0 and the art of rattle can camo. Good fun but I (and my wallet) am relieved to be finished up.
     The structural alum. in the deck was fall offs laying around the shop. Plywood was marine grade pallet covers that came in on units of sheetgoods to my shop. Most of the wiring and connectors I already had. Saved a little cost there.
     Boys have always helped me with the bigger boats so they knew much of the drill with some things, Making THEM do it right was the difference with this one.

    "I hate graveyards and old pawn shops
    For they always bring me tears
    I can't forgive the way they rob me
    Of my childhood souvenirs"... John Prine
  • 4WARD4WARD Cross Creek,FLPosts: 2,861 Captain
    Nice! I’ll keep an eye out for them on the lake. 
    I know you will, appreciated.
    Did you get your new ride yet?
    "I hate graveyards and old pawn shops
    For they always bring me tears
    I can't forgive the way they rob me
    Of my childhood souvenirs"... John Prine
  • JonsredfishinJonsredfishin Posts: 2,926 Captain
    edited July 27 #15
    4WARD said:
    Nice! I’ll keep an eye out for them on the lake. 
    I know you will, appreciated.
    Did you get your new ride yet?
    No, it’s supposed to arrive tomorrow to Millers and then another week to get everything rigged. I’m not holding my breath. I’m six months into waiting for it. 

    Just sent you an IM. 
    One president put a man on the moon.
    Another president put a man in the Lady's bathroom.
  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 11,043 AG
    Nice Job !!
    2 quick Jon boat tips from many years having a bunch of them.
    1 move the battery to the other side of the motor...cause your gonna end up straddling the seat to drive a bunch of times and no room for your foot.
    2    3 Gallon tank...weights less that half of a 6 and will run that little outboard for miles.
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • Crkr23Crkr23 MelrosePosts: 480 Deckhand
    3 gal tank is a great idea, keeps your gas fresher too.
  • PinmanPinman Posts: 3,528 Captain
    edited July 27 #18
    Spend a little more $ and buy comfortable or inflatable PFDs and get them used to wearing them. Operating alone or those pre dawn duck hunt rides are especially concerning. I have 3 bad stories, 2 of them involve fatalities, that made us start wearing them decades ago.  
  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 11,043 AG
    Screw That...
    You need a Yeti that will fit a Case of Cold ones and some good Tunes to Rock the Dock.
    Head out to the offshore weedlines in Summer and troll for dolphin.
    If them Yak guys can do it ...so can you ....
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • ivnivn gvillePosts: 207 Deckhand
    you need a bimini top or some other type of shade cover for when you are out on the water...
  • 4WARD4WARD Cross Creek,FLPosts: 2,861 Captain
    We got an Engel that fit, no tunes on my boats and the first thing I removed from this one was the Bimini. It’s in the barn and in good shape. It may become a tent frame for late nights of following people to their honeyhole at 2 am 😎. LOL
    "I hate graveyards and old pawn shops
    For they always bring me tears
    I can't forgive the way they rob me
    Of my childhood souvenirs"... John Prine
  • 4WARD4WARD Cross Creek,FLPosts: 2,861 Captain
    Pinman,
     Any auto inflated ones that you have been happy or unhappy with?
    $60-$200 is a big range. Cost isn’t a factor ( wasting money high or low is).
    "I hate graveyards and old pawn shops
    For they always bring me tears
    I can't forgive the way they rob me
    Of my childhood souvenirs"... John Prine
  • PinmanPinman Posts: 3,528 Captain
    4WARD said:
    Pinman,
     Any auto inflated ones that you have been happy or unhappy with?
    $60-$200 is a big range. Cost isn’t a factor ( wasting money high or low is).
    I dont have any inflatables.  Im too old school. (or maybe just "old")
  • josh_scott84josh_scott84 Palm HarborPosts: 1,129 Officer
    The westmarine auto inflate pfds are good but over priced. Normally $109 but occasionally they will run  sale and drop them down to $49. I picked up 4 during black Friday couple years back. 
    https://www.westmarine.com/west-marine-inshore-automatic-manual-inflatable-life-jacket-20164182.html
  • Crkr23Crkr23 MelrosePosts: 480 Deckhand
    The old school ones, type 2, might keep your head above water in case you're knocked unconscious. I would more concerned about that than something that just floats you.
  • Big MakBig Mak Posts: 5,466 Admiral
    I have about ten of these.

    I just gave one to a buddy who almost drowned in a Wellington pond a couple weeks ago trying to save his dog after it jumped off the boat.

    Pfds are like carry guns... you won't wear them if they aren't comfortable. These are comfortable but they ain't cheap. 
  • FlatsMatt96FlatsMatt96 Daytona BeachPosts: 1,462 Officer
    That thing is sweet! I love the decking!
    If youre going to burn a bridge, dont just burn it, use C4 and make a statement. 
  • FloridaODFloridaOD Posts: 4,373 Captain
    Wonderful!
    Lucky boat, and those that will use and enjoy.
    Hunters are present yet relatively uncommon in Florida :wink
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