Hey everyone, we are within a week of starting our second flats boat build and after the great response we got from the last flats boat build we figured we would start a build thread on this one as well. This boat will be a little bigger at 19' with an 8' beam but we will be using a lot of light weight composite materials to keep the weight way down. The complete hull, bulkheads, sole, deck, console, and much more will be built using a divinycell core rather than the wood core we use in our traditional cold molded builds. Other than size, this boat will hold a lot of similarities to the 17' be built. It will have a custom console with custom switch panels, custom poling platform, pop up cleats, extensive LED lighting package, carbon fiber push pole, Atlas jack plate, Garmin Electronics, Fusion Stereo, etc. We will also be going with a real teak floor and toe rail on this build unlike the 17' where we used the synthetic teak. The deck layout will also be a little different this time with both a forward and rear livewell setup. We will also have some great dry storage incorporated as well as a nice big access area to the bilge like the last boat had.
We received a lot of great feedback on the last build and also had a lot of great ideas and thoughts thrown out there as well. Our purpose in building a "larger than normal" flats boat is to try to make it a little more comfortable for three people and have the option to occasionally take a fourth angler. At the same time, keeping it light without compromising the ride will be top priority. Through out the build we would love to get feedback from people about what you would like to see as far as livewell setups, rod holders and storage, deck layouts, electronics placement, etc. Thanks again and we hope you enjoy this build. We will start posting some pictures as soon as the jig goes up in the next few days!