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Looking good. Are you going to put fabric or a hard top on the T-top
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I've got a black canvas cover for the T-top.  However, I've toyed with idea of integrating a large solar panel on the T-top.  If I do that, I'll have to go with marine ply wood or some hard top.
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Looks great man, does that lean back have the cushion that folds up with storage under it? Solar panel would be nice also, and no better place than on the T-Top
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I actually like the idea of a solar panel on top of the T top. That'll be a good one for recharging the house battery (accessory battery)
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Originally posted by PoliceK9 PoliceK9 wrote:

I actually like the idea of a solar panel on top of the T top. That'll be a good one for recharging the house battery (accessory battery)


Me to. I've always liked the idea of solar but didn't like the fact of mounting that ugly thing in plain sight. It would be perfect on a T-Top
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Vented diamond plated aluminum generator box and marine battery storage site for running LED gigging/hunting/fishing lights and 24 V trolling motor; I plan on making a custom seat cushion on top of the box to act as a seat:



Got the seat pedestals mounted; the seats should be pretty cool when they're bolted in.  I'll be anxious to show you guys what they look like, they're pretty sweet:


Remote controlled with GPS autopilot saltwater MinnKota 24 V trolling motor:


A final shot in the Carolina sky before tucking her in bed for the night:


**Lightened up the last pic a bit**


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Man that's a shame it got dark so quick, that last shot in daylight would be pretty. Gonna be one mean looking toon when you get done with it. SWEET Big smile
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Man I miss the days when I had something new to do to my toon every weekend. Don't get me wrong there's still alot to do but my budget caught up to me boats lookin good Robert. Nice troller you got there. Looks like I see a lil helper in the last pic to... Id also recommend one of These since you'll be in shallow water gigging. I have a 10' model and I love it, out of all the manuel shallow water anchors this one is by far the best IMO....but I'm still getting a power pole one day.

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speaking of anchors, I'm a firm believer now in cajun anchors. I'll have one for the toon (maybe 2) and eventually get 2 for the bass boat. I did buy two already, got the 6ft model. Much cheaper than a power pole although I do think those are cool, but not at 1500 each. Confused
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Got my leaning post and T-top bolted in, as well as black canvas up on the T-top.  I got some LED lights ordered....blue round LEDs for the porthole windows, green underwater lights for the transom, white courtesy lights for the interior and red courtesy lights for the generator/battery box.

I'm still looking for a space for a livebait well.  I still can't decide if I like the current color scheme or lack thereof.  If anyone has any suggestions let me know!  The wife won't give me her opinion;) My seats are dark grey and black.  The only changes I'm considering would be to paint the diamond plate aluminum black so it didn't reflect so much which would make the whole outside black or painting it a battleship grey and leaving the base and railings black.  I've also considered painting a military sharkmouth on the front in red and white like on WWII fighter planes and seen on some current battleships, but it might make it look a little weird.






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Really lookin' good! Look forward to some pics with the porthole lighting in..Thumbs Up
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Lookin good robert, are you sure you need a livewell or do you need just a baitwell. I've been thinking about building a flats/bay boat for sometime now and it would be a center console with lean back and a cooler under it and another cooler in front of the console. Since the fish I would be targeting with it are on the big side and would go in a cooler and livewell wouldn't work but I would need fresh live bait so I would do a flush mount bait well in the floor. Here is what I've done on mine for a livewell, started out as a wise 26" (I think) bench seat from PS

I drilled a hole through the seat base and floor and installed the drain



I installed the spray head in the far back corner so it would be outta the way and I could still use the space for storage when it wasn't full of fish



I also installed a light that has been extremely helpful at night



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There is no way I would paint that diamond plate if it was mine....it looks toooo pretty!!! But I would paint it on the inside since you'll see that part wile operating the boat and it could be blinding....I've seen the shark thing painted on the nose cones of the tubes before and it looked cool but I think it would take away from your boat.....BUT this is just my opinion, by all means do what you like and you won't regret it
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I agree with the above, paint inside, not outside.
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Painting inside not outside sounds good.  Just was observing some cool military planes on the net and liked the paint schemes.

MRT, what the heck are you fishing for, those bait are huge!

I love the bait well idea.  What all would I need other than the light and sprayer head for aeration?  Do I need a pump?  I've got a Yeti cooler going under the lean post which I can make into a bait well.  I was going to use it as a cooler...if I use for a livewell I guess I'll have to just carry a cooler on board.  My seats/benches will be molded plastic but not sure if you're allowed to use those as coolers or not?  Do people just install drain plugs in their seats sometimes?
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Sorry maybe I wasn't clear on my post, I would put a bait well on the bay boat I'd like to build, my toon has a livewell but I have a small bucket that I put bait in and just sit it in the livewell, the bucket has small slots in it to allow aeration but the bigger fish in the live well can't get the bait because they are in the bucket. I use a bilge pump on the back of the tubes to fill up the livewell and then I use a aeriator to provide oxagen with a timer. I couldn't imagine cutting up a yeti cooler for a livewell that's crazy they are $400 get a cheap igloo for that. You can do what I did in my seat since yours are molded plastic.
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Oh I see you got the new bass seats from the www.boatingseats.com Big smile
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Ya, Charles, and very comfortable.  I'm ready to rock some tunes and go fishing!
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I was just about to send you a PM to see where you've been, lookin great Robert. Those are some awesome looking fishing seats, looks like they belong on a drag boat. That storage box on the T-top will come in handy too. I also see you are like me and have expensive taste with that yeti cooler, but the difference with you is you acutely have one...
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Thanks...should get furniture early next month which should match Centric II bass seats up front.  Got most of what I need for electronics...probably have too much be is there such thing as too much light?  I'm sure there is and I probably have it.  I'll have three total control panels with about 24 switches.  1 panel will run the LED and flood lights.  1 panel will run stereo, pump, baitwell, nav lights and deck lights and the last will run interior and exterior lights.  Got the round blue LEDs for the portholes and they look sweet.  Trying to decide if I need to go with any rope lighting above the hulls but think I might be OK to go without it for looks.  Motor still needs work to integrate with console.  I got the controls installed last weekend and maybe will do the ignition this weekend after I finish up with what lighting I can.  She's coming along but still have some time to finish.  Bad news is I didn't get a gator tag this year.  Good news is I'm under no time constraints now to finish it, although knowing me I'll still want to get her done.  
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Worked a little on the LED lights up front, in regards to wiring and insulating.  



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I used electric tape to secure the insulating flexible pipe for now but will go back with zip ties or perhaps some sort of metal clamp:


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I know it's probably a little late for this, but running the lighting wiring through the pipe structure would yield a very "clean" look.  You would use grommets for where the wiring exits the pipe.

Also, flex conduit is not "required" for 12V wiring.  It doesn't hurt anything, but it's not a safety requirement.
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Originally posted by SunBlocker SunBlocker wrote:

I know it's probably a little late for this, but running the lighting wiring through the pipe structure would yield a very "clean" look.  You would use grommets for where the wiring exits the pipe.

Also, flex conduit is not "required" for 12V wiring.  It doesn't hurt anything, but it's not a safety requirement.

Thanks for the suggestion!  Thought of that, and know it's not required but like the look of the conduit, adds to the tank look.  I also like that it's external for access.
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Originally posted by scrimshaw scrimshaw wrote:

GI've also considered painting a military sharkmouth on the front in red and white like on WWII fighter planes and seen on some current battleships, but it might make it look a little weird.

I dunno... with your paint scheme it might look kinda cool:


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Got seats and benches in yesterday, man oh man do they look sweet.  They look just like my front fishing seats...black and dark grey.  I'll try to get some pics this weekend.  I ditched the portholes, just didn't quite like how they looked but kept the circular blue LED lights in their place which looks great.  I've still got some motor work and electronics to do, as well as figure out how I'm going to cover it with that T-top (might have to get a custom canvas cover) and then I'll be ready for the water.  Looking forward to going fishing!
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ahh man, that's a shame as those were growing on me and I REALLY wanted to see how the led's would work on them in the dark Confused gotta take another pic now of it without the portholes and let us VOTE on it LOL
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...just wasn't practical...seemed to collect moisture under glass in the mornings and was just something else to maintain.  The LED lights def. look better w/o the port holes.  I've obviously taken a break from the boat since I was previously posting every day, but I'll be back.  I've spent about 3 weeks tilling up 10 acres to reseed in orchard grass for horse pasture.  Didn't get a gator tag this year so I'm not as pressed for time as I was before, but still want to get it done so can go gigging and cruising and fishing!
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