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    Default Minor Boat Modifications You've Made

    I don't have pictures of everything I've done but here are a few personal touches I've made.

    1) Air ride seat with captain seat to back
    2) Painter pole outrigger
    3) Electric over hydraulic trailer brakes
    4) Cooler in livewell tank
    5) Cabin heater to 2 gallon tank
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    Mods Continued.

    1) Waste basket with "S" hooks to hang on rail
    2) Washdown hose
    3) Floor mats
    4) Fuse Block
    5) Trailer guide spacer
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    Nice additions Dave...I need to add some air/spring ride seats to my jetboat...my kidneys/lower back are killing me! Where did you purchase the air ride seats...from Bently directly??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Streak View Post
    Nice additions Dave...I need to add some air/spring ride seats to my jetboat...my kidneys/lower back are killing me! Where did you purchase the air ride seats...from Bently directly??
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    Thats looks like some darn nice work you've done on your rig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperD View Post
    I don't have pictures of everything I've done but here are a few personal touches I've made.

    1) Air ride seat with captain seat to back
    2) Painter pole outrigger
    3) Electric over hydraulic trailer brakes
    4) Cooler in livewell tank
    5) Cabin heater to 2 gallon tank
    Good job, SuperD...
    How does that Painter Pole outrigger work? Do you use it just for top-lining, or with downriggers as well?
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    F_M,

    I use it for topline. I took a DR release and screwed it to the end of a painter pole attachment and use the telescoping rod to get 12' - 13' out to the side.




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    Great Mods SuperD - I was hoping you provide a little more detail on the wash-down hose. I have carpet in my boat but am interested in making a warm water sink/cleaning station using the warm water generated by my inboard motor. To wash your hands in warm water would be great on those cold morning...
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    Lundman, mine isn't warm water but the plumbing might be similiar for your application. I added a Tee to the livewell supply line with a valve to redirect the pressure to the hose. In your case, you'd want the valve on the side out or sink side of the tee. Since you are looking at tapping the hose after it has left the block, there hopefully shouldn't be a cooling issue.

    Here you can see my tee and valve a little more clearly.


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    [QUOTE=SuperD;7048]F_M,

    I use it for topline. I took a DR release and screwed it to the end of a painter pole attachment and use the telescoping rod to get 12' - 13' out to the side.

    Thanks for the response, Super D. Looks like a good idea.
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    Thought of a new one today so I've got to stop by the hardware store on the way home. I always lose the pliers in a tray or somewhere on the floor of the boat so unhooking the next fish always requires a mad search for the pliers. I've come up with a neat place to store them so I'll fabricate a couple hangers on the stern. Photos to follow.
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    Insulated Ice box, Separated for drinks / Kokanee but a X fishing partner of mine put kokanee on my drinks twice then now he fishes elsewhere

    Radio That has no Music?

    Forward rod holder flush mounts!

    Spare but ready; rod holder that Tilts 90 degrees as needed, top, no top or travel.
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    Thanks for posting twisted, nice work. Hopefully it will get some of these other guys motivated to share.
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    Plier storage.
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    WOW! Gotta Love all the neat stuff you guys are doing!

    Super D, Now I just have to start on the washdown hose, & the painters pole outriggers.

    I saw some plans to make some side planers but I think youve got a better idea.

    Twisted ....How did you make the insulated ice box? Was that a storage ares on your boat?

    Cant wait to see some more of this "STUFF"!........Kokonuts
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    Twisted's ice box looks very similiar to mine. I used 1 1/2" foil faced rigid insulation and glued a piece of plexiglass to the inside face so it doesn't absorb blood and odors. I also made mine modular so it can come out easily by removing the wing nuts shown in the last picture.
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    Thanks; SD

    Nuts; It is a fish box that gets very warm, lightly insulated over a V8, adding the insulation freezes the Ice together it has to be broken to bury fish works almost to good but it lasts for days. has to come out for big fish and I can't lock my downrigggers in that space when its in there. See you at Suttle. TL

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    Great stuff guys. As soon as the shrink wrap comes off my toon I'll post some pics of the structural additions I made to add my down riggers this last fall (by the time I was done I had to winterize). I also have an idea for a removable high impact plastic table that will mount to the rear rail of my pontoon boat. Made from the same stuff as cutting boards and its about a half inch thick. It will have rails to keep corn, worms and other stuff from sliding off and I'll cut some slots to hold pliers and other tools. It will also make a good spot for cleaning fish and cut bait. Can't wait to start on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twisted lines View Post
    Insulated Ice box, Separated for drinks / Kokanee but a X fishing partner of mine put kokanee on my drinks twice then now he fishes elsewhere

    Radio That has no Music?

    Forward rod holder flush mounts!

    Spare but ready; rod holder that Tilts 90 degrees as needed, top, no top or travel.
    Twisted Lines,
    I'm a little confused about your rod holder photos...the two last ones. It looks like a rod holder that swivels the rod tips outboard. What am I looking at?
    Here's to putting the Kokanee in the correct cooler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twisted lines View Post
    Thanks; SD

    Nuts; It is a fish box that gets very warm, lightly insulated over a V8, adding the insulation freezes the Ice together it has to be broken to bury fish works almost to good but it lasts for days. has to come out for big fish and I can't lock my downrigggers in that space when its in there. See you at Suttle. TL
    Maybe in the future Mike will have to add a boat "show and tell" segment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full_Monte View Post
    Twisted Lines,
    I'm a little confused about your rod holder photos...the two last ones. It looks like a rod holder that swivels the rod tips outboard. What am I looking at?
    Here's to putting the Kokanee in the correct cooler.
    Spare rods that are stored behind the seat And lay down for transport or stand up for easy access! Sorry the picture dosent show too much.

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    Used these sun shades for the first time yesterday, they really worked GREAT




    It was a toasty 90+ & we were very comfortable till we left at 1pm.
    I have a 12v oscillating fan that I clipped on to the right support up in the corner...it was cool......

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    That looks great Bob. Who did it for you? I have some custom curtain work I need done.
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    Elk Hunters wife.....She did a great job.

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    I agree VV they look great!
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