Some Winter Projects.

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  1. walleyes

    walleyes Crew Member

    Couple winter projects I've been working on. First is a Cleaning table. Tossed a couple ideas around for mounting options, designed a couple pillar type mounts but in the end opted out of them as I'm just not into having more mounts extruding from the boat, just more stuff to snag lines and nets on, I like a nice clean, clear working area void of clutter and snags. Went with this system that site on top of the upper fish box and is held in place by two existing tie downs that are already on the boat. Its heavy enough that the wind will never lift it when in use and when not in use it stored off the back of the boat held in place by a small bracket and a Bungee strap.





    Second project, I made use of some other wise wasted space. Again I am not into clutter in a boat or any place as far as that goes. I hate tackle boxes sliding around the deck and getting in the way and all wet so last year I kept them down in the Cuddy but it’s a bit of a pain when going through lures. So I pulled out the plastic insert on one of the sides and built a tackle storage and Flasher holder along with an extra shelf for storage. The Tackle storage holds 5 smaller trays and 1 bigger tray more than enough for a days fishing hooks and more. The flasher trays hold 16 flashers again not all a guys flashers but more than enough for the days fishing and we can keep what’s hot up in the trays. The boat has an area that holds 5 trays already so in total I can hold 11 trays ready on hand but put away and not flying around the deck. It’s built as an insert so it stands alone, 8 heavy stainless screws hold it in place with those removed it pulls out for access behind it.

    This first pic is the area I removed the plastic insert and put in my built insert.






    It was all built out of ½” HDPE board. I found it very easy to work with but I was surprised at the weight of it. All was secured with Stainless screws, some counter sunk where needed. I am very happy with the outcome and quality of the projects they should last for years with no issues
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2020
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  2. John s

    John s Active Member

    Great job on both projects.
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  3. chris73

    chris73 Well-Known Member

    Very nice, indeed! I also alway look for ways for easy, accessible but out-of-the-way storage. You can never have enough storage on a boat. And starboard is a great material other than you cannot glue anything to it. Just make sure your tackle boxes are wedged so tight that they don't rattle their way out on a bumpy ride.
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  4. fishin solo

    fishin solo Well-Known Member

    Looks awesome and great use of space
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  5. wildmanyeah

    wildmanyeah Crew Member

    Amazing post wally, Great! what I like is you have designed it in a way that it will be easy to clean!
  6. walleyes

    walleyes Crew Member

    Thanks Gentlemen.
    Yah you bet chris, the trays are a very nice snug fit, not hard to pull in and out but nice and snug plus as you can tell they are on about a 20 deg angle to help from falling out as are the flashers. The flashers may require a strap to hold them in I do have some nice little stainless eyes I bought and will use colour matching elastic cord for a strap if it’s required. I’m going to give it some test runs and see how it all stays in before I get carried away with retention straps.
  7. Chasin' Dreams

    Chasin' Dreams Well-Known Member

    Very nice. Love the organization Walleyes
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  8. Trophy

    Trophy Active Member

    Wow great job! Hope you don’t mind if I steal your flasher/tray storage idea.
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  9. walleyes

    walleyes Crew Member

    Lol, yah giver thats why I post, to share ideas.

    I used my Miter saw to do the cuts. I first cut the two pieces to size then screwed them together at the bottom corners. On the saw I had to place two blades together in order to get the thickness needed. Then it was just a matter of setting the angle and marking the spacing ( 1/2”) and very carefully cutting the slots. It went quite easy and worked well. I’ll admit it took some thought as to how to get to this point but in the end it worked out.
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  10. kevind

    kevind Active Member

    Looks great.
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  11. Rayvon

    Rayvon Well-Known Member

    Nice work, I have the same plastic side inserts,I may steal your idea's too.
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  12. barkerfam

    barkerfam Active Member

    Really nice work!
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  13. searun

    searun Well-Known Member

    Amazing work, I love my boat organized. Removed my microwave and installed a similar rack for tackle boxes which is a great use of the space. Keep going, some creative ideas there.
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  14. Falcon

    Falcon Active Member

    Both awesome the tackle box and flasher location for quick access! You’re giving me ideas :)
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  15. Gear'n'beer!

    Gear'n'beer! Well-Known Member

    looks good Walleyes, I also have the same plastic rod holder inserts....any idea what the weight would be of your Mod? I had previously been thinking sheet metal but I prefer the look of yours.

  16. stubby2

    stubby2 New Member

    That looks awesome nice job . Where would a person find the board you used thks
  17. walleyes

    walleyes Crew Member

    I would guess in the 40# range it’s not light that’s for sure. I would have preferred a sheet of 3/8 as well to do some of the inner shelves to lighten it up but none of the supply shops I contacted carried 3/8 only through a special order. They all stocked 1/4”, 1/2” or 5/8” sheets. I’m not worried about the structural integrity of the gunnels it’s mounted to as they are 3/4” marine plywood glassed inside and out so they are built crazy strong.

    stubby2 I live out in N/E Alberta about 3 hrs east of Edmonton and I bought the product at a supply shop in Edmonton. I believe I paid around $180 a sheet if memory serves me right and I bought 2, 4 x 8 sheets. I still have 1 sheet left over untouched all that you see in the pictures was built from one sheet with quite a few small pieces left over.

    Like I mentioned it’s very nice material to work with it holds a screw very well. All holes must be pre drilled otherwise the screw more or less melts it’s way in and squishes out the top and just doesn’t look good. Pre drill the holes just a tad deeper than your screw size in order to give the shavings rooms to move into and it makes it very neat. For the main structure I used 1 1/2” #8 stainless screws and for the inner workings I used 1” #6 stainless. It’s very dense material and holds a screw very well. Pre drilled holes to match the shank of the screw if you wanted to you could run the screws in and burry the head of the screw and not spin the screw. On the exposed surfaces I reamed out room for the screw heads to run in flush and not have to run the screws in until they flared out the material. On the back side and anything out of site I didn’t worry about it and just sucked the screws in nice and tight.
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