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Old 03-28-2010, 07:40 AM   #1
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My 16' Smokercraft gets the job done but I'm considering some mods to the layout so that it could fish three folks a little more comfortably. Anyone know of anyone who is good at doing this kind of thing?

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Old 03-28-2010, 08:12 AM   #2
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Ampersat,
If you don't find someone, I believe you could find an upholster shop to do something that you designed.

Don't forget the before and after Pics. I'd love to see how it turns out.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:47 AM   #3
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Oh, this is a bit more than just upholstery. I want to move the steering console forward, which involves removing/redesigning a forward bulkhead. That then will involve extending the floor forward as well. Then I want full length side trays, both for storage and to add some structural integrity to the sides. Next up is modification to the nose of the boat to provide more forward space. Last but not least, I need forward consoles built to accomodate the windshield that I bought for it two years ago, which still sits in the corner uninstalled.
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:24 AM   #4
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Offer up some of your home brew and maybe one of the between jobs boat builders would lend a hand, or some pointers for a capable do-it-yourselfer like you. If you are planning on having someone else do the work I have to wonder if it would be cheaper to buy a new/used boat.

Before and after pics would be cool too.
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:31 AM   #5
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would love to see the pics, i know one of the guys on here has "i weld aluminum for fun" in his profile, he might be a good one to ask, any minor welding shop can do the welding, but a fisherman might be better at understanding where your going with it all.
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:32 AM   #6
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Offer up some of your home brew and maybe one of the between jobs boat builders would lend a hand, or some pointers for a capable do-it-yourselfer like you. If you are planning on having someone else do the work I have to wonder if it would be cheaper to buy a new/used boat.

Before and after pics would be cool too.
Bingo, sell this one and purchase a welded aluminium boat and go catching (not fishing).
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:04 AM   #7
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Buy a different boat. If you are gonna do that much work, I would think it would be much easier to just buy what you want in the first place.
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:59 AM   #8
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OH NO!...God Forbid should you use such a word like 'P I M P'

(last I heard, they use it in titles for tv shows?!?)

Anyway, I'm anxious to see your boat, I have a 15' smoker with a 40hp on the back..


...at first glance at this post, I thought you were upset, or getting frustrated with your boat...

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Old 03-28-2010, 01:51 PM   #9
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Old 03-28-2010, 02:00 PM   #10
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Old 03-28-2010, 02:55 PM   #11
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Check the front page. Oregon welding is your guy.

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Old 03-28-2010, 05:07 PM   #12
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Post a pic from above your boat at the stern, looking forward so we can see the current floorplan, also one of the windshield, maybe a side view from slightly above. This will get the ideas & analysis flowing and hopefully pics or links posted of possible options other similar hulled boats have for you to consider best suits your needs, possible fabrication costs, to decide if it is worthwhile to modify or swap out. In a boat of this size, every lb. added will affect performance. CW
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Old 03-28-2010, 05:14 PM   #13
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Call Jason at Oregon Welding, He is a new advertiser and does all types of boat work.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:31 PM   #14
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Remember folks, we're talking about a '96 Smokercraft Alaskan. This is a riveted boat (and she doesn't leak a drop). Not the sort of thing you generally tear into with a welding setup.

Bow and console (pre- interior remodel):




The windshield I purchased is basically like this one (with the notable exception of it not being attached to a boat at the moment):


A couple of notes:
- I've always hated the high and upright position of these windshields. I'm sure it's comfy and all that but it's darned ugly (and yes, looks do matter).
- As fishers in the northwest, we all know that every foot of aft fishing space is a precious thing.

That's why I want to push the console forward, lower the windshield and give it a rakish lean back (might even have new side wings made for the windshield to accommodate it). Given the changes I want to make, I'm probably out less than a grand in materials. Depending on the cost, I'd be willing to leverage someone else's expertise in getting the work done.

I'm into my boat for about 5k at this point and given the way things are with the economy, I'd be lucky to get that much out of it after a few months of having it on the market.

And, yes, I am looking at a 17' Talon at the moment, but it's more than twice what I've got into my boat and with the way the fisheries are going these days I'm not sure I want to plunk down that kind of money on a new ride.

Gratuitous post-interior remodel pic:
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Old 03-29-2010, 04:57 AM   #15
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At some point you are going to sell this boat. I wouldn't mess with a windshield because that isn't how the boat was originally designed to be. The rear seat box, can that be removed or does it also support the sides? Use you pedistal seat back there to run the boat from the kicker. If you add side trays they would be OK as long as you don't use up floor space, I'd put toe kicks under them. Also moving the operator position forward is going to make the ride rougher for the skipper. Just food for thought
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The boat originally had a windshield (and really needs one, she's a wet ride if the chop is up). A former owner removed it as well as welding in the rails along the gunnel.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:38 AM   #17
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The first thing I'd do on a 16 foot boat would be to junk the console and go with a tiller. There's room there for a third seat.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:58 AM   #18
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:11 AM   #19
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The first thing I'd do on a 16 foot boat would be to junk the console and go with a tiller. There's room there for a third seat.

that may be your best choice actually..I have rebuilt two
Smokers and I think that would be your first thought.
Depending on your motor, I believe I have a new/ unused tiller handle that would hook up to that power plant.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:08 AM   #20
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Go tiller and move the box seats back a little it would work very well. By the way cool boat
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:45 AM   #21
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that may be your best choice actually..I have rebuilt two
Smokers and I think that would be your first thought.
Depending on your motor, I believe I have a new/ unused tiller handle that would hook up to that power plant.

But it looks like the OP is committed to the windshield option with the direction of the remodel.

For a fishing machine, I would be thinking tiller and not runabout with that hull.
Fuel forward, batteries forward, etc...open/flatten the floor plan as much as possible.
I would look at current open boat floor plans for ideas.

You may be able to add some strakes to help deflect the splash.

Rubber Robin may have something for your gunnel rails
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:09 AM   #22
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Not committed to it, just asking if anyone knows of anyone who does this kind of work.
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Not committed to it, just asking if anyone knows of anyone who does this kind of work.
What about Miller Marine ?
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