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i just read a little from the link posted above..


it would be bad *** to catch a giant shark while bowfishing... i'm picturing Jaws or something, lol.

sounds like its a lot of fun
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Got some more done last night...

I designed a hatch to go into the floor so that I can have a large deck without wasting the space underneath it..

I'll have a barrel under there to throw my fish in..
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not too shabby...


that picture with you standing on it, looks like it is bowing in the middle
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believe me. it is not bowing at all.

that is all 1" 16ga steel square tubing...

it's a combination of the boat raising towards the front, coming in, and slanting forward... (the deck follows the same lines - the tube has bends in it, which you are seeing)... and the bad picture at night with the flash off makes stuff in the background look like it's part of the knee rail... there is no bowing with 500+ lbs on the deck...
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looks good but we need some day pics
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looks good man, i wish i had a boat to shoot off. i want to get back into bowfishing. how about getting us a few day pics
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i'll get day pics soon.

the whole deck is getting galvanized in a week or two, so that i don't have to worry about the steel rusting...

i have to extend my trolling motor shaft, build the light tabs, install the lights, install the generator, wire all that up, build some bow holders, cup holders, wire running lights, etc... so i still have some work to do.. but I'm shooting in a tournament in 2 weeks. it will be ready to go for that tourney for sure!

then i'm adding float pods, like these:
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i like the name on the boat " anger management
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looking good.

you gonna paint it at all or do any camo once it's all finished??
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the whole boat is going to be sanded and re-camo'd...

i did it the easy way the first time and the paint is chipping off... i'm going to do it better...
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It's lookin good Christian!
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Looks sweet. You should post that bowfishng site. I have a bow and think it would be a blast to get into. I just dont know were to start.
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we ended up breaking my $50 extended trolling motor shaft today... the threads went in wrong and when we backed it out, the pipe wrench cracked the composite material... so that sucks. ordering another one tomorrow.

got all the light tabs built and a bunch of stuff welded and finished up... also built my g/f a stand for her aquarium today.

here are some day pics that you guys requested...
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Looks sweet. You should post that bowfishng site. I have a bow and think it would be a blast to get into. I just dont know were to start.
www.BowfishUSA.com
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Lookin good. I don't know why, but I am kinda anxious to see the finished product.
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it's gonna look real good.

it'll be this pattern of camo:
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Still needs a few minor modifications and some additional features, but for the most part it is done now. I took the boat out for about 4 hours last night/this morning. The rear sits a little too low, now, so the float pods will help alot. I still need to sand the boat down and repaint, but here are the new pics:
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Looks Great! Youve had a long night lol
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Went out this afternoon to test her a little more...

I found a few broken things on the boat and some room for improvement with the trolling motor mount and some other little things... Other than that it went well and I'm done updating this thread:
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That boat is awesome. Generater, Loading ramp, deck......Nice work!
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very nice. how much does that thing weigh now.
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Looks real good Christian!
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very nice. how much does that thing weigh now.
the deck only weighs a little over 120lbs... doesn't really affect the front of the boat too much...

my motor is pretty heavy, considering my boat is only 16ft long and it's a 70hp. the generator, battery and motor pull the rear down a little more than i like, so i am having float pods added... i think i posted them earlier, but here's what will be added onto the back:
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Looks good Trev.
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awesome looking set-up!
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