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Jon to bass boat conversion #13010803 12/30/18 07:23 PM
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1962 Richline 16í V-hull with an Evinrude 25 Iíve been working on.

Tore out the small deck someone had installed, the wood seat tops, transom wood, and the angle braces from the sides. Riveted in aluminum angle iron along the seat tops and custom made side brackets.

Rear deck is on 2x4s on face and the front deck is 2x4s on edge for more depth underneath. [Linked Image]
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Front deck
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Rod box, deep storage, battery box, tackle box, shallow storage
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17 gallon livewell
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Deep storage in front of seat under trolling motor pedal
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Rear deck
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Gas, misc, and battery box
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Re: Jon to bass boat conversion [Re: Tommar] #13010828 12/30/18 07:41 PM
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Left console with water pump and valve setup
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Right console with electrical switches
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Maiden voyage next week!


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Strong work!!Looks great!!
Please update with maiden voyage pics.


Be sure to have the plug in and some paddles on board for the maiden voyage just in case.

Paddles came in handy on my boat's maiden voyage--accidentally pulled out the kill switch when I went to prime the engine and forgot there was a separate safety cut off switch on the trolling motor.


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I am very interested in the performance test, especially weight placement of the live well and battery. Also the stability of the front deck.

Re: Jon to bass boat conversion [Re: Tommar] #13034094 01/18/19 07:36 PM
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Nice work tommar! Just need to paint that evinrude now


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Re: Jon to bass boat conversion [Re: Tommar] #13042316 01/26/19 02:50 AM
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Well the maiden voyage didnít go well. First, the motor wouldnít start. No spark. Nothin nada zip. Since I had a buddy from out of town with me we went ahead and fished using the trolling motor. It ran fine but didnít get even one bite!

This week I took a look at it. Cleaned all the connections on the starter relay and it fired right up!

So the next maiden voyage (can I still call it that?) was after work today and it ran good. I didnít stay out long or go far but I have confidence in it now.

Alumacraft, the front deck seems to be pretty decent stability wise. It is a Vhull so it does rock but I think itíll be alright. The livewell was empty so I donít know what difference that might make.

Iím gonna paint the motor this spring gar1970 as well as acid clean and shine the outside and repaint the trailer. Anyone know the original color scheme for a 1983 Ďrude?

I do see some issues but Iíll address them in a new thread.

Thanks for the compliments guys!


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You did an awesome job of using the available space.

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Thanks for the info, always wanted to mod a deep vee, but was unsure how stable anfront deck would be.

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Here ya go 83 rude


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This was an awesome build thumb



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Nice boat you got the whole basspro in there too


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your bait sux,and your boat is ugly.
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Dude...Great job!



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