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    Front Boat Deck Extension, small boat
from Big Easy (68.78.12.206)  
9/12/2006 2:38:00 PM

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 Hey guys, I'm looking to put a casting deck on the front end of my Polar Kraft duck boat. It has a small 3' or so deck but I'm 6'5" and it gets a little small real fast. I kind of have an idea about what I want to do but thought I'd check here to ask for some other ideas. I need to make it removable for duck season, and would really like to have some type of brakects to attach it to the ribs of the floor and sides so I don't have to put holes in the boat. Any input or recommendations much appreciated. Best regards and carry on, Big Easy


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   Casting Deck from Charlie (70.108.107.35)  9/12/2006 3:27:00 PM
 When I built mine on an Alumacraft jon boat, I used a piece of 3/4" plywood, cut to run from the bow back as far as I wanted. After coating it with a number of coats of polyurethane, I screwed it to a frame made of 2x4s that supported the rear end. The frame was positioned just forward of, and butted against a rib, keeping it from moving back in the boat. This area under the plywood can also be used for storage. I then carpeted the entire deck. This arrangement can be dropped in the boat at any time and taken back out with a minimum of effort. Storage can be a problem, but it will stand up. Used mine guiding on the Upper Potomac River for about 10 years without incident.

Charlie.......


   Deck ext. from Ranger375  9/12/2006 3:31:00 PM
  Take a look at

http://heartlandtackleservice.com/flipping_deck.stm

Goodas

Barry F


   ideas from Jr (24.187.118.24)  9/12/2006 4:45:00 PM
  I have decked out a couple jon boats. What I would do is use some aluminum L channel (available at your local Lowe's, Home Depot, Hardware store etc.) and rivet that with aluminum rivets to your existing front deck so that you can butt a piece of plywood up flush to it. Then get creative with some other aluminum for bracing the plywood up and connect it to the aluminum stringers in the boat with screws or rivets. I have done the 3/4" plywood and 2x4 method and I just felt it was too overbuilt and way too heavy for an aluminum boat. Have you seen Titon Mike's page? Similar but different to what I did on my last one but it will give you some great ideas and he has some really good photos:

http://www.tritonmike.com/boat.html


   My idea is similar to the above post from Pp (68.186.178.137)  9/12/2006 10:45:00 PM
 except, build a/the frame "completely" with the alum. angle/L material. Make it a tight fit and sock the sealed carpeted plywood down with those self drilling winged wood to aluminum screws(can't think of the name of the screw right this second, lol.)anchoring it only in the original deck area. Mkae hand holds or place handles on the deck(out of the way) in stratigic locations(balanced for lifting unit out)

hth

PP


   Thanks for the help guys, keep em coming! from Big Easy (68.78.12.206)  9/13/2006 10:14:00 AM
 Best regards and carry on


   How about cedar? from Mike B (149.4.108.172)  9/13/2006 2:50:00 PM
 I've done deck extensions with marine grade plywood using cedar two by fours for the edges (rod locker, battery box) with no problems. Just be sure to use good screws or bolts with locknuts, or it will loosen up. On my old 12 foot aluminum, we built the entire front deck (not very large mind you) out of cedar 2 x 4's. The wood is light, it smells nice, and is rot resistant. It has been uncovered on my 12 foot with no issues for 8 years. I should also mention the brackets we used were made out of aluminum.


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