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Yes, it's time to upgrade. Hoping this is the final iteration and will last for decades. Here's the scoop on the new Soup Shad Sled.

22' long, center console, tunnel for prop, 3 degree deadrise with reverse chine back to zero
80" bottom width
96" max beam
86" across front deck
40" long front deck
36" rear deck
3/16 bottom thickness, 1/8 side thickness

Custom Mods:
30 gallon built in gas tank
step up to front deck with storage
hatches in rear deck to access back areas
console: 25" by 18" by 36" high, welded in
cable tray below floor for controls/steering/wires/depthfinder cables
recessed hose hatch for fill/drain lines to shad tank
angle on bottom side edges for side impact/running up on shit
all open access under front deck for storage
flush front deck with tapered edges (hard to explain) with drains so sludge doesn't get in boat

Outfitted with:
DF140 Suzuki 4 stroke (same motor I have now)
Hydraulic steering
101 Minn Kota Terrova
Lenco trim tabs
On-the-fly water pickup for filling tank
some kind of sound system
Lots of rodholders
6 batteries :shock:
Dual Guest chargers, 3 bank, 2 bank
Beer holders
Possible seat cushions (removable)

Here are the only known images of the new rig so far. We are waiting on the trailer to arrive...
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September 20th, 2013, 4:37 pm
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Looks great. Congrats...


September 20th, 2013, 4:57 pm
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Nice. Congrats. Maybe you will let me in this one.


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Looks like a beast - nice! Pretty sure I can keep my size 10's out of the side rod holders on that one :D

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you are gonna need a bigger bait tank :D

Don't gimmie no shit bout my spelling :lol:


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Nice and shiny! I'm sure it will be covered in Shad and Striper slime asap.

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September 21st, 2013, 1:43 pm
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Looks pretty nice. I noticed that angle on the bottom side edges. I'll be interested to see how that works. My boat has some pretty digged up spots in those areas.


September 21st, 2013, 9:04 pm
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Nice sled and its good to see Santa coming in early this year...thumbs up.


September 27th, 2013, 1:33 pm
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Still no trailer. I'm growing weary!!! Most of the stuff to go in/on the new rig has come in. I have 3 big boxes of crap waiting in the back room at the shop.

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Nice boat dude! I like it.


September 30th, 2013, 9:33 am
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NICE !! I drafted something like before.

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Jonathan, that IS EERILY SIMILAR! 8-)

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I've got all of the stuff to go in it...wires, switches, lights, breakers, fuse blocks, steering, hoses, pumps, and this baby just came in:

thanks to Mike Ward for the hookup!


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:o Spelling police alert ;)

Glad it worked out for you - that's the 2nd trolling motor I've been match-maker on in the last 2 months...... Looks like at the rate your trailer is showing up I could have done a delivery trip with the trolling motor for you :mrgreen:

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Glad you got it! I'm sure it will look great on the new boat.


October 1st, 2013, 4:38 pm
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CHEF - I know your current boat serves double duty as a fishing machine and bait boat. Not any of my business but just curious as to what your plan is with the weldbilt. Will it remain as is or are you converting to a strait up stripe chaser? Kind of stupid question I guess because your current ride has no problems running the stripes down as is.
Sounds like you might be in need of another outboard at some point if you are using your current motor on the new ride?


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Arnie Davis wrote:
CHEF - I know your current boat serves double duty as a fishing machine and bait boat. Not any of my business but just curious as to what your plan is with the weldbilt. Will it remain as is or are you converting to a strait up stripe chaser? Kind of stupid question I guess because your current ride has no problems running the stripes down as is.
Sounds like you might be in need of another outboard at some point if you are using your current motor on the new ride?


Arnie, the Weld Bilt will be on the auction block once all systems are go on the new rig. It will include: 2070 flatbottom boat. Trailer: Platinum aluminum single 5k lb torsion axle w/disc brakes. M/K 70 iPilot V-2. a pair of Guest on board 2 bank 10 amp chargers w/inlet ports in transom. Console and Steering system. Lots of rodholders. 12 Gal fuel tank. Custom step/storage up to front deck.

It would make a hell of an electric boat, or archery boat or duck hunting vessel.

I think I will ask around 8k for the setup.

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Cool beans - It still has plenty of life left in it and will serve its next master well.


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If someone does buy your old boat and needs a motor I may have a 2011 Yamaha 150hp for sale soon :D

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Sean_Reynolds wrote:
If someone does buy your old boat and needs a motor I may have a 2011 Yamaha 150hp for sale soon :D


I will tell you a 150 would do this boat no justice. It doesn't need anything bigger than a 90 unless you're loading it down like I do. And I wouldn't do that, hence me getting a new boat... :|

Might go pick up the new sled next week so I can deplete the shad population more better!! :P :P :P

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Well, Shawn went and picked up his new rig

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:mrgreen:

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Well, Shawn went and picked up his new rig

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:mrgreen:


:lol: :lol: :lol:


October 8th, 2013, 5:44 pm
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Pickup day has arrived. I'll be leaving the house in t minus a few hours from now. Been up since 6 am yesterday, drove for 8 hours, caught 250 skipjack, 4 white bass, and 1 striper and am looking at a 18 hour drive today. Good thing my dad is coming with me to copilot for a while while I try to sleep on those godawful interstates in AL and MS. More to come...

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How shallow do you thing this new boat will run?


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How shallow do you thing this new boat will run?


Around 8 inches I'm hoping.

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Ok here is the first round of pics. This is picking it up and measuring it out. Haven't cut anything or drilled anything yet...

First glimpse at my reverse chine
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Real end, already indoctrinated!
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WIDER IS BETTER
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Mike takes his turn
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Double whammy: New awning AND new boat! She made it home a couple hours ago.
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Across the bow:
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83.5" wide floor!!! :shock: 8-)
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How long is it?
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22' 1-1/2"
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How wide is she?
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Almost 100" :shock: :shock: 8-) 8-)
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Old bessie is a paltry 65" in the floor. We gained 18.5" :P :P
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Congrats Chef. This rig is a beast in person. I am still wondering if it floats.


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Awesome looking boat!!!


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Badass! 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)


October 10th, 2013, 7:24 pm
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Dang I really like that! Look forward to seeing it finished out and on the water!!!


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Mike and I are rigging like crazy right now...back at it. This baby might be on the water by tomorrow.

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That thing is HUGE and I LIKE IT! Looks like all Mike needs is a sleeping bag and a cold one.
Congrats CHEF you have earned it! :mrgreen:


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Can't wait to see the finished product. I want a guide trip. :)


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Very very slick....Congrats!! The old shad shed it really tricked out now with the new boat and great looking concrete and carport. Nice. What color are you going to paint it?

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Huge and VERY nice. Love the reverse chine. That trailer looks very strong too. Congrats.


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That's a real machine can't wait to see the finished pictures.

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Where the hell is the finished product????


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I like it a lot.


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TimEdwards wrote:
Where the hell is the finished product????


Do you mean this....

These are just teaser pics...the full build will be uploaded when I have a spare minute. JEEEZ!!! :ugeek:

Troller ran at 3.0 mph with these. Can pull Urigs silently!
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Everything is starting to come together...
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Maiden voyage
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She ran out at 39 mph. Some cavitation in turns thanks to the tunnel but I think it will buy me some clearance in some of my favorite fishing holes! Got a few tweaks left to make like transducer height (it got mounted at the top of the tunnel and could very well be the cause of the cavitation), new fuel line clamps, MORE rodholders!, front deck drains, and several more electrical gadgets and gizmos.

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At least she floats and I assume the lake levels did rise a little with that monster in the lake. Nice going and guess there will be some skinny water testing in the near future.


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I stopped by Saturday and saw it - Great job on the rigging and I really like the nonskid deck, top notch all the way!

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Troller ran at 3.0 mph with these. Can pull Urigs silently!
For some reason I doubt that you'll be taking advantage of that benefit.


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Since its silver already, you should paint it like a giant shad on the sides!

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Since its silver already, you should paint it like a giant shad on the sides!


Yeah and then I could get Robert Eidson to chase me around in his boat that's wrapped like a big striper!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Shawn McNew wrote:
Sean_Reynolds wrote:
Since its silver already, you should paint it like a giant shad on the sides!


Yeah and then I could get Robert Eidson to chase me around in his boat that's wrapped like a big striper!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Lol, He's gonna need a bigger boat!

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Looking good! I need you to look at my boat at SSTG maybe. I got 3/4 of the boat you have with a Yamaha 150 and my max speed is 33.


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How do you steer the boat without a steering wheel? Must be one of those current driven models.


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Here's the full build:

10-9-13

Headed into LA for the first time in my life via Natchez, MS:
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Leaving LA via I-20:
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10-10-13

4:00 pm - First cut
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3" hole saw for helm for Sea Star hydraulic system
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Pretty straightforward troller mount. I canted it a few degrees since the mount was huge. Installed M/K poly quick release. Bolts are tapped into deck (3/16 troller bracket and 1/8 deck material)
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Plenty of juice to recover from long hard days on the water
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10-11-13

Mounted up. 2 bank charger leads got 12 ga extensions soldered on to run up to console batts.
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Drilling through some thick stuff to run the 6 ga troller wire I had gotten 3/4" conduit to pass troller wire through, but it didn't fit, so we spiral wrapped it and drilled a ton of holes through the side and bolted it up.
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I know some of you guys are rolling your eyes at my spade plugs, but it's cheap, easy to replace, and it works. These outdoor boxes expand to accommodate the plugs so you can shut them. VERY cool! All 4 plugs are on individual switches.
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This is what I was talking about on a previous post about making 6 ga wire fit in to the 10 ga plug. It's a little "riggy" but this is still MUCH thicker than the 10 ga wire coming from the troller, so no worries. Plus, I cut the troller wire down to about 10", so there is minimal current passing through anything less than 6 ga.
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Stern light installation on PORT side so it doesn't get in my way anymore, YES!
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Blue Sea fuse blocks, these are VERY nice!!
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Very scary!
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Yes, that is i-beam front deck bracing. :shock:
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And the rigging continues.... 8 pm
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Steering wheel rough fit in. I hate this wheel.
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10-12-13 Busy at the shop, didn't get too much done on the boat. Installed Cannon rodholders and worked on troller wire bundle.

10-13-13 Motor and steering day...

we have separation from the flat bottom girl!
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Hanging around....
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...In with the new
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11:32 am - Before we drilled the mounting holes, we had a visitor. I think this is for luck and accuracy
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11:40 am - 1/4" pilot for the 1/2" big bit. Did this with the hand drill and had Mike stand perpendicular to watch my elevation while I kept it going straight left and right.
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11:58 am - The bolts slid in like butter, PERFECTION!
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12:04 pm - The Suzuki gets the last bolt
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12:05 pm - Finishing touches on the motor mounting. The transom is 3/16 and has an additional 1/4" channel welded inside. Rock solid.
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12:08 pm - the lift comes off, motor and jack plate on in just over a half hour. 8-)
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12:16 pm - break out the Sea Star!
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12:34 pm - Steering system bolted up.
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Gauges and jack plate switch installed
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10-14-13

9:43 am - This was kind of a pain in the ass, but not too bad, after a few bleeding sessions, it was good to go. Will probably need a couple of additional burps before it's 100% done. It's smooth and you can steer with one finger but I hate that stupid wheel.
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11:31 am - Leftover 2nd quart and the bleeder container
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11:32 am - Trolling batteries hooked up and ready to go
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A little goofy time
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Cable madness! Used a 2" thru-hull to pass the cables through, BARELY enough room!!! I actually decided to cut the thru-hull down AFTER running most of the cables through it since it necked down at the tube connection. It required precision jigsaw handling to keep from cutting into cables. Then the remaining piece had to be removed. Tin snips did the trick for that.
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Under console I mounted 3/4 ply to have something to mount all the wires to without drilling into aluminum every time. It works out great. These wires are going to be pretty!
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Got it wet. This is a view of the tunnel. We mounted the transducer in the top of the tunnel. It reads great there and will never impact anything, ever. It was actually picking up sidescan at 25 mph.
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Mike gets a turn at the wheel. Did I mention I hate this wheel?
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Auto works!
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10-15-13 Time to go to work!
Here's old bessie and new bessie
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Shad hauling equipment being moved. The new tank is being built by Fish On Fabrications...wait for it.... 8-)
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I think I'll put a SBT on each side of the console...
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Ready for business, Welcome to the Soup. Notice the new (old) steering wheel...now everything is HOLY!
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There will be much modifying to this trailer. I hate carpet on bunks.
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It's hard to fully appreciate the perfection of this.
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4:24 pm - First throw out of her...nasty buffalo and some threads! From pick up in Jonesville, LA, to catching shad in 6 days. Still got some tweaking and stuff to do, but that's just icing on this cake. Ended up with 300-400 nice 7-9" gizzards on this trip (yesterday).
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That is all for now. Will update with add-ons as they come online.

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Now be honest - did you measure the net buckets before specing the size of the front deck opening, or was it sure dumb luck :)

Where's your bow nav lights :ugeek:

Looking like a real shad catching machine......

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Mike Ward wrote:
Where's your bow nav lights :ugeek:


I was just researching bow lights when I flipped over here and saw this. There is a cool looking strip led light system, but it's not approved for nautical use, so it's of no use. :cry: I'm thinking about getting surface side-mounted ones to keep the front deck as clear as possible.

My tubbed deck worked flawlessly yesterday and I know exactly where to install the drain. I ended up netting barefoot since I forgot my boat shoes and didn't feel like soaking my regular ones. I think an 80 Vest will fit nicely in front of the main tank. 8-)

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I ended up netting barefoot since I forgot my boat shoes [/quote]

How are the feet? That is a rough surface to be barefoot on and throwing a net.


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Thanks 4 taking the time and posting everything, makes me want to buy a boat just so I can rig it. LOL

My only suggestion would be to get MWard to help you with your wiring!! so it would look pretty (JK )

Awesome boat man!!!!!


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TimEdwards wrote:
Thanks 4 taking the time and posting everything, makes me want to buy a boat just so I can rig it. LOL

My only suggestion would be to get MWard to help you with your wiring!! so it would look pretty (JK )

Awesome boat man!!!!!


Shawn doesn't have 4 months to blow on wiring a boat!

Looks like a badass boat! I like it.

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Just looking at that trolling motor mount point :shock: That's for the 800 lb thrust model I guess.

Oh, and I could wire a boat a lot faster than 4 months - it's just going to cost a whole lot more so that I can work on it all day, every day :lol:

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Awesome rigging. Can't wait to see it. Congrats.


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Great write up...fun read! Thats a beast of a boat there Shawn...nice work you guys.
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Here's the transducer placement. This is the SWEET spot! Reading sidescan today at 34 mph.

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you need two boats it can be done
bass pros did it in the 80S

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I have some black UHMW (1/2 inch thick) I can give you if you want to put that on your trailer bunks. Boat looks great...


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Bow light install. Also installed today: 7 cabin lights for interior and under console, led spotlight on front for buoy locating at night/other lighting purposes.

Oval hole cut out by drilling two holes with hole saw
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...and finished with jigsaw
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Stainless side mount LED's keeps crap off the shad deck
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Put 'em in action tonight!
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Nice sunset tonight
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Here are the cabin lights and spot light. all LEDs

front cabin lights
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front, side of console, under console
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rear deck
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led spotlight. this one isn't bright enough, replacement on the way. I figured mounting it here would provide some protection with the troller being there
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Live LEDs. Mount a few in the bait tanks. I need to replace the one in my Vest - it's been going for a while and finally gave it up this weekend. Too much shad foam on it I think.

I also just picked up an Attwood LED bow light - does not light up when plugged into the Perko base - not sure if the polarity on the base is wrong or the contacts are not working between Perko base and Attwood stem.... Something else to sort out.

I like those "shark eye" side nav lights. Would like them on my boat but would be a pain to get aligned right on the curved fiberglass bow and you only get one shot.

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Awesome looking boat and custom building!

Does the transducer not get in the way of the motor?


October 20th, 2013, 8:22 pm
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Hey Chef,

How do you like those Cannon rod holders? My Avets won't fit in my Scotty's worth a shit. Will the Cannons fit in the same base as Scotty?.


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Mike Ward wrote:
does not light up when plugged into the Perko base - not sure if the polarity on the base is wrong or the contacts are not working between Perko base and Attwood stem.... Something else to sort out.

I like those "shark eye" side nav lights. Would like them on my boat but would be a pain to get aligned right on the curved fiberglass bow and you only get one shot.


Sounds like another 4 months of work for you! :lol: :lol: The shark eyes have a surprisingly wide viewing angle, I would just DO IT.


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Does the transducer not get in the way of the motor?


Danny, I think it was having some negative effect when it was too low, but mounted where it is, there is almost no water flow disturbance. I'm also getting a reading over 30 mph from it! :shock:


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How do you like those Cannon rod holders? My Avets won't fit in my Scotty's worth a shit. Will the Cannons fit in the same base as Scotty?


Tim, the Cannons are far and away the best composite holders on the market. They will fit the bigger rod butts and have the roundouts to cradle baitcast reels. They will not fit in Scotty bases.

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Still plugging away at it. Put new spotlight on it with 9 led's rather than the one with 6. It should be a good bit more better. Haven't lowered the motor, but that is coming.

I found my first real gripe besides the carpeted bunks tonight. It appears even trailer companies don't know how to rig trailers:

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I will be moving that wheel jack forward a few inches.

Here was the scene at the boat ramp tonight on Weiss after getting shad:
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More mods rolling in. Got my 14' shift/throttle cables so I can run them through the intended cable channel rather than across the floor like the 12 footers. This took about 30 minutes to break everything down and put it all back together.

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The only action shot of the re-cabling

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Also got these guys in, should make a huge difference in boat handling and ride performance. I've already had to make a fairly major modification to the tabs, but didn't get a photo of it yet. These are 9x18" with tactile switch.

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This was a little different because the boat was made with a 1-3/8" trailing edge of the hull beyond the transom. It wasn't wide enough to fit the hinged part of the tab, so there was some modification involved. Observe:

Compare to the pic in the post above, I cut almost 1/2" off the hinge with cutoff wheel and re-drilled holes in what was left of the hinge.
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Now it fits perfect!
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I was wanting to drill and tap and mount from the top, but I ran into a snag. There was NO way I would be able to: 1)drill from the top, 2)even if I drilled and tapped from the bottom, the screws would be damn near impossible to put in from the top and tighten down due to the angle of the transom.
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So I did the next best thing....clamp from the bottom...
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...Drill...
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...Countersink...
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...And through bolt using 10x24 oval heads...
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Snap the excess bolt off like this
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and this is what the bottom looks like
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actuator mounted to tab
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Actuator mounted to boat. This took a LOT of doing to get this right. Especially since I bootlegged the lower installation. It will give me slightly LESS swing than mounting it to the transom, but with these 9x18 tabs, it should be a large enough control surface to counter that effect. Passing the control wire through was tricky on the right because my battery charger is directly in front of where the hole wants to be. I drilled an additional hole right on top of the charger and got it threaded through that way.
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Both tabs in place and ready to rock n roll.
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Mike installed the switch on the dash. We moved the water pressure gauge up next to the tachometer and put the tab switch where the wp gauge was, right next to the jack plate switch. I got all the wires run and pinned up last night and the system is online.

WHEW! That was a LOT of drilling and such. Hot aluminum filings all over your face, fun! :P

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Will the transducer still work in the same spot now? Nice looking work


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MarcFloyd wrote:
Will the transducer still work in the same spot now? Nice looking work


I think I have a little reduction in sidescan due to the tabs being lower than the transducer, but it still reads very well.

Lowered the motor to lowest position on jack plate and motor holes. Performing much better now as it was cavitating before.

Tabs have LOTS of control over the pitch and roll. Can't put 'em all the way down unless you want a big shower over the bow!!! :P :P It really gets the ass of the boat up and the nose down.

Running around 32-33 with full load of water. New tank holds about 165 gallons full.

Fished 5 people out of it at the SSTG and it was still plenty roomy. I was sitting on the motor cover and Mike was on the front and it seemed like he was in a different zip!

Here is the trailer retrofit post: viewtopic.php?f=77&t=2341

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You have MAD SKILZ :hellyea:


December 29th, 2013, 9:46 am
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I went and spec'ed the rig out tonight. Did I leave anything out?

Lifetyme 2280 Custom Center Console Jon Boat
LOA - 22' 1.5"
Bottom Width - 80”
Floor Width - 83.5”
Max Beam - 99.5"
Bow Beam - 85”
Side Height - 26”
Hull/Sidewall Thickness - .190”
Tunnel Hull
Full Floor
Draft Hull Only - 8"
Draft Engine Down - Jack Down 23”, Jack Up 17"
Minimum On-Plane Depth - 8”
Deadrise at Transom - 3 degrees
Reverse Chine - 6” - 15 degrees
Weight (dry) - Approx. 1,800 lbs
Loaded weight - Approx. 4,800 lbs
Fuel Capacity - 28.5 gal built-in
Baitwell 1 Capacity - 175 gal Fish On Fabrications/Striper Soup
Baitwell 2 Capacity - 70 gal Super Bait Tank
Floor Area - Approx. 103 sq ft
Total Area - Approx. 169 sq ft
Suzuki DF140 Outboard
Top Speed - Empty 38 MPH, Loaded 33 MPH
Sea Star Hydraulic Steering
Stainless 3-spoke 13” Steering Wheel w/Black Grip and Integrated Knob
Panther Stainless Skeg Guard
Yamaha 3 Blade 13.25x20p Stainless Prop
Front Deck - 40” Flush, Tubbed w/drain
Rear Deck - 36” Dual hatches
Front Step/Storage
Ice Runners
Side-Hull 1/4” Angle Armor
Cable Channel - Sub-floor
Hose Channel - Sub-floor
Gauges - Tachometer, Water Pressure
T&H Atlas 6” Hydraulic Jack
Lenco 18” Electromechanical Trim Tabs
Minn Kota 101lb iPilot 36V Trolling Motor
Troller Wire - 6 AWG Marine Tinned Copper
Minn Kota 60 Amp Breaker
Perko 250A On/Off Cutoff
Humminbird 998c DI/SI Chartplotter
Lowrance LCX28c HD
Batteries - 5x Group 27 Exide Nautilus Deep Cycle, 1x Exide Cranking
Two Guest On Board Chargers - 3 Bank 30 Amp, 2 Bank 20 Amp
6-Way Blue Sea Switch Panel x 2
Blue Sea fuse block
Shark Eye LED Front Nav Lights
Telescopic LED Stern Light
CREE LED Search/Spot Light
LED Courtesy Lighting (7 Lights)
Kenwood 200w amplifier
Polk Marine 6.5” 2 way speakers
Custom Fish-On Fabrications 8-Way Vertical Rod Racks x 2
Cannon Composite Rod Holder x 6
Driftmaster Pro Duo 2-Way Spreader x 2
Wahoo Surface Mount Rod Holder x 2
Rule 4000 GPH 24v Transfer Pump
No Seats or Soft Surfaces Anywhere - Complete Discomfort
Baitwell 1 outfitted with dual Rule 1100 GPH Tournament aerator pumps with pre-filter discharging though dual Dannco LV-11 venturis. Rule 1500 GPH feeding 9”x30” filter box.
Baitwell 2 outfitted with single Attwood 1200 Tsunami bilge pump discharging through Dannco LV-11.
Trailer - McClain Aluminum Tandem Torsion Axle w/Hydraulic Surge Disc Brakes. Bunks topped with UHMW and custom aligned. LED Lights. Fulton Aluminum Wheel Jack.

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That's a nice boat! Would you mind sharing some details on it? :clap:


February 21st, 2015, 12:05 am
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As that a paint on the floor and decks?


February 21st, 2015, 9:32 pm
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Danny Leigh wrote:
As that a paint on the floor and decks?


Lifetyme did that. I don't know the name of it though. It's super hard and grippy. I had to sand it down some with a palm sander on the front deck because it was injuring my bait.

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Shawn McNew wrote:
Danny Leigh wrote:
As that a paint on the floor and decks?


Lifetyme did that. I don't know the name of it though. It's super hard and grippy. I had to sand it down some with a palm sander on the front deck because it was injuring my bait.


Thanks. We have a vinyl flooring and after 12 years it's starting to crack in some places and come up along the edges. Some of the non-slip marine paints look like a good replacement.


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extremely nice write up along with one badass rig!!


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Just to update this post, the Suzuki bit the dust last week via broken timing chain. It can be rebuilt but will be replaced in the meantime by a 2015 Yamaha F200LB.
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The motor is on a train on it's way to Bay Marine in Kennesaw where I will let them hang it for me.

So far the old controls are off, new controls are on. Shift/throttle are hooked up. Flipped the control handle and reversed the trim switch (a bit of a process but not too hard). The main cable and tach cable are run through and ready. Seastar steering disconnected, ready to go back on the Yamaha. Suzuki came off a couple of nights ago and the poling platform is laying in the driveway.


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Was wondering if Bay would install it, don't think they warranty new motors unless it's installed by the dealer.

Glad to see you chose the Yamaha


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making and already awesome thread, a little bit better :D!


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The break in period sucks - but better do it. Are you limited to a commercial warranty on the motor or regular consumer warranty?

My buddy has the same motor on his new Sea Hunt. Looks good - hope it gives you both a long life of service.

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Well, a LOT happened on this day: 9-24-15. Got the call from Bay Marine that the motor had hit the floor. I got there about an hour later. They had the motor uncrated, hanging and ready to go on when I got there!! The install was pretty straightforward and their mechanic, Chris is super good. Everything went on seamlessly, cables, hoses, wiring, etc. My gas line was beginning to delaminate, so they replaced it with with new ethanol proof hose. I was super happy with their service, almost elated. Greg made all the paperwork super easy and filled out all the warranty forms and stuff for me. I was out of there with a fully hooked up, tested, and ready to run F200LB Yamaha.

Picked up the wife in the middle of the run and we both were treated to an amazing full double rainbow right at sunset. I also scored about 1000 real nice 4-5" Allatona threaddies to sell at the shop. Ended up with 5 hrs and 62.5 miles on the gps trip.

As of right now, I am 7 hrs into the 10 hr break-in. Will finish tomorrow if the rain lets up. It hit 45.3 mph empty @ 5700 rpm (6000 redline) on one sprint today. Filled the main tank with 1500 lbs of water and saw 41 mph. Not bad for a 2280 Tunnel. I'm really amazed at the handling difference between this and the Suzuki. It will turn much harder without blowing out. Maybe it's the prop, maybe the prop is closer to the boat? Who knows, it's an upgrade all around. Only negative I can find is something that both motors shared, huge boat vibration at lowest idle speed. Otherwise, the Yamaha is noticeably smoother and actually quieter than the 140 Zuki throughout the rpm range.


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Any clearance issues with the new motor and the platform - that would have sucked if so......

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Mike Ward wrote:
Any clearance issues with the new motor and the platform - that would have sucked if so......


It is tightER, but still plenty of room. :tupl:

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Glad to see you flipped that trim switch around. The backwards trim switch was more annoying than it should have been...

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:lol: Nice.......I miss that show


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Update:

Upgraded all deep cycles from GRP 27 lead/acid Exides to GRP 31 AGM Exide Megacycle.
Upgraded HB 998 to HB Helix 12 Mega Chirp SI G2N
Upgraded Seastar standard helm to commercial grade helm, flushed fluid. I was AMAZED at how black and burned the fluid was.
Upgraded M/K 101 Terrova to M/K 112 Riptide Terrova
Upgraded SBT 70 to BA 100
Upgraded sound system to JBL with RF speakers

About to upgrade from Ultra Bait Tank to BA 180. Bad thing is I will lose all my vertical holders along the sides, guess I'll figure something out for that.

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We can all ride in that thing at once or you could just take me sometime and I'll report to the others. Nice ride Shawn.
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How many hours did the Zuke have on it when it quit?

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Ryan Speir wrote:
How many hours did the Zuke have on it when it quit?


Right around 1000.

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Holy moly, I'd be running a hamma after that too.

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