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Jeff

Got a new toy

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Well, after the fantastic salmon season this year, I decided I needed my own boat, to have more options, instead of always fishing with certain friends on their boat all the time. I wanted to be able to take my dad, or brother, or both, or other friends. When looking for a boat, I decided I needed something that will kill two birds with one stone, in other words - fish as well as ducks. I opted for some sort of modified-V platform, a strong enough motor to push 3 guys, a dog and gear...and could run as shallow as the marshes mandated...I came up with the boat below. I had to drive all the way to Oregon to get it, but it was worth it. It's a 16' '02 Crestliner, Mod-V, open bow, with a '03 Yamaha 30/40 factory outboard jet motor (SWEET!) It's got bow storage for two 6 gallon gas tanks. It came with a bimini top, seats, two fish finders, and lots of other gear. The previous owner had the removable bench, shelving and subfloor fabbed and installed, which are all fantastic mods for my purposes. When I bought it it was all aluminum, as seen in the first pics below. I then sanded, primed, and painted, then layered on the camo. That was a chore. Had some friends help me remount the 225 lb. motor - Thanks, Adam (aka Heliman500). After that, I redid all of the electrical and added a bilge pump, 100% new lighting and wiring...all LED for low draw and superior visibility. Rerouted the fuel line, then added all the rod holder mounts, and accessories. It still needs a couple small things, but here it is. Without further ado...I introduce, Lloyd (I named it after my dad's favorite junker car he had).First test run, before stripping it of everything.post-3-1324486119.jpgBase coat of paint after sanding and primingpost-3-1324486135.jpgFirst layer of camo going downpost-3-1324486161.jpgCamo layers applied and the floor is in.post-3-1324486275.jpgpost-3-1324486285.jpg

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LED bow and stern lights and switch panelpost-3-1324486363.jpgpost-3-1324486369.jpgSix LED's for interior lighting. post-3-1324486382.jpg12V accessory for passenger to use spotlight while navigating the marsh, and gun holder straps.post-3-1324486458.jpgRod holder mountspost-3-1324486465.jpgpost-3-1324486474.jpgIt took me about a month to finish, amidst holidays, and redoing one of the rooms in our house in preparation for child #2. It's been a labor of love, but it's going to be a fun boat. If you see it on the Sacramento or American river yanking in some huge salmon or maybe some striper, or in the marshes getting filled up with ducks, stop and say hi.

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She looks great Jeff, a good layout, for the dual purpose.Lee :smiley_green_with_envy:

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That's a beauty right there! looks real clean, I like the extras you installed and the camo paint job. Great job dude!

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Wow! You did a great job on that. :smiley_green_with_envy: It not only looks fantastic, but the modifications you made to it are great as well (good forward thinking for all it's uses). :smiley-sorry:

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Sweet!!! How many hours are on the motor? That might be your next project. Nothing worse than breaking down in the middle of the lake or river.

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Very nice like that u did all the mods and work yourself. Like the paint...

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Thanks guys. The motor has been maintained very well. I have service records for every year of ownership. It is extremely clean under the hood. I will take it to someone here in town probably around April/May of next year and start my own service cycle. Also, I plan to add either a kicker, or high thrust trolling motor further down the road.

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Nice looking boat Jeff, Ducks & fish beware.I am just courious about how deep is your draft and how shallow you thnk it can go?

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The draft line right around 12" while sitting still. I've been told, and I believe this boat could run in 6" of water while on plane if need be. I've seen videos of guys in similar boats (16', Mod-V) and the same motor running on top of gravel (1-2" of water). I won't do it, but apparently it can be done. The shallowest I'll need it to go is about 6" of water while running at 5 MPH or less in the marsh at a zero tide. We usually do it in a 12' Valco (14 degree hull) with a prop...I think I'll be fine in this boat.This motor kicks, by the way. GPS speed said 23 MPH in calm water on Folsom Lake. That was with two guys and no gear, though. I imagine three guys, gear and a dog, and it should still do 20 MPH.

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Wow, that is going to be a great hunting & fishing boat for sure.I miss my old 12ft Valco boat for running to the lake for trout.

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