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.
Base coat of paint after sanding and priming
First layer of camo going down
Camo layers applied and the floor is in.