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Dear Uncle John,
Sea trials and the first time I threw it in the water. This was when I found all the leaks so I could seal them before painting. I applied two coats of Kilz 2 primer/sealer and painted it Laurentian green. The paint is Glidden flat exterior latex house paint, available at Home Depot, and chose it because it looks like “Jon boat green” color that commercial boat manufacturers paint their aluminum boats.
The boat is light enough that I can load it and launch
it by myself, exactly what I wanted!
The pedestals without seats. The flanges on the pedestals are 7 inches on a side. I cut out base plates from ¾ inch plywood, 14 inches on a side and centered the pedestal flange on the base plate securing it with size 10 x 1 inch hex head wood screws. I used your bench seat placement measurements to place the pedestals. The rear side of the rear pedestal is about 25 ½ inches forward of the base of the transom. The rear side of the front pedestal is 41 ½ inches forward of the front side of the rear pedestal.
A dear brother at church gave me a trolling motor, a Minn Kota Endura 50, and it pushes my boat around just fine!
Installing the motor, working it while fishing and motoring up a local creek.
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