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I have a 14 foot john and wanted to make a plywood platform across the middle and front seats to use as a casting platform. Has anyone else made one of these? If so, what type of plywood? what type of bracing underneath? and how did you connect to the boat?
I got a 14' jon and i just put a little platform from the middle seat up to the front 2'. i put a 2X10 right against the middle seat and 2- 2x4's on the sides of the boat for support, i used 2 more 2x10's 2 feet straight out and made 2 triangle braces on the side of the boat for support. i then put a piece of treated plywood on top of that and i have 3 storage spaces underneath. i put marine carpet on top of the plywood and the middle seat. it turned out pretty good. it did put some weight to the front of the boat but it is fine. just wondering how yours turned out? i want to make a livewell out of a cooler and be able to put it in and out of the boat but i haven't got to it yet.
I am planning on doing that very thing to my 14.5 foot fiberglass game fisher. Originaly, I was going to simply drop a piece of plywood over the top and bolt it down through the top of the gunwalls. a few braces and I would be done,, However,, Now I intend to make my casting platform lower in the boat for stability. My boat has like a step in the bow, I am gonna use that for front support, and build a frame out of 2x4's riped down too 2x2s. I plan on using marien plywood for the deck, 1/4 thick, coated with fiberglass resin. The bottom framework will contour the boat between the middle seat and front step, so it moving wont be a problem. I need my deck to be removable to ocomidate passengers. SO I plan on making more or less a drop in deck. There will be 1 access panle in my deck so I dont loose out on storage capasity, more likely then not, the batterie and fuel tank will go under there. I am concidering using a slight bow to the plywood deck for strenght, However I think I will just use a extra brace or 2 underneath and make it flat for simplicity.
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