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bbutler241 posted 05-31-2002 11:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for bbutler241   Send Email to bbutler241  
Has anybody designed a casting platform for the back of a 13 footer? I am tired of trying to balance on the gas tanks and battery. Also, I am looking for a trolloing motor. What size should I get and are the new saltwater models worth the extra cost?
browning20ga posted 06-01-2002 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for browning20ga  Send Email to browning20ga     
When I bought my 13'er it had a couple redwood 2X4's (light weight) that span across the boat setting on the gunels and a sheet of honycomb is bolted to it and then carpet glued to it. I don't know if I'd be comfortable standing on it but it is strong enough to support me (over 200 lbs.)and it hides the gas tank and wireing. I don't have any idea where he got the honycomb material but its light and strong. If you would like some pictures, let me know.
bbutler241 posted 06-01-2002 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for bbutler241  Send Email to bbutler241     
I would like to see some photos. I think I can figure out how to build a platform, but I am worried about the weight. What is the honeycomb made out of?
DJS posted 06-03-2002 05:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for DJS  Send Email to DJS     
bbutler241, Read an article, by a prominent outdoor writer, a couple months ago, pertaining to the differences between the fresh water and salt water trolling motors. His conclusion was if you are going to use them in salt water you should buy a salt water model. He said most fresh water models won't last a year in the salt environment. Sorry I can't remember what magazine I read the article in. Hope this helps. David
browning20ga posted 06-04-2002 12:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for browning20ga  Send Email to browning20ga     
Is your mail working OK? I've tried twice to email you pictures. Email me and I'll attach them to a reply. Is your email address in your profile up to date?

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