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Lazy-Ike peb
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:03 PM 01/21/07 (CST)
Iwould like to take the 3 bench seats out of my boat and put in a floor. It is a deep wide 14footer. first after I take out the benches what would I do to reinforce the sides that the benches had reinforced. Also instead of putting down two by fours to lay down my floor onto I heard that using styroform would be better. One person said he used a liquid type of foam. Has anybody heard of this? Lastly I thought of using 1/2 inch marine plywood. Has anybody have any other thoughts on what I should do? smile smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 03:08 PM 01/21/07 (CST)
I thought about converting the front two benches on my 14 ft Lund last winter and never got around to it. I was going to just take the seats off and put plywood across them and bolt it down.. it's just a thought I've had for a year now. My idea is to use 2 x 4's on the bottom and 2x4's between the bottom board and the plywood, sort of how a house is supported by 'beams,' to support the plywood.

You could probably do it with regular styrofoam but you would need to round out the bottom of it to fit the curve of the boat right? That's why a liquid/canned kind that expands makes sense to me.

What do you mean about the benches re-inforcing the sides of the boat? I'm curious in case I screw something up myself. If you're talking about completely taking out the supports that the wood benches are sitting on, I'm not sure I'd do that because at least my 1972 Lund, everything's riveted and I wouldn't want to monkey with that. (I might be wrong but that's my thinking on THAT part since I've thought about the subject of modernizing the old boat.



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:06 PM 01/22/07 (CST)
Hey pebo, where ya live?



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:38 PM 01/22/07 (CST)
pebo 1,

Please, when starting a topic, make all replies in this topic. If someone asks you a question, reply instead of starting a new topic. Think of how messed up it would get in the forums if every time someone posted, they started a new topic.

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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 10:42 PM 01/22/07 (CST)
hey eye guy I live about one mile out of spicer on county rd. 8 smile smiley pebo one


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 10:43 PM 01/22/07 (CST)
on my boat there is 3 rivites on either side of the seats that are rivited to the boat itself. each of these rivets are above watterline. But do you think if I took out the seats would this weaken the structure itself?As the seats go whole width of the boatto streanthen sides. May be I just should put floor in between the benches on the floor.Cause if I took benches out the sides might be weakened.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 11:02 PM 01/22/07 (CST)
I have never redone a boat but I have read about some others that have. Removing the bench seat completely will weakend the sides of the boat. The seats are what gives the boat some rigidity. (is that a word)

If you want to remove them you need to replace them with something that will give the boat strength. If you can't find the help you need here, try going to FishingMinnesota.com and searching their forums for boat motifications like this. THere are alot of threads discussing it. I hate to refer people over there sometimes but I would hate to see you make a mistake with your boat.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 02:22 PM 01/23/07 (CST)
The weakening thing is why when I get around to doing this stuff on my boat.. I want to connect the plywood to the benches rather than remove anything that would make the boat unsafe structurely(not sure that's even a word.. but ya get the point).

I wouldn't remove anything that's riveted in either.

We need a boat remodeling show on Outdoor channel like Pimp my Ride and Trick my Truck shows that are on already on MTV and (yuck country) CMT.



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 02:51 PM 01/23/07 (CST)
I think the best way is to add to the top of the seats like you mentioned. You know that it is safe then.


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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 05:26 PM 01/23/07 (CST)
You could try removing the rivits of the middle seat and check the strength. If ok, just put the floor in the middle. Make a platform in the front and cut a couple of openings the make storage areas. put a brace in the center and a pedistal seat mount above the brace to hold your weight when seated. Extent the back seat to the transom, storage space under it and re-enforce for standing. Put a small hole in it for a seat you can remove for fishing. Use 3/4 for the platforms and 1/2 for the floor and don't forget to leave a chanel for water to drain from the front to the back. Cover all marine plywood with i/o carpet.


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