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    Default Sea Ark, Covered Bow build

    Bow cover & a base for a windshield.
    Removable I ever need to load something over the bow.
    Framed in the bow & covered with 3/4" ply wood.
    Painted, sprinkled on some sand & will add 2 more thin coats of paint over the sand.

    16-3/4 " from the boat bow deck to the top of the plywood & tapered the frame even with the top of bow
    Gave me lots of dry storage space.

    Will be working on the windshield next.
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    Frame pictures
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    TWO BY FOURS!?!?! 3/4 ply?? My God that must be heavy. What was your reasoning for building with such large materials? (I ask because I've build a handful of those, either for myself or others, over the years, and I generally use 1x2 and 1/4 or 3/8 plywood...2x2 and 1/2 ply at most.)

    Looks like good work. Did you fiberglass it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FL2AK-Old Town View Post
    TWO BY FOURS!?!?! 3/4 ply?? My God that must be heavy. What was your reasoning for building with such large materials? (I ask because I've build a handful of those, either for myself or others, over the years, and I generally use 1x2 and 1/4 or 3/8 plywood...2x2 and 1/2 ply at most.)

    Looks like good work. Did you fiberglass it?
    My thoughts exactly! Sure looks sharp though! Nice work!!
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    When I went shopping for marine plywood, the prices scared me.
    So I used what I had.
    But your point is well taken, if it works I can change over to lighter plywood,Was thinking 5/8" but maybe 1/2 will work.
    & use a hole saw to lighten the 2x4s.

    Just exterior latex for now, sand mixed in.

    I have to take it off to paint the underside, so I'll do some weight reduction cutting ,
    Seems every piece had to be cut to size then customized to fit fairly snug & square.

    Thanks.

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    Looks like a great casting platform! Nice work!


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    Quote Originally Posted by limon32 View Post
    Looks like a great casting platform! Nice work!


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    Wife used to stand there on the old boat for hours fishing at the Deshka.
    This one is big enough for a chair

    I'm liking having the dry storage too.

    Got it down to 84 lbs.
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    Back on, easy enough for 2 people to lift it in place.
    Cutting down the 2x4's made more room. Milk crate fits under it now.
    Hope it still strong enough
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