I have an old 1978 1848 Lowe Line Jon Boat. The previous owner cut a hole out of the top of the middle bench and removed the foam to make a padded bench seat that opens to a storage compartment. I like it. The rear and front benches are still intact.
I am wondering about doing the same to the front bench and installing a permanent fuel tank. I think I have found a Moeller 19-gal tank that would fit in the space. The idea is to save deck space by avoiding portable tanks and get some weight farther forward.
Has anyone done this?? I know getting rid of the floatation foam may be frowned upon in case the boat every got swamped. Other than that, any draw backs? Anyone have experience doing this? Any tips?
Any and all input will be appreciated!