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So this summer, my dad and I have been getting into sleeping on the boat overnight and fishing for catfish...I decided to make a few boat modifications to make it easier… I started with two light bars For a crappie and saugeye night fishing...5000 lumens each, I mounted them to a piece of Scrap mahogany i had in the garage, I used two pieces of 90° angle 10 inch brackets and bent them in my bench vise with the help of a blow torch and a hammer so that they fit the side rail on the gunnel..And I coated them with a spray can of flex seal paint....wired them up to a 10 ft piece of 14/2 wire...Adding an in-line fuse I got from the automotive store…I did have to buy a small tractor battery to run the lights as I did not want toPull any more power from my trolling motor battery ...Then I went a step further and added a cat fish rod rack on the Stern deck ...I configured it so that the mounting holes lineup with the existing rod holders on the boat…A 3/4 inch stainless steel bolt fits right through that hole and can be secured with a washer and a nut on the inside of the hatch ..So I didn't have to drill any new holes into my boat... stained it, and I will add a few coats of polyurethane later… I also added a cutting board in the middle and I will add a scrap stainless steel tray… I'm probably going to use a handheld stainless steel drywaller's tray… This has been a lot of fun because this rack is very modifiable and I can add things like hooks for lantern, more lights, holders for pliers and knives...etc...I initially wanted to buy the rod rack… But they sell them for like $300… I only have $65 of Wood and hardware in this modification... I did drill one hole in the aft hatch on the port side… and inserted a piece of corrugated tubing.. This is for the wiring for the lights to go through the hole and I can keep the battery inside the hatch without having the battery exposed up on the deck...
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That's great..............spending time like this with dad is priceless.

I always remember the days i spent with my dad in the woods or on the water and everywhere in between. When i set in the duck blind , field blind, treestand, boat or whatever with my son, i often sit and think if this is the way my dad felt while sitting with me......love it
 

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Well done on the Lights. Most say the green lights attract more shad than white LED’s. I’ve put them out at the same time and I like our white ones the best. Pretty sure we have the exact same lights.
Thanks Harry! I should add that I was inspired to do these projects from a night of fishing with you and seeing the light system that you had on your boat… I hope we get to go out and do it again soon
 

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What are the wooden things on the back of your seats for?
Well… LOL… My dad has a poker buddy that he takes fishing sometimes… And he's not a small guy… He sat on the seat while it was folded down and cracked the back of it… We disassembled it, and added those wood strips for braces because A newseat was several hundred dollars
 
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