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carolina skiff, Home made back deck? side gunnel"decks"
Feb 10th, 2011 at 4:09pm
 
I have a deck but i don't like it, It doesn't go all the way back to the transom leaving a ugly gap.

I want it to be flush against the transom with a dry storage underneath. But when i put the deck on how would i add supports?

Now i was just wondering if anyone with a carolina skiff has tried to extend the side gunnels "deck" like on the flats boat?

I honestly think it would look pretty cool.

I'll put up some designs.
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Reply #1 - Feb 10th, 2011 at 5:12pm
 
Can you do all that, yes, will it be a pain, yes, will it be costly, yes, a pain in the A$$, yes.

carolina skiffs are made as plug and play boats, thats the beauty of them, but it's also why they never look finished very well. You can deck it out like anything else, but it will add a bit of weight and the main thing that would turn me off is to add the caps and flush decks you will need to do a ton of grinding on the gelcoat and also remove and most likely replace the rubrail. Pricey stuff.

I would build my own bolt on decks and be done with it.
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Reply #2 - Feb 12th, 2011 at 2:27am
 
Hey logansboat,
   I've never seen any CS with side gunnals like a flats boat. I purchased a rear deck but, I would have built a rear deck if I had not purchased one. My CS 17 ft I decked from the front casting platform to the center console. I did major overkill on the top deck thickness but, that boat was designed to handle weight and still float 6 inches. The weight is not a factor on these boats if your going to deck it. I did it, added a lot of weight and it still went 35 mph.
Here is a picture
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The rear deck I had was a CS deck but Build your own. You will love it. You don't even have to fiberglass the deck in perminitly, just 5200 and some screws if you want. I did.
You can use 1/2 inch plywood with bracing, cover it in fiberglass or I painted mine with epoxy paint which worked very well. But, my top decking was 3/4 ply with fiberglassed raped 3 times which was major overkill. My requirments I wanted was having a flat deck that did not flex, I got it.
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Reply #3 - Feb 12th, 2011 at 11:14pm
 
Yah, Like i mean i think i could make it the way i want it, i even got a buddy with over the transom livewells on his and the look good. but CS doesn't make em anymore.

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Reply #4 - Feb 13th, 2011 at 5:36pm
 
"You"   "can"   "do"   "it"..... I have faith in you. Just give it a try.  I dare you do be adventurous.

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Reply #5 - Feb 13th, 2011 at 6:09pm
 
the thing is i want a longer boat
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Reply #6 - Feb 15th, 2011 at 3:32am
 
Now we get down to the truth   A-Ha!
So you say you want a bigger boat.....

CS has a 28 footer. That's a beast. I saw one on craigs list. It was so long the guy had to take 2 shots to post.

Just joking   Grin

Ok, now down to business, There is a very long and wide flat bottom boat that floats very shallow. You can build or find on craigs list maybe but, I don't recall the name. The guy put a tunnel under it. This boat ran skinny. I'm sure others here can give you ideas.
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Reply #7 - Feb 15th, 2011 at 6:55am
 
something tells me this is the boat MM is refering too

http://www.bateau.com/proddetail.php?prod=XF20

Fairly simply build, but a huge undertaking, I would try to fix up your boat first since that will be fairly inexensive before dumping thousands into a build.
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Reply #8 - Feb 15th, 2011 at 9:33pm
 
Exactly the boat. This would be the boat for a family of 4 to go flats fishing HA!HA!   Thanks FC, I like this boat even though it would beat you to death in heavy chop, this boat would work for me.

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