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    It's a 1660 build!

    Took a 5 hour to Kentucky over the weekend to get my next build....and this will be my second boat project! It's 1660 with 20" sides and all 3/16 aluminum. It has a smooth bottom with angle welded for runners (may hack those off). This is the only pic I have so far:

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    My plans so far are flush deck, 6 400w HPS, and 25+ hp mud motor front steer

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    Nice man!

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    Following!

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    Nice congrats

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    Thank you much! I will update you all as I go....

    I cleaned all the junk out the other day and unbolted everything in efforts to start from a clean slate.

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    My next move is to cut out the front deck and part of the middle bench, just enough where I can slide a fish barrel into. The flush deck will go all the way where the middle bench starts.

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    Idk if you have seen this thread Jason but this is like my favorite 1660 build. Check it out for some motivation. There is a lot of BSing in the thread but there is a lot of good content in there too

    https://bow.fishingcountry.com/forum...660-Flatbottom

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    Yeah I remember seeing that thread, thanks. It gives me a good idea on what type of tubing I need to get for the deck.

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    That's a bad rig! I'd like to do enclosed light rails similar to his.

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    Do it with LEDs so the rail can be thinner leaving more standing room on the deck

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    Well here is my thought on that... I'd like the enclosed rails to have enough width and height so I can stand on them when bowfishing for bigheads during the day.

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    Gotcha! That has its advantages too

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    So I'm re-thinking this build and am pondering fan instead of a mud motor. I'd use it a fan only rig for a while then buy a outboard later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonsuch86 View Post
    So I'm re-thinking this build and am pondering fan instead of a mud motor. I'd use it a fan only rig for a while then buy a outboard later on.
    Just my thoughts kicker would be lighter than a fan

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    You're right, but my last boat was a kicker boat and I hate fighting it in the mud and weeds.

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    Grayson Usrey (StickEmDeep) has a 1660 fan rig... he also put a 115 outboard on it too lol

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    Good pickup man

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoDakSlayer View Post
    Grayson Usrey (StickEmDeep) has a 1660 fan rig... he also put a 115 outboard on it too lol
    he also has alot taller sides haha

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    Thats true I forgot about that

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    I can always add gunnel extensions around the back if needed. Also I will not be running in any big water with this. Most of the places I go to are fishable right from the ramp and doesn't take long to get to the good spots. I'm really liking the fan idea though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonsuch86 View Post
    I can always add gunnel extensions around the back if needed. Also I will not be running in any big water with this. Most of the places I go to are fishable right from the ramp and doesn't take long to get to the good spots. I'm really liking the fan idea though.
    are you sure thats a 1660? The more I look at it, it looks like a 1652

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    100% 1660

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    Here are the plans as of now....

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    Fan stand will be attached to the rear bench, with pulleys and cables inside.

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    one light up front?

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    yes, 400w or 250w hps

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    realistically I think 5 250w would be enough light

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    Could be. Maybe its just OCD for me lol I'd like to have an even number of lights up front... Thats just me tho

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    Just make the one in the front a 400 and the rest 250's

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    Here are my current plans....

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    52" 3 - blade ultra prop with reduction on a 22hp predator motor

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    That fan is going to stick inside the boat a good bit when turned, also are you planning on never putting a outboard motor on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillips_211 View Post
    That fan is going to stick inside the boat a good bit when turned, also are you planning on never putting a outboard motor on?
    Yeah I'm kinda worried about that. Not sure if I should go with a smaller prop? My plan is to add a outboard after I get more $$. I will build a offset (large pod) for the motor. Probably won't go bigger than a 20hp. I will use powrtran steering up to the front of the boat and mount the controls to my fan steering.

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    I talked to the guy at Lone Star and we've decided that a 48" 4-blade prop would be a better suit for this build. It's only 50 bucks more. And I should get the same amount of thrust as the 52" 3 blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonsuch86 View Post
    Yeah I'm kinda worried about that. Not sure if I should go with a smaller prop? My plan is to add a outboard after I get more $$. I will build a offset (large pod) for the motor. Probably won't go bigger than a 20hp. I will use powrtran steering up to the front of the boat and mount the controls to my fan steering.
    The main thing you have to remember is when you put a outboard on it you will have to raise it up when using the fan. When the motor is trimmed all the way up it will be higher and closer to the inside of the boat then when trimmed all the way down. This could cause the fan shroud to hit it when turning.

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    Well I've decided to postpone the fan idea. I found a good deal on a lightly used 2016 20hp Mercury remote steer long shaft motor and will use it as my main motor/kicker. Gonna go by and pick it up this week sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonsuch86 View Post
    Well I've decided to postpone the fan idea. I found a good deal on a lightly used 2016 20hp Mercury remote steer long shaft motor and will use it as my main motor/kicker. Gonna go by and pick it up this week sometime.
    I think that is best, now you will now the limitations for when you build the fan

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    I think it’s smart to not go with the fan. The 16’ would feel really small with a 52” blade on the back.

    The boat looks like an old design without the crimped sides or floor. the seats are likely structural bc I don’t see any horizontal bracing. If you going with a deck that sits on the rails, you will likely need to strengthen or brace the sides.

    Overall a solid template to work with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckmark311 View Post
    If you going with a deck that sits on the rails, you will likely need to strengthen or brace the sides.

    Overall a solid template to work with.
    I will use 1"x3" tubing welded right below the gunwale. I will be doing some demo work to it this weekend hopefully, ripping out the front deck and part of the middle bench.

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    Re-did the trailer

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    Raised and beefed up the transom.

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    Bracing for the deck.

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