Dinghy to side console conversion - pic of previous project i did

Hi all
a few people have been discussing dinghy mods and side vs centre console in small boats- so i thought i would post some pics of a boat i converted a while back
I started with an old but solid savage gannet - 4.2m - it was bare bones - perfect to fit out how i wanted it which was purely for north west trips (Gnaraloo mainly)
I got a guy off gumtree to add raised side/bow rail and a bow sprit and rear boarding platform. Painted it up next to the wifes washing.....added the floor and forward casting platform which had a lot of storage underneath (and still functioned as a rear facing seat).
The fuel tank was moved forward and i installed a anchor well to get that gear out of the way. The side console had plenty of storage underneath leaving the decks uncluttered (well mostly...)
I bought a new/old stock mariner from hiteck and a basic gps/sounder, nav lights, bilge pump , forward bait board mounted on the old control box mount, rod holders etc etc - the end result was an awesome little boat that as i have mentioned previously - side console you can drive solo and is well balanced with two on (side by side seating on the bench)
This little boat went everywhere with us - from Gnaraloo to being towed out to the trench and used to flick fly's around whilst the other boat trolled - it caught a lot of fish and this whole unit cost very little to put together. I sold it a good 15 years ago to a guy in Karratha and wonder where it is knocking around these days
cheers

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 Well done looks good.

Wed, 2020-01-15 10:16

 Well done looks good. Something I'm thinking of doing to my dinghy but wasn't sure if I wanted to remove front seat or not and do I want cc or side. Or just keep using it as is. 

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pelagicyachts's picture

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thanks mate - i kept the

Wed, 2020-01-15 10:19

thanks mate - i kept the front seat - just installed marine ply over it - keeping it for me was more about maintaining the original structural integrity (which had held up well for a 70's boat) and the floatation/foam it contains added some comfort

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 The foam was what I was

Wed, 2020-01-15 13:12

 The foam was what I was thinking of too if I removed it I was going to try and put it or other somewhere else in case of a accident. 

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