Learning how to build a deck for a fishing boat can seem like a time-consuming task, but the rewards are very fruitful. Once you’ve completed your task, you’ll be able to enjoy your new deck for a fishing boat with a sense of accomplishment. Fishing boat decks can be used for a variety of purposes, from being able to stand-up higher while fishing to letting the wife or girlfriend sun bathe! If you think you’re ready to build a new deck for a fishing boat, then get started!
To build a deck for a fishing boat you will need:
- Electric drill
- Water-proof lumber
- Tape measure
- Marine carpet with glue
- Metal plates
- Screws and washers
- Remove your old deck. If you have already removed your old fishing boat deck, then you can skip to step two. If you haven’t, begin by using a knife to remove the marine carpet that covers your old deck. Next, you can use your electric drill to remove the old screws that have kept your deck in place, make sure you’re not standing on it though! Now you can remove the old deck and also the wooden supports that have kept your old deck in place. You may also have to use your drill to remove any of the old screws on the metal plates that have kept your old deck in place. Though it’s optional, it’s highly recommended that you remove all of these old support beams and don’t re-use them. In this scenario, it’s safer to just use new support beams.
- Build your supports. Now you’re ready to build your support beams for your new deck. To do this, you’ll need to purchase some water-proof lumber and cut it to the specific lengths that you need for your new deck. Make sure to measure twice and cut once when doing this! You will also need some metal plates that can be screwed into the bottom of your hull, which can be custom-made to fit your needs at your local welding shop. Make sure to use some washers while installing your screws so they stay in place. To complete this step, attach your cut lumber to your metal plates with screws and washers.
- Place your deck onto your support beams. Before attaching your fishing boat deck to your support beams, lay your level on top of your beams to make sure they’re completely level. If they aren’t, take your sander and file them down until they’re ready for your deck. Now place your deck onto your beams and drill your screws through the places where your deck rests on your support beams, this will keep them in place. After you’ve completed this, glue marine carpet to your deck to protect it from the elements. Make sure to give the carpet’s glue ample time to dry before using your boat.
If you want to increase the storage in your boat, building a deck for a fishing boat is a great opportunity to do this. All you need to do is cut-out a space in your deck and attach levers that will let you easily open and close your new storage place. Depending on what type of boat you’re building your deck in, you may also need to install boards that lie at the end of your new deck, which will prevent water from seeping under your deck from the exposed sides. Make sure that you use marine carpet on any exposed wood to protect it from the elements and use water-proof wood when it’s available. You may also want to consider using other materials for your fishing boat deck besides wood, like plexi-glass, plastic, etc. Just make sure you test out your new deck in the yard first to make sure it’s going to be strong enough to support you!