How Do I Build a Deck in V-Hull Fishing Boats?

How Do I Build a Deck in V-Hull Fishing Boats?
A V-Hull boat has a recessed bottom that creates a valley in the boat's hull. A V-Hull provides an extra level of stability, while allowing the boat to move through the water efficiently and with little drag, as there is less surface area making contact with the water. To rig your V-Hull boat with a deck for fishing, you'll need some plywood and precise cuts and measurements. It is necessary to waterproof the edges of the cut-out plywood, to keep the deck from buckling from the water exposure.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Power saw or jigsaw
  • Power drill
  • Silicone caulk and caulk gun
  • 2x2 timbers
  • Wood glue
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk line
  • Staple gun
  • Waterproof carpet
  • Plywood sheet
  • Water sealant and brushes
  • Screws and nuts with metal washers
Step 1
Measure the circumference of the front end of the your boat, around the mid-section of the hull. Write down these measurements. Set out your plywood sheet and draw out the dimensions as a pattern.
Step 2
Cut out the pattern using the power saw. If you have a jigsaw, it's even better, as you can move it around the corners of the pattern. Waterproof the cut-out pattern, using the waterproof sealant and brushes. Let it dry.
Step 3
On one side of the plywood pattern, construct a triangle with the 2x2 timbers: Measure out the angle of the V-Hull in the boat bottom and make your triangle three inches inward from the final lip of the V-Hull valley. Cut out the 2x2s so you can assemble the triangle on the bottom of the plywood deck pattern.
Step 4
Glue one side of the 2x2 triangle pieces and glue them to the bottom of the plywood deck pattern, in the location where the triangle will be installed. Let the glue dry. Turn over the deck and drill screws into the plywood and 2x2s, so that the screws rest flush with the plywood deck.
Step 5
Cut out the waterproof carpet so that it rests flush with the edge of the deck. Staple the carpet onto the deck. With a helper, pick up the deck and place it in the boat, at the location where the measurements were taken. Push it down, so that it's resting on the wooden triangle and is secure.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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