NEM, When I cut the molds, i will post more on this. Im not making CAD files for the cutting, its simple shapes that I will draw in our Cutting software, then export to files specific to our machine. They will work on your machine unless you have a shopbot. But you will be able to easily reproduce what I have in mind, they are pretty simple.
Nothing decided on the hard top yet, just rough sketches. I want an electronic box molded in. Also, i will make my own support tubes to attach top to the console. Will make then from carbon fiber, similar to my poling platform on the FS17.
First thing I have to do is get dimensions and locations of the original design. Since the boat was already taken apart, I dont have tank locations, sole height, console location, etc. There is a website dedicated to Seacraft enthusiasts, and I am hoping to get this info from their users. www.classicseacraft.com
Im keeping the box stringers, that was a lot of the appeal in choosing this boat (a lot of saved work). I will add a few frames to separate fuel tanks. In the original design there is a step up casting deck forward, in raising the sole 2" I can eliminate that step up. Personally, i dont mind the step up, its nice to have a big storage compartment that drains down
, but I think I will run the sole straight to the front, then make "v" seating around the bow area. The V seats will give more storage, stiffen up the sides, plus where the sole would hit the sides without the seat would mean a very odd angle to reach over the gunnels = not very safe IMHO.
So, a little more planning, then we break out the grinders