Well, I've had this awesome boat for something like five years now since I bought it from Bob (speyspaz) and shortly after I got it I put a bunch of work into it. She's a 12' 1967 Hewescraft Fisher. She doesn't leak a drop, and can handle a reasonable amount of chop. With her low transom, however, I don't take her on the main channel of the Puget Sound out of concern with catching a tug wake from behind when I'm not looking. She started out like this: And then became this, as I put a pile of work into her over 3 days time: Recently, I was prepping for a trip to Lake Crescent and knew I'd likely be joined by Jim Wallace, so I finally did a quick and dirty job that I'd been wanting to do for some time. In all but the very calmest of water standing on the deck is not an option. So I wanted to remove it and put in a floor in front and move the battery box under the middle seat. I did just that, and quick and dirty worked out, my buddy enjoyed the front of the boat. But I kept noticing the the sharp corners and lack of finish were causing stripped line to get caught... bad deal, especially when sight fishing and every cast counts. So, I'm just starting this little thread as I begin to simplify, and modify, the Bras de Fer until it has no sharp corners and is a cedar stained interior with slat flooring. Here is where I've begun, with the front flooring and bow seat. Note the flooring that has been stained is drying, so you see the bottom side, as the top dried overnight. The stamp on the wood will not be visible when installed. But this shot gives you an idea of the shape. Before I install this floor, I will be putting in cedar stained 1/4" plywood in the bow, where you see the dirty white plywood covering the foam. The piece I put in there will have the corners routed and sanded and will be a curve cut to fit the boat as closely as I can manage. I am aiming to eliminate all sharp corners and places line can hang up. And, under the flooring slats I'll be cleaning up the construction so it's flat and clean, adding more foam underneath, and painting the underlay smoke gray so that there's no "weirdness" under the flooring. This is a shot with the bow seat sitting on the mounts with the bottom side up, as it is also drying. The top is stained more perfectly. I just wanted the bottom water sealed, so it's a little uneven. And here's a closeup of the last four floor slats after dremel tooling the edges round and sanding with 100 and 220, followed by staining with cedar tone deck stain. So, next up is: the plywood finish in the bow, and finish work under the flooring. pulling the center seat console, stripping and sanding it, staining it cedar, bagging up the foam so particles don't get all over in the boat, and replacing the patchwork piece in front with one solid board. building a slat wood floor just like this bow floor for the main compartment in the boat. pulling the rear seat console, stripping and sanding it, staining it cedar, bagging up the foam. reinstalling the seat consoles. installing a secured battery box under the bow seat (I want that weight all the way up front to help me get on a plane). installing the bow seat. installing the new flooring. designing and installing collapsible stripping baskets that fold out from any of the four casting positions. designing and installing a water tight connection box for the minnkota connections (no zap zap in the rain, I say!) I must say, I love working with wood. Really enjoying this.