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Has anyone ever made a drop in box or some sort of cutout into a bench seat that was previously filled with foam?

On my G3, I have the main rear bench seat and what I want to do is basically cut a hole into it, take some of the foam out and make some dry storage for my shotgun/etc...

Has anyone done this? Any pics of how you did it? Flush mounted seat or did you just make a box with a lid and drop it in?
 

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I bought a tempress hatch, then cut the hole with a jig saw. Used a PVC saw to cut the foam out in sections. Then layed a 1/2 polyethlyne floor inside the entire lenght of the seat. due to the size of the hatch cut out 12 *17, the floor went in in 5 peices. I used 2*2 plastic tubing under the poly floor to brace it off the hull. Then went back an caulked it between the seams. All my electronics are in there....radio, convertor, washdown pump.
 

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I would like to build it where it can keep my two troller batteries, two converters and my shotgun... I was thinking of cutting the top, until I saw anotherred's... brew, you got pics?
 

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huntnforfunnfood did this to his new boat. I'll have to look for pics. Turned out real nice!
 

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brew, did your seat have some sort of metal support running through the center? i think my g3 does.
 

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brew, did you end up removing all of the foam from the whole bench?
 

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I am thinking of doing the same thing but I am going to cut a hole out of the seat and sit a saddle truck box down in there the one that sits on your bed rail It will raise my seat up about 6 inches but that will be fine because I dont have any storage in my boat so this will give me all the storage I need and I will be able to lock my gear in it.
 

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i put one of the big tempress hatchs in my back deck to make more storage i think it was the 13x30 hatch

now my disclamers and warnings....you remove foam your altering your boat and doing away with the coast guard certification....
....be dang careful not to cut threw any bracing or lines or anything like that also if your cutting in the deck you may have to add braces as well.

now that being said

my rear deck was a sheet of alum with 1/2 like plastic board then another layer of alum under it i cut therw those and went to digging out the foam

i filled three 55 gallon drums and made a HUGE mess hope you have a shop vac cause the foam sucked LOL

after that i took some alum and framed in a floor due to the size of the storage area i had to put the floor in by three smaller peices and fiting them once i had the peices inside the hatch you can only fit so big of peices threw the hatch opening ... its semi water tight i guess you would say but one could easily make it totally water tight if thats what you wanted but i didn't partically care

over all it was pretty easy and a HUGE improvment to my boat.

as long as i keep my boat right side up removing the foam will never be an issue










 
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