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Old 06-10-2019, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default Modifying a Carolina Skiff JV16

I recently purchased a used Carolina Skiff JV16 rigged for floundering. The former owner is a member here as well. Its a sweet boat but I'd like to make some modifications.

1. Move the console forward and install a cooler/seat with a reversible seat back.

2. Add a seat on the front of the console

NOTE: for notes 1 and 2 it may be cheaper to buy a new console.

3. I'd like to replace the bench in the back with one that has storage compartments that can drain into the boat - use as a live well or as a cooler

NOTE: Alternately I'd like to have a padded bench seat with backrest built over the current back bench and a portable bench for installation in front of the console.

4. The past owner has a super flounder rig with four high powered lights attached to two batteries up front. I want to keep the rig but make it portable so that I can remove and store the lights when not in use.

Does anyone know where I can get these modifications done or where I can buy the parts in the Emerald Coast - Gulf Shores/Lower Alabama area?


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Old 06-10-2019, 09:45 PM   #2
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Sounds like no problem at all. Also look at the Carolina skiff forum. One problem you might run into is how narrow the smaller skiffs are when adding those things
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:41 AM   #3
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Moving the console could be expensive.

It just depends? Depends where the cabling comes up thru the floor...

This will mean shift / throttle cables.....Wiring extensions. It can get real expensive.
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:10 AM   #4
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As previously mentioned go to " Carolina Skiff Owners Forum " and join . You will find loads of info and help. Years ago I took a plain hull J16 and modified it. I bought the CS large back deck and installed it -- I wanted an "open air" back deck to store the gas tank, batteries, etc. I then bought the CS front deck for the fishing seat , trolling motor, etc. Originally I was going to build my own decks. However after looking at the weight and pricing of materials , buying the decks from CS was really a no brainer. BTW , weight is a huge issue in a small boat.

Now for the console. My original plan was to do a center console. HOWEVER, after going to some CS dealerships and fishing in someone else's 17'JV , I decided that a center console just took up too much floor space. Also, navigating around the center console in any type of waves was a little hairy in a narrow boat. So I purchased what I believe is the med. console for that boat ( the one w/o the built in seat ) and installed it on the side with a drivers seat sitting on the fore mentioned back deck. This really opens up the floor space and when moving from the front deck to the back of the boat you are moving down the middle of the boat instead of the sides as you would be in a center console designation.

If you go on the CS website , you can find all of the parts listed in their brochure. Any CS dealer can order them and if you are not in a big hurry, they can be shipped with their next boat order and save you some shipping costs. Good Luck with your re-do !
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