Some people showed some interest in this pilothouse project I did on a 500 dollar bomb of a boat. This build thread ended with the boat looking like this. Since this was taken several months ago, I've added radar and some other small electronic additions. This was a generic cheap popout tri hull from 1977. I got it when a guy who owned it wanted my rusted out Bronco II for it's engine and transmission. I took the boat, he took the car. Now what to do with the boat. Maybe a litle inner tube towing at Trinity Lake or something. Someone said it would be laughable to think this could work up here in the PNW ocean environment and that's exactly what I was thinking in 2007. This thing sucks. I started with this. Not likely this will ever see the ocean, especially the sometimes hazardous Humboldt Bay harbor entrance. Best used on a lake towing inner tubes. So I kept trying it out in the ocean and it impressed me every time. Long story short, over a period of 3 seasons I had enough confidence in it to tear it apart and rebuild it for more seasons in the ocean. By the time I decided to fix it up, I had landed something like 24 Pacific Halibut and a whole bunch of King Salmon on it's deck. The rebuild went for 3 winters but also fishing it each summer in between. First winter was the front deck fabrication, the second winter was completely gutting the boat for new transom, stringers and deck replacement. Third winter was fabrication of a pilothouse. Time to let the pictures do the talking. Winter 2010-2011 (3 years ago) Hinged bow deck addition The bow deck is essentially a large hatch covering the open bow. The deck can be opened easily at sea or on the trailer to retrieve items like bait from the cooler or fuel the tanks. This shows the "slide off" marine grade hinges bought at a local marine supply. From out in the North Pacific Ocean. Off in the distance 15 miles over the horizon looking over the bow deck cover is the Humboldt Bay harbor entrance, not visible due to the curvature of the earth's surface. You can barely see some hills on the horizon.