Oldlure, what you're seeing is the forward hatch, into the bow. We created an area where a 6.5 gallon fuel tank is located, and above that is a shelf where the anchor, dock lines, and other stuff is stored. The two louvers are for potential fumes from the tank, and the three doo-hickeys at the bottom are latches.
We've trialed the boat two times. The first was just checking for any leaks and making sure everything functioned correctly. The second time was to wring it's neck and see how it runs and handles. The motor has been modified, and is supposed to be making about 45 hp. It runs like a bat out of hell. It also handles surprisingly well. That might be largely due to the forward steering and the fuel tank location, and things like the lithium ion battery to reduce weight at the stern.
Rob, the davits are still a work in progress. We elected to do them in 2" OD aluminum pipe, rather than thinwall 3" stainless. The aluminum is in Missouri right now, being polished, before we assemble and mount it all. We'll have to haul out for that.
Thanks for all the nice comments. It's definitely been a learning experience, but the result makes it worth all the trouble. Now that I know what NOT to do, it's time to do another one.
Wow, that is a jaw dropping boat! Well done! So many neat custom touches. It's weird to see one painted, dont get me wrong, it looks fantastic but you dont see many of them painted. Well, at least not in a professional way like this one. You should be very proud of this rig!
In-friggin-credible!!! Congratulations on an exceptionally well done resto-mod job. That is one of, if not THE, most impressive FCs I believe I've ever seen!!
Btw, by any chance would you be interested in adopting me?