Decided to try and restore this old Ouachita to a specialty rig for the largest river run in the world. This means ice out conditions and high water on the largest tributary to all the great lakes. This is what I am starting with. Well some history on this boat first off this is a true Missouri built Bayou and river boat. This was Built in the late 50's to early sixties by the Ouachita boat co. named after the Ouachita river, so it is a flat bow and not a modified-v, which I think is a safer design where it is going to be used. Made for staying on top with little draft, and not rough water and smooth ride. The other good thing is since this boat was built before the stamped in serial numbers law's, it had none. Plus this boat was bought for use on a private closed down gravel pit, meaning the land owner never registered it. So with no title, never registered, and been in one family and never left their farm,,,, I had to work with the Ohio Division of Watercraft for over 6 months to get a title. So,,,, it is now a 2017 Ouachita and I am the original owner,,,,,, and this boat will be pulled by a HHR, and at times be launched just backing in rivers from the river bank to launch! So size is critical, In this dangerous waterway it needs to be big enough for 2 persons to safely fish and navigate in flood conditions, but small enough to portage in low water where boat ramps are not available to hit some pools. After spending 5 months working with Ohio Div. of Watercraft It is now a titled 2017 Ouachita. I tipped out the middle seat and put rod lockers, front deck beefed up for electric anchor and battery station. and an aluminum sub-floor. Then strop and paint bwith Gilespie coatings, mill-spec paint,, WWII OD Green. I also extended the port side ;ockers all the way to the rear, this made room for a dedicated fish finder and battery compartment with lock. I run a very heavy large 135 Amh battery, around 80# the Solar backup Vmax Tank AGM made the boat perform it's best mounted up front, and the quick connect disconnects made for super easy changing locations from front to back, it was great! It planed quicker and had 3 to 4 mph higher speed with battery up front compared to moving it to the rear. This may change with another fisherman in the front seat,,, which is not installed yet, and the Captain seat is just thrown in for the test run and will be determined what seats will be used later! No wrenches simply unplug the power supply from the plug in the bow, and move the battery and case to the rear, and plug it in. The power wire has 2 disconnects,18" long for each one, soldered to each copper eye terminal that bolts to the battery with 5/16" stainless steel bolt's. This is really handy changing the battery from the Hunt'r, to v-bottm Metal Miss-fit I resurrected 3 years ago. So handy to simply unplug a 120 amp disconnect and throw the battery box and all in the other boat and pug it in,,, ready roll! This boat is complete with auyo bilge pump, the 45# capacity Minn-Kota Deckhand with optional hard wired remote located on the starboard side of the drivers seat, allowing one man operation in heavy boat traffic when needed, I can pull up or fall in behind moored boats, and control my boat speed to a stall while deploring the anchor for single file fishing action. then for loading and unloading in the fast current, I added bumpers to guide the boat on, so even my old ars with my busted up back and neck can load it by myself at this old busted up age! After it's first Walleye season on the big river, it proved to be even better than I had hoped. I would have to say there is not one thing I would change on this rigg. on high water bigger would be nice, but the I would need more motor, and in low water smaller would be easier to launch but to snakk for comfort for two guys. Plus, the HHR I own has the HO 2.4 engine, with 3:93 gears and with the factory 1000# towing package, runs like a raped ape with this rigg following! It was a great project and works better anything I could have bought pre rigged. Oh and did we catch the fish!!!