I just purchased a used in good shape 14ft Smokercraft Big Fisherman aluminum boat, one thing i don't like is the front bench, since i notice on the boat the floor is completely carpeted right up to the point of the v hull, since i see the front bench has a few inches of clearance under it and i see the carpet,i wonder if this is the same model with a deck and no bench, what i want to do is remove the bench so it makes it a more comfortable fishing boat, has anyone been down this road, i don't fish big rough waters, will removing the front bench and adding a single pedestal be ok, and i do know by removing the bench will sort of take some of the rigid side to side structure. i just hate every time i have to turn around to get a pole or at my tackle i have to lift my legs over the bench, also i mounted a swivel seat on the bench.

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