Livewell installation in older boat

I have an older boat and want to put a livewell in.  Is this something that I could do myself or is this a fairly inexpensive install if I were to take it in somewhere?  Has anyone made their own portables?  Looking for ideas please.

Lundnisswa's picture
Joined: 1/24/02

You can easily install a livewell system in any boat. Hardest part is when you have to start drilling 7/8" holes in your hull for the through hull fittings.   I recommend going to boat repair talk forums, use the search engine for livewell installation and you will find endless data/examples of do it yourself installs from very complicated to the most simple of designs.   
Good luck on your project.   


Forester's picture
Joined: 4/28/09

Thank You

Horsager's picture
Joined: 8/12/03

Depending on how involved your project gets, this is also a good time to add an in-floor fuel tank if you don't already have one, and add or re-arrange storage to better balance things (like moving batteries or anchors, heavy stuff) or suit your needs better by putting stuff where you WANT it rather than just where it fits.

Centering a 12-20 gal in-floor fuel tank both side to side and fore/aft makes a big improvement in planing out and running in waves vs. running a pair of 6gal cans way in the back.  We added such a tank to my dad's Yar Craft when we replaced the floor and it's a whole different boat now, that and moving the TM batteries up into the nose really improved ride and handling.

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Livewell Man
Joined: 6/23/09

If you are looking for the right application for a livewell in your boat I Custom Build Boat Livewells. If interested Go to and check us out. 

Happy Fishing and Keep em Alive!!!