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PostPosted: 16 Sep 2016, 11:41 

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Casting deck cubbies and seat mount cut out. The v-shaped piece is just for support while measuring for cross or longitudinal bracing (haven't decided yet).

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PostPosted: 20 Sep 2016, 13:07 

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So today was spent making the holes for the seat mounts in the lower deck, cutting out the plywood reinforcements for under the seats, and checking the seats for rotation interference with the live well. It's all good!

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Both seats have pedestals. But the rear I knew would be okay.


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PostPosted: 21 Sep 2016, 11:19 

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Leak testing the live well. Only one leak I didn't expect. I'll fix that and the ones from the rivets, which I did expect.

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PostPosted: 23 Sep 2016, 18:31 

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Today, I placed 1.83 Cu. Ft. of flotation under the aft deck (where the 2 seats are).

3.8 cu. ft. of foam is required along the sides in the main passenger area +some for the seats (haven't calculated that yet).

I need 1.1 cu. ft. of flotation to offset the swamped wt. of the batteries and live well (empty).

Since the hull was rated for a 40 hp motor, I need 2.37 cu. ft. of flotation near the transom.

All should fit in the cubby lockers along the sides and still leave room for rods along the starboard side, and misc. stuff in the port lockers.

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PostPosted: 04 Apr 2017, 19:32 

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Well, I ain't dead yet, and neither is the project... Got the foredeck installed today.

Placed the other two decks.

Still have the side cubbys to go... And wiring... The live well... And and and... But, it's coming along.

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PostPosted: 06 May 2018, 11:48 

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So...Finally! It's done! Well, almost... this was the maiden test voyage. to make sure all electronics worked, all the live well plumbing worked, and that it floated. This pic was shot after the maiden run, waiting at the ramp to pic it up. My wife's son standing in the shallows with her while I back up the truck.

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What went right:
  • Seats. posts move from mid to front on the water without too much difficulty.
  • Live well works, aerates on timer, drains as it should (on the trailer)
  • No plumbing leaks
  • All electronics work: battery switch, trolling motor, nav and anchor lights, search light.
  • It works as a rescue vehicle (see note below)

What went wrong:
  • Nothing until we got help from strangers who cranked it onto the trailer so hard they ripped open the factory landing ring on front of boat! We had to limp home carefully, with the winch strap hooked around the motor to transom mount to keep from losing the boat off the trailer, even with a back strap holding her on the trailer.

Okay so the maiden voyage consisted of staying pretty much in this cove off the main lake. A couple were trying out their new jet ski and flipped it over. They righted it, went to shore across from the ramp and couldn't back off the sand edge with both aboard. We picked up the one who remained behind and delivered her to the ramp.

What get's fixed: the bow ring (taking this to a welder). And a new gas can.

I had some problems with the original tank leaking air and couldn't get the motor to keep siphoning gas from tank due to an air leak around the hose inlet to the tank... once the air leak sealed, it kept running for at least an hour tooling around this cove and a little bit into the main lake. After it's all done, more pix of the interior and a few more details... this has been a long process... but finally, Ransomed has had her maiden voyage!


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PostPosted: 23 May 2018, 18:49 

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Ok... Pics... Heavy... Big...ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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PostPosted: 23 May 2018, 19:14 

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If you go back to the beginning, you'll see I was able to meet the goal... With a few tweaks. Batteries (2) had to be exposed, opposite the live well.

I built an extension rod for the fish finder from a flag holder, a 1" dowel (inside 1"pvc), a pvc 45°, a 1x1/2 pvc x flip bushing, a 1/2" iron pipe street 90°ell, a 1/2" close steel nipple, and a 1/2 steel floor flange... It puts the Humminbird Helix 5 DI G2 GPS with Navionics right at eye level for the helm.

Cabela's big man seats, on Attwood adjustable height pedestals, with an extra socket on the step-up deck.

Original empty weight was 210 from the factory. After all decks and carpet, and seats.... 280... Yay! I'm about 40 lbs under max weight with full live well, trolling motor, 2 big batteries, 8 hp 2cycle 'Rude motor, 6 gal gas full, and two heavy folks aboard.

I'm very pleased... And wifey liked the work so much, she bought me the new fish finder!

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PostPosted: 23 May 2018, 19:19 

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I love the remote controlled Trac anchor winch, it works great! I'm going to add a disconnect to the searchlight, so I don't have to bring it when not planning night fishing. There is a plug in for underwater lights in front of the Battery bay.

Now, if they'd get the rain out of the forecast, I could actually take my wife fishing....

I'm pumped up... Sure took long enough!

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PostPosted: 23 May 2018, 19:24 

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One pic shows the valving for the live well, it fills and drains from the same inlet. Overflows out port side. Fill switch is three way... On, off, timed... It doesn't drain while full, but aerates through spray bar at top of well...

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PostPosted: 04 Jun 2018, 19:25 

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Okay, a better side by side before and after.
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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 07:15 
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Nice transformation. Good work. =D>
You gotta love those helpful strangers at the ramp :LOL2:
Thanks for sharing.



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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 12:44 

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Location: Mass.
Great job, looks like you have a lot of nice days fishing ahead of you!


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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 20:52 

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Thanks so much guys...

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PostPosted: 07 Jun 2018, 17:44 

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Okay, two fishing trips.... each time fish were caught and released. Nothing worth keeping. Lost the anchor on the first fishing trip.... Here's what happened. Brought the anchor up into the anchor winch and bloop! Thar she went. Rats! Looked like it tore the anchor off of the anchor rope. So when I got it home I looked it over pretty carefully. The anchor rope provided with the winch was frayed on the end... but I could see where it was NOT spliced around the thimble (which was now gone) but the end of the rope was pushed into a hole in the weave higher on the rope. not good, not permanent. So, bought a new anchor. Tied a SS snap link onto the end of the anchor rope with an anchor bend. Put a new SS anchor shackle on the anchor. Works like a champ.

On the second trip, filling the live well from the aerator leg did not work, initially. Filled it from the drain line side, no problem. Subsequent timed aeration worked fine... apparently a "vapor lock" in the line feeding the aerator fill side leaving both valves open when filling on the drain end filled both lines... and no subsequent difficulties.


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