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PostPosted: 25 Aug 2016, 10:57 

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I ended up getting the front 2 pieces re-laid with carpet and adhesive. (forgot to take pics during the adhesive part as I was in the zone..lol)

I am using Overton's outdoor/marine carpet adhesive for this, and had read mostly positive reviews on it, with one exception being that people said it was a little thinner than they had expected. I agree this stuff is not as thick as I thought it would be, however I don't really have anything else to compare it to and after a bit of time to thicken, it was ok.

Basically after I spread all the adhesive, I gave it about 20 mins to get a bit tacky, and every few mins would re-work the trowel to test how thick it was getting. Then I had my pre-cut carpet laid on the ground face down, and carefully laid the wood onto the carpet. I then secured 2 of the 4 sides with heavy duty staples on the backside, and then flipped the boards and ran a 2x4 across to make sure I had no ripples/bubbles/etc. Then flip it back over and completed securing the other 2 sides. So far so good.

Hoping to finish the floor tonight and then can let the boards sit/cure over the weekend, and try to actually get them in and bolted down early next week.

I assume when people replace flooring, they are not trying to re-use the same holes in the aluminum ribs....so my thought was to get some 1 3/4" - 2" self tapping SS screws and thus be able to drive those through the carpet, wood, and into the aluminum in 1 pass, without pre-drilling holes and then putting the screws in.

Any thoughts/quick suggestions would be appreciated. :)



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PostPosted: 26 Aug 2016, 13:21 

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Got all the carpet glued down and stapled and ready to be installed last night so figured I would share some of that progress :)

I also gave the seat bases a quick fresh coat:

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PostPosted: 29 Aug 2016, 09:36 

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Finally got the floor fitted, and got the front box put back in and the hatch door on as well:

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PostPosted: 30 Aug 2016, 11:39 

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Made some more progress last night.

- Got my transom saver installed and fitted (forgot to take a pic, but went with an Attwood Transom Saver)

- Also got my bow "nose" piece finally fitted in, after a few additional cuts were required. The open part is where I will be mounting my 2nd speaker...but do not plan to do that until after labor day weekend.

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Then I attached the 2x wood pieces for the Livewell cover:

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...and finally got my spare tire cut off the trailer which had not been removed since 1986, thus required and angle grinder and a sawzall to get off. Took that in this morning for a new tire to be put on so at least I will be ready for taking it on the road with a fresh spare.

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Tonight I plan to get the seat bases installed and bolted down, and get the rod box back in.



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PostPosted: 31 Aug 2016, 10:24 

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More progress made, and almost ready for the water...almost :)

Got my new spare tire for the trailer, and put that back on the trailer. (exciting, i know :P)

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Got all floor boards bolted down to the ribs last night, got the seat bases in as well as my new captain chair :)

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Tonight I am installing my hitch on the van, then need to tidy up all the wiring, reconnect the engine remote controls and put the rod box back in.

Last thing to do will be to change the spark plugs and start the engine to ensure it starts before hauling it 250 miles north this weekend.



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PostPosted: 07 Sep 2016, 09:44 

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Well, now that Labor weekend has passed, I figured it was time for another update.

The Reese Towpower hitch I ordered from Amazon had a manufacturer defect and 1 side of the bolt holes were off by 1/2 in or so, so I ended up picking up a new hitch from Uhaul and got that installed Thursday night, and also got the wiring for the van done.

I got the engine running Friday morning, which i wanted to do before trailer'ing the boat up north for the weekend. After changing to my old gas tank (as new one would not keep the ball hard) it started right up:

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All connected and ready for the road

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On the shorestation:

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More pics on the water and such from the weekend:

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She had a great 1st run...no engine issues at all...started right up everytime, got up to about ~42mph at wide open.

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Now I still need to finish the stereo, some LED light strips, and a few minor things and then she will be all set til next season.

Great maiden voyage!! Thanks again to all on these forums for the help, and knowledge along the way!



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PostPosted: 08 Sep 2016, 06:01 
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What a change from the start pics to the last ones, well done.....now enjoy it.....:)


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PostPosted: 08 Sep 2016, 10:50 

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Thanks Fire! It has been a great project/journey, although I still have some more work to do to complete the re-build...and then plan to fully enjoy it starting next season. :D

I never intended to even get it on the water this year...but once things started coming together, I had to try to get it water-ready for Labor day and am glad I did, as I now have confidence that it is a great solid hull, and the motor is also running great too!



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PostPosted: 03 Aug 2017, 11:44 

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So almost a year has passed since I got my boat on the water last Labor day, so thought it was time to finally get back to posting a few more updates that I have completed this summer on my boat.

I installed some rope LED light strings on a rocker switch for the bow of the boat as well as for under the splashguard area in the back:

Bow: (that large opening in front has now been covered by a speaker so its not that bright, and the lights are really nice when on the water at night)

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Back of boat:

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Got my JBL stereo mounted to the right of the driver seat. I really like the unit so far, its not too big, has bluetooth/USB/Radio/Aux input and a remote USB/Aux that I mounted under the console. I am running 4 speakers off it, 1 in front, 1 in back, and 2 under the console.

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I then added a LED light inside the Rod box which will make it nice to see when out night fishing/cruising around:

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Then I got the rodbox in, and added a new locking perko latch for the rod box:

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Lastly I had to give the motor a nice cleaning as I think it had not been done in like 20 years, nice what a little Simple green and elbow grease can do:

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A final shot of the boat before covering it to take it up north 2 weeks back for a week on the water, and also picked up 2 more of the Tempress High back seats for a total of 3 now (really like those seats and think they are worth a bit of extra $):

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Boat had a great week on the water, no issues at all; no leaks (not even a single drop came out when I pulled the plug after taking it out of the water) no problems with the motor either and got it into the low 40's again at WOT.

Few shots from up north:

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Tomorrow I am getting my new Raymarine 4Pro locator/GPS to replace my old Eagle Optima, so that will be my next task and then I am taking the boat back up north for labor day again, and plan to sand some rust off my trailer and paint it (exciting stuff!!). That will most likely do it for this season for work on the boat and for getting the boat on the water as well.



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PostPosted: 07 Aug 2017, 09:50 

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I ended up getting all my old transducer and cables from my old fish finder removed Friday night and fished the new transducer and power cables for my Dragonfly through the side of my boat, and got it wired up and powered on. Then Saturday I got the new transducer mounted and everything cleaned up from the install.

Cant wait to get back on the water in a few weeks to try it out!

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Next I installed my emergency gas tank, its a 0.75 Gal Alloy-Park can which is meant to be mounted on a ATV or motorcycle with the bracket kit, but I just used some SS bolts and lock washers to install it under my console so it is secured.

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I also found my dad's old windshield which was cracked where the left side mounted to the console, and at least for this season I just used some Loctite Super glue gel and so far it seems to be pretty solid, so the plan is to see if it lasts through Labor day weekend, and then I plan to get a new one for next season.

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Lastly, I installed a dual rod holder on the side of the console, and a 2nd cup holder:

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PostPosted: 07 Aug 2017, 13:43 
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This is really nice! Congrats on finishing it.



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PostPosted: 08 Aug 2017, 23:57 

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Thanks! I still have to get 2 new Anchormate II's for the front and back and might get a bow mount trolling motor sometime next year, so not quite done, but close. The rest is just luxuries at this point. I do want to replace the carpet in front of the splash guard and maybe re-enforce it and mount a seat post there so when anchored/stopped it would be a nice 2nd higher casting/fishing spot. Its funny now that I have made it this far and surpassed what I thought I could even do, and with seeing what everyone else around here does; I am excited and wanting to start another boat project...maybe next year :) we'll see.



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PostPosted: 08 May 2018, 23:46 

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Very nice job! I'm just starting my repair on a boat almost identical. Just wondering what you did around the livewell? Did you get it pulled out? I have everything else pulled up, just haven't figured out if I need to go around it or if there is a way to get it out to go underneath it.
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PostPosted: 04 Jul 2018, 13:07 

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follwm,
Sorry for the delay, its been a bit since I have been on here...

As for around the livewell, I used a multi-tool and flush cut the floor to go around the livewell. I then put some new wood under the livewell for support and once i put the new flooring down, you cant tell that the floor doesnt go all the way underneath. The biggest problem I had with doing my flooring in the back area was the the boards were not in good shape and one piece was worthless for a template so i had to make my own template out of paper (or cardboard would work too) then I laid that on my wood an cut the floor piece and kept putting it in the boat, and seeing what needed to be trimmed where, etc...and finally everything fit nice and snug. I also just used some 1 3/4 or 2 in self tapping hex screws to go right through the carpet and floor and into the aluminum ribs in 1 go...worked well.

What kind of boat are you working on?

I finally just got my boat running for the 1st time this season, and hope to get it on the water in the next few weeks, but nice that it started up on the first crank after sitting since last Sept in my garage. :)



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PostPosted: 09 Jul 2018, 16:51 

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This was an excellent job of restoration! =D>


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