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 Post subject: 1860 alumacraft
PostPosted: 09 Jan 2017, 11:51 

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simrad repair complete, got the transducer mounted back up. also, took the boat to the welder to figure out the lighting setup, decided to fabricate some expanded metal cages for the lights using the same mesh metal material like is found on War Eagle & G3 light setups, big bbq pits, etc. will then weld some mounts onto the hull around the bow eye for the lights, 2 spotlights firing forward for channel markers, 2 flood/spot lights firing port/starboard for river banks, the cages will allow the lights to be protected from dock collisions yet still flip down for gigging, as well as be easily cleaned/removed when pluff mud inevitably cakes them up.

will post pictures once completed, i'm debating on wiring in these LED bars to the courtesy light circuit instead of running a new wire/switch for them, what do y'all think about running 2 16' LED strips & 4 18w LED bars off a 16ga wire? i would think it'll be fine, but i am no electrician or arithmetician haha



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 Post subject: 1860 alumacraft
PostPosted: 20 Apr 2017, 17:21 

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well no gigging/driving lights yet, spring makes it tough to get welding done as it's the boat buying season therefore the boat building season so my boy is all tied up making real money from his OEM leaning post contracts, he'll get to me eventually & it will be well worth the wait, the leaning post was!

i put some Chris Carson reeds in the 60 the other week, took about 1.5hrs taking my time, cleaning as i disassembled, very easy to do, no special tools or anything, the part that sucked were the 18 tiny little phillips screws holding each of the 6 reeds & of course the 18th one stripped out on me, needle nose saved the day, fired right up on reassembly. smoothed out idle & helped low end torque a bit, allegedly improves fuel mileage from better atomization but the thing sips gas already so doubtul i'll notice a meaningful change there



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 Post subject: 1860 alumacraft
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 Post subject: 1860 alumacraft
PostPosted: 26 Jun 2017, 12:36 

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still no progress with LED lighting, have been using a generator & clamps with LED & halogen shop lights for flounder gigging.

picked up a 9' umbrella at Lowe's yesterday for $70 on sale, it shades the console all the way back past the engine, super nice for the dog & for me on these hot summer days:
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 Post subject: 1860 alumacraft
PostPosted: 14 Jul 2017, 09:40 

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Went to look at a 1756 yesterday, dealer sold it recently and doesn't sell Alumacraft now. So I'll have to drive 200+ miles round trip to find another dealer.

Great job on the upgrades, wanted to ask about the inside paint. Guessing there wasn't a spray in liner? Think I'd like that matting better as long as it stayed cool in summer. Second, would you suggest deleting the wiring and getting it done aftermarket?

The boat I'm interested is in a tunnel/tiller 1756 bare bones.

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 Post subject: 1860 alumacraft
PostPosted: 01 Aug 2017, 10:54 

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jtf wrote:
Guessing there wasn't a spray in liner? Think I'd like that matting better as long as it stayed cool in summer.
no sprayed on liner in mine, it adds weight. The turf flooring is lighter, grips better, more comfortable, & stays cooler in the summer. The 2 downsides compared to sprayed on liner is that the turf is a little harder to clean & a little more delicate. it's also cheaper & not that hard to replace though.

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would you suggest deleting the wiring and getting it done aftermarket?
If you got the money, 100% yes. gonna be about half the cost to let the factory do it though.


well that $70 umbrella is on the bottom of the river, good gust bent the pole, it sheared off & sank before i could whip around & get back to it. will probably buy another & cut the pole shorter & reinforce the inside of it.

got my lights installed finally, might see if the welder can build a cage for it at a later date, but loving the setup. horn quit working so tossed the switch in the garbage since i have a whistle & put the LED driving lights switch where the horn switch used to be

i just joined the red/black for the 3 lights so all are on at once, used 16 gauge tinned marine wire for the run from the lights to the battery & console, these are about 2/3 the wattage of my 1546's LED setup yet work better because of the way they're aimed. the spotlight firing forward is 6.5" wide & 36 watts, the 2 spreader lights firing sideways are 24 watts each & the beams are combo so every other bulb goes flood/spot/flood/spot/etc. & they do a great job lighting up the river banks. it's also less blinding than the 108w setup on my last rig when you're in tight back creeks, but it still throws way out there to light up channel markers in the distance:Image


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 Post subject: 1860 alumacraft
PostPosted: 10 Aug 2017, 11:18 

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put a 16p stiletto 4 blade prop on her, $200 off craigslist (better than $400 new!)

no change in top speed or WOT RPMs from the 3 blade 15p stiletto, but now i can shred through narrow creeks at speed with plenty of grip, the 3 blade cavitated way too much to make sharp turns, not the case with the 4 blade she drives like she's on rails

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