1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project...Tower Boat Build!

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Re: 1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project....2019 Update!

Post by EZ707 » 15 Apr 2019, 11:25

Your an artist with these boats


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Re: 1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project....2019 Update!

Post by Alvarez1112 » 16 Apr 2019, 06:59

EZ707 wrote:Your an artist with these boats Image


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Thank you for the kind words! I was fortunate enough to grow up around a metal fab shop so the flat stuff like decks and console come pretty naturally to me. This is however my first time ever atempt at building a tower or anything like this. Admittedly the design was a bit ambitious for my first try, bit I'm learning as I go. I'm happy with how it's turning out so far

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1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project....2019 Update!

Post by Alvarez1112 » 21 Apr 2019, 11:51

Not much to update as I only get an hour here or there after work to spend on the boat. Just a few pieces at a time on the tower and started laying out the console. A top hoop and a bunch of rod holders then I should be able to pull the tower out and weld it all up. I'll rig the boat and spend some time on the water before powder coating the tower just in case I need to make any changes.
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1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project...Tower Boat Build!

Post by Alvarez1112 » 09 May 2019, 19:10

I've been busy with work and family but made a little bit of progress. Just a couple more bars and a bunch of rod holders then I can pull it apart to final weld the tower.

I'm hoping that I can get torn down and get the Kiwi Grip done next weekend. I may pop the back deck off and see about building livewells below the deck. I'll be going on vacation mid June so I'm not sure if I'll have the time to tackle everything.
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Re: 1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project...Tower Boat Build!

Post by chaddudley7380 » 16 May 2019, 19:14

Anxiously waiting on update pics


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Re: 1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project...Tower Boat Build!

Post by Alvarez1112 » 20 May 2019, 11:24

Unfortunately it was another slow week on the boat, but the tower is out for final weld up and I went ahead and popped the back deck. I removed the old foam and have a decent idea of what I want to do. My plan is two approximately 20 gallon live wells one on each side with a rear access port for plumbing and wiring. Hopefully this week ahead is more productive.
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Re: 1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project...Tower Boat Build!

Post by Alvarez1112 » 23 May 2019, 20:00

Got the livewells built and fitted over the last couple days. I still need to frame/gutter the the top edges and build lids. They're not ideal with squared off corners, but it was the best use of space building them this way and following the side of the boat. I also have the deck trimmed and ready to reinstall.
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Re: 1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project...Tower Boat Build!

Post by Alvarez1112 » 26 May 2019, 22:32

Spent a late night in the shop on Friday and managed to get the decks prepped, primed, and Kiwigrip applied. I'm satisfied with the results for my first time using any of the products involved. Only time will tell how it holds up.
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Re: 1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project...Tower Boat Build!

Post by Jesse Justin » 14 Jun 2019, 19:17

Great looking project you have there! I have never seen a boat with a tower like that before and I was wondering what exactly is the purpose behind the elevated platform for operating it like that?

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Re: 1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project...Tower Boat Build!

Post by Alvarez1112 » 16 Jun 2019, 22:15

Jesse Justin wrote:
14 Jun 2019, 19:17
Great looking project you have there! I have never seen a boat with a tower like that before and I was wondering what exactly is the purpose behind the elevated platform for operating it like that?
It's for the change of scenery! The elevated platform is great for sight fishing. You'd be amazed at the difference of 3' makes in being able to see fish. The "tower" boat thing is pretty centered around the gulf coast from Florida to Texas.

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Re: 1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project...Tower Boat Build!

Post by Alvarez1112 » 19 Jun 2019, 20:06

Finally a bit of progress. The tower is complete and back from powder coating. I got it mounted in the boat this afternoon.
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The livewells are guttered, painted, and set in place. I still need to plumb them to be complete.
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Now it's on to rigging and wiring.

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Re: 1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project...Tower Boat Build!

Post by LDUBS » 19 Jun 2019, 22:13

The tower is awesome. I've seen them on TV, but not around here.

Might want to put reminder on the dash before you back it into the garage. Haha
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Re: 1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project...Tower Boat Build!

Post by stomper » 20 Jun 2019, 12:35

Great work Alvarez. I love the all aluminum concept. I have a 16 foot deep V that I want to set up similar to your boat with all aluminum but without the tower. I want the ease of cleaning and the ability to leave it out in the elements also. I personnaly don't think that wood and carpet have no place in a boat, although a properly carpeted boat sure looks beautiful. Do you have any pictures or fabrication information and tips on how you did your live well hatches with the waterproofing inside lip. How do you like the kiwigrip? For flooring I have been struggling with the decission of either something like truck bed liner on flat aluminum or to powdercoat checker plate. Any suggestions now that you have dome what you have?

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Re: 1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project...Tower Boat Build!

Post by DaleH » 20 Jun 2019, 13:01

Nice rig!

Once when I had a livewell w/ square corners I’d take a clear 2-liter bottle and cut a tall ‘strip’ about 4” wide and glued into the corners w/ hot melt glue. Didn’t hold the best, so I finally added gooped rivets just on the top to hold it.

That stopped the baits from getting stuck in the corners - provided you had circular flow inlet - it worked slick!
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Re: 1860 Tracker Grizzly Rebuild Project...Tower Boat Build!

Post by Alvarez1112 » 23 Jun 2019, 19:41

DaleH wrote:
20 Jun 2019, 13:01
Nice rig!

Once when I had a livewell w/ square corners I’d take a clear 2-liter bottle and cut a tall ‘strip’ about 4” wide and glued into the corners w/ hot melt glue. Didn’t hold the best, so I finally added gooped rivets just on the top to hold it.

That stopped the baits from getting stuck in the corners - provided you had circular flow inlet - it worked slick!
I may cut some strips from a tubing later on and radius the corners. I'm just tired of messing with this thing and want to get it back on the water. I don't want to waste the whole summer working on my boat and not fishing

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