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Slimcowboy1978
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Free boat build

Post by Slimcowboy1978 » 17 Sep 2019, 01:27

Last summer I was given a boat for free by my friend because he couldn’t get the old Johnson QD-16 to run. First thing I did was to take it to the paddle lake to see if she floats.
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Well it floats and no leaks... I rowed it all over with great difficulty. Come to find out all the foam was waterlogged.
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Here she sets gutted out to a bare hull waiting for surgery

And here is where I was at with the build at the end of last summer.
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This summer I spent fishing her, sorry no pics of it in the water. I realized I needed to add more storage, reduce weight, and reposition weight to get the boat to sit back to level in the water.

But before work begins again on the boat I need to address the trailer... it’s about to die of cancer... it’s currently on life support the cancer is so bad.

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Re: Free boat build

Post by jethro » 18 Sep 2019, 09:36

Free boat!! LOL, that's a good one! You'll soon find out, there is no such thing!
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Slimcowboy1978
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Re: Free boat build

Post by Slimcowboy1978 » 02 Oct 2019, 20:17

jethro wrote:
18 Sep 2019, 09:36
Free boat!! LOL, that's a good one! You'll soon find out, there is no such thing!
So far the only money in her is on gasoline

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Re: Free boat build

Post by GTS225 » 02 Oct 2019, 21:49

Slimcowboy1978 wrote:
02 Oct 2019, 20:17
So far the only money in her is on gasoline
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So, that plywood you used to deck her with was free, too?
What he's saying is that the "free boat" will soon enough turn into an investment. You'll want to upgrade with different decking, perhaps newer seating, then have to add more storage, maybe a newer motor. Don't forget the rod holders. Then you might get ambitious and want to build a live well into the center section, and it just keeps getting "better".
Remember, "Boat" means Break Out Another Thousand.

Roger

Slimcowboy1978
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Re: Free boat build

Post by Slimcowboy1978 » 03 Oct 2019, 20:17

GTS225 wrote:
02 Oct 2019, 21:49
Slimcowboy1978 wrote:
02 Oct 2019, 20:17
So far the only money in her is on gasoline
**************************************************************************************
So, that plywood you used to deck her with was free, too?
What he's saying is that the "free boat" will soon enough turn into an investment. You'll want to upgrade with different decking, perhaps newer seating, then have to add more storage, maybe a newer motor. Don't forget the rod holders. Then you might get ambitious and want to build a live well into the center section, and it just keeps getting "better".
Remember, "Boat" means Break Out Another Thousand.

Roger
The plywood was free, the foam sheeting under the deck was free as well.... I am putting an aluminum deck on in the spring time, the aluminum is also free. Funny you should mention rod holders and seats, I also got those free.
My livewell will also be a repurposed rv fresh water holding tank that was given to me in a camp trailer with severe water damage, the plumbing for the livewell wil also be free, but might have to buy the pumps (still looking for trades).

I have a 15 hp Evenrude in the works, im trading my time for it... if I go with a brand new motor that im looking at then yes there is a bit of money. I was offered 500 bucks for my '55 Johnson 10 hp by a friend of mine if I do upgrade.

The trailer needs rebuilt, but I can build a new one vrom scrap from work, so again free.

so all in all im out so far $0.00 out of pocket. Total build can either be $80.00 or $3200 depending on motor selection.

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LDUBS
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Re: Free boat build

Post by LDUBS » 04 Oct 2019, 20:18

Haha, most people talk about boats as a hole in the water you pour money in. Slim, your sourcing is pretty impressive so far. Keep it up and keep us posted.
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Re: Free boat build

Post by Slimcowboy1978 » 05 Oct 2019, 19:29

I work in a warehouse for an rv manufacturing company, so I find many usefull materials in the scrap bins. Anything I scource from the trash, actually saves the company money.

This boat build budget is super tiny. My wife didnt want me to get a boat because they usually are money pits. I convinced her that I could build a boat for under 500 bucks by using repurposed parts. When my friends heard about my build, they donated small things like seats and rod holders. My wive has agreed though that the motor needs upgraded to something more modern and has actully set me a very high budget because as she said it could be transferred from this boat to my next one.

Im not going to be updating this thread much u til spring... in the mean time im just sourcing more parts until then.

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Re: Free boat build

Post by Slimcowboy1978 » 13 Oct 2019, 17:49

I lost my job this week, so my source of free materials is gone for the moment. Im still hunting for free materials though, just not as easy anymore.

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