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Post by coosa » 07 Aug 2019, 23:08

Interesting project. I bought one of those new in the late 80s and kept it several years. I always thought it was a good boat. I will look forward to seeing your restoration.

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Post by adam_mac84 » 08 Aug 2019, 07:44

Currently deciding if I should ditch or plan around a livewell. I’m not a tourney guy. But who knows. Also if I insulate it it can be a cooler . But either way the stock one needs be moved and possibly made bigger


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Post by 1960 yellowboat » 08 Aug 2019, 12:32

I liked the old one better

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Post by LDUBS » 08 Aug 2019, 20:39

adam_mac84 wrote:
05 Aug 2019, 22:59
Well. Had better luck on the river than tonight before. Steering cable broke at the launch (thankfully). Fished a couple hours on the trolling motor. And got a PB smallie. So I guess all was not lost.

Pulled old helm kit in the dark and new one should arrive Wednesday. Supposed to take my bro in law home from marine duty fishing Friday. Fingers crossed Image


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Too bad about the steering cable. But that 2.6# smallmouth is a nice catch. Congrats!
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Post by thedude » 09 Aug 2019, 10:01

adam_mac84 wrote:Currently deciding if I should ditch or plan around a livewell. I’m not a tourney guy. But who knows. Also if I insulate it it can be a cooler Image. But either way the stock one needs be moved and possibly made bigger


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I use mine for a bait well and put fish on ice in the cooler. I hate having to drag a minnow bucket in and out. I crappie and catfish with minnows quite a bit. A bait well doesn't need to be big. Insulated would be nice but not critical.

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Post by RaisedByWolves » 09 Aug 2019, 11:38

adam_mac84 wrote:
04 Aug 2019, 15:59
ImageThis is from the brochure. Bad design either way. And is coming out!


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OOps, I was looking at the Bandit.

Yeah, bad design.
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Post by adam_mac84 » 11 Aug 2019, 06:54

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Worked through some designs for layout. Settled on my ‘moonshot’ build.

Went to get aluminum yesterday. My previous build was all 1.5x1/16 I got in the ‘used’ section at a local recycler. Worked out amazing and was not expensive. Well. The source is dried up. Last yeear was my first time using that yard, and they had bunches of the 1.5. Apparently talking to the guy that was the first time in 30 years he had seen that stuff around. If I only knew then I’d need a couple hundred more feet of it. Smh

Oh well. The search continues I’ll have to use a different medium that I can find at a similar price point hopefully.


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Post by RaisedByWolves » 11 Aug 2019, 11:50

Im using a mix of 1 1/4" and 1" 1/8" thick aluminum from Ace.

It is not cheap but it is readily available and cheaper than what I found through on line metal stores.
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Post by adam_mac84 » 12 Sep 2019, 22:11

I ended up finding aluminum online in bulk 4’ sections under $2 a foot. And some random sections at the scrap yard.

Had a 2 week time line to a fishing day with a buddy so got the front deck finished first so it is fishable. need to secure it down but it is doable today. Image

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3 storage bins. 2 plastics boxes and a rod locker.


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Post by adam_mac84 » 18 Oct 2019, 07:09

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Just one section of carpet to finish under the seats. But will have to wait for warmer temps


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