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by MailManMike
14 Sep 2016, 18:35
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum
Replies: 20
Views: 2441

My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum

Thanks LDUBS. Project is on hold. Took the girlfriend to ER Tuesday and she was diagnosed colon, liver and bone cancer.
by MailManMike
13 Sep 2016, 10:24
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum
Replies: 20
Views: 2441

My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum

You did give me a "good lead"! You told me what NOT to buy!
by MailManMike
11 Sep 2016, 12:06
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum
Replies: 20
Views: 2441

My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum

Paint2.jpg Next: Need some paint. I need to repaint all of the exposed aluminum prior to the carpet. It currently has a "speckled" paint on it, which I'd like to maintain. I've considered trunk paint, but the product info says its only "water resistant". Dont seem good. Also considering a spray on ...
by MailManMike
11 Sep 2016, 00:19
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum
Replies: 20
Views: 2441

My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum

I looked around and came across a dc voltage drop calculator. It appears to make more of a difference with dc. https://www.calculator.net/voltage-drop-calculator.html?material=copper&wiresize=0.8152&voltage=12&phase=dc&noofconductor=1&distance=10&distanceunit=feet&eres=50&x=43&y=14 Actually, thi...
by MailManMike
09 Sep 2016, 22:28
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum
Replies: 20
Views: 2441

My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum

I looked at table 310 today and saw that #6 cu thhn is good for 75 amps, #4 is good for 95 amps. I know nothing about DC loads however. True dat. Familiar with the NEC. I opted to go with what is called for in the minn kota owners manual for that particular motor. Yeah, it's a big honkin wire. But ...
by MailManMike
08 Sep 2016, 21:13
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum
Replies: 20
Views: 2441

My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum

Got that planned for Tuesday coming up. If it works out, I'll post pics of the job.
by MailManMike
08 Sep 2016, 06:27
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum
Replies: 20
Views: 2441

My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum

Just my thoughts on the cracks: I think that welding stiffeners between two cross members contributed to the cracking. Sent from my VS987 using Tapatalk That plate is actually where the steering console mounts to the floor. On the other side, its to the gunwhale. Or gunnell. The side of the boat, l...
by MailManMike
08 Sep 2016, 06:24
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum
Replies: 20
Views: 2441

My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum

Still curious as to what may have happened if I hadn't found the cracks. Catastrophic failure? Slow leaks?
by MailManMike
07 Sep 2016, 21:46
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum
Replies: 20
Views: 2441

My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum

Happens all the time, Iv'e fixed plenty of em, usually on wide boats. Just rewelding the cracks isnt gonna fix the problem, the ribs need to be reinforced. This is a area where boat mfg's need to use thicker materials, but that would drive the cost up. I fix em by welding 1\4" angle down the entire...
by MailManMike
05 Sep 2016, 18:31
Forum: Watering Hole
Topic: New member intro
Replies: 4
Views: 575

New member intro

Hi. New guy here. I'll post the first of my inane questions in a separate thread. I live in Clarksville, TN I like to fish, but have been doing it from the back for a number of years. Its fun and all, but too limited. So I decided to buy a boat. I got a 17 ft, aluminum Lowe with a 50 hp Johnson. It ...
by MailManMike
05 Sep 2016, 18:27
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum
Replies: 20
Views: 2441

My inadvertent rebuild project: 17ft Lowe Aluminum

Boat2.JPG So. I wanted to get into fishing from a BOAT instead of the bank. Bought a 1996 17ft Lowe aluminum, with a 1996 50hp Johnson. Shown that the motor run before hand. Hull looked good to adequate. Has flooring, front and rear fishing deck, all carpeted. 40lb Minn-Kota troller on the front. R...