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by BassBlaster
12 Oct 2015, 10:31
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Lowe 1648 Planning Ideas
Replies: 8
Views: 1163

Lowe 1648 Planning Ideas

The Tracker Panfish has a perfect layout for the fishing I do and everytime I start dreaming about new boats, that's the one I look at. That said, a new boat isn't happening for awhile and like I said, they almost never come up in the used market for some reason. Im thinking its just not a very popu...
by BassBlaster
12 Oct 2015, 10:18
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Rubber Paint Sealer
Replies: 5
Views: 738

Rubber Paint Sealer

Rebucking the rivets is the proper fix. If you don't have an air compressor and bucking tools, you can do it with a couple of hammers and the help of a buddy. If you don't fix the rivets, it dosnt matter what you put on them, they will eventually leak again. Once those are fixed, I like a nice coat ...
by BassBlaster
09 Oct 2015, 16:52
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Lowe 1648 Planning Ideas
Replies: 8
Views: 1163

Lowe 1648 Planning Ideas

If you have zero in the boat and trailer I would give it a good cleaning and sell it off. Put the money toward a used Panfish. I think you would be happier and not have to try to make this one work for you. Or run the Lowe in stock configuration and get out and fish. I have a Lowe like yours in a 1...
by BassBlaster
09 Oct 2015, 16:45
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Lowe 1648 Planning Ideas
Replies: 8
Views: 1163

Lowe 1648 Planning Ideas

isn't the pan fish a stick steer ?? i was told by the dealer that the l1648mt would flex like a rubber band if we took out the front seat and you have to buck new rivets in and weld the botton of the hull where the live well used to be .. but would be very neat project :) Yes the panfish is a stick...
by BassBlaster
06 Oct 2015, 18:01
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Lowe 1648 Planning Ideas
Replies: 8
Views: 1163

Lowe 1648 Planning Ideas

So, Im still just in the planning stages with this 1648 that I picked up and Im looking for some ideas. My plan is to make this as much like a Tracker Panfish as possible. Im a crappie fisherman and that boat just suits me perfectly. I think I can turn this boat into that for less than half the cost...
by BassBlaster
06 Oct 2015, 16:56
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Supports for deck
Replies: 10
Views: 927

Supports for deck

I agree that it isn't an issue since its sitting on a rib and not on the hull. I wouldnt be concerned at all, in fact if that was my project, I too would cut it just as you have so that the rivet isn't taking all the weight. The only thing I would change is the size of the rivets. Its hard to tell f...
by BassBlaster
04 Oct 2015, 09:57
Forum: Boat House
Topic: repairing holes and leak in aluminum boat
Replies: 16
Views: 1615

repairing holes and leak in aluminum boat

Its not designed as a stop leak. Its purpose is to make the bottom of the boat very slick so that there is less drag in the water. That said, you get the added bonus of it sealing the bottom of the boat. My guess is that whatever you used to seal those rivets allowed the steelflex to flex and crack ...
by BassBlaster
03 Oct 2015, 10:33
Forum: Boat House
Topic: repairing holes and leak in aluminum boat
Replies: 16
Views: 1615

repairing holes and leak in aluminum boat

Just rebuck the existing rivets, coat the bottom of the boat with steelflex and it will never leak again.
by BassBlaster
16 Sep 2015, 17:23
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Damaged Lowe L1648MT
Replies: 10
Views: 712

Damaged Lowe L1648MT

Never thought about satin black on the trailer. That might look good. My last project was a camo jon with a white trailer. This boat will go back to the stock OD green with either a tan or grey carpet. Been trying to figure out what color the trailer will be. I have a buddy who is a body man and say...
by BassBlaster
13 Sep 2015, 20:25
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Damaged Lowe L1648MT
Replies: 10
Views: 712

Damaged Lowe L1648MT

Today I picked up a trailer on CL. I traded the 14' Meyer boat for it. Trailer is a 1989. Its very solid with only some minor surface rust in a couple of spots. I need to fix one of the fenders that is bent up and the winch tower is slightly askew. BT1.jpg Its a tick too big for this boat but since ...
by BassBlaster
12 Sep 2015, 17:23
Forum: Boat House
Topic: floor install question
Replies: 14
Views: 937

floor install question

Better yet, don't use wood at all. Use aluminum. It requires no finish, will never need to be replaced and the best part of all, its cheaper. In fact, if you do a little homework you can find it for the same price I paid, FREE. And I have enough left for my next boat!
by BassBlaster
05 Sep 2015, 21:48
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Damaged Lowe L1648MT
Replies: 10
Views: 712

Damaged Lowe L1648MT

If you look at the pic of the live well, you can see a hole in the gunnel. At that point it is cracked all the way around. I suppose it could be welded but it also needs to be straightened as its bent pretty good in that area. Also the other side is bent pretty bad in the same place but not cracked ...
by BassBlaster
05 Sep 2015, 21:17
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Damaged Lowe L1648MT
Replies: 10
Views: 712

Damaged Lowe L1648MT

All the damage is from the mid point of the boat and up. The lower side of the boat is perfect so I would think it would track pretty straight but I dunno. Anyone know for sure if Lowe sells new gunnels? I plan to give them a call on Tues. Im sure they are not cheap and shipping might be pricey but ...
by BassBlaster
05 Sep 2015, 20:24
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Damaged Lowe L1648MT
Replies: 10
Views: 712

Damaged Lowe L1648MT

Hey all. I havnt been around this site for a couple years, Used to be pretty active here. Today I got a call from a buddy that's moving to SC. Said he had a couple of tin boats, a trolling motor and a battery to get rid of. If I wanted, I could have them for the grand total of FREE and he would even...
by BassBlaster
05 May 2013, 14:35
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Transom Replacement Wood
Replies: 10
Views: 1192

Transom Replacement Wood

I was also throwing around the idea of using dimensional hardwood since Im a woodworker and have plenty of it around. The deal is, your not going to stop it from warping, twisting, cracking, etc without a lot of care. First, you need to be sure it is at EMC, not dry. Then after it is finished milled...