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by Backslider
12 Aug 2012, 17:02
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Alumacraft Backtracker 17 Project Completed
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Alumacraft Backtracker 17 Project Completed

I'm sort of over budget (according to my wife) so the extra pedestal seats will come next year. When I got the boat there was no seat mount in the stern, and the previous owner used a folding chair. I did the same last year and it worked OK. I'm definitely putting in an adjustable pedestal seat back...
by Backslider
12 Aug 2012, 11:40
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Alumacraft Backtracker 17 Project Completed
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Alumacraft Backtracker 17 Project Completed

Here are some photos of my boat project. As you can see in the photos, I removed the boxes and live well to get more space. I borrowed an idea I saw on this web site and reinforced the sides using aluminum "L" bar riveted to the gunnel and ribs, then used the exposed bars for rod holders. There is w...
by Backslider
08 Aug 2012, 08:49
Forum: Boat House
Topic: which type of plywood for decking?
Replies: 34
Views: 4661

which type of plywood for decking?

I used the 3/4 inch plywood because I have a couple buddies who weight 275 lbs + and I want to put in pedestal seats. I was looking for a bit more strength in the deck. Also, I put blue foam insulation under the deck for flotation, too. That took out the flex in the plywood near the side edges of th...
by Backslider
02 Aug 2012, 08:24
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Best "dent hiding" paint
Replies: 12
Views: 3104

Best "dent hiding" paint

I just finished painting my boat last weekend. The base coat is a flat tan/swamp grass color from Hunter's Specialties applied with a brush. Then Rustoleum flat green camo in a rattle can. Then Hunter's Specialties flat mud brown sprayed with an airbrush. A rattle can would do as good of a job. What...
by Backslider
30 Jul 2012, 23:02
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Gluvit?...
Replies: 3
Views: 519

Gluvit?...

I painted the rivits on my boat with it using a paint brush from my son's paint set. It went on fine.
by Backslider
30 Jul 2012, 22:54
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Best "dent hiding" paint
Replies: 12
Views: 3104

Best "dent hiding" paint

A camo paint job can hide a multitude of sins.
by Backslider
23 Jul 2012, 20:58
Forum: Boat House
Topic: How do you plug a through-hull fitting?
Replies: 6
Views: 1351

How do you plug a through-hull fitting?

That does sound like the easiest fix. My wife says that I should just put a wooden flap over it and use it like a gun port on a pirate ship. She's a keeper :wink:
by Backslider
23 Jul 2012, 00:15
Forum: Boat House
Topic: which type of plywood for decking?
Replies: 34
Views: 4661

which type of plywood for decking?

Oops. I went out and shook the cans. I used almost 2 cans of epoxy and almost 2 cans of hardener.
by Backslider
22 Jul 2012, 20:45
Forum: Boat House
Topic: How do you plug a through-hull fitting?
Replies: 6
Views: 1351

How do you plug a through-hull fitting?

I removed the live well from my boat to make more room, plus you can't use live bait fish around here. So now I have three holes in my hull--two in the stern below the waterline near the drain plug (on for pumping the water in and the other for draining it out of the live well), and on big 2" 'er ab...
by Backslider
22 Jul 2012, 20:35
Forum: Boat House
Topic: which type of plywood for decking?
Replies: 34
Views: 4661

which type of plywood for decking?

I used West System 105 resin and West System 205 hardener. I bought the pumps that screw onto the cans and they deliver metered amounts in the right proportion. It takes all the guess work out of the ratio of hardener to resin. One pump of resin and one pump of hardener and you have the right mix. I...
by Backslider
22 Jul 2012, 14:53
Forum: Boat House
Topic: how to fix a leak??
Replies: 7
Views: 435

how to fix a leak??

I used Glutit, too. It was real easy to work with. I mixed it up in small batches and painted the rivet heads with a small paint brush from my son's paint set. I had a couple leaking stress cracks, too. These I stop drilled and had a professional welder come over and fix. I found all the leaks by fi...
by Backslider
22 Jul 2012, 14:47
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Does Stainless Steel React with Aluminum?
Replies: 3
Views: 1086

Does Stainless Steel React with Aluminum?

Hey Patriot2. Thanks for the info. I like the way your boat looks. Do you get a lot of rain where you're at?
by Backslider
22 Jul 2012, 14:43
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Foam under the decking, pros and cons...
Replies: 31
Views: 5959

Foam under the decking, pros and cons...

I used the blue board insulation. I liked it because its easy to cut and fit to the shape of the boat. The other board insulation probably is good for the same reasons. It has made the deck sturdier and more quiet.
by Backslider
22 Jul 2012, 14:38
Forum: Boat House
Topic: which type of plywood for decking?
Replies: 34
Views: 4661

which type of plywood for decking?

I used 3/4 in exterior grade plywood and coated it with epoxy. I covered it with outdoor carpet and riveted the deck to the rails that support the deck.
by Backslider
22 Jul 2012, 14:30
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Replacing Rivets??
Replies: 4
Views: 487

Replacing Rivets??

I'm sure that there are lots of good web sites to order from. I ordered my aluminum rivets from McMaster-Carr.