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PostPosted: 01 Apr 2019, 20:49 

Joined: 13 Feb 2019, 23:12
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Tackle stash waitin to get a nice cozy drybox built in the boat for it to inhabit. I am woefully low on everything but soft baits lol. The bottom two are all bags of em. A decemt start though.


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PostPosted: 08 Apr 2019, 22:52 

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Its hooked to the pickup. Taking it to welder tomorrow.


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PostPosted: 09 Apr 2019, 18:58 

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Dropped her off at the welding shop this afternoon. Should have her back by tomorrow evening. Then the real fun stuff can start to happen. Lol.


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PostPosted: 11 Apr 2019, 17:38 

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Got her home from the welder yesterday. While it will be structurally fine, I am not happy with how he welded it. Looks like he used aluminum stick welding rathur than a TIG and a spool gun or a solid rod. Either of the last two would be the preferred welding process for what was being welded. However I quickly got over it when he offered me a new project boat. Looks like I will be starting on a StarCraft V hull soon. Forgot the year. Its around 18 feet long. Didnt measure it. Needs all new decks. Possibly a transom but it looked servicable in every area I could access to see it. Will find out once I tear into it. So as soon as I get the StarCraft done, this BassTracker I am building now WILL be for sale.


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PostPosted: 13 Apr 2019, 13:29 

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Been raining since the wee hours. Forcast says 2"+ by tonight. So I plan to work a small amount in the shop today on the pontoon boat transom. Tomorrow I will replace the 8 damaged rivets in the bow keel area. Seems when the heads busted off they just gooped up the holes with sillyputty. Silicone is not a structural repair obviously lol. Then I am going to bedliner the hull bottom. Hope to be back on the trailer and framing it out for the hatches and livewell uprades Monday after work.


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PostPosted: 13 Apr 2019, 21:02 

Joined: 02 Apr 2019, 18:27
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Awesome stuff here, man, I’ll be following this thread.

I had the same issue with my transom holes on the outside skin not lining up perfectly with the inside skin. Not sure how they drilled those holes but they did a great job =D> :roll:

Good idea on fiberglassing the little front deck piece that the trolling motor mounts to. Mine was 3/4” marine plywood and I was trying to figure out a good method to rebuild it in aluminum. But I have a bunch of fiberglass mat and resin left over so I think I’ll follow your lead on this one!

Keep up the good work.

Also, Totalboat makes a great 2 part epoxy for fixing leaks in aluminum boats. Ironically enough, it’s called Aluminum Boat Leak Seal. I had some pretty ugly pitting of my hull underneath the rear deck where the pour in foam trapped water. I cleaned it up and spread a thick layer of the epoxy over the areas that were pitted. Seems like a good idea, and it’s holding up well, but time will tell. Just my two cents


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PostPosted: 14 Apr 2019, 14:23 

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Hull rivets done.


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PostPosted: 14 Apr 2019, 16:38 

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Ready for bottom coating. Disregard my hillbilly cousin helper lol.


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PostPosted: 14 Apr 2019, 22:32 

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Bottom coating came out good. Leak test will be the final step tomorrow or Tuesday after work. Gotta intall the pumps first though. :LOL2:


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PostPosted: 14 Apr 2019, 22:53 

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I have decided to go more stock on this build and not try to add so much to it. Looking for a 12v trolling motor now. Adding rear deck and compartments though still I think. Will go all out on the Starcraft as its a much larger boat and can take the weight. Wanna keep this one lite.


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PostPosted: 15 Apr 2019, 08:18 

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Not finding a good deal on a trolling motor so unless I do I guess the 24v Motorguide 50lb will have to be it.


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PostPosted: 15 Apr 2019, 08:20 

Joined: 06 Apr 2010, 19:25
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Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
rcaircraftnut wrote:
Not finding a good deal on a trolling motor so unless I do I guess the 24v Motorguide 50lb will have to be it.


No such thing as too much trolling motor if you ask me!! It's just like overpowering with an outboard...just because you have the extra H.P. doesn't mean you have to use it....but if you need it it's there.

Although the added weight of the extra battery for just a 50lb thrust trolling motor could be a negative.


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PostPosted: 15 Apr 2019, 20:39 

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Bottom done, back on trailer, bildge and livewell fill pumps installed, and the outboard back where it belongs. Been a productive evening.


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PostPosted: 16 Apr 2019, 18:08 

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Bilge pump works good haha. No leaks. On to framing and fitting the interior.


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PostPosted: 16 Apr 2019, 21:05 

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Started interior. Seat bases and fuel/batt area floor done. Foam under rear floor installed. Going with paint instead of carpet on non deck areas and non skid paint on the decks. Easy to clean, just hose it out.


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