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Derek's Tracker TX-17 rebuild

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Man that sucker must fly!
As always tight lines, cold beer, & Go Gators!

my build http://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 21&t=25185

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Derek are the speakers for 5.25 or 6.5?

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userspam wrote:Derek are the speakers for 5.25 or 6.5?
The speakers are 6.5" however with the 3/4" floor I had to mount the speaker from the inside of the underseat compartment and the grills are a little off from center

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thanks for the input. I finally got mine gutted and this weekends plan is to find the leak. I didnt get the rear ripped apart as you did but got the front. Any recommendations on type of brush and chemicals to use to clean up the mold inside the boat? and any recommendations one what to clean under the boat with before applying epoxy?

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I just used purple power cleaner with a bit of bleach mixed in to clean out the inside.
The prep for the epoxy sucked. We sanded the entire boat and it took forever. Then I just cleaned it with acetone.

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Any suggestions on flipping the the boat to repair cracks? I see you managed to pull it off.

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I made lifting points that span multiple rafters in the garage. I lifted it off the trailer with straps (not the dinky ones) and hung it from the rafters in the garage. The straps were like slings so I was able flip the boat within them. First time I did it with 2 other guys. Second time I managed to do it myself with creative rigging and a chain hoist.
I do have this picture from the process.
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Yeah I dont have the resources for this. How many guys would you estimate it would take me to lift off the trailer, flip onto a tarp and after repair flip and return to trailer?

Help is always appreciated!

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userspam wrote:Yeah I dont have the resources for this. How many guys would you estimate it would take me to lift off the trailer, flip onto a tarp and after repair flip and return to trailer?

Help is always appreciated!
Is it gutted? If gutted I would say 4 strong guys.

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It's gutted but the frame is still in on the front and the console+seats are also still intact in the rear.

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I'm ready to break out of hibernation, I can't wait to get the boat on the water. I went and did a couple things I had wanted to do last year and never got around to.

I moved my (2) group 31 batteries for the trolling motor up front. One got put back into the port side compartment in the rear of the front deck. The other I put in the starboard compartment in the front of the front deck. Rewired everything and installed the 50A breaker in port compartment. I moved the batteries forward to try to get better weight distribution. When I added the 24v trolling motor and went to 3 batteries in the back I had to add a hydrofoil to the motor. I hoping with this new distribution I can ditch the hydrofoil and get some of the lost speed back.

I also installed an auto float switch for the bilge pump. I wired it into the existing wiring so either the float or my dash switch will turn it on.

I can't believe how dirty I stored the boat. I vacuumed it out. The scum line is horrible, hopefully the Connecticut River will clean it off next weekend. haha I need only battery hold down straps and a new fuel tank fitting for next Saturday.

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Any recommendations on the float switch? I am interested also.

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I used a Rule brand switch that I picked up at BassPro. I didn't take any pictures, but I mounted it on the starboard side adjacent to the live well pump. Mount it with the hinge forward and float facing back. I used epoxy to mount the base to the bottom of the boat. I tapped power off my 50A breaker in the rear of the boat and installed a 10A inline fuse. Then I soldered it into the existing wiring for the bilge pump. If your still putting the boat together and do not already have a bilge I'd just get a bilge pump with the float built in.

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Mines already in with a pump installed

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My cabelas cover recently ripped. How is that cover from discountboatcover.com holding up?

Any recommendations?

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