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Here we go again. Today I picked up a (insert very old date here) Ouachita 15' by 42" Jon boat. I got the boat and trailer for $500 and believe me... it's a $500 boat. haha.

It has no title, no serial number, and no leaks... except one.
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That is the bottom of the transom. I was hoping one of you would know the best way to go about patching that up.
I haven't been able to find much about welding aluminum it seems like this would be a good spot to weld as it's not a rivet. Any thoughts are appreciated.
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This wheel is on backwards. I'm guessing it doesn't fit the other way because the rim is different from the other side... but we will see.
I might need recommendations on where to get 4 lug wheels for a trailer like this.
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The bow has this gash not sure what to do about this either.

Here are some more pictures:
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Here is my thought process:

1. Strip the paint/old epoxy
2. fix the leak
3. Get registered and tagged (I have a lady that takes care of me on this)
4. SteelFlex the bottom and maybe halfway up the sides
5. Paint green or camo
6. Frame up the casting decks (one from the middle bench to the bow and one on the back bench seat)
7. Find a 25hp outboard
8. Hopefully add a foot controlled trolling motor
9. GO FISH
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Check out your local community college or high school that has a welding program.
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I found out we have a local business that does aluminum fabrication. Very convenient.
I'm going to the tag agency tomorrow to find out what hoops I get to jump through.
I wish Oklahoma didn't require titles... :?
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BlakeRauch wrote:I found out we have a local business that does aluminum fabrication. Very convenient.
I'm going to the tag agency tomorrow to find out what hoops I get to jump through.
I wish Oklahoma didn't require titles... :?
Cool old boat! :) We have one as well. I hear ya on the title process. Texas is the same way.....hoops. :? Sounds like you've got a good plan going. Keep us posted with your progress and pics.

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I have almost the same exact boat. Worked it over last winter and spring. Really enjoyed the experience of getting it just the way I wanted it. I have posted quite a few pictures of it.

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Keith: Thanks for the feedback! I'm ready to dig in. An Oklahoma Marine Enforcement State Trooper is coming to my house on Thursday to issue the boat a hull number, then I can get my title and tag and start my modifications.

gah319: I really enjoyed your build. You made that boat awesome. I hope mine is half that cool.

Here is a picture of the new bunks I put on the trailer:
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Stay tuned!
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Would anyone like to guess how many rattle cans I should purchase to cover this boat?
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BlakeRauch wrote:Would anyone like to guess how many rattle cans I should purchase to cover this boat?
5 more than what you end up coming home with.

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I think my buddy is gonna let me borrow his spray gun :D
and Capt, that would be about right! haha
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Got the boat tagged and titled. It is off at the welder getting patched up. I sent the check for steel flex. I got a gallon of regular neutral color. I secured a paint spray gun so I don't have to go buy $100 worth of spray paint. Monday I'll probably make the trip to Home Depot to get my shopping list:

1. A sheet of 1/2" exterior grade plywood
2. 2x2s
3. Corner braces
4. Screws
5. Indoor/outdoor carpet
6. Carpet glue
7. A gallon of whatever color paint I decide to do the inside of the boat
8. A 4" roller for the steel flex

I'm sure I'm forgetting something... Anyway, no visible progress but it's all starting to come together.
Any tips on finding an outboard motor? I scour craiglist and facebook groups every other day for a 25-35hp tiller handle.
I've found a few that require a console but I really don't want to go to all that trouble.
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Can't wait to see how the welded repair turned out! Should be great when it is finished.

I am definitely not an expert, but many of the knowledgeable folks on here have said that it is a bad idea to use pressure treated plywood from Lowe's/ Home Depot, etc. I think it has some sort of ingredient that causes the aluminum in your hull to corrode over time. It is a bit of a hassle to find "marine grade plywood." I purchased mine from https://www.overtons.com. They had the best price including shipping, which was significant compared to the material cost.

Love to see some more photos when you get the chance. :D
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Good looking Ouachita! I just picked up a 1648 Ouachita this past fall.

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So me in my infinite wisdom didnt even think about having to join plywood because the deck is wider than 48". Any tips or builds out there that could help with this?
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BlakeRauch wrote:So me in my infinite wisdom didnt even think about having to join plywood because the deck is wider than 48". Any tips or builds out there that could help with this?
Depending on what woodworking equipment you have you could either do a biscuit joint, a spline joint, a tongue and groove, or a 1/2 lap.

This link might help.

https://www.woodworking.com/ww/Article/ ... -7590.aspx

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If it was me, I would probably try to find some 3/4" tongue and groove subfloor plywood and then spar varnish or fiberglass the heck out of it. I would probably also make sure to support the seam from below to avoid cracking/ settling of the joint.
There is probably somebody on here that has a much better solution, but that is the first that comes to mind...

By the way, how much wider than 4 ft. is it? I think I have seen some 4.5 ft. X 8 ft. sheets of marine ply somewhere, but as I remember, it was pretty pricey.
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