1997 Sylvan 16' Back Troller Select complete remodel

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1997 Sylvan 16' Back Troller Select complete remodel

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Hello All,

I have been away for a little while. I do pop in from time to time to check out the builds. This site is getting better and better every year. You all made that happen. Keep it up.

I have been Crappie fishing with my remodeled '67 Alumacraft 14'' boat since I rebuilt it, link to build in my signature. I also started a Crappie Club and host about 8-9 tournaments per year. While I am not the fastest boat, and typically the smallest boat, that hasn't stopped me from winning. Had some life changes and decided it was time to step up to a bigger boat.

What I wanted in my next boat.
Used and in poor condition so I can rebuild it. Cheap.
16' long- I have a 20' deep garage. A 16' boat with motor and trailer is about all that will fit.
No more than 7'6" wide. Garage is is narrow two stall. Plus when I put the boat up for the winter it must fit under the lean-to section of my shed. Lean-to side is 8' wide.
30 gallon or so live-well.
40-60hp 2 stroke Johnson/Evenrude motor.
Built in gas tank.
Prefer Alumacraft or Lund brand.
Roller trailer.
Pretty much my requirements.

The goal was to buy it this fall and rebuild it over the winter. Well, that was the plan. God had other ideas. The wife and I determined the best time to replace my right knee was Thanksgiving week. Traditionally December/January are the slow months at work. Best time to miss work, plus its winter so I won't be missing fishing season. Around here we get 32-35 degrees temps and rain, no ice fishing, and when we do get ice, its not thick enough to be safe. Today its raining ice.

While at Crappie.com spring camp this year the site owner brought down a 16' boat he wanted to sell. He is moving to Florida and has a boat there, no need for this one. Plus the 16' he brought was in rough shape. I gave it a once over, and made an unrealistic offer. He declined. Next day we had a few beers over dinner and he asked me if I was interested in the boat and he would make me a heck of a deal, not as good as I offered, but a realistic number. Cleared it with the accountant and we came to a number. I made two trips home the next morning, first trip with the 14' in tow and the second trip with the 16' in tow.
HOI Crappie Club
Where family and friends come to compete for a little more than bragging rights.

'97 16' Sylvan Back Troller Select
'67 14' Alumacraft
'57 Model FD11 18-hp Johnson Seahorse
'09 Traverse FWD V6 w/ towing package, power sun and moon roof, and ton of other options. The only one I wanted was the towing package. :mrgreen:

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