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Post by Bubba8018 » 27 Sep 2016, 14:48

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Hey all..
Brand new here. This is my project. stored outside for years without a cover so it's a complete gut job. I have 2 questions for starters.
1.) what product should I use on the seams and rivets to help guard against leaks? (no leaks currently) I was told a product called Gluvit is the stuff to get.
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2.) I have read that you should not use treated lumber for renovations...Is this true?..and why not?
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Post by manley09 » 27 Sep 2016, 14:57

Looks good! What are your plans? I used Gluvit on my boat and it worked great. You don't want to use treated because it will interact badly with the aluminum over time. Just buy some wood sealer or you can fiberglass it.
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Post by Bubba8018 » 27 Sep 2016, 15:35

Plans are to install casting platforms in the front and back, re-configure the live well in the same spot. add storage and possible on board lighting for night fishing and paint. I will post the plans when I finalize them. I will likely ask for opinions/ suggestions along the way. Friends have told me I got a sweet deal on it. $500.00 for the boat, motor, trailer and 2 beat up trolling motors. Motor is a 1995 25hp Johnson with electric start.

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Post by manley09 » 27 Sep 2016, 15:46

Yeah that is a sweet deal! Looking forward to your progress. It's a nice rig.
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Post by Ictalurus » 27 Sep 2016, 15:46

Dude, one heck of a score on that rig!!! =D> =D> =D>

Love the layout and the removal of the center seats.

I'm not sure i'd add anything the seams and rivets if it wasn't already leaking. Fill it with water and look for loose rivets, rebuck those that leak to fix.

Good luck in your build.

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Post by Bubba8018 » 27 Sep 2016, 15:50

Ha!...thanks....
It was stored outside for a number of years without a cover. It was full of water......(no leaks). That is also the reason it is a total gut job. =Just thinking about added insurance against leaks.....No?

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Post by onthewater102 » 27 Sep 2016, 16:40

You heard correct on the treated lumber. The metals in the treatment become reactive with the aluminum and will quickly corrode the thin material tin boats are made from.
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Post by Bubba8018 » 27 Sep 2016, 16:49

Thanks!
What is the best way to preserve untreated lumber?

Also....Is JB Weld the best way to fill a few unwanted screw holes?

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Post by Ictalurus » 27 Sep 2016, 17:02

Bubba8018 wrote:Thanks!
What is the best way to preserve untreated lumber?

Also....Is JB Weld the best way to fill a few unwanted screw holes?

You will get mixed replies to this question. I used JB Weld on many holes in several boats and never had a problem. Only issue I could see is that if the hole is located in an area that flexes, the JB Weld may not be as flexible.

Edited to say spar urethane for sealing untreated lumber. However, the last few boats I've done I just used paint (oil based), as the wood would be unseen and a mix-error special saves $$$.

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Post by Bubba8018 » 27 Sep 2016, 17:13

thanks!
I will get to work and post more pics soon.

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Post by Jeff Johnson » 28 Sep 2016, 17:34

I have a Big Fisherman SmokerCraft also. Mine is a 1986 motor and trailer all came together. Just bought it about a month ago. I gave $1200 for mine and it has a 28HP Johnson. You got a sweet deal on yours, if the motor runs thats worth 4 times that price. I will be watching and helping ya on this :LOL2: because after the weather gets colder here in Ky I am gonna redo mine. I want to make a rear and front deck, and thinking a center console maybe because it doesn't ride level when I am alone in the boat :oops: ???? I fish very rarely, but I got mine mostly to use for hunting arrowheads. Keep us posted .
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Post by water bouy » 28 Sep 2016, 21:15

Nice find. Was the floor made of wood? Mine has a middle bench and I'd like to do an aisle if I can figure out what they use for structural support on boats like that.
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Post by Bubba8018 » 29 Sep 2016, 10:06

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If you look at the "step through" it has a live well on one side and a battery/ electrical home base/ storage box on the other. They are screwed to the floor and attached to the sides by those slanted "L" shaped brackets. those brackets have wood inserts that are rod holders. I plan to rebuild this boat pretty close to the way it was. casting platforms in the front and rear will eliminate the need for the battery box in the middle and I may re-install that box as storage/ beer cooler and will keep the livewell as well.

I am open to suggestions to re-configure keeping in mind my prioritites for use are.

1.) Musky fishing with 2 occupants.
2.) Panfishing
3.) Waterfowl hunting with my little buddy.
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Post by water bouy » 29 Sep 2016, 16:58

That's a fine looking little buddy. He looks like a beagle mix?
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Post by Bubba8018 » 29 Sep 2016, 17:09

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He's a pure bred GSP and he loves to hunt.

I'm looking for some paint options. I have been told a marine paint id not necessary. That any good enamel paint will work if prepped properly. I do not think I'm going to paint below the waterline.

Paint (brand) suggestions?

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