Here's the best picture I have at the moment, and can't really get a good one until I put it back together and move it. It has a 1993 Johnson 48 SPL (2 stroke) that runs real nice at mid-WOT, doesn't idle very good. Will have to look into that. Also has a 1998 Honda 4 stroke 8hp, runs like a champ that I got from my friend on trade. Then this last year I installed a Minn Kota Maxxum 80lb electric trolling motor on the bow. I only got to use the TM once before we put the boat away last year, so that gave me an idea on some more mods for that lol.
Here's the shortlist of mods to be done:
- Rebuild Transom - In progress as of 4/11/21
- Rewire almost everything, adding electrical accessories - Have most of the parts in hand, or shipping to me
- Addon to the center console
- Repaint the deck
- Rebuild the bow deck
- Add fishing rod storage
I have pretty much everything to redo this and have just glued the first pieces together today. Need a few rollers for the epoxy and maybe mixing sticks. Will go into more detail in next posts.
Here's where it gets fun. I love low voltage electrical, did tons of mods to my truck and the boat is getting the same treatment.
- Will be running a lot of new wiring and replacing some
- New bow navigation lights on either side of the boat, since the trolling motor is in the center and in the way of traditional combo nav light.
- New fishfinder on the console, already purchased a Garmin 93sv, need to mockup the mount
- Old smaller fishfinder on the bow casting deck (already installed, but could move)
- Under gunnel LED lighting for night fishing
- 2 new batteries for the Maxxum TM at some point, installed under front deck.
- Already have the onboard battery charger for the 2 TM batteries, Pro Charging Systems Dual Pro Recreation series (2 battery)
- Pro Charging Systems B.O.S. Battery Optimization System to be connected to the TM batteries to keep them real healthy
- New switch panels installed to console
- Kill switch installed to console (possibly/probably?)
- Deep cycle 35AH "accessory" battery installed for all lights/fishfinder/etc
- Blue Sea Systems Add-A-Battery switch and ACR for the cranking battery to accessory battery
- Bilge pump
- Blue Sea Systems Dimmer switch for onboard lighting
- Battery meter gauge for the 2 TM batteries
- Probably something else... I'm forgetting
- I need to build a better lid for the top of console. Was considering some fiberglass lid with a spot for the tachometer to fit into, similar to what all the new boats consoles look like, rounded toward the driver (aerodynamic).
- Windshield was an idea, but may or may not happen
- Installing various electrical switch panels/etc
- May replace some of the wood and/or repaint what's there. Not in that great of shape
- Mount 9" fishfinder screen somewhere
- Needs wood replaced, rotting out in parts.
- Install a recessed TM foot pedal tray
- Install a removable seat base
- Reconfigure the layout below this, to fit batteries, recharging electronics, foot tray, and try to keep some storage available
Not sure how to go about this yet. There is dead space on the sides of boat that might work, will make a post about this later.
Should be able to do all this in a couple weekends right? lol
I'm not sure what this boat is worth, or could be worth in nice shape. I expect it's basically the same as a vehicle where you will almost never realize an increase in worth for mods done. I do know that boats are a hole in the water you throw money into, and in some respects I don't mind, but I also do not intend to spend LOTS of money on some repairs to the boat. The exterior/waterside for example, I have no intentions of repainting or spiffing it up. The boat doesn't have to look amazing, it just needs to float, fish real nice and get me back from wherever I take it. Anyway, if I can get everything accomplished here, this is going to be a sweet fishing machine that I hope to be taking out a lot. This is my first boat, and only had it out a handful of times, so plenty to learn on my part. Anyway, follow along if you are interested. I typically post a lot of pictures so it should be nice to look at occasionally. Will probably have plenty of questions as well.