1972 Alumacraft F-9 Lake Master

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MN Fisher
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Average ice-out is mid April, average ice-in is early December.

So we have just under 8 months of open water on average - though most of us put our boats away by mid November - so 7 months.

Ice fishing is big up here - soon as there's 4"+ on the lakes, the ice shanties start going up. Some lakes end up with their own villages.
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I've been slacking off and not updating this thread...quite a bit has happened.

Some 'putsy' things first

Socket for rear light installed - drilled the needed center hole with a step drill, then transfer punch to mark the holes for the 6-32 screws, drill&tap, a bit of red Loctite and it's in.
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Blocked off the fore and aft ends of the rod locker with 1/4" FRP, gorilla glued in place - will fill the gaps with some outdoor rated latex caulk.
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Dry boxes are done.
For my main tackle storage I have four sized for 8x3701 (or smaller numbers of thicker boxes) - there's space for miscellaneous gear as my current tackle will only fill 3.5 compartments
For my plastics, I made two smaller ones of different sizes - cause of how they'll fit in. One will fit 8x3607-10 boxes short-edge up, the second will fit 3x3607-10 boxes laid flat with some space for loose bags.
Bottom of the boxes is 1/4" FRP, sides are 1/16" FRP epoxied in place. Bead of latex caulk seals it up.
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Fuse box is mounted to a piece of 3/8 HDPE and I put in a piece of aluminum angle to make a 'box' to secure it in place.
Charger wasn't installed yet when this pic was taken, but it's now in place to the far right.
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Circuit breakers - which also function as the main cut-offs - are mounted to the frame where the hatch to the battery compartment will be...open the hatch and there they are. 50amp for the TM on the port side, 30amp for the 'house' battery on the starboard.
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Close-up of the TM breaker. Press the red button and the circuit opens, flip the 'tab' that pops out back into place and the circuit is closed.
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Plywood cutting has begun - the battery platform is actually done and locked down - just sealed it...no need for carpet or paint. TM/electronics platform is cut out - seal it, carpet it and it's ready to go in permanently.
I've also run the wire from the 30amp house breaker to the fuse box, and the charging cables from the charger to the battery compartment.
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I've also cut the pieces to 'box in' the cockpit. These won't be carpeted, just painted, as will the vertical transitions fore of the live-well and at the fore end of the casting deck.
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Still moving along - the last of the FRP to block off compartments to the under-frame area are in. Basic templates for the casting deck and rear area are cut. Lines drawn on rear port/starboard templates for cutting the hatches once the main pieces are cut.
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That hole in the rear template is for the underside of the Kingpin base...there will be another one cut in the casting-deck for the forward seat.
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Nice project and work performed! =D>

Must be under the gun now, since ice out. :wink:
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FuzzyGrub wrote: 28 Apr 2022, 12:04 Nice project and work performed! =D>

Must be under the gun now, since ice out. :wink:
Somewhat - but bass season doesn't open for another 2+ weeks (May 14), and I'm primarily a bass-chaser.

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Not gonna make bass opener - but things are moving along.

Starboard and port casting deck, rod locker cover, starboard rear storage cover are cut out and fitted.

Need to cut/size the hatches in the casting deck and size the hatches for the storage cover.

Floor, rod locker cover and hatch need one more coat of Varathane before I put on carpet.

Livewell cover and tank cover/seat base still need to be cut out.

Before I start securing deck pieces down, I need to fishing filling holes, clean the inside section of the hull and paint.
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Still moving along - got the cockpit floor carpeted - second piece to carpet is set and the glue is drying under pressure now.

Shot of the colors -
Upper part shows the interior/exterior hull color...just painting from the deck supports up.
Like the previous post - the vertical parts are a lighter gray - and shows the contrast to the darker gray of the carpeting as I've got the floor installed.
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Still making progress - the rod-locker cover is carpeted and in...the hatch is currently under pressure for the carpet-glue to set. Hole for lock is drilled, so tomorrow I'll probably install that. Starboard storage/electrical compartments cover will be glued to carpet tomorrow - livewell cover and hatch, hatches for the storage/electrical the aft seat base and the gas-tank cover are all currently being sealed...carpeting on those will probably start on Thursday.
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I've also painted the forward 1/3 of the outer hull - tomorrow I'll install the bow lights (holes near prow, under cap/gunwale are for those). I could also apply the reg number and state reg sticker.
Color for interior and exterior hull is 'Smoke Gray' - you can see the contrast inside as the area above the rod-locker cover is also painted.
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Vid showing my progress and current status of this build

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Still working on it - but it's starting to look 'more finished'.
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I'm also going to look at a 25hp Evinrude this afternoon - local guy (10 minutes from me) buys old OMC motors and rebuilds them - and he's OMC certified, so it's not a slap-dash type of job.
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After you buy the 25hp, take down all the vital information about the guy, his address, his family members, his birthdate, and his plans for his future and never, ever, let him go. He is more priceless than the boat or motor.

Congratulations, and best wishes.

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1955 Alumacraft Model A
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... 08&start=0
1959 Alumacraft Model F
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... =3&t=25386
1980 Alumacraft Model F7, 1955-56? Johnson 10hp
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1956 Alumacraft Model RB
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Kismet wrote: 19 May 2022, 16:59 After you buy the 25hp, take down all the vital information about the guy, his address, his family members, his birthdate, and his plans for his future and never, ever, let him go. He is more priceless than the boat or motor.

Congratulations, and best wishes.

=D>
Oh he's not going anywhere. He owned/ran a tackle/baitshop with small outboard repair in the back here in town until business went down - kids would prefer to catch fish on their I-Phones than on the lake.

So he 'retired' and runs the repair/rebuild business out of his garage.

We've only got one mom & pop tackle/baitshop left in the area - down from 6 fifteen years ago - and the city it's in is closing that one to open another car dealership on the property.

In any case - I did buy it...
1973 Evinrude model 25352A - 25hp electric start. He ran it for me when I went to look at it. Started right up, idles smooth, shifts easily, and churns water quite well.

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Congrats on the motor! You are getting closer and closer.
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Slowly making progress - cockpit area is done. Vertical transition piece between this and the casting deck is being sealed, starboard casting deck is being sealed. The NOCO plug in will be mounted to the transition piece, that connects to the Genius 2 that's in the electrical compartment.
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I lucked out on the forward hinge for the gas-tank compartment lid - the two outside holes lined up perfectly with the two left-forward mounting holes for the kingpin base.

It's been slow going the past week-and-a-half - I came down with The Covid. It's not much more than a bad cold for me, but it's still making me draggy.
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Take your time getting well, but for sure, get well.

The boat, motor, and soon-to-be crew's quarters will wait for you.
Kis
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1955 Alumacraft Model A
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... 08&start=0
1959 Alumacraft Model F
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... =3&t=25386
1980 Alumacraft Model F7, 1955-56? Johnson 10hp
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=35326
1956 Alumacraft Model RB
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... =3&t=39249