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Old 08-30-2017, 12:36 PM   #1
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Project boats

Post your project boats and info.We can pour a drink to honor the pain and money spent!
Im a glutton for pain so I ended up with three boats sitting in my yard
The one I have pretty much done except picking latches and a RAM mount for the Lowrance GPS/Fishfinder is a 95 Procraft 180 Fish n Ski boat with a 150 Mercury.
THE BAD:Son bought it with no carpet in it but had black truck bed liner sprayed inside.Hot as hell on the aluminum hatches.Seats were shot,all the livewells and bilge were clogged and full of rotting vegetation.Water pump was shot.No batteries and he didnt check engine compression before giving my money away

THE GOOD:We put a battery in the boat and ran the compression.Great numbers and all close.Then we ran the trolling motor....It works!
After getting a garbage can to clean out the debris and garbage there was no rot and we got a five gallon bucket full of new worms,hooks and lures still unopened from the dry hatches!

THE UGLY:Boat parts are expensive and West Marine is over 50 miles away!I got a new water pump and installed it.Found the carbs were a little varnished so we took them apart and cleaned them.Runs around 50 mph on GPS now(sucks fuel about as fast)Ordered seats from BASSBOAT.COM and 20 oz carpet(upgrade from factory 16oz.Bass boats have a LOT of hatches!Everyone of them had to be ground down and the hinges removed(more grinding).Lots of hatches means you need LOTS of clamps and patience.Boat needed new batteries since it had none and the old fishfinder was fried from the elements so a new lowrance Fishfinder/GPS had to be purchased that would fit in a small area.I had a 900 lumen underwater light so I bought a brass drain plug and installed the light.
Boat still needs a RAM mount for the Lowrance HOOK 4 and some cockpit lights.A good buff and wax will be needed too but its been hot so why do today what you can do in the fall!
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Re: Project boats

Finally decided it was time to get the boat I wanted, ran down to TN and picked it up. 26' Imemsa panga....going to do it right!
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Old 08-31-2017, 12:23 PM   #3
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I bought this 26 leisurecat because the motor compression was almost factory new and I like cats.Problem was the PO took out the thermostatsand couldnt figure why the boat would heat up on long hauls into the gulf.My son started removing some bolts and they were shearing.Told him to stop but he is stubborn.Usually you heat the motor up after some PB blaster or othe penetrating oil and you wont need a expensive machine shop to mill and helicoil the bolts!

The good:Engine was tight,trailer in decent shape,Bimini in good shape,Full canvas screen/isiglass enclosure like new.Boat has twin 40 gal.fuel tanks and 10 gal.water tank with sink,private head with portapotti,Runs in shallows but rides soft in a chop,lots of storage and comfortable seating.Should be able to sell her at a modest profit to put into my sailboat savings.

The bad:cushion are there for templates but shot,Floor has soft spot that local wants 700 to repair.Boat had some growth on hull from being at a dock so some clown belt sanded it off so the sides of hulls will need faired and painted to look new.Im thinking Seafoam green.The teleflex froze and seems the PO tried to unfreeze it by turning on the wheel break it free.He broke it but it will not be free!Shift cable was broke also.Boat has no electronics so an easy grand between fishfinder/gps,radio and VHF.

The ugly:Soft deck will not be fun ripping out or the fun day of fiberglassing and grinding.Paying 700 to let someone else cuss and itch still costs 700 bucks!The spots belt sanded look horrible(should be a crime to do that to a boat).Paint and fairing side of hulls will easily be 200 bucks not counting my labor. Cushions are shot and will easily cost 500 just for the sitting area.Benches Im thinking of Sea Dek which isnt cheap either.The machine shop bill was really ugly.
Did I mention I have three boats?
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Finally decided it was time to get the boat I wanted, ran down to TN and picked it up. 26' Imemsa panga....going to do it right!
I wanted to get a Panga because of their efficiency but the wife didnt like them.My dream boats all have sails or are Trawlers.Cant do liveaboarrd because of obligationsbut Im looking for a deal on a Hunter 260 with trailer.Boat ramp launchable,decent sailing boat,CHEAP to operate and no hotel or house rental on vacation because it has a queen size bed.

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Re: Project boats

The 2000 Bayliner really wasnt a project boat but I forgot to put a heat lamp in the motor well when it got below 30 and it cracked the block.So I ended up buying a new long block 4.3 with a warranty for her.Son still wants to keep her but I bought her to sell.

The good:Bought her from a guy that needed attorney money QUICK so I had a margin for profit.Boat ran decent and had a bow cover,bimini and the original top also.Hull was solid and no damage to gelcoat.Boat has a new motor with a 1 year warranty and runs strong and fast!

The bad:Owner left a LOT of garbage in the boat.She needed power washed and a lot of waxing.Fabric on the sun lounge and bench should be redone to look new and speakers to the radio/cd player are on their way out.Boat sucks for fishing.Its great if your young and single to hit tiki bars or ski but not a fishing boat at all.

The ugly:The block cost me 2k and my labor.I have three boats sitting in my yard I have to move every 5-7 days when I mow!
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