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Old 11-21-2018, 06:02 PM   #3031
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

Sickboy, thanks.

Scot, better to pay for quality on boats or it can come back to bite you. Nick is right a pilothouse is the best option. Jeff Hull is great.

Dan Shannon is also great, he did my entire boat top to bottom and I had a loooot of metal put on. If I was going to do it again I would go to van Stephenson (doxidewf instagram). Same rate, but he has a waiting line.. worth it
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Old 11-22-2018, 02:11 AM   #3032
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

All good.

Congrats on your boat Cameron. That is a lot of boat. Iíll look for you at the ramp.
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Old 11-22-2018, 01:50 PM   #3033
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Wilson 26 '91 breathing life back into boat sat 10 years

Bought this Wilson, formerly Deborah K, Urchin boat, out of Noyo Mendocino. Boat had sat for 10 years and engine was FUBAR with rust, and corrosion, that had suffered wet, nasty, oily bilge, for 10 years. Engine NEW in 2008, 454 Long block H/O. Oil cooler, was plugged with Sea Water pump impeller blade chunks. Moved Oil cooler, and Power steering coolers outboard of engine stringer, so now there is access to them. Had to remove engine, clean out engine hold, and remove nightmare of rust from engine and accessories, replace hoses, hydraulic lines, Starter, Carburetor, Trim Motor assy, countless many other items. Re wire most of boat.
Converting her to a Sport Dive/fishing boat. Created Paduak stern rails, scored a genuine Teak swim step, and revived it from the dead. Installed a Yami kicker, but it seems a bit underpowered for this heavy boat. Finally got the bugs out, and had my first successful Sea Trial. She seems to only get 1 MPG on the short sea trial.
Going to fish her for Sport, Crab, Pacific Halibut, Salmon, Rockfish, up in Humboldt, out of Eureka, and trailer down to her former home, in Noyo Mendocino for Spearfishing. Sadly, Abalone, is no longer on the menu.
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Old 11-22-2018, 02:02 PM   #3034
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more pics, hopefully.
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Old 11-24-2018, 03:17 AM   #3035
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

Admire your focus and drive to complete the job Bwano

What a great boat for those waters. Killer offshore adventures on north coast. You will see lots places few have seen I imagine.
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Old 11-24-2018, 10:11 AM   #3036
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Cameron's Radon

Awesome boat, Cameron, congrats. I would like to see the pics of your Diesel install, and am interested in your friend's engine that is being replaced by the twins.
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Old 11-24-2018, 10:40 AM   #3037
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Tecumseh Hookah compressor/Honda motor

It may be a long shot, but I did see one of these old iron lungs, still operational, on an Urchin boat, down in Noyo, this summer. I have no use for the compressor and Air tank. The air tank would look like new, if cleaned up.

The Honda needs fuel tank, and carb, maybe a new recoil start cover. All these items are avail on Amazon, dirt cheap. The motor turns over, of course does not start with a rusted fuel tank.

The Tecumseh Compressor has surface rust on pulley and other items, but could easily be cleaned up, it also turns freely.

If anyone interested in this set, please contact me here. I have a friend that regularly drives from Humboldt to Orange County, if you are in So Cal.
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Old 11-24-2018, 02:34 PM   #3038
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Re: Wilson 26 '91 breathing life back into boat sat 10 years

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Bought this Wilson, formerly Deborah K, Urchin boat, out of Noyo Mendocino. Boat had sat for 10 years and engine was FUBAR with rust, and corrosion, that had suffered wet, nasty, oily bilge, for 10 years. Engine NEW in 2008, 454 Long block H/O. Oil cooler, was plugged with Sea Water pump impeller blade chunks. Moved Oil cooler, and Power steering coolers outboard of engine stringer, so now there is access to them. Had to remove engine, clean out engine hold, and remove nightmare of rust from engine and accessories, replace hoses, hydraulic lines, Starter, Carburetor, Trim Motor assy, countless many other items. Re wire most of boat.
Converting her to a Sport Dive/fishing boat. Created Paduak stern rails, scored a genuine Teak swim step, and revived it from the dead. Installed a Yami kicker, but it seems a bit underpowered for this heavy boat. Finally got the bugs out, and had my first successful Sea Trial. She seems to only get 1 MPG on the short sea trial.
Going to fish her for Sport, Crab, Pacific Halibut, Salmon, Rockfish, up in Humboldt, out of Eureka, and trailer down to her former home, in Noyo Mendocino for Spearfishing. Sadly, Abalone, is no longer on the menu.
I've been working on her for 6 months, like a fiend. Attachment 240500

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Looks like the project is coming along nice John, 1 mpg is pretty standard for a big block in that boat i imagine. How do you like the ride compared to the Skipjack that you built?

Speaking of projects...I've got the 29 in Don's yard right now getting new electronics, FLIR cam and roof rack/sunshade. I swear the channel has been calm every day since the boat has been in the yard.

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Old 11-24-2018, 11:38 PM   #3039
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Hello. Your new boat is Godlike.

I really don't know how I like the Wilson ride yet. I only drove her a couple miles, in the very calm bay.
And the last time I drove the Skipjack was 18 months ago.

It's going to be storming up here for a few weeks. And I just took the Alternator off the engine to get it tested. It doesn't seem to be charging the engine. It looked brand new inside, but it was sitting for 10 years, like the new 454.

I am going out, tomorrow however, in a 28 ft Fish Rite twin Honda for Dungeness. I hope the seas are not going to be 8 ft at 10 seconds at the bar. My sea legs will be tested.

Thank you for your support.
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Old 11-26-2018, 12:52 AM   #3040
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Looking back at 2018

I've always been inspired by Don Radon's words...

The time I have spent on the ocean over the past 30 years has rarely disappointed me. There have been times when the fishing was slow, the water was dirty and rough, or the surf was flat. However, just the process of getting ready for an ocean adventure makes me happy. I go into freedom mode – planning, packing, and then finally on my way. At that point, I really feel lucky to have the opportunity to spend time on the ocean.

From 8-5 our lives are filled with things we have to do. Being on the ocean is something we want to do, and it cannot be replicated.

Go out and enjoy your life!

Don Radon

2018 was one of the best years for diving, fishing, and surfing. Let's hope 2019 is better!
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Old 11-26-2018, 08:46 PM   #3041
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

Bwano sweet wilson, I'll pm you the mechanics number and you can contact him about the engine. It was squeaky clean. When I get my boat back ill upload some pics of the engine instal
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Old 12-06-2018, 12:06 PM   #3042
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

Well, didnt get a livingston or a greenough(del mar). Ended up with a 15 radon, newest addition to the san diego dive fleet. New motor and paint are in the works

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Old 12-06-2018, 04:53 PM   #3043
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Hope you didn't pay anywhere near asking on that thing!
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Hope you didn't pay anywhere near asking on that thing!
paid around 1/2 and i think itll be worth it.
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Old 12-07-2018, 08:01 AM   #3045
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26 Wilson Flip up seat

Had a pathetic flip up seat in the old Wilson. Leg support was missing, Plywood rotting, hinge loose.

Upgraded the crap plywood, with epoxy resin and 1708, then another layer of Carbon Fiber/Kevlar. Then crafted a Paduak removable hinged leg.

Seat flips up and leg pulls off, for standing in front of helm. Seat bungees in flipped up position out of way.

Will have to contact Anderson Boats to see how much a gorgeous swing out seat costs, like Dive Dog has.
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