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« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2011, 05:09:05 PM »

wow man its amazing how easy it is to open up a can of worms on boats....
Like a project in a old house, one thing leads to the next......
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« Reply #21 on: August 03, 2011, 06:46:36 PM »

Yep, The one or two screw holes left unattended can cause a lot of damage down the road. I bought this boat knowing what I was in for but, it doesn't make it any easier performing the repairs.  In this boat's case all the access panels were water tight but, apparently someone had changed the seat pedestals and did not bed the bolts or at least not properly.  Water seeped down through to the tank area and water laid on the tank closet floor creating rot also rotting the helm deck core.
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« Reply #22 on: August 03, 2011, 07:35:16 PM »

Nice work and documentation.. thumbs up
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« Reply #23 on: August 03, 2011, 07:59:04 PM »

wow man its amazing how easy it is to open up a can of worms on boats....

Hey Mike you just named my boat "Can Of Worms" I like it 
 Thanks for the support, Rod 
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« Reply #24 on: August 03, 2011, 08:00:32 PM »

hahaha yeah its fitting  thumbsup2
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« Reply #25 on: August 03, 2011, 08:01:55 PM »

This is an interesting thread,, But you are scaring me.. Tongue  My boats almost 40 years old.. Undecided Undecided

Good luck with the project. I feel your pain. Wink
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« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2011, 11:51:39 PM »

Didn't mean to scare you Hunter,  Chances are Your boat has received more TLC than the one described here. This boat came up from the Florida Keys about 5 years ago in rough shape  The person used it for a trade- in at my brothers used car lot.  My brother Gave him 500.00 credit for the  boat, Motor (85 200 Hp Yammy) and trailer, thinking  the motor was seized. He asked me to come down to Delaware to check out the purchase.  We found out that the lower unit was seized . Dropped the unit, motor cranked had good compression. My brother had intentions on keeping it and getting into boating which never materialized.  It  sat behind his lot for 3 years. I liked the lines of the walk around.  Did some research on Sea- Craft hull and stringer design and decided to make him an offer, not  much more than he paid and He accepted. I bought a used unit,put new seals and water pump bolted it up and rebuilt the 3 carbs happy to say she runs like a clock.  that was faze 1 of 4  faze 2 replace the fuel tank 3 re-core the upper deck 4 repair and re- geloat cracks and gouges to the chine  and gunnel areas.  Then splash time. Which might take a couple of seasons   Bottom line is this boat was abused than sat on a trailer for 5 years. 3 of those years uncovered.       


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« Reply #27 on: August 05, 2011, 04:44:46 PM »

Updated pic's. ripped out rotten fuel tank deck.


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« Reply #28 on: August 05, 2011, 04:53:06 PM »

Wow looking good with the progress so far! glad to see the tanks out.thats the hardest part now its all open and can be cleaned/replaced/repaired/sealed and be ready for the tank insall.Let me know if u have any questions/concerns...
   like i said b4 ill give you the places i got my parts from they were the cheapest.
     any way have fun and enjoy the fruits for ur labor!!!
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« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2011, 07:21:40 AM »

No progress report,as while I was pulling it back to the storage yard, after ripping out the gas tank and cleaning up the area, The rear axle springs snapped in half, Come out from under the trailer.  Of course the local police cruiser was about 3 cars back. called a couple of friends , they helped me put the axle and wheels in the boat.  Can't transport the boat until it is repaired.  Police orders.  Called around for springs and seems the whole axle spring setup is redneck technology and has to be re-configured.
Boat work postponed trailer work to proceed.  will add Pics of the disaster when I get time. .  Or, For Sale 23 ft WA ready for new tank with single axle trailer 
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« Reply #30 on: August 16, 2011, 08:40:55 AM »

  well ur half way there! lookin like a little more work then mine but the hardest part is over. My offer still stands!
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« Reply #31 on: August 30, 2011, 07:18:29 AM »

Well,Blocked up the boat yesterday.  Will transport the trailer with escort up to the spring shop about 25 miles away.  Will resume Fiberglass repair to the tank area when I get the trailer back.  As I can transport it to my work area.


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« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2011, 12:52:57 PM »

Good luck. Very ambitious project.
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« Reply #33 on: August 31, 2011, 10:04:17 PM »

again my offer is still there.....
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« Reply #34 on: August 31, 2011, 11:37:33 PM »

OK, Roger Wilco, thanks again for the offer.  Once I get the trailer back, I will be be putting the boat back on , running it back to my work area, as where it is now I have no access to electric or air for power tools.  I will be doing some glass work, making new bulkheads laid up with glass cloth and resin, then tank installation. I hope to do this before the cold weather sets in. I'll give you a shout at that point and thanks again.
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« Reply #35 on: September 27, 2011, 03:03:51 PM »

Well, The trailer has all new springs, Equalizer and shackles. Yesterday I  jacked up the boat another 2/12 inches to allow for the increased height of the trailer.  Slid it under the boat. Will resume with the boat project, as soon as I receive all the materials, resin glass cloth to construct the new fuel tank compartment. 


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« Reply #36 on: September 27, 2011, 03:08:33 PM »

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« Reply #37 on: September 27, 2011, 05:07:27 PM »

Coming along fine.  thumbs up
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« Reply #38 on: September 27, 2011, 05:38:17 PM »

One step closer.....
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« Reply #39 on: March 06, 2015, 06:07:16 PM »

GreetingsFrom a long lost NJSF Member. Here are pics of fuel tank cabin rebuilt, tank installed, Helm Deck reinstalled, glass matted, Long fiber filler sanded then gel Coated. First pics are florr and bulhead material 3/4 Ply rather than original 1/2 inch


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