Hello to everyone on iboats! I have been reading through the forum for a few hours researching various things and figured I would start a thread with the little restoration I am undergoing. This boat was owned by my grandfather who sadly recently passed away but was always an avid fisherman. Personally I have never seriously been into boats, mainly land going things( Cars, trucks, bikes, etc) but I gotta say after just one day of playing with this thing is starting to sway me . I have been unable to ID the boat at all, even after a bit of google research. Its only markings are on both of the aft sides it says Falcon, with Houston Texas under it. It has a 65hp 3 cylinder mercury outboard on the back with single cable steering(Seems aftermarket).
Anyway the boat had sat on his property for YEARS uncovered and due to his health he was unable to maintain or use it so it was covered it quite a lot of debris. We hauled it home a few months ago, covered it up, and it has been sitting ever since( In the middle of a ford condor restoration as well). Finally today I had some spare time to bring it up to the house and finally tear into it. After a good cleaning and throwing away all kinds of old stuff I began to seriously look at the boat. I noticed that between the seats was a bit weak so I investigated, sadly to my discovery the plywood had rotted out due to the fiberglass cracking. Being the kind of person that I am, the entire floor must come up and everything replaced to insure its done right. Here are the pictures:
The plans are listed below and will be completed in this order:
-Cut the rest of the fiberglass seating out and take up the old plywood
-Grind and sand the inside of the hull clean and smooth
-Fill the center channel with expandable foam
-Lay down plywood treated with copper green(Any recommendations on plywood?)
-Strip the boat of everything(motor, steering, ignition, etc)
-Cover the floor in fiberglass
-Install the seats again with fiberglass
-Paint the bow and interior(I'm thinking gel coat due to it lasting so long)
-Reinstall everything and add in an audio system
-Install new seats, windows, and canopy
My questions for you guys is:
-When reinstalling the fiberglass seat mounts- Just get them flushed up and then put 2-3 layers of fiberglass on the edges and call it good?
-Should the center channel be filled with marine foam or will it not matter?
-The current windshield is plexiglass, is that material fine to replace or should it be upgraded to glass?
-How many layers of fiberglass should be put down for the floor?
-How many quarts should be bought to do the interior?(The current red/white color scheme will be kept)