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  • Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

    I purchased an older Wellcraft, 1992, a few weeks ago. It is 19.6 feet with a 4.3 alpha gen two out drive. I knew it was going to be a lot of work when I bought it. Our family has had a couple of boats that were used for fishing and skiing when the children were still at home. They are grown with children of their own so it is just me and my wife. I am getting close to retirement and we decided since we still live on the water with a dock out in the back yard, we should get a boat. If we do not get one now we will be too old to enjoy. Both my sons have sail boats so there are boats in the family. With all of that said, I am starting a thread on my undertaking.
    I have a lot of experience with construction and farm equipment repair, woodworking, general house construction, welding, pretty much a jack of all trades. I know a little about a lot. I like to tinker with, build and repair just about anything. This however, is my first attempt at fiberglass boat work.
    I have been reading a LOT on this forum about boats, boat repair and boat rebuilding. I am looking forward to the challenge. More excited about getting back out on the lake before it gets too hot.
    With all of this said, I need to get started.
    Do engineers and those that make repairs ever talk?
    Blue Jeans make any *** look good


  • #2
    Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

    Congrats on your purchase and good luck on the refurb/rebuild. Looks like the hull is in good shape. Get a photobucket account started so you can show full size pics. Its easy and free as long as you don't load a million photos on there. Then its like 2 bucks a month.

    Chris Craft 254 Seahawk
    Visit my refurbish/upgrade project here.
    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=483913

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    • #3
      Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

      Am I missing something about the pics? If I click on the thumbnail, it comes up as a full size picture. How is the photobucket better? Will indeed do it if it is the better way to go.
      You are correct. The hull is in good shape. All of the upholstery is done and ready to put back in.
      Here is a pic of the engine. The floors are soft and the engine mounts look bad so I went ahead and pulled the engine. The outdrive is already in the shop and am in the process of replacing seals and waterpump, anodes, etc.
      My hoist in the garage was almost too low to get over the transom. I had to let the air out of the trailer tires to get it to clear.
      Now on the the rest of the teardown. I much prefer mechanical work!

      Do engineers and those that make repairs ever talk?
      Blue Jeans make any *** look good

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      • #4
        Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

        Take a look at my thread real quick and you will see the difference. It is irritating to some to have to click on a pic everytime you want to see something. Especially if it is a long rebuild. It helps people see what you are talking about as there reading imo.

        Chris Craft 254 Seahawk
        Visit my refurbish/upgrade project here.
        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=483913

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        • #5
          Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

          Question concerning transom replacement. I am ready to glue the new transom and discovered that the fiberglass part of the hull transom is off about a 1/2' from top to bottom around the cutout for the drive. Can I use peanut butter for the glue and allow it to make up the gap or will this not allow proper adhesion?
          If this is not the way to go about it. How should it be done? Buildup with fiberglass and CMS? I want to try and get this done tomorrow. Hope one of you that does a lot of this work can give me the correct way to make this repair.
          Last edited by eclipse196; March 1st, 2012, 11:46 PM. Reason: Need better description
          Do engineers and those that make repairs ever talk?
          Blue Jeans make any *** look good

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          • #6
            Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

            As you can see, the transom was pretty well rotted away around the drive cutout opening. In removing the outer skin the majority of the transom was rotten to the point that mush would describe most of it. One of the motor mounts looked like it had been repaired. Both mounts looked pretty bad.


            Do engineers and those that make repairs ever talk?
            Blue Jeans make any *** look good

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            • #7
              Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

              Continued Teardown. Transom is really rotted,
              Do engineers and those that make repairs ever talk?
              Blue Jeans make any *** look good

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              • #8
                Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

                Transom and motor mount teardown pics.
                When I first started, it looked like the motor mounts were pretty good.



                Once I got into it, they were rotting away.


                At this point, everything needs to go.
                Do engineers and those that make repairs ever talk?
                Blue Jeans make any *** look good

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                • #9
                  Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

                  Re posting pics from photobucket.....copy the IMG code from photobucket and paste it directly in your post here.....that should work.
                  Ford Falcon FG G6E Turbo
                  Quintrex Lazeabout 4.5
                  Evinrude 1982 60hp

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                  • #10
                    Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

                    The foam had water standing in the pockets. When I removed the foam it did not really have water soaked into it. All had to come out to get the stringers done.

                    Picture of hull with most of the stringers and bulkheads cut down.

                    I am really glad most of the grinding is done. I have done some nasty work in my life! This rates up right at the top of the list.
                    Do engineers and those that make repairs ever talk?
                    Blue Jeans make any *** look good

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                    • #11
                      Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

                      You can see how they tried to make up the rot by laying fiberglass csm on top. It did not even have resin applied. I have to say, it was not tough to get the floor out.
                      http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/.../Eclipse2o.jpg

                      I am trying again with photobucket.
                      Do engineers and those that make repairs ever talk?
                      Blue Jeans make any *** look good

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                      • #12
                        Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

                        Now that I have had help getting the pictures posted, I will go back and get some of this cleaned up.
                        The PO told me he had done a new floor about 5 years ago. What I found was they just screwed a new floor over the rot. They did not even resin the CSM, just laid it as filler.


                        The rotten floor made it really easy to remove the floor.
                        Do engineers and those that make repairs ever talk?
                        Blue Jeans make any *** look good

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                        • #13
                          Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

                          This is almost turning into a photo posting experiment. I am not sure which one is the best. I may just make everyone so frustrated that they will just click on by the thread.
                          Do engineers and those that make repairs ever talk?
                          Blue Jeans make any *** look good

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                          • #14
                            Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

                            Originally posted by eclipse196 View Post
                            This is almost turning into a photo posting experiment. I am not sure which one is the best. I may just make everyone so frustrated that they will just click on by the thread.
                            Have you tried just using the photobucket IMG code yet?
                            Ford Falcon FG G6E Turbo
                            Quintrex Lazeabout 4.5
                            Evinrude 1982 60hp

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                            • #15
                              Re: Wellcraft Eclipse 196 Rebuild

                              In your photobucket album, hover your cursor over the pic you want to post. A drop down window will appear like this...
                              Click the IMG Code window (the bottom one) and it will say Copied. Now return to your iBoats thread and place your cursor where you want the pic to be, hold down the Ctrl key and while holding it down click the "V" key and it will paste the link to the pic in your post. Really simple.
                              1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
                              Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
                              Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint

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