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    Re: Tri-Hull sank- complete restore

    I strongly suggest you take a Power Squadron course while you restore your boat.
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    Re: Need advice on floor - high rivet heads

    I've seen quite a few people think that and then really regret it later.

    It's not that big of a deal to drill the heads off the rivets and remove the screws and lift the decking to wrap it in...
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    Re: Need advice on floor - high rivet heads

    The proper procedure is to wrap the decking in vinyl and then install it in the boat with the rivets exposed. This way if you ever need to remove your decking for repairs or modifications you don't...
  4. Re: Aluminum Bulkhead Stringes not sure really broke please help! thanks!!!

    Looks like you're right on top of it and looking good NZ!

    Sitting on those storage tops wasn't the best thing to do, especially over the livewell... but who knew they were fabricated/supported so...
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    Re: Will 3M 5200 adhere to Epoxy

    Yeah, I'd thicken up a batch of epoxy and use it to bond the transom wood to the hull instead... much better build.
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    Re: Will 3M 5200 adhere to Epoxy

    Do you have any epoxy resin left?
  7. Re: Aluminum Bulkhead Stringes not sure really broke please help! thanks!!!

    That's not bad for new angle and a pretty cheap fix too eh?!
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    Re: How bad is this?

    That's all pretty typical boat rot for a boat that's been left exposed to the elements.

    You're looking at a complete restoration which means removing all of the decking, stringers, and transom...
  9. Re: Aluminum Bulkhead Stringes not sure really broke please help! thanks!!!

    I think that's just a butt joint for 2 pieces of stringer to make a turn with the contour of the hull... or they just slopped 2 pieces in instead of a single piece.
  10. Re: Aluminum Bulkhead Stringes not sure really broke please help! thanks!!!

    To repair your broken cross members use 1-1/2" aluminum angle 1/16" or 1/8" thick. Cut 2 clips that will fit inside of your channel cross members underneath:...
  11. Re: Aluminum Bulkhead Stringes not sure really broke please help! thanks!!!

    Could you post pics with a different method, I tried to copy those so I could mark them up in my paint program to show you what I'm talking about but couldn't copy.

    The weight of the water in your...
  12. Re: Aluminum Bulkhead Stringes not sure really broke please help! thanks!!!

    Those cross members aren't really that serious, they're support members for your decking. They hold your deck up around the edges and the little knee wall for your storage compartment. They aren't...
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    Re: Transom - Repair or wait till fall ???

    Ah yes, sleeving around the motor mounting bolts because the material is too strong... I should've know.:rolleyes:
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    Re: Transom - Repair or wait till fall ???

    What do you think your fiberglass guy is going to find when he removes a portion of the rear deck to access the transom? Good stringers and dry foam (if your boat has foam)? I'm thinking if the...
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    Re: Under 16, can you keep the fish...

    This:



    Is from here:
    http://www.eregulations.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/14FLSW-Final-LR.pdf

    If your son is actively fishing and catches a fish y'all want to keep it is a legal fish.
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    Re: Fiberglass thickness

    Are you going to use floatation foam? If so, what kind?
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    Re: Hazards in Lake Michigan

    Look like Dirtbergs.
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    Re: Fiberglass thickness

    Not a minute too soon on the stringer replacement eh?! Those thing have probably been rotting for a decade or so.

    You'll get a better bond if you bed your stringers in raw and unsealed, then after...
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    Re: Water Over Transom in Splashwell

    Splashwell drains should never be plugged and remain open at all times with no debris or objects to obstruct them.

    Launching on the other side of the lake would've been a better idea.

    Remove...
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    Re: Fiberglass thickness

    Stringers should be installed unwrapped.

    Bed/bond stringers to the hull with a suitable adhesive and then layup with resin and glass.
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    Re: Sealing marine plywood?

    I have 4 pieces of decking on my boat, but only 1 butt joint (you called it a seam) and it's concealed with aluminum trim on the front deck....
  22. Re: Can I troll a 1800LB boat w/ a 112LB electric trolling in the Gulf of Mexico

    If your transom is sound and rot free you shouldn't have any problems with the 25 kicker. You can look in the motor forums for ways to mount and rig/connect your kicker.

    Back to your original...
  23. Re: How can I stop it from leaking in my cabin?

    Post pics of your door for the best help.

    Typically, bifold doors aren't designed to be weatherproof and you may want to consider installing a different door.

    If this is a problem when your...
  24. What Happened to the "Member of the Month" thing?

    Is no one else worthy?
  25. Re: Can I troll a 1800LB boat w/ a 112LB electric trolling in the Gulf of Mexico

    As others have asked, what boat exactly do you intend to put that TM on?

    What speed do you plan to troll?
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    Re: Sealing marine plywood?

    There are much cheaper alternatives, but the last thing I would skimp on is the 2 part epoxy.

    If you shop around online you can find the Nautolex vinyl cheaper than the lower grade marine carpet,...
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    Re: Sealing marine plywood?

    If you're thinking about vinyl have a look at my resto thread:

    http://forums.iboats.com/boat-restoration-building-hull-repair/97-tracker-pro-deep-v-facelift-509163.html
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    Re: Sealing marine plywood?

    You need to seal and carpet your plywood before installing it in your boat.

    Sealing the edges of your plywood is one of the most important things and you can't do that after it's fastened down in...
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    Re: Screwing down vinyl deck and pouring foam

    Those rivets can be replaced with stainless steel hardware... bolts, nuts, and sheet metal screws. You may also be able to use some aluminum closed end blind rivets in some places, but most people...
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    Re: New hatch covers

    Galvanized would be one of my last choices for this or any marine application. Your best build will be with stainless steel and second best would be aluminum.
  31. Thread: Transom Dryer

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    Re: Transom Dryer

    Leave it like that for 6 mo. then turn it off for a week and take another moisture reading and it'll probably still be wet.
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    Re: Floor replacement help / questions

    I believe the Advantech uses a phenol (epoxy) based resin to bond it together and I wouldn't use it if you plan to use polyester resin for your fiberglass layups, but if you're going to fiberglass...
  33. Re: Need some "type materials" recommnedations

    Either give or throw the boat away if you aren't going to fix it right.

    I'm from the old school of "If it's worth fixing, it's worth fixing right".
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    Re: Floor re-build question

    So you missed this part of the product description??? VVVVV




    Read here:
    Flotation - Flotation Materials

    It's not really that hard to figure out that a more dense material will repel water...
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    Re: Floor re-build question

    I'd use the rigid schedule 40 pvc for a couple of reasons:

    1. It's very strong and it isn't going to get crushed below deck like the fiberglass, since it is strong/rigid it'll be less likely to be...
  36. Thread: Sandbag?

    by jigngrub
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    Re: Sandbag?

    Here's a past discussion on the subject:

    http://forums.iboats.com/boat-topics-questions-not-engine-topics/ballast-how-what-use-494145.html
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    Re: Floor re-build question

    4 lb. foam product description from USComposites:



    This product doesn't break down any quicker than the 2 lb. density and is twice as strong and twice as water resistant.
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    Re: Floor re-build question

    There should not be any slots or holes in your drain pipe, your foam needs to be completely sealed off from exposure to water. Putting drain holes in the pipe will expose your foam to water that runs...
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    Re: Fees for the lake or river

    Free-$5 per launch, most of the free launches are unsupervised and frequented by thieves... making it worth the $5 for a supervised privately owned launch ramp.
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    Re: Floor re-build question

    If the foam was poured completely solid in that area drainage holes wouldn't have done any good. The foam would've had to become completely saturated for it to start draining and would never drain...
  41. Re: Two part pourable foam - what won't stick to it

    I'd use a 6mil black plastic coated with Johnsons paste wax:
    ...
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    Re: Floor re-build question

    Your cutie-pie pic is... cute, I guess... if you're into that sort of thing.

    But we need to see pics of the inside of your boat, what you're working on. Verbal descriptions get lost in the...
  43. Re: 1985 Bass Tracker TX17 restoration attempt

    The vinyl wrap I'm talking about is this stuff:
    Black Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap for Car Bike Boat Trailer 5ft x 5 5ft BCF5M01 | eBay

    ... and this is how you install it:
    How to Wrap a Car...
  44. Re: 1985 Bass Tracker TX17 restoration attempt

    The only way to get foam saturated is by prolonged exposure to water, and it takes quite a while for it to get soaked. The previous owner(s) more than likely left the boat outside uncovered with the...
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    Re: Getting out carpet stains?

    I absolutely hate carpet in a boat!
  46. Re: 1985 Bass Tracker TX17 restoration attempt

    Consider getting a free photobucket account for posting nice big pics that load right side up.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/greencoachdog/basstracker1_zps0613437f.jpg...
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    Re: '97 Tracker Pro Deep V Facelift

    I see the dreaded red banner has popped back up on this thread, so this is a bump in case anyone is interested in the Nautolex vinyl.
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    Re: Vinyl flooring

    I love my Storm Gray Nautolex vinyl!
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/greencoachdog/DSC02252.jpg
    The lighter color keeps it cooler in the summer sun and it's a breeze to clean, nothing stains...
  49. Re: 1985 Bass Tracker TX17 restoration attempt

    Drill out the rivets and then rivet the metal deck back. When drilling the old rivets out, just drill until the heads come off and the punch the remaing rivet through with a center punch or nail.
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    Re: Screwing down vinyl deck and pouring foam

    Your transom plywood is behind the aluminum sheeting in this area:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/greencoachdog/transompaint1_zpsd3dd560d.jpg

    It sits on the "Z" angle (red arrows):...
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