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  • I still got some resin left about a gallon. I talked to the admiral last night. I going to order some more CSM this morning to use that up. Encapsulate the stringers first. I got to do final trims on the stringers and I can put them in after they are waterproofed. Then final trims on the deck.

    I got a bunch of 1708 left I need to cut into tabbing for all the stringers. See how much I will need more of that. Now that i see what i am using calculate what i will need to finish this barge glass wise.

    I got to wait till spring to get more resin to finish. So I will put the swim deck back on and the gimbal, speedo pitot mounted. Do the stripes on the back before the gimbal. Run the wires on the transom. Re seal the through hull fittings. Cooler drain, tank vent. Weather is already cooling here past the 65 degree pint of glassing.

    Once the final preps are done on the wood I got ready. It will go quicky. Tabbing the stringers is all that is left that is even a little hard. Doing the decks is cake.

    Gimbal housing looks fine. But the outdrive I am going to sand down and re paint. It has been painted and looks fine but they didn't sand first and there are chips they just painted over we can't have that. But the bright side is it all has new stickers already on them.

    Once I finish this resin I got I guess we back to where this circus started. Back to buffing the white and new stripes on the sides. Clean the work work bench off and start feshening up the ol wienie 3 liter.
    Dance with the waves,
    move with the sea.
    Let the rhythm of the water
    set your soul free.

    1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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    • I ordered more csm today. I spend the day in and out trimming the main stringers with the grinder. All 4 are ready now. Once they are encapsulated they going in for good.

      Dance with the waves,
      move with the sea.
      Let the rhythm of the water
      set your soul free.

      1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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      • My transom seal is out for delivery so it will be here in a couple hours.

        Since I am waiting supplies I worked on the back of the boat. Sanded and buffed the area between the swim deck and transom. Back of the swim deck. Stuff I couldn't get to once it was on.

        Put the new stripes on the back. Under the gimbal and the braces for the swim deck. Got the swim deck on. That was a pain by myself.

        Drilled and put in the bilge drain. Re sealed the through hull fittings, cooler drain and the Bilge pump outlet while I had the GM 4200 all over everything.

        Then cleaned the excess sealant off of everything all over the back. Some people are such pigs when they work if you know what I mean.









        Dance with the waves,
        move with the sea.
        Let the rhythm of the water
        set your soul free.

        1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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        • So why aren't the stripes complete sisde to side? Just wondering.

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          • Originally posted by kcassells View Post
            So why aren't the stripes complete side to side? Just wondering.

            They stop just past the outer lower braces for the swim deck. Just a good handy break point. The stripes run under the gimble housing and the lower swim deck bracing. Right now I just needed this part done to get the swim rack and gimble on. Needed that area complete so the future change are there. The small overlap will be the starting point for the full boot stripes around the corner to the bow. It is slightly different color than the existing stripes to match the lighter color interior material I am going to use. Tie it in.

            Anyhow at the moment I am more concerned with making it a boat again. Than buffing the rest of the white out so I can finish these stripes.
            Dance with the waves,
            move with the sea.
            Let the rhythm of the water
            set your soul free.

            1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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            • uhmm hmmm I see. TX

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              • LOL I think my brother needs to look at his boat alot harder for rot. He speaks highly of the guy and believes him when he says it is okay. But what I am finding on mine tells me he may be a little shady. He said mine was fine to. His idea and mine may be worlds apart tho.

                Mine being it is serviced and go to go for years. His being it hasn't sunk yet LOL.

                Well to the reason for the post. Somebody knew this boat was sinking LOL. Just new evidence on top of the old in this thread. I am cleaning the gimbal housing. You know clean it and mating gasket surfaces, Well after cleaning a ton of gm 5200 off of it everywhere. Some clown did not clean the mating surface and just painted over it and used a new seal a long time ago.

                Well when i was cleaning it to repaint it. I found rotted wood under the paint.

                Anywho problem solved and painted. Now go drop the wiring harness and clean the tons of fiberglass dust while the paint dries










                Dance with the waves,
                move with the sea.
                Let the rhythm of the water
                set your soul free.

                1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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                • Gimble housing in. And new transom gaskets are a wrestling match aren't they. Torqued to specs. Hard to be outside lining the gasket up while you got to be inside tightening. So Lots if in and out of the boat going on today.

                  Steering hooked up. Wires cleaned. Got the pitot tube through and all hooked up.

                  I can tell the outside working season is about over. Part of the tarping the boat ritual is now cleaning the leaves out of it. It says next week 40's and high in the 60's.

                  All sealing should be done now.

                  Next run the wires then tie them up out of the way. Then it is ready to finish the glassing.
                  Dance with the waves,
                  move with the sea.
                  Let the rhythm of the water
                  set your soul free.

                  1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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                  • Hey I was thinkin that pc. of whittled wood you made for the transom drain might go onto your shifter?

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                    • Originally posted by kcassells View Post
                      Hey I was thinkin that pc. of whittled wood you made for the transom drain might go onto your shifter?
                      It will probably go on the wall with the other momentos from past projects.
                      Dance with the waves,
                      move with the sea.
                      Let the rhythm of the water
                      set your soul free.

                      1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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                      • Well I got to quit early today. So reckon start earlier. Go hook up some lights and start running this wiring on the transom.
                        Dance with the waves,
                        move with the sea.
                        Let the rhythm of the water
                        set your soul free.

                        1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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                        • Admiral got to get a flue shot is the reason I had to quit early. Then grocery shopping yippee LOL.

                          I got the wires run and the hole in the bulkhead for the fuel fill, vent, fuel line and electrical for the tank. Then was making sure the next parts in line to be done fit with the new glass. Few slight trims here and there nothing major.

                          I did something so I feel better anyway. Now off to do normal stuff I got to do.
                          Dance with the waves,
                          move with the sea.
                          Let the rhythm of the water
                          set your soul free.

                          1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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                          • That's cool progress. Anything relateds to wiring and moto is NICE!
                            Glad you feel betta...lol! Luck a drug it is.

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                            • Originally posted by kcassells View Post
                              That's cool progress. Anything relateds to wiring and moto is NICE!
                              Glad you feel betta...lol! Luck a drug it is.
                              It is like a drug isn't it. Got to get my fix.

                              I never thought in my wildest dreams anything would compete with the chevelle for my attention. But the boat pulled it off LOL. Now I keep wanting to pull the restored boat with it. Get to play with both my toys at the same time.

                              Today I won't get squat done I bet. All day busy doing something starting at 5. And I got to clean the van it has been neglected long enough. The front of it is fuzzy looking from bugs LOL.

                              I just looked at the tracking my csm should arrive tomorrow afternoon. 10 lbs of it. I probably will cut up the rest of the 1708 I got into stringer tabbing if I get a break today. Then I can see how much more I will need.

                              I been thinking about the floatation foam going in. And how my boat was originallly made. It had that foam everywhere in the seams of the deck. It says it can have glass put right on it once it is set up. But my idea is and I think this is what was done with my boat originally. To avoid air pockets under the deck. Tab it in after the foam.

                              I see everyone tabbing the deck first. I think I am gong to leave the tabbing off and put the foam in first That way the air can escape out the sides and get a full fill under the decks and various other places it goes. Then just deal with wire brushing the mess down on all the edges before tabbing it all in.

                              Make it good and solid. One thing I did notice on mine during demolition was. Where the foam was solid and no air space whatsoever. The water could not get in and that wood was still always good. So eliminating the air gaps is a beneficial part of the building process. Only the gaps in the foam got wet.
                              Dance with the waves,
                              move with the sea.
                              Let the rhythm of the water
                              set your soul free.

                              1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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                                Are you concerned at all about not having any gelcoat or paint behind the transom plate? I'm not sure how true it is, but I've read that gelcoat or paint reduces the water absorption of the fiberglass. Theoretically you should never have water there to begin with, but we all know its gonna happen some day lol.

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