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    Hello Everyone! I've been lurking on this site for a couple months now. My name is Jon and I'm out of Mt Juliet TN (sub of Nashville) I started on this project on a different site a couple months ago but didn't have the community this site has so I'm moving it here. The project is a 1978 Webbcraft 22' something... company went out of business so kind of hard finding info on it. Its not that easy on the eyes at the moment but hopefully with your help I can turn this boat around and save it.

    I've already begun the demo and most of what I thought was correct but did have a few surprises. The motor wasn't winterized so the block (350) is cracked on both sides but I'll just replace it with a long block. The outboard was pulled and will need to be gone through. The bellows require complete rebuild. The deck had about 2 feet of compost and a 5' tree growing out of the boat so sole and most of the upholstery is shot except for the buckets look like they can be cleaned up. and wow I've never seen so many snails! The wiring looks like they have done a lot of late night repairs on the water... it was full of water and the foam was soaked. I thought the transom was in good shape but after degreasing everything I can see that it just had a really good shell on it but core samples show it to be wet and rotten. However to my surprise the transom and the sole are the only places I see wood. The stringers are actually all glass with a foam core. I'll have to cutout about 12" of the back where it attaches to the transom so I can inspect what the inside looks like. I suspect the engine mounts have wood too but will do a little more discovery this weekend.

    I don't have any boat repair or glass experience but I'm a quick study. After looking at all the great projects you guys have shared I feel confident I can bring her back. However, convincing my wife may be more of a challenge... she assumes I paid someone to haul off their junk. She is probably right.

    Anyway this is what i drug home tree removed...


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    I few more of the mess before I really get started... lots of water including that left in the block that froze on both sides.



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    • #3
      Pulled all the deck off and drained all the nasty water. Still finding snails though...

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      • #4
        So at some point someone thought it was a good idea to cut holes these side boxes to speakers would fit... nice path for water to get under the deck...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JonNmtJuliet View Post
          Hello Everyone! I've been lurking on this site for a couple months now. My name is Jon and I'm out of Mt Juliet TN (sub of Nashville) I started on this project on a different site a couple months ago but didn't have the community this site has so I'm moving it here. The project is a 1978 Webbcraft 22' something... company went out of business so kind of hard finding info on it. Its not that easy on the eyes at the moment but hopefully with your help I can turn this boat around and save it.
          Welcome aboard! Looks like a good project...

          The deck had about 2 feet of compost and a 5' tree growing out of the boat...
          I thought it was bad that I found a mushroom growing out of the transom!

          I don't have any boat repair or glass experience but I'm a quick study. After looking at all the great projects you guys have shared I feel confident I can bring her back. However, convincing my wife may be more of a challenge... she assumes I paid someone to haul off their junk. She is probably right.
          Just show her how much new boats of a similar size would cost - she will see how much money you're saving. Worked for me...

          BTW - your photos in the first post work OK (although I need to click on them to see them larger). The photos in the second post don't show at all. The photos in the last couple of posts are only small thumbnails - I can't enlarge them.
          First project (splashed Sept 2017): 1969 Sea Ray SRV185 Re-build Current project: 1974 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender

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          • #6
            That was my thought... put a few thousand in it to see if we actually use it and then later trade up if we wanted to. Unfortunately she could get past the tree.

            Sorry about the photo's I'm still trying to get my see legs on this site. I need to resize everything and see if I can them uploaded a different way.


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            • #7
              Let's try this again

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              • #8
                FYI a Complete restoration including the motor repairs, new structural, and interior, will need at least 200 man hours of work and a budget of around $3-4K. The work is not that hard but...It is time consuming, ITCHY, and at time HOT!!! Check out the STICKY section on the top of the forum for a LOT of great info. For now just get everything out and then you can start the cutting and grinding of the hull
                1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
                Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
                Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint...Say What!!!

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                • #9
                  I'm accustomed to sweat equity and I like learning new skills. What I'm nervous about the most is the interior work but I'm willing to give it a try. I'm really amazed at the quality of work done by "amateurs" on this site.

                  I'm fairly certain this really helped the damage along with the socked foam... Why in the world would you cut holes like this when you could easily mount speakers in the bench seat.

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                  • #10
                    Its time to grind... the transom gave a good fight but I got most out in large pieces. the second sheet I was able to remove complete to use as a template.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JonNmtJuliet View Post
                      Its time to grind... the transom gave a good fight but I got most out in large pieces. the second sheet I was able to remove complete to use as a template.
                      At least your transom still resembled wood. On my bigger boat it came out as powder, using only my hands to pull it out...

                      Seems that people cut and drill all kind so of holes in boats - simply because they just don’t know any better (and seem to lack common sense).
                      First project (splashed Sept 2017): 1969 Sea Ray SRV185 Re-build Current project: 1974 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender

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                      • #12
                        I'm along for the ride. Looks like it'll be a really nice boat when you're done with it.
                        My 1993 Ski Centurion Falcon resto-mod thread:
                        https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...on-restoration

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CrazyFinn View Post

                          At least your transom still resembled wood. On my bigger boat it came out as powder, using only my hands to pull it out...

                          Seems that people cut and drill all kind so of holes in boats - simply because they just don’t know any better (and seem to lack common sense).
                          Sad it was that bad of shape but that does make for an easy demo... I'm looking to remove as many entry points as I can. Even plan on using a gps speed guage to remove the pressure line.

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                          • #14
                            Since the side boxes, not sure what they are called, are soaked I'm removing them as well to rebuild. The wood glassed in was compost. More grinding to be done.

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                              I was able to demo the foam from the stringers with a couple of tactical cutouts. also removed the cracked pvc drains and rotted gas tank supports. as well as removed the keel. it was actually a bunch of 2' long sections glassed in. I'm hoping i can go back with a larger piece.

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