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  • 91 sea ray 185 bow rider restoration

    I’m new to iboats, so this is all new to me. I purchased a 91 sea ray 185 bow rider last year, knowing it had a few problems. Such as 8 screws through the hull in the back from a “new floor” being put in. I’ve never restored a boat, but figured I could seeing as I’m a skilled mechanic. I think I I’m in over my head now, seeing as I pulled the carpet and “new floor” up to fix the screws through the hull. Doing so, I found the “new floor” was plywood laid over the old rotten floor. So seeing that I started pulling sections of it up. It has fiberglass over it and it’s a pain in the butt to get up. But doing so I’ve found rotten floor and rotten stringers. I have yet to check the transom. I’ve watched several of friscoboaters videos and feel somewhat informed. But still looking for advice and answers. I’ll post more as I get into it, but now I’m in the process of tearing the floor up that is covered in fiberglass.
    So I’m seeking advice on what is the easiest way to cut the fiberglass/plywood out of it?
    also advice and opinions on sistering the stringers on both sides of rotten stringers glued in and glassed in with bolts through them, squeezing in on the rotten stringers. A guy at a local marina told me about that method of sistering them. It sounded crazy, and I just gave him a stupid look and walked away. Now it’s in the back of my mind, so I figured I’d ask.
    I’ll post more updates the farther I get into it. Any advice and answers would be greatly appreciated. Taking it to someone else to do this is out of the question. My wife won’t let me spend that much money lol

    also it wont let me upload pictures at this moment. Not sure why yet.

  • #2
    You got 3-4 post before it lets you upload pictures.

    Forget sistering in anything Just take it all out and replace it. Fixing the screw holes is a peice of cake once you get that far. I had staple holes from the factory in mine.

    I used a saws all and a whiz wheel blade on a grinder. Get the harbor freight grinders they are cheap and the glass dust destroys them.

    Anyhow welcome to the little family here. Congrats on the boat. I know now it don't seem like it but once it is done you will love it and be glad you did it.

    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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    • #3
      welcome aboard

      you bought a "deck-over" boat which is the same as a used car lot using 3 gallons of bondo over the funny pages to cover rust holes while putting rags under the valve covers to keep the valve train from clattering

      go to the sticky at the top of the page, look thru every link, specifically reading link 14, 18, 2, 3, 4a, and 4b in that order

      https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...at-information

      then plan on your restoration. it will cost you about $2-3k (not including interior or engine work)

      step 1, photo document everything
      step 2, remove everything from inside the boat
      step 3, remove the motor and outdrive
      step 4, build a craddle
      step 5, uncap the boat as it makes life so much easier
      step 6, cut out everything
      step 7, grind down to good hull fiberglass
      step 8, plan out the wood
      step 9 execute the wood plan
      step 10, PB and tabing
      step 11, foaming and decking
      step 12, finishing the deck
      step 13, install the cap
      step 14, install the motor and drive (make sure to align)
      step 15, put everything back in the boat
      step 16, enjoy

      Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

      1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

      Past Boats
      1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
      2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
      1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

      What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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      • #4
        Yep, what Scott said...

        Read all of those suggested items, and then read around on many of the restoration projects around here to see how everyone went about everything. Friscoboaters youtube series is good, but leaves out a lot of the info that is covered in the stickies that Scott mentioned.

        Its a labor of love, and if you love labor than dive in...
        1996 Bayliner Capri 2050 40th Anniv Edition - 5.7 Merc - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

        Check out my Youtube channel for a documentation of my 96 Bayliner restoration:
        https://www.youtube.com/user/jross82785

        How to rebuild a 2 barrel Mercarb:
        https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engi...ructions-video

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        • #5
          Best I found for cutting through fiberglass with a lot less dust was an oscillating multi tool with the fan style saw blade.
          - Eric

          Somers, WI

          Old enough to know better - but crazy enough to try anyway

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          • #6
            I cut my deck out using a circular saw with the depth set to the thickness of the decking. Then I cleaned up with a Sawzall and an oscillating mutitool saw. Followed up with a healthy dose of grinding, of course! It would have talen an eternity to get it all out with the oscillating tool.
            Location: West Central Illinois, USA 1997 Larson 186 SEi Bowrider I/O Mercruiser 350 #0F747565 Mag Alpha One Gen II #1A270120 Transom and Deck Restoration Project on my '97 Larson Bowrider

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            • #7
              Thanks for all of the input! I will keep updates on how it goes. Got some more of the floor cut out today and just ridiculous how much the wood is rotten and just falling apart. Can practically squeeze water out of the wood. It’s scary to think we were on the lake hitting hard wakes and the support system was this bad.

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              • #8
                Yep, a lot of mine looked good from the outside but once you start cutting it's crazy how bad a factory boat is made. My motor mount had rotted so much the fiberglass was free floating and the wood had turned to mud.

                the oscillating tool will be your best friend, I think a lot of people right it off as it's a little slower. But I was able to get so close to the hull and reduce my grinding time dramatically. Let the tool do the work don't force it forward that really slows it down.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ryantrammell1 View Post
                  Thanks for all of the input! I will keep updates on how it goes. Got some more of the floor cut out today and just ridiculous how much the wood is rotten and just falling apart. Can practically squeeze water out of the wood. It’s scary to think we were on the lake hitting hard wakes and the support system was this bad.
                  its more common than you think. there are a few pics on iBoats over the years where an outboard simply rips the transom off

                  Make sure you go thru the sticky links
                  Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

                  1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

                  Past Boats
                  1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
                  2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
                  1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

                  What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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                  • #10
                    So some updates today. Still cutting floor out. Got all gas drained out, and tank removed. As well as side panels. Got a skill saw now. Cutting it out is going much better. Still having a hard time seeing where floor is and hull of boat due to all rotten crap and fiberglass everywhere. I did run into something really weird where a ski locker would be. New wood laid in for maybe a support in the floor. Not sure what their plan was but it’s horrible! I’m gonna try to post some pics ASAP. Also have these weird boxes I’ve never seen in any other boat that were beside the back to back seats that are of course fiberglassed in. So trying to get them out is fun too. Motor is still in. Haven’t gotten to taking it out yet. Plus gotta find somewhere to rent a motor hoist around me. Today has been the only nice day in the past 2 weeks. I would much rather be out on my motorcycle. But the boat is not going to do itself!

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                    • #11
                      Also it still will not let me upload pictures. Keeps telling me they’re over the size limit

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                      • #12
                        I do all my posting from my phone. I got an app (photo and picture resizer) and just shrink it down. I think it has to be under 2 meg

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                        • #13
                          That’s what I’m using. iPhone. I’ll try one of those apps

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                          • #14
                            Yea.. if using your phone, download a photo resize app.. if your computer, use paint to resize .. I usually do 800x600 and jpeg format and never have a problem...
                            1996 Bayliner Capri 2050 40th Anniv Edition - 5.7 Merc - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

                            Check out my Youtube channel for a documentation of my 96 Bayliner restoration:
                            https://www.youtube.com/user/jross82785

                            How to rebuild a 2 barrel Mercarb:
                            https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engi...ructions-video

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