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1976 Cherokee boat rebuild

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  • 1976 Cherokee boat rebuild

    I found an old cherokee in a barn and made a real buy on it with the intent of rebuilding it to take my dad fishing. Here she is the day she came home.

  • #2
    I found a soft spot on the transom so I gutted the whole boat and replaced the transom.

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    • #3
      I bought a 25' long bank sign made of 1/8' aluminum with a 3' turned edge for about $20 so I decided other than the transom it would be wood free. Took my time to get the curves and had to put it in with 3 pieces.

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      • #4
        I built a rear bench/storage box out of the remaining aluminum, build a top and carpet and attach the floor in one large piece.. I decided to make the boat wide open for more floor space. I didn't have an outboard and decided a tiller would be handy on a small boat.

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        • #5
          Had to weld up a spot where the old rollers had worn through the keel. The roller up front was as hard as concrete and almost as rough. Then lots of prep work and paint.

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          • #6
            Pulled the center rollers out of the trailer so it loads better now

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            • #7
              Added pedestals and wiring. I was able to use the original running lights and wired a thru hull bilge pump.

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              • #8
                I built rod storage out of pvc wrapped it in carpet to match. It's long enough to fit my 8' jig pole. added a cheap fish finder and some millenium

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                • #9
                  Nice work
                  Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

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                  • #10
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                    Excellent work! Makes me kinda want a tinny
                    1985 Bayliner 2450 Ciera Sunbridge
                    Volvo Penta AQ225d, 280 outdrive
                    Restore/Refurbish ongoing......

                    link to my thread: https://forums.iboats.com/showthread...468790&page=12

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