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  • 1976 AeroCraft Fishmaster - Complete Restore

    Ok, so here I am the new proud owner of a tin boat. I have no idea what I am doing. That is where I lean on you tin-America. I have zero- I repeat- zero experience in restoring boats. This 1976 Browning Aerocraft Fishmaster was my grandfathers who passed years ago. For about 10 years it has been sitting neglected. I plan on changing that.
    Last edited by UConnMRB; July 21st, 2014, 08:18 AM.
    UConnMRB - Matt

    "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right." - H.S.T.

    My 1976 Browing Aerocraft Restore

  • #2
    Post some pix of your grandfather's boat. Great to hear you're planning to rehab it & keep it in the family.

    Lots of great tin boat projects have been thru the iboats dry dock, many of them here:
    Starcraft Boats

    Plenty of great tin boat building tips that will work on your Browning

    Welcome to iboats.

    Now, about those pix....
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    • #3
      We're experts and love projects. Come aboard and learn to work on your tinny. We require pictures though. Grandpa will be proud, let's get started.

      How long is she? What motor?

      Don
      18' Starcraft; 1971 Offshore V ; Proud member of the Starmada since Jan 2010 (Starmada phrase coined by ozenine)

      Autism Speaks, It's time we listen.
      Autism affects 1 in 70 boys.
      MY Resto; 18' Offshore (gifted to nephew)
      Resto of a 12' Sea Scamp circa 1967 (Zach's boat) (sold to a freind)
      67' 14' Sea Nymph-Big Water (finished)
      16' Jupiter convert to a tiller (under construction)
      Johnson CD-12, 1955 5-1/2 horse

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      • #4
        Thanks for the replies. It is 16' feet in length. It had an older 40 HP (Johnson I think) but I am not using that. Once the project is farther along I will stop shopping for power. It is sitting in the Grandmothers lawn right now, which is where it has sat for 10 years or so. She just wants to get rid of it and was elated that I wanted it, so win-win. My plan is to just hook up the trailer, inflate the tires and drive it (all back roads, about 10 minutes) to my house saying a prayer or two whilst driving. From there it will go into my garage where the work will be done.





        Last edited by UConnMRB; August 11th, 2014, 10:28 AM.
        UConnMRB - Matt

        "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right." - H.S.T.

        My 1976 Browing Aerocraft Restore

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        • #5
          Few more:




          Last edited by UConnMRB; August 11th, 2014, 10:30 AM.
          UConnMRB - Matt

          "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right." - H.S.T.

          My 1976 Browing Aerocraft Restore

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          • #6
            She looks way worse than she is. Hull is in good shape. I dont know if it was fresh water only but I dont anticipate any corrosion under any foam. The lights and windshield are in good shape, just need polishing. Wiring is a mess, but I would want to redo that anyway. The plants growing out of it are just deck level. I actually think 2 of the seats will work well enough for trial runs they just need a real cleaning. This is a long post but thanks for hanging in there with my ramblings. I spent all day Sunday rearranging my garage to be my work space. I also started building a 15'x7' wooden frame that the boat will sit in. I bought 7 wheels that swivel (look like roller blade wheels) and those are going on the bottom of the frame. That way i can easy roll into into and out of the garage when its nice out. I will modify the frame for when i flip the boat over for paint. Good news is all the lumber I had. When i finish the frame I will post pics.
            UConnMRB - Matt

            "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right." - H.S.T.

            My 1976 Browing Aerocraft Restore

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            • #7

              Ooooooo! Rivets and flora!!!
              I consider overkill a job well done... plus a little extra.

              There's as many ways to do something as there is people to tell you how to do it... but not all of them are the right way.

              The drinking and debauchery will continue until morale improves... and maybe for a little while after.

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              • #8
                Good bones is all you need. It's hard to kill a tinny. All the wood needs to come off. Epoxy any new wood and if it's exposed to sunlight several coats of spar varnish. Looks good plus UV protected and water proof too.

                Man I hope we get to do rivets and foam! Pour in foam would be my recomendation. I see paint in your future, you hit the jackpot dude!

                Good luck,

                Don
                18' Starcraft; 1971 Offshore V ; Proud member of the Starmada since Jan 2010 (Starmada phrase coined by ozenine)

                Autism Speaks, It's time we listen.
                Autism affects 1 in 70 boys.
                MY Resto; 18' Offshore (gifted to nephew)
                Resto of a 12' Sea Scamp circa 1967 (Zach's boat) (sold to a freind)
                67' 14' Sea Nymph-Big Water (finished)
                16' Jupiter convert to a tiller (under construction)
                Johnson CD-12, 1955 5-1/2 horse

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by UConnMRB View Post
                  Few more:
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                  Following along uconnmrb. She looks like a diamond in the ruff! I appreciate the history of the Browning Aerocraft boats having grown up and still living near the original factory which also eventually was taken over by the Thompson boat company.

                  Can't be much help with the tinny, but there are many great folks here that live, eat, breath this stuff!

                  Looking forward to seeing her come back to life!!!!

                  SBB
                  "I always tell the truth, even when I lie" ~ Tony Montana

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the replies. I dont want to mention what I am going to use for flotation...that seems to start off quite the debate here on Iboats. I have read all the pros and cons to pour in, foam boards, pool noodles, etc, and I will just wait til I get there and price it all out. Deconstruction will start this weekend. One question I have is, if the floors are riveted down, do I drill through the existing rivets, or do they pry off?
                    UConnMRB - Matt

                    "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right." - H.S.T.

                    My 1976 Browing Aerocraft Restore

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                    • #11
                      You can drill out the deck rivets if you want, but I think your deck wood is going to crumble pretty easy and you may end up just cutting the rivets off after the deck is out.
                      I consider overkill a job well done... plus a little extra.

                      There's as many ways to do something as there is people to tell you how to do it... but not all of them are the right way.

                      The drinking and debauchery will continue until morale improves... and maybe for a little while after.

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                      • #12
                        I remember those boats. They were built in my hometown of St. Charles, MI. We knew the owners family before they sold to Browning. Before Browning took over, that model was called the "Coho" under the Aerocraft name.

                        They resembled Starcraft models except they did not have lapstrakes rolled into the side panels. Other than that, very similar.

                        I'm glad to see one resurrected.

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                        • #13
                          Advice needed. Tomorrow is deconstruction day which I am sure will lead to days. I noticed that the console and whatever its called across from it (where firstmate sits) is all aluminum with rivets. I am going to want to keep that and just repaint it. So do i drill through center of the rivets? Is there any advice in doing that?
                          UConnMRB - Matt

                          "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right." - H.S.T.

                          My 1976 Browing Aerocraft Restore

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                          • #14
                            Yes, just drill the rivet heads off and the consoles will come loose. I used a 1/4" drill bit to do mine. Then you'll take a punch and drive the rest of the rivet out.
                            Rodney


                            https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...sylvan-rebuild

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                            • #15
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                              I like to use a split point (135*) drill bit. W/ gentle application of the trigger on a variable speed drill, I don't typically have to use a center punch to keep the bit from wandering as I start to drill the rivets.
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