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    Ok , I needed a fishing boat for our area salt marshes and creeks so i picked this beauty up for 30 bucks ..
    It's got a clear title so I guess that's worth the 30 bucks ..So that gives me the old classic MFG , the really cool Borum Bobcat , and now a nice stable tri-hull fishing boat .. I,m sure I'll need plenty of help and idea's to bring this one back from the brink of extinction ..
    Here is an introduction video ... I really should hire an actor I,m not the most well spoken guy ...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQX7...=youtube_gdata
    Oh ,and I have already given her a name ...." Prop Scar "
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    '64 MFG Rebuild
    MFG forum thread https://forums.iboats.com/mfg/64-edin...ay-524708.html
    https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ve-the-manatee
    https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...at-restoration

  • #2
    Well,.............At least the demo work has been done,...

    I see lots of grinding in your future,...........

    How big of a motor is it rated for? And what are your plans for a motor??

    I see an opportunity for a big tiller and a wide open fishing platform!!

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    • #3
      A couple of layers of 1708 on those gunnels will stiffen it right up! Gonna be fun to start with a clean canvas and really make it what you want! Count me in for this one as well!
      '83 Lund "Sirius" total gut and rebuild

      You may feel some "discomfort"

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      • #4
        Teamster, not sure what it's actually rated for but I have a 50hp Evinrude that will probably go on there if I don't run into something else along the way .. Idk about the tiller idea. but it would sure open up a nice platform ..
        Nm , welcome aboard again ! Yep also gunna add some wood support along the inside of the top edge of the gunwales . That should help stiffen things up also ..
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        https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ve-the-manatee
        https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...at-restoration

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        • #5
          Congrats! Looking forward to the work project.
          Most times I'm wrong, Most times I stand corrected..But...Sometimes I'm right.
          1983 SportCraft Deep V OSFF 222 Cuddy Rehab
          https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ddy-walkaround
          https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engin...-new-fuel-pump
          www.flotationfoamsolutions.com

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          • #6
            What year model is it?

            From just the few seconds I watched of the vid, it looks very "floppy". I suggest looking for a pic online of one that is stock and study the structural aspects like raised decks and storage built against the sidewalls, those thin gunwales are not the stuff open-deck boats are made of.

            Should be a nice boat when you get it done.
            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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            • #7
              Okay, I see a nice fishing boat coming out of this one. It is very close to my tri-hull Tom Boy boat in its design. I have the same flimsy sides but I have plans to solve that problem. I am building rod boxes on both sides, similar to Pro Bass Panfish Special boat designs. That will fix her up very nicely. I am going the stick steering route as well so I can fish and move from one seat in the front... I will be joining in with your latest project if that is okay... My biggest problem is, I have a "can do" attitude and always have had that mindset all my life. I can see nice boats in most every old dilapidate boat I come across. I don't make the connection with work effort and material cost determine my ambitions and that IS a curse... But I love rebuilding most anything back to better then new... Your latest project looks great to me as to what it can become!
              Tom Boy Boat Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...s-what-trailer
              Rebuilt trailer project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/gener...r-back-to-life
              '76 40 HP Johnson rebuild https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engin...mplete-rebuild
              Minn Kota 599 Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ta-599-project

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              • #8
                Hey Sam, don't u rest?

                looks like Manatee used a front platform, and side gutter system to stiffen the hull, this is an older 15.







                maybe u could work something similar back in yours....make a great crabbing rig
                "We all come from the sea. But we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again."

                Current Boats
                10' tin gamefisher/Johnson 7.5hp ob
                1991 Sea Ray 170br/AlphaMerc
                1996 Century 1800 CC/Yamaha c85
                1988 Imperial 280SF (under the knife)
                1972 Checkmate mx-15

                https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...cs-598307.html

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                • #9
                  Swamp rocket, 50hp!
                  Should make for a nice beat'r-up fishing rig. You know, one of those functional work boats. "She aint pretty but she sure catches fish.

                  The 1st boat I had when I 1st joined the group was similar in design and shape and was going to use it the same way as a knock-about fishing boat until I came across the 14' Lund. Would have cost more to repair that one than it did to buy the Lund.

                  Anyways, that boat had sides that were very thin and flexible also so what was done by the manufacturer was as you said in the video was to build boxes down each side, glassed in, which they then filled with flotation foam. You could easily do the same thing. As I recall they had only used 1/4" ply to build those structures so it didn't add a lot of weight but did add a lot of strength.


                  1984 Lund S14 DLX, 35hp Evinrude on a Spartan Roller Tilt trailer. Sold to little brother.
                  1988 Alumacraft Classic 16 under reconstruction.
                  1984 Sea Nymph FM144 Pike Attacker, 1994 Johnson 30hp

                  195? Rich Line 14', the stump bumber

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                  • #10
                    I heart!! The Larivee had the back corner boxes and the gutter system. You'll figure it out.

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                    • #11
                      Kc. Thanks !
                      Jig , it's a 1975 15'-6" ... Glad ya asked because I did not remember and I forgot where I stashed the title .. Found it ...
                      gm, Welcome aboard ! The rod locker idea sounds like a good plan ...Maybe combine that with a gutter .. Hmmm ....
                      Zool , I do catch a nap every now and then .. I really like the way that one is set up .. I have the drain holes on each side in the back so I bet it was set up identical ...Heck that ones got a 90 hp on there ...
                      Bonz_d , yep the fish don,t care what the boat looks like ! She'll get a paint job and all but i.m not gunna fret when I run up on the first oyster bed ..
                      Lisa , thanks I just hope it turns out as nice as the Larivee!!
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                      '64 MFG Rebuild
                      MFG forum thread https://forums.iboats.com/mfg/64-edin...ay-524708.html
                      https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ve-the-manatee
                      https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...at-restoration

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                      • #12
                        Hmmmm, Manatee, Speedboat, SIL's boat, Quachita, Sleep, Work, Admiral....



                        SUPER SAM!!!
                        1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
                        Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
                        Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint...Say What!!!

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                        • #13
                          Really! I can barely keep up with the mess I have now let alone add another boat to the pile. You must have a serious drive and work ethic to tackle all that you do. My hats off to ya. Looks like a great project, and I'll be tuning in for the ride.
                          Starcraft Transom Repair https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...om-640860.html
                          Stratos Restore Thread https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...ep-630863.html
                          Dave
                          Elizabethton Tennessee

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                          • #14
                            Just kinda happened that they all hit at the same time ... A few days of grinding kryptonite will prolly take the wind out of my sails !!
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                            '64 MFG Rebuild
                            MFG forum thread https://forums.iboats.com/mfg/64-edin...ay-524708.html
                            https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ve-the-manatee
                            https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...at-restoration

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                            • #15
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                              splelps, if you're like me, and it reason sounds like you are, I get great satisfaction out of rebuilding so many older things and bringing them back to life. I guess that comes from not having a penny so many years ago and having to do everything for myself, if I wanted to continue using such. Back then it seems a total PITA, but looking back, it was probably the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The things I've learned over the years has made life so much easier and cheaper these days. AND the fact that I can't afford to hire others to do the work for me still... I will be watching your new project closely...
                              Tom Boy Boat Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...s-what-trailer
                              Rebuilt trailer project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/gener...r-back-to-life
                              '76 40 HP Johnson rebuild https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engin...mplete-rebuild
                              Minn Kota 599 Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ta-599-project

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