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PostPosted: 15 Jul 2010, 17:21 

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Location: Grand Bay, AL
Well finally got all of the electrical finished. Still have to get a few fittings for the fuel water seperator but that about all of the fun stuff. Now its just getting the front and rear decks layed out and built and it will be ready to hit the water.
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PostPosted: 16 Jul 2010, 14:12 
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That Console is AMAZING! Awesome job! Giving me a lot of Inspiration!


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PostPosted: 02 Aug 2010, 10:48 

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Got the back deck cut out this weekend. After alot of debate I ended up goin with 3/4" on the back deck, was thinking of making the livewell hatch lid out of the plywood, but ended up just ordering the hatches (Livewell and Front storage) from Tempress. I am going to re-use the "Bass Tracker" Hatch lid from the original boat just cause I think its pretty cool. I stripped it down and am in the process of re-painting it now. On the original deck you it wasnt backed with anything so you could see through the lid into the compartment. I am doing to back it with a carpeted peice of plywood to make it a little stronger and to keep it from being "see through".

Yes im using ice chest as sawhorses
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I didnt so much as set the deck in place and turn around before Hunter decides hes ready to go. I think hes itchin to get in a duck blind as bad as I am.
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PostPosted: 02 Aug 2010, 11:06 

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Oh yeah.....I dont think I have had the pleasure of introducing Hunter to my new freinds here on Tinboats. He is my 4 Year old Chocolate Lab, my partner in crime you could say. And he is a duck hunting machine. Come duck season yall will be seeing more pics of him in action. Man Im ready to kill a duck. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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And ofcourse the money shot. I lost count of the birds he retrieved this year but it had to be 50 or more. We had a great season last year. Hope that we can repeat that again.
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PostPosted: 02 Aug 2010, 11:27 
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Thats a very beautiful pup you got there.



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PostPosted: 05 Aug 2010, 20:21 
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Dude, your boat looks fantastic! Gonna be a killer on the reds...


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PostPosted: 06 Aug 2010, 16:10 

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Thanks SVO, she has come together nicely. I cant wait to take it back to the guy I bought it from and show it off, he wont recognize the boat. Its always nice when the picture in your head works its way into the project. Should have the decks finished by the weekend and maybe even a test run.



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PostPosted: 07 Aug 2010, 15:26 
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Where did you get the Poling Platform? I am thing about buildling one or do i order it?


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PostPosted: 09 Aug 2010, 13:52 

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Found it on Craigslist over in Pensacola. $150 if I remember correctly. It came off of an older Hewes Redfisher. The angle on the transom is different on this boat so the platform is going through a modification itself before it will be ready to install. It will sit on and bolt through the top edge of the transom and we are adding two more supports from the platform to the deck where it will have another contact point to the boat. IMO I think it would be too unstable only bolted through the transom alone. Not only that but it put an awful strain when I got my fat arse on the platform.



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PostPosted: 13 Aug 2010, 11:00 

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Well I put it in the water yesterday afternoon for the first time. Still not fishing ready but Oh so close. Got a little bit of tweaking to do. Idle needs to be adjusted a bit and the motor is jacked up to high. Kinda figured it was a little high but planning on putting a good anti-cavitation plate on it when I have the money. Couldnt trim it up much before it started porpoising. Also Im a little more transom heavy than i would like so Im going to move the trolling batt up front and go with 3/4" plywood on the front deck instead of 1/2" to balance the weight more. But even with all the small tweaks to be done I had it to 36mph on the GPS. Was hoping to get 40mph but maybe after the weight and cavitation issue is worked out.



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PostPosted: 18 Aug 2010, 17:16 

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Well got the batt re-arranged and the back and front deck all but finished. Still have to figure out what I am gonna do with the back hatch and still have some wood work to do up front.

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PostPosted: 29 Aug 2010, 18:24 
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Then came the livewell. In the original layout of the back deck it ran bow to stern in between the drivers seat and passenger seat. With the new layout it will be port to starboard and will be used as the seat. After a little plumbing work I think its gonna work like I wanted. I also had to drill 9 rivets out during tear down so i had to get those sealed back up as well. Some small stainless bolts and 5200 done the trick.



Do you think you could post a few photos of the livewell plumbing? That part has be a little confused on my '83 tracker. I'm not sure what pump to buy and how the lines have to connect.

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PostPosted: 02 Sep 2010, 11:06 

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The only pics I have of the livewell plumbing are on the first page of the thread. Top line is the inlet coming from a basic livewell pump on the transom the bottom line is the drain. Mine does not have a recirculating system on the livewell, the more I think about it the more I wish I would have went ahead and installed a recirc now.



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PostPosted: 01 Oct 2010, 09:42 

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Well for the most part finished. Havent been able to work on it for a while but only had a couple of odds and ends to tie up. Got the back "Bass Tracker" hatch on, the front deck and trolling motor pretty much done. Gonna try to put it in the water this afternoon for a test run. Then if everything goes well try to get a little slime on the deck on Sunday.

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PostPosted: 01 Oct 2010, 14:34 

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Got a free upgrade today. At my place of employment there is kinda a standing moto "bring your boat to work at your own risk". I kinda started that a couple of years ago when my boss/ the owner had his carolina skiff up here and I rigged the kill switch to look like it was attached but wasnt. He didnt figure it out until he had killed the batt. oops. So I bring my new project up to the shop today and while Im gone a fellow employee decides to move my boat, which I unhooked before I left because Im a moron, to the road and put a for sale sign on it. But boy did it backfire. Seeing that the forklift was closer than his truck he decides to just use it to move the boat. The details on what exactly happened next are still kinda of foggy. Not getting the whole story but it concludes with me having a new tongue and trailer jack installed by the time I arrived back. Note this was only about 30 minutes of me not being here. Man I work with some idiots!!! Ofcourse then, as I said, I started it!! :mrgreen:
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