Derek's Tracker TX-17 rebuild

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Post by Derek » 16 Feb 2011, 16:31

So this is GOING to be my ride next year. I picked it up a few weeks ago, It is defiantly a project.
Its a 1988 Bass Tracker TX-17 Tournament. I think what makes this the tournament boat is the large livewell, longer front deck and tons of storage. The motor is a 70's Mercury 40hp, non-tilt and trim. The boat is rated for 80 hp. 40 LB thrust Minn Kota motor. Lawrence fish finder. On the original trailer.

The Good:
The trolling motor is 1 year old and the newer style foot pedal.
The front deck and carpet were replaced last year with marine grade plywood
The controls and steering for the motor were replaced last year.
Bilge, livewell, fish finder and trolling motor all work.
New trailer tires last year.
Its mine :D and I got a good deal.

The Bad:
The bracket for the starter on the motor is cracked, but I can weld that or have it welded. It also looks like the whole part maybe replaceable. Or upgrade?? :twisted:
The trailer is rotted, so I likely will be replacing it rather then fixing it. Craigslist here I come, again.
Some of the wood and carpet are in rough shape, but can be replaced fairly easily
The driving seats need to be replaced. They are hard plastic. The original fishing seats may be used there since I stand while fishing anyway.

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It needs some love, and I have plenty of time before the ice melts. Progress maybe slow, I have it stored over an hour away. I cant wait for soft water.

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Post by Derek » 16 Feb 2011, 16:37

Tear into the boat is right, haha :beer:
Well we did a major deconstruction of the boat 2 weeks ago. Removed the console, seats, hatches, 90% of the carpet, all the wood and wiring. Everything under the decks and floor is all aluminum and the whole rear deck is also aluminum.
The bottom floor of the boat was rotted so bad, I think if it had not been frozen it would have been mush. The foam under the floor was water logged so that will also be replaced.
I was told the front deck was replaced with marine grade ply and new carpet. It wasnt, I found 1/2" regular ply with only 2 screws holding it down.
All the wood will be replaced with 3/4" ply. I am going to remove and seal all the wood after final fitment. Then new carpet throughout. I think the carpeting is going to be the hardest part. Im also going to run all new wire in the boat. Hopefully with a friend that does it professionally.
I need to pick up or borrow a rivet tool. Also need to buy 3 sheets of ply, varnish, carpet and glue, wire, and Im sure other little stuff.

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Post by Derek » 16 Feb 2011, 16:39

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures, but the deconstruction is 98% complete. Yesterday we tore into the rear deck/storage areas. Basstracker fills the rear with foam. When they did it in 88 they would build the whole rear deck and pour in a 2 part expanding foam. I ripped it all out for 2 reasons, first the whole rear deck was bulged from the foam and more importantly mine was water logged.

The biggest problem with Basstracker's methods is they do not control the foam from expanding. So it expands and fills the channels along the bottom of the boat. This blocks the water from being able to flow back to the bilge area. Seems extremely stupid to me. The bottom 4" of my foam was water logged and frozen solid. It was a b**ch, thankfully I had help. I plan on replacing the foam. I have not decided on a method yet. The foam will be closed cell and I will make sure it is off the bottom of the boat. I may use pool noodles. :+1

All the aluminum panels are out of the boat. To put everything back I have ALOT of riveting to do.

Gentlemen... we can rebuild... we have the technology. :beer:

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Post by Derek » 16 Feb 2011, 16:40

I also got in the first part for the boat trolling motor tray. Thanks Bassboy
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Post by Derek » 16 Feb 2011, 16:41

The deconstruction is 100% complete. All the foam that is coming out has been removed. Drilled out all the rivets to be replaced. Cleaned out all the channels along the boat for the water to be able to flow back to the bilge again. I also mocked up my front deck with the crappy piece of ply that was there, so I have a template for the new piece.

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Im going to scrub down the inside of the hull to remove any mold/mildew left. Then from here on out Ill be rebuilding and it will start to look like a boat again. I got foam from my friend Todd, its going to work perfect and free.

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Post by jsharp » 16 Feb 2011, 17:16

nice looking boat going to be good when you get all done look forward to seeing the progress i have one just like it i tore all the carpet out of it and just painted the inside with a good rubberized paint instead of carpeting well good luck with the build
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Post by Decatur » 16 Feb 2011, 19:15

Looks like you got a good project going there!
"Crazy on a ship of fools
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Turn this boat around - back to my loving ground..."
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Post by Derek » 20 Feb 2011, 10:30

Thanks guys. Going to work on it tomorrow. I plan on adding some extra framing under the front deck. I'm going to frame in a hatch in the front portion of the front deck. There is a ton of room up there but originally there was no way to utilize it. I have 1.5"x1/8" aluminum angle to frame it out with.

Looking to pick up carpet. Anyone have an idea how much I need. I will be carpeting the decks, floor, all the lids and I have side panels in the boat as well. Was thinking the 6' wide but how long? 20', 25' or 30'? They also make 8' wide.

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Post by Brine » 20 Feb 2011, 10:45

Nice looking rig. Measure up all the areas you want to carpet, and you should have a good idea of how much to get.

I have family in Sterling. Small world.

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Post by Derek » 24 Feb 2011, 09:15

If you ever fished out here, I live right around the corner from East Waushacum. Its the only pond with a boat ramp in town.

I forgot to take any pictures. I added extra framing to the front deck. With the vertical kicker I added the framing is solid, even without the wood on it. I also framed out a 24"x17" hatch for the front portion of the front deck. I plan to use this area to store dirty gear (anchor, paddle, beach chair, etc) as the other compartments will be carpeted inside.

Then I moved on to the rear, laid the floor for the rear fuel/battery hatch. Also the baffle between the livewell and fuel area was installed. Started cutting up foam for under the rear deck. I have one side mostly complete but I couldn't finish installing it and that side of the deck until I plumb the livewell.

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Post by Derek » 28 Feb 2011, 10:41

Yesterday I didn’t get as much work on the boat done as I had planned. Instead I drove over 350 miles around the great state (ha) of Massachusetts. It was worth it though since I picked up a FREE 18’ glass boat on a galvanized trailer. :mrgreen: for craigslist. It’s a 18’ Renken bowrider set-up for an outboard motor. Boat is junk only thing I saved from it was the glove box, which I may or may not use. But the trailer is going to work out perfect. It is defiantly more trailer then I need but will still work great and towed awesome. It needs lights and I’ll be moving the tires, winch, and jack from the rotted trailer to the galvanized one. Need to figure out disposal of the junk glass boat, hopefully for free at the town dump.

After my travels I only had a little time to work on my tracker. I the cut foam and re-installed one side of the rear deck. The other side is ready as soon as I get the right tubing to plumb my livewell drain line. Its 1-3/8” which is a weird size. Again I forgot to snap any pictures. ](*,)

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Post by Derek » 04 Mar 2011, 10:24

Good news. I am going to be able to bring the glass boat to the dump for free. Just got to make sure it doesn't have fuel in it, but I am going to have to take a weekday off from work as they will only accept it on weekdays. Heading out to Granby to work on the boat tomorrow, Ill make sure I take some pictures.

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Post by Skidz » 04 Mar 2011, 13:06

Looking good!

Do you think you might be able to use any floatation foam from the glass boat in the Tracker? Maybe if you could cut out large squares and re-use them in some way?

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Post by Derek » 04 Mar 2011, 15:56

Id be willing to bet the glass boat is as bad or worse inside then the tracker was. I have sheet insulation that I have been cutting into pieces and stacking in the rear deck area. I will also put it under the floor.

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Post by Derek » 05 Mar 2011, 22:24

Going back together. Pictures of the boat I picked up for the trailer. Taking the boat to the dump this coming week. Then I will overhaul the trailer, adjust it to fit the tracker and swap my boat onto it.
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This guy showed up shortly after I arrived. I was able to close the distance to about 40 yards when he heard me and took off. Its getting towards the end of mating season here.
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Got the tubing to plumb the livewell and hooked that up. Then I got the rear deck going back together. There is a piece of wood that belongs under the pedestal mount. Once the wood is sealed I can put the rear together for good. Hatches are just resting in place. Livewell is between the seats running parallel to the boat.
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Old piece of wood cut up for my trolling motor tray and hatch. Just going to be used as a template for the new plywood I have going in. The rear piece of the front deck is not show. You can see the areas where the hatches will be in the deck. Makes the front deck about 6 feet long.
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With the wood removed you can see the extra bracing I added under the front deck. Stiffened it up and framed out the extra hatch.
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