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PostPosted: 31 Dec 2016, 14:46 

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Hey everyone i'm going to post the rebuild of a boat i've been working on over the past year. It's almost done but I will post pics here and there so it will seem like real time. More suspense that way :) Hope the pics help someone as i've gained lost of info from this site so glad to contribute.

I bought the boat in Nov 2015 from a guy that got it from a widow, it sat out uncovered for most of its life with little use. The motor has i'm guessing maybe 3-4 tanks of gas thru it, basically brand new and the hull is solid as a rock and all welded. All metal and poly board zero wood to deal with (YES). These era Polar Krafts are amazingly well made. I have been rehabbing and modifying boats with my dad and by myself for a number of years. It all started with a old 16ft Starcraft fish-n-ski "hull" dad picked up in the early 90's. Mom was real impressed when he brought it home a basicaly bare hull and trailer. Fast forward about 6 months and we were fishing and skiing with a "new" boat built the way he wanted! These always cost more to fix up right, take more time and I should know better now but I don't! Over the years I have learned a couple things on boats and now I only use the best components, parts ect. Too many man hours to cheap out on the small stuff. I always end up selling these so I do it right the first time and be done with it feeling good that i'm not hosing someone. Lots of junk out there especially down here in the South and when i'm done with them usually the first guy that sees it buys it.

So here we go transforming this POS into a better than new boat!
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The day I got it... Like I said sat outside

What a beauty!
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A close up of the carpet and other junk. The seat bases are coming out and I will replace them with pedestals as the waste too much space and are junk IMO.
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This gives you a good idea of what i'm up against
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Up next is demo time!!


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PostPosted: 31 Dec 2016, 15:18 
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Congrats great platform to start with!


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PostPosted: 01 Jan 2017, 00:59 
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Congratulations! Iam looking forward the rebuilding


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PostPosted: 02 Jan 2017, 10:51 

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It's demo time! The carpet was so deteriorated that it just pulled apart. The Alabama summers really took it's toll on the carpet!
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Time to make a mess
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Got the rod locker out
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Pulled out the stupid seat bases, they won't be used again.
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The dreaded foam is exposed in the rear!. Don't worry it's not water logged I checked :)
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Thats all for now guys!


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PostPosted: 08 Jan 2017, 01:20 

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More work...

Getting the console out was quite the task. Not much room to work and a couple hidden screws drove me crazy!
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With all the big stuff out of the way time to pull up the carpet. It pulled up off of the aluminum floor really easy. Thank god this boat doesn't have any wood!!!
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The carpet was wrapped around the edges so I had to pull the entire floor out to get it off. I was planning on gutting the boat anyway so one more job done. Image


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PostPosted: 08 Jan 2017, 11:52 
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Good work. It is a lot of work but it will be worth it in the end.


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PostPosted: 16 Jan 2017, 12:30 

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The carpet peeled off the floor like a big sticker! All the carpet is out and time to lay out the floor and figure out where to position the seat pedestal bases.

Got the floor laid out and holes cut for the seat pedestal bases I will be installing.
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Carpet laid out and getting ready to glue it down! I went with 20oz grey carpet, big upgrade from the OEM that was probably 14-16oz. Image

Bases cut out and I added some center closed cell foam to make the floor more rigid. Underneath it is a channel that will let water flow thru so nothing gets pooled up. Surprisingly the foam was completely dry despite the boat sitting outside for some time.
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Like I said before this boat it rock solid, the welds are perfect underneath the carpet and decking and way overbuilt!


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PostPosted: 16 Jan 2017, 23:16 
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I'm really surprised that phone isn't saturated. Being as there's actually no channel for the water to flow out to the back of the boat. I would pull up a section in the back just to see if the bottom of the foam is not saturated. But personally I would take a center section out all the way up. I do like the aluminum floor though.


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PostPosted: 20 Jan 2017, 22:21 

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I checked all the foam and it's all good. I think what saved the foam is the aluminum floor acting like a shield and most likely the plug was out and the boat was bow up letting the water drain right out and not pool up. Under the foam in the center is a channel for the water to drain. I really think because it has no wood that it dried out fast and the foam never had a chance to absorb water.


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PostPosted: 21 Jan 2017, 14:09 
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More then likely the channel at the bottom saved it. Where the foam gets in trouble is at the bottom of the hull, where the foam is tight to the hull. Wood or metal on top won't affect it. Yes front high, plug out and a escape route all it needs.


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PostPosted: 29 Jan 2017, 19:09 

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Got the bases located and drilled out for the seats.
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rear
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Now time to get it ready for carpet!
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All the little pieces layed out and prepped. The black parts are poly board and the carpet was glued on and stapled on the back.
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PostPosted: 10 Mar 2017, 21:28 

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Got the floor carpeted, took a while to get it centered and looking good.
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Sides all done and good so far.
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Floor laid down. I used scotch tape to locate the ribs so I know where to screw it down (fancy I know).
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Spring is around the corner and I need to get this project in gear!


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PostPosted: 30 Mar 2017, 19:13 

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Installing the bases

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More carpet work!

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Ready to Install the newly painted hatch and screw down the top bow deck

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Are we done yet???

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PostPosted: 10 Apr 2017, 22:27 

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Had some more time to work on it this weekend. Got all the big stuff carpeted, not hard work but time consuming and tedious putsy work. I like to do a good job so it takes me twice as long as it should but looks professional when its done. Then my OCD kicked in so I tore apart the control box due to the rubber grommet not fitting in correctly. That was a big mistake, i've torn them apart and knew it was not a good idea the whole time... But 2 hrs later its all back together and ready to go.

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PostPosted: 05 Jul 2017, 22:46 

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More work... Slowly but surely it's getting done.

Since the boat didn't have any interior light or a radio (every boat should have the bare necessities :D ) I decided now was the time to pop in a couple speakers and some LED lights.

Got the location laid out on the rod locker for the speaker and the jig saw ready to cut.
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Presto it fits!
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Next up was the LED light location. This seems easy but location matters as you really do not want direct lighting but rather indirect while navigating or fishing at night. It's at the front side of the locker so it will shine towards the bow and is 2 ft forward of the helm.
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Presto it fits I'm on a roll!
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All carpeted and looking good!
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Thats all for now but more coming soon.


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