14 ft. Alumacraft T14V Project

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Post by UtahBassKicker » 23 Mar 2010, 00:23

I've got a 2005 Alumacraft T14V, absolutely nothing wrong with it but you guys know how it is once the "tinkering" bug sets in. I bought this boat new and have been thinking about decking it out in the front and the back for some time now. This spring I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. I started by sanding and priming in preparation to apply Herculiner to flooring.
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Post by UtahBassKicker » 23 Mar 2010, 00:24

I used a wire wheel and my drill to scuff up the surface so the Herculiner could adhere.
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Post by ominousone » 23 Mar 2010, 00:59

I just attach a photo, it's right below where you post. Just make sure that you attach and add the photo.

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Post by UtahBassKicker » 23 Mar 2010, 01:25

:D
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:D
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Post by UtahBassKicker » 23 Mar 2010, 02:35

So after sanding and priming, I applied the Herculiner in a gray tint. It cost a little more than the black but I didn't want black floors in my boat so I splurged a bit. It turned out pretty good, at least I am happy with the results. If you use this stuff make sure you tape your lines good and remove that tape before the stuff dries. A gallon went a surprising long way. I was able to apply three coats using the supplied brush and roller.
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The boat has no leaks but with this stuff on I think it'll be a while before any of the rivets start letting water in. This Herculiner stuff is pretty cool. It covers well after the 1st coat and creates a rubberized surface that provides traction and noise deadening.
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Post by MeanMouth » 23 Mar 2010, 02:51

looks great! I too just added Herculiner to the interior sides our our jon, and will be doing the floors as well. Nice job and keep us updated!

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Post by UtahBassKicker » 23 Mar 2010, 03:00

Here are a couple photos I left out accidently.
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I ended up cutting the plywood where it comes down into a "V" towards the bottom of the boat. I decided that if water got in the boat I didn't want the wood just sitting in it and absorbing it.

I gave the Herculiner a few days to dry and started on the front deck. This is definitely going to be a work in progress for some time. Since I have no previous experience with boat modification or metal working I opted to use wood since aluminum was a little too expensive and I have no idea how to cut it, attach it, etc. I used pressure treated 2x4's for the framing along with galvanized hardware. I also used 5/8 exterior grade ply for the deck itself. I double and triple coated all wood with a waterproofer made by Behr (it was suggested over the Thompson's by the paint guy and Home Depot). I wanted to add covered storage to the boat since I like to keep most the accessories (ropes, life jackets, etc.) on board instead of loading and unloading all the time. I live in southern Utah and the desert sun takes its toll on things that are left out and not covered. I'm also thinking of moving the battery up front for weight distribution since I run a 15HP 4 stroke Johnson that is pretty heavy. I used indoor/outdoor carpet from home depot and used staples and carpet adhesive to apply. I created a small dry storage bin above the bench where I can keep little gadgets safe and dry. I used some stainless cabinet hinges to attach the door. The large storage door is attached with a couple of painted door hinges and rests on the framing for support. I left some small gaps on the sides to lift the door because I didn't want any type of handle in the middle of the floor where you cold possibly trip on it. I plan on attaching a seat base to the space to the left of the small dry storage compartment where I could put a seat with or without a pedestal.
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Post by UtahBassKicker » 23 Mar 2010, 03:09

So now I plan on doing something similar to the back (and possibly the middle bench) with covered storage. I'll keep things updated as time goes by. I'm also going to add wiring for lights, bilge, etc. and have no idea how to do that so I'll definitely be asking for advice on that.

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Post by ober51 » 23 Mar 2010, 06:55

Looking good.
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Post by Nevillizer » 23 Mar 2010, 10:48

Good job so far, keep it up.
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Post by UtahBassKicker » 23 Mar 2010, 14:24

I headed out to the closest lake on 3-15-10 after work. We just got done with a week of low to mid 70's and I couldn't wait any longer to try it out. Here is the first test run with the front deck installed. My best fishing buddy really seemed to enjoy it.

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Post by Troutman3000 » 23 Mar 2010, 14:27

I used to love riding on the boat with my dad. Nothing better.

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Post by Troutman3000 » 23 Mar 2010, 14:29

UtahBassKicker wrote:So now I plan on doing something similar to the back (and possibly the middle bench) with covered storage. I'll keep things updated as time goes by. I'm also going to add wiring for lights, bilge, etc. and have no idea how to do that so I'll definitely be asking for advice on that.

How did you attach the bracing to the floor? Did you attach it to the ribs????

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Post by UtahBassKicker » 23 Mar 2010, 15:02

Troutman3000 wrote:
UtahBassKicker wrote:So now I plan on doing something similar to the back (and possibly the middle bench) with covered storage. I'll keep things updated as time goes by. I'm also going to add wiring for lights, bilge, etc. and have no idea how to do that so I'll definitely be asking for advice on that.

How did you attach the bracing to the floor? Did you attach it to the ribs????
It actually isn't attached to the floor. The point of the framing in the bow of the boat where the three 2x4's meet created the perfect fitting where the frame would rest against the the interior of the boat where I have applied the Herculiner. I then drilled a 1/2" hole in the middle 2x4 and used rope to tie it to the handle on the bow. You can see the rope in some of the previous pics and I'll put a pic of the framing on this post. I attached the framing to the existing bench with some L-brackets and screws. All in all with the framing attached to the bench, the framing resting on the Herculiner, and the rope support, the deck is a solid as I could ask for.
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