1973 DuraCraft 14'semi-V remodel- at it again!

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Post by Recon » 24 May 2011, 12:11

So the kids are older and off to college so I sold my 17' 1965 Classic Glastron and downsized to a 14' boat for fishing and duck hunting. Got a good deal on this one and already started the remodel before my son goes back to school this fall. It will be setup for some small lake and river fishing, as well as, some duck hunting this fall.

First thing we did was take the 1987 Johnson 18hp to our local marine mechanic for a good once over. All it needs is a card rebuild due to the wonderful ethanol crap they put in gas nowadays. While that is out we started by sanding and grinding any area that had missing or loose paint to take it back to aluminum. We then spot primed those areas of bare metal but left any good paint alone. Before final painting the entire boat will get a lite sanding to even out all of the surfaces.

We also removed the wood, if you could call it that, at the transom and replaced it with double thickness marine grade ply that will get glassed to seal it up. We also used all new stainless hardware when we replaced the transom so we wouldn't have to get out the grinder again if we ever had to replace it.

The bow originally had a storage area that the previous owner turned into a seat that will be put back to a storage area. There is also a mystery hole on the stern that will be used as a port for the bilge pump instead of trying to patch the 1.5" hole. I figure might as well use the hole that is already there instead of cutting a new one.

Temporary battery operated nav lights will be replaced with permanent ones and 2 lights will lbe added at the bow for nightime running.

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Transom Out
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Some of these rusted screw were a joy to get out.
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Original transom
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old transom wood by dallas10c, on Flickr

New transom...still have 1 bolt to go.
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new transom by dallas10c, on Flickr

I'll post more as it gets done. Hope to really get moving on this but the weather in Pennsylvania has been horrible with only 14 dry days since March!
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Post by Recon » 24 May 2011, 21:08

Spent the evening with the orbital sander and went through a box of 180 grit disks getting the outside of the hull smooth and ready for a final priming. I plan on lightly sanding the final primer job with 220 grit before putting on the final color coat.

My outboard should be ready on Friday according to my mechanic. Carb rebuild as I thought and I also needed a bushing on the choke replaced. He is waiting for the part to get here tomorrow and then he'll do a final check on Thursday. It's really nice to be on good terms with the local marine mechanic, he pushed my job ahead of a few others so I would have it for the weekend.

Tomorow is final prime and sanding day for the outer hull, with Thursday being color day. I would really love to take her out fishing this weekend and I might if the outer hull is finished. The local lake has had grreat action on post spawn walleye.

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Post by Recon » 25 May 2011, 21:12

Fiberglassed the new transom in. I pity anyone who might ever try taking that out.

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Post by Mike P » 25 May 2011, 21:20

I like it! Look forward to seeing what ya do to it.

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Post by Recon » 25 May 2011, 21:32

I plan on painting the outboard when it comes back form the mechanic this week. Does anyone have any advice for prepping a motor for paint? I know I need to wipe the entire thing down with acetone to clean off any oil residue and lightly sand it to give the paint something to grip. Any other suggestions would be great.

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Post by Jim » 26 May 2011, 14:16

We need to see some more pics! :D
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Post by Recon » 26 May 2011, 22:11

Sorry...planned on more pics tonight of the glassed transom and primer coat, but we had to dive inside becuase of a tornado warning and 2 inch hail. Came out after the storm passed and found 3 dimpled cars and my son's tonneau cover on his pickup with multiple holes through it! Glad we put the boat in the garage.

2 inch hail!
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Post by Recon » 26 May 2011, 22:16

Forgot to mention that we picked up the outboard. My mechanic says that he wished the new motors were as solid and easy to work on as the older ones. Gotta love older Johnsons, they're like the energizer bunny...they just keep going and going! :D

I promise pics tomorrow.

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Post by Recon » 31 May 2011, 20:47

Outside of the hull is all primed and ready. Hopefully have the inside primed tomorrow. Will post picsw tomorrow.

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Post by Recon » 01 Jun 2011, 21:57

OK...the weather finally cooperated and I got the outside painted today. I went with a light brown color as the main background color because where I hunt in the fall the main color is lighter brown. I plan on adding camo in dark brown, black and deep green after the main color has dried thoroughly.

I tried taking pics when I put her back in the garage for the night and the flash makes the color look gray. In the one pic you can see the light brown color.

You can see where I sanded and spot primed the interior.

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Post by Recon » 03 Jun 2011, 20:20

Outer hull base color is done. Waiting for new registration numbers to arrive then they will go on...along with a BIG electric blue sticker from PA. Maybe next time they will make it day-glo green...works great for us duck hunters...not! Sorry about the sarcasim.

Tomorrow we start the camo on the hull.

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Post by chavist93 » 03 Jun 2011, 21:45

In your original post you said 18hp, did you mean 15hp?
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Post by Recon » 04 Jun 2011, 07:48

Yes...never noticed that I mistyped that. Speaking of the motor...got the first base coat of camo on the cowling lest night. The rest of the motor will be a slower process because I have to tape everything off and remove some of the years worth of gunk that has accumulated. Besides that it runs great and now starts on the first pull. Also replaced the lower unit oil with fresh.

We also sprayed the upper surface of the interior woth its camo base coat. The lower area along the floor will stay its current gray as it will be getting covered by cushioned matts that will make it quiet, as well as, add some padding. I am using the same floor padding that they use in horse stables. My son's girlfriend is moving her horse to a new stable and I am getting it at a very good price...free. It is flat black and if I give it a good powerwashing the horse smell should be gone. I figure if it can cushion a horse then I should be no problem.

I run the Susquehanna River for ducks and I am also going to try for some of the muskies, so I was thinking about some kind of prop guard. Does anybody have any reccomendations or tried things that just didn't work that I should stay away from?

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Post by Recon » 05 Jun 2011, 19:31

We worked on the trailer last night and today and it now sports a new coat of paint after being sanded and primed. We also moved the winch post forward about 18" so that the transom would not sit beyond the end of the bunks. We are all set to go on the trailer except for needing to pick up a new roller. One of them was totally dry rotted.

In the future we are going to switch from 8" to 12" tires to reduce the heat on longer tows.

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Post by Ictalurus » 06 Jun 2011, 13:29

Boat looks great man! Hope the new mat won't attract too many flies :LOL2:

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