1232 Appleby jon boat Lil' Brutus

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BigDougA
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1232 Appleby jon boat Lil' Brutus

Post by BigDougA » 24 Mar 2012, 00:19

Well I have had this little boat for at least 24 years now and after perusing this site for a few weeks have decided to modify her and take her fishing again. I have not had her in the water since we moved off the 18 acre lake we used to live on 9 years ago.

I am thinking that I will add styrofoam insulation, some plywood decking and an anti-fatigue mat type surface. Plan to add a 'raised' front deck, move the front seat aft and the rear seat fore by about 12" which will leave 32" x 32" clear floor space. On the front deck I plan to add a pedestal seat and will mount the old Motorguide 28# thrust trolling motor on the bow and run new twin trolling motors on the transom. The paint scheme will be a two tone job gray on the bottom and floor and scarlet above the water line and trim in honor of my beloved Buckeyes.

Today I removed the rotting transom, sanded down the hull and taped off for painting. Here are a few pictures of my little tinny. I look forward to your comments and suggestions.
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The transom is gone... time to replace.
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Scored these slider seat brackets today; two for $15.00 at a local salvage store!
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Transom is out. I think i managed to salvage enough to use as a template for the new transom. Hope the new one goes in as easy as the old one came out!
Transom is out. I think i managed to salvage enough to use as a template for the new transom. Hope the new one goes in as easy as the old one came out!
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Post by novaman » 24 Mar 2012, 21:03

Looks like You've taken pretty good care of the "little tinnie" over all of those yrs.,and it'll be a great project without a lot of the usual bent and trashed repairs to make. Good luck and show a lot more pics as You go. =D>
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Post by BigDougA » 24 Mar 2012, 23:35

Thanks novaman, I thought she was in pretty rough shape until I began reading some of the posts here. In fact that in part is what inspired me to proceed with the modifications! She does have a few dents after 25 years but then again so do I!

Well today I had an opportunity to go ahead and spray the boat with primer. Before spraying I had to decide whether I was going to paint the aluminum trim around the edge of the boat or try and clean it. I figured what the heck, I had a little bit of Brasso metal cleaner under the sink, let's see what happens, so I tried a test spot and let me tell you, that trim shined like a new dime! Of course I didn't think to take a picture of it until after I had masked it all out but after paint is on I will clean the rest of the trim and take a few shots then... as for today, here are a couple of boring shots of an upside down primed boat! Not much accomplished but I spent the majority of my day working a yard sale for our Relay for Life team with the American Cancer Society and then date night with the little lady. Priorities eh?
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Post by BigDougA » 25 Mar 2012, 22:30

Well today I applied the top coat to the tinny. Had some help from of a couple of my little buddies, Logan and Caleb came to visit and of course they had to check out Poppie's boat! Caleb is always willing to lend a hand... LOL

Later, rather than watch paint dry, my son and I went on a trailer hunt. Found a trailer on CL for $100.00 Thought we would go check it out, when we got there found out the fella had an old, worn out fiberglass hull sitting on the trailer. He wanted another $100.00 for the hull. Since we did not particularly want to pay an additional $100.00 to haul off the man's junk, and he was adamantly unwilling to negotiate, we decided to pass.

Ah well, at least we didn't have to watch that paint dry and my son and I had some rare father/son time over dinner.

Tomorrow I plan to sand out the drips, touch up the gray and if possible put on the accent red down the sides. Also have plans to start fabricating the replacement transom. Moving right along!
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checking her out
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2/3's of Poppie's crew... Landon Allen was fast asleep taking his nap; he has a big day coming up in four days. His 1st birthday!
2/3's of Poppie's crew... Landon Allen was fast asleep taking his nap; he has a big day coming up in four days. His 1st birthday!
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Logan Edward age 4
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Caleb Graham age 2
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Caleb is always willing to lend a hand!
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Put the topcoat on today after church. I decided to use Rustoleum Smoke Gray gloss with a red accent stripe down each side. Started with a foam roller, didn't like the way it was going on so switched to a paint pad, didn't like that either so I pulled out a trusty brush and went to town. I figure at that point I would wet sand it and go get a sprayer to apply the second coat. After drying though I am well pleased with the finish. I think a little spot sanding and touch up will suffice. Of course it is 10:30 at night; tomorrow may bring a different perspective!
Put the topcoat on today after church. I decided to use Rustoleum Smoke Gray gloss with a red accent stripe down each side. Started with a foam roller, didn't like the way it was going on so switched to a paint pad, didn't like that either so I pulled out a trusty brush and went to town. I figure at that point I would wet sand it and go get a sprayer to apply the second coat. After drying though I am well pleased with the finish. I think a little spot sanding and touch up will suffice. Of course it is 10:30 at night; tomorrow may bring a different perspective!
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Post by JFDBasser » 26 Mar 2012, 11:42

It's looking good. I'd be careful with decks, etc. I had a 1232 with casting decks.....it was nicknamed the SS Capsize for a reason. I rebuilt it with just a floor and short seats on the benches. It worked out great that way.

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Post by BigDougA » 26 Mar 2012, 12:13

JFDBasser wrote:It's looking good. I'd be careful with decks, etc. I had a 1232 with casting decks.....it was nicknamed the SS Capsize for a reason. I rebuilt it with just a floor and short seats on the benches. It worked out great that way.

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Thanks for the input!

When I speak of 'decks' really what I am thinking is putting in a front surface that is level enough to install a pedestal seat to fish from in the bow and be able to operate the trolling motor. I do not anticipate raising the decking more than perhaps 3-4 inches depending upon the depth of the removable pedestal floor mount. I really want to try and keep the seat bottom even or below the sides of the boat.

I certainly understand the tip ability of this little tinny, my former brother-in-law and she conspired to toss me into the drink one day! Fortunately we were in a small slow moving stream with a depth of 4'... still it was quite a disorienting moment when I unexpectedly found myself headfirst in the creek!

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Post by BigDougA » 26 Mar 2012, 12:35

Been kicking around the idea of an outboard motor for the boat. It is rated for a 7.5 hp motor and has a weight limit of 440lbs.

I am curious as to what folks might think would be an appropriate motor for this boat. I make a trip down to Saint Simons Island every year and was thinking that perhaps it would be nice to take her along and cruise the river and backwaters there. Or perhaps taker her to the Hooch (Chatahoochee river) and fish down around Franklin (GA).

I appreciate the input.

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Post by BrazosDon » 26 Mar 2012, 14:10

Check and see what the gross weight capacity and max HP rating of your boat. I just bought an Alumacraft 12X33. The max weight load is 350#, and max HP rating is 7.5. I(180#) found a 3HP Johnson(32#) and I thought the rig did very well. Since I am retired, I don't have to go fast anymore. I hope that 7.5HP motor doesn't weigh 440# and that it was just a typo error. Good luck.

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Post by BigDougA » 26 Mar 2012, 21:03

BrazosDon wrote:Check and see what the gross weight capacity and max HP rating of your boat. I just bought an Alumacraft 12X33. The max weight load is 350#, and max HP rating is 7.5. I(180#) found a 3HP Johnson(32#) and I thought the rig did very well. Since I am retired, I don't have to go fast anymore. I hope that 7.5HP motor doesn't weigh 440# and that it was just a typo error. Good luck.

The weight limit of the boat is 440lbs. The maximum horsepower rating is 7.5. I currently weigh in at 225.

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Post by BigDougA » 27 Mar 2012, 23:04

Added the red accent color, two coats... tomorrow perhaps another coat of the smoke gray and call it done for the paint. Then flip her back over and begin the real fun stuff!
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Post by Froggy » 28 Mar 2012, 12:49

Real nice Job.

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Post by RickyRick » 28 Mar 2012, 12:59

WOW that really turned out nicely. I think the red stripe gives it some class to.
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Post by BigDougA » 28 Mar 2012, 22:24

Froggy and RickyRick, thanks for the kind words. Now that I have the masking tape off I am thinking I may add a 2" white stripe to contrast the red and the gray; we shall see. Will turn her over and start on the transom, framing, and decking friday. This is really turning into quite a lot of fun; almost better than fishing!

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Post by BigDougA » 30 Mar 2012, 23:21

Well let's see, did not accomplish much on the tinny the last two days. Thursday was our youngest grandson's first birthday and of course around here we celebrate birthdays for two or three days! LOL Anyway here are some pics of my youngest grandson Landon Allen exploring Poppie's boat.
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Post by BigDougA » 30 Mar 2012, 23:31

So today I buffed the trim around the gunnels (?) today. I was debating whether to paint the trim or just clean it... well when I got out the Brasso and started cleaning it, to my surprise it really started to shine. Being a child of the 60's I have always liked chrome so its off to find some polishing compound and a buffer to make this baby really shine!
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