Vermonster's 1972 RichLine Sportsman 14' V

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Post by Vermonster » 04 Jun 2012, 11:12

Late last summer after trolling Craigslist for months, I purchased my first tin. I used to hijack my dad's whenever I wanted but since he was 1100 miles away now - that's not going to work. After extensive searching and research, I've figured out that it is likely a '68 or '69 (edit: it's a 1972) RichLine Sportsman. I had no idea what it was to begin with. There was a badge on the transom with a serial number, but searching for it brought up nothing. There also wasn't a manufacturer name on the badge or anywhere on the boat. After finding the RichLine Yahoo group and going through all of their old brochures I found it.

I paid $800 for the following:
14 ' V hull Boat
Trailer - needed new wiring, lights and tires ($120 to fix up)
1979 15 HP Evinrude (runs great - only added new gas line and priming bulb $20 fix)
6 Gallon OMC Gas Tank
2 Mushroom Anchors (1 with 100' of new rope)
Paddle
Anchormate winch for front anchor
25# thrust transom mount Shakespeare Trolling Motor (old but works great 5 speeds reverse and forward)
1 Drift Sock
1 life jacket
2 bait casting rod/reels (I prefer spinning rod/reel).
1 Spongebob rod/reel

I was happy with the price... boat/motor/trailer/trollingmotor... $800

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The rails had 2 layers of flaky paint on it that I sanded off. I like the bare aluminum
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I pulled the transom out. It had some dry rot and was swollen. It was fairly flexible with the motor on, so I decided to replace it.
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Transom Replacement:
2 sheets 3/4 inch plywood glued together (I used old transom as template).
4 coats spar urethane (I also add another coat each time I spar a deck or seat).
All hardware is stainless steel with 3M 5200 (nylock nuts).
Replaced corner brackets with aluminum angle riveted to side (rivets coated in 5200).

Transom is SOLID - no flex with motor on. I also got over my fear of putting holes in the boat!

During the same time I added a carpeted floor and bench with seat.

Floor: 1/2 inch plywood. 3 coats spar urethane.
Bench: 3/4 inch plywood (left over from transom). 3 coats spar urethane.
Seat: 1 1/2 inch riser with Swivel-ease mount bolted through entire bench.
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Next up - front seat and floor...
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Post by Vermonster » 04 Jun 2012, 11:38

Picked up some aluminum angle, tube, and channel to extend the front seat. I added 2 holes above the waterline (or about at it). I riveted a strip of channel on each side so that the sharp corners of the angle didn't dig into the hull when weight was put on the seat. I sealed it with 3M 5200 anyways... better safe than sorry.
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I can stand on the middle tube (200 lbs) and it has a tiny bit of flex. I added 2 more supports and capped the top with 1 1/2" angle
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Waiting for the 5200 to cure now, and I'm 1 coat of Spar Urethane in on the 1/2" plywood to be added on top of this (with carpet). I'll be purchasing a new jigsaw as well since mine decided to literally fall apart. The angle is easy enough to cut with a hacksaw, but I'll need it for the plywood.

I think I'm going to add foam in the very front of the bow and use the rest of the space to store life jackets since I seem to forget them half of the time.
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Post by fool4fish1226 » 05 Jun 2012, 16:00

lookin good =D>
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Post by rickybobbybend » 06 Jun 2012, 22:34

I think I'm going to add foam in the very front of the bow and use the rest of the space to store life jackets since I seem to forget them half of the time.
X2. It would also be a great spot for an anchor locker, though I haven't hatched the perfect plan yet lol
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Post by Kismet » 06 Jun 2012, 23:13

Very clean.

Nice framework.
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Post by Vermonster » 07 Jun 2012, 09:36

Thanks guys! It's expensive working with the aluminum, but man is it fun!

I've got 3 coats of spar urethane on the 1/2 inch ply for the deck. I've still got to cut it to shape as I just picked up my replacement jigsaw the other day. No rush though I'm still on back order for Henry 263 carpet adhesive. I can use something else, but I like the fact that it's waterproof since the boat will be stored outside (covered but still outside). Fingers crossed that it comes in this week or next.

I was already looking at picking up another tin at a government auction (https://www.govdeals.com), but decided that the wife probably wouldn't like 2 boats in the carport. It was a 12 footer, but I thought if I could get it cheap I could flip it and make a little cash. I think I'll wait and let the next boat purchase be a 16' or 18'.
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Post by Vermonster » 14 Jun 2012, 21:14

Small update....
Here's the original badge/plate from the transom:
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14 HP max (I have a 15HP Evinrude on it which is why the badge isn't on it)
3 people or 600lbs max with gear.

Also got the replacement jigsaw and finally cut the front deck. I measured the length first and marked it on the frame and then measured the width every 2 inches near the bow, and then every 3 inches as I worked closer to the stern. It's 44 inches long total. I just need to spar urethane the edges and lay the carpet down. A local carpet supply company was kind enough to put an order for Henry's 263 on backorder for me and a gallon came in the other day so we're in business.

Here's the deck laying on the frame:
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More pics to follow, but I haven't decided on a front seat mount yet. If I go with a pedestal base, I'll need to have it off center because of the center support in the frame, or I can cut that piece of the framing and frame out a square that the base can be screwed into. I'm open to suggestions of that if you've got some. I haven't rulled out just adding a block to the top of the deck and having the seat base recessed into that versus the deck.
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Post by theyyounggun » 14 Jun 2012, 23:17

You are riveting all of the alluminum peices together right? Im trying to figure out the best way to do it.



Its looking good so far! =D>
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Post by Vermonster » 15 Jun 2012, 07:05

Yep. All the aluminum is riveted together and to the hull on the sides, the front seat, and the rib on the floor. It's solid (more so than the rest of the seats that were original likely).
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Post by fool4fish1226 » 15 Jun 2012, 12:50

Thats coming along great soon you will be enjoying all your hard work.
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Post by Vermonster » 16 Jun 2012, 22:15

Well I ventured up to Basspro today to pick up the remaining pieces that were missing from the front deck:
Seat base
Adjustable Seat Pole (hydraulic)
Seat (went with a Tempress since they were on sale)

I had to move the supports to put the base in for the seat in order to have it centered. Thankfully rivets come out just as easy as they go in.
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Added the carpet to the deck. The hole for the mount is there, I just haven't cut the carpet from it yet.
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I also got a new base for the back seat. The screws in the seat were hitting the nuts from the base. I'm swapping the small pedestal for a real base and seat mount. It will sit up a bit higher, but at least I'll be able to actually spin in the boat.
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Post by Vermonster » 16 Jun 2012, 22:30

So I've been thinking that the "Magic" date for HIN numbers was 71... I just found out that it was actually November of 1972. Looking at the first 2 digits of the serial in the picture of the plate that I posted earlier it begins with a 72.

I just went back and looked at the Richline group and checked out the brochures - they actually made the Sportsman model in 1972 as well. It's a 1972!!!
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Post by fool4fish1226 » 22 Jun 2012, 08:22

Any more updates
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Post by Vermonster » 22 Jun 2012, 11:11

Just a few :)

I've been taking pics all along the way. I'm just finishing up the middle bench today. I hit it with the last coat of spar urethane before I left for work.

Added pedestal for the front seat and the tempress all weather seat:
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I also wanted to try out Driftmaster rod holders. I got the V-Rail Round bases for the ('lil pro), and the Flatliner rod holders. I ended up riveting them to the rail instead of drilling all the way through my rail and having them off-set. It's sturdy, and they don't interfere with my Anchormate set up.
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I'm going to likely pick up another Wally-World seat like this one for folks to sit in while motoring/underway. It sits low enough so the passenger can rest their feet on the floor.
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And finally my little guy wanted to get into the boat the other day. Hopefully he'll keep that kind of attitude for a long time!
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Post by SpyGuy23 » 22 Jun 2012, 12:34

Looking great! She's really coming together nicely! Couple questions when you have a sec...what kind of bolts (or other fastener) did you use to attach the deck to the aluminum frame? And did you treat both sides of the wood with urethane, or just the top?
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