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Post by trueblue1970 » 04 Jul 2012, 09:27

Brought home a 14' Sears Gamefisher w/ trailer yesterday. Was fortuante to sell my 12' on CL within a day and parlay that into this one. Great deal as PO just wanted it gone. Not sure how much or how little I will to it but it is pretty much a clean canvas. The PO didnt do much to it at all. I do have to paint it as the old paint has faded and redo my transom. And re carpet the bunk on the trailer. I like the wide bench seats and all the foam is still there. No holes and doesnt leak! Overall a nice solid boat...a 1992 14' with a 46' beam. A nice project for me and my 2 boys to work on. As soon as I parked her, the pole holding rig was removed, as well at the seat which did not swivel. Just one pic for now...

Happy 4th to everybody.
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Post by sixgun86 » 04 Jul 2012, 11:52

Good looking boat, do you have an idea on what will be going on the back?

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Post by trueblue1970 » 04 Jul 2012, 12:44

Thanks 6. For now I have a new Minn Kota 55lb thrust for local freshwater (city will not allow gas motors). Im hoping ot be brave enough to use this on the skinnys though....have yet to experience a wake with a boat like this. What sice motor would you suggest? One of those 9.9s?

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Post by trueblue1970 » 12 Aug 2012, 10:24

Ok, well I am finally making progress. I went ahead and stripped the boat, primed it with Rustoleum self etching primer and painted it with Rustoleum "Army Green"... Yes, I know for some boring but I like boring lol. Im thinking about doing some camo job using some leaves, grass, fern etc. Not sure yet, but my son wants to and he usually talks me into things.

Next up is the transom. Ive been reading some older posts on here to get ideas. Just have to figure the thickness of the plywood. Should the outer part of the transom wood be 2 pieces glued together? I know to use Spar. Any help with this would be appreciated. Thanks for all the amazing posts I see on here. I love this site.

The sun is bright today, sorry for the 1st pic, too much of a shadow and it looks dark. I tried to get the same angle from that very 1st pic when I brought her home.
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Here is the boat completely stripped.  I started to prime the benches with Rustoleum self etching primer.
Here is the boat completely stripped. I started to prime the benches with Rustoleum self etching primer.
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Post by TheMaestro » 12 Aug 2012, 12:09

Thats a nice job on the paint, seems nice and even...I like the green, i dont think its boring, it mqkes it look like serious business 8)
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Post by trueblue1970 » 12 Aug 2012, 12:44

Thanks maestro. My phone does not take great pics. The boat looked worse when I brought it home and it looks better after being painted....of course you cant tell from the pics lol. I have a clean canvas now and I think im going to keep it simple. Plywood on the benches with carpet or hydro turf, with the screwed in sliding seat brackets so the seats can be shifted. I also think I may go with the plastic seats that have the cushions built in...so less weight on the boat. If anybody has them let me know how they hold up. Thanks...

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Post by trueblue1970 » 13 Aug 2012, 09:13

Decided to do a camo job. Used fern (khaki) and palm frond (dark earth). The fern print shows up well in person, but hard to see in the pics. Blame that on my poor camera phone. Well painting is complete, now its time to work on the transom.
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Post by inlovewithsurfin » 13 Aug 2012, 20:20

love this paint job!!! i am going to do some type of camo on my lowe 1436....

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Post by trueblue1970 » 15 Aug 2012, 08:42

Hey thanks. It was a last minute decision to go with the camo. My phone pics are terrible and it looks better in person. Now I have to decide what im going to do as far as wood work goes. I like the hydro turf and the samples they sent to me. My plan is to carpet plywood to put on the benches and I bought these tracks that screw into the bench. The track is actually an adjustable that will allow my seat to slide back and forth and even remove the seat when I want. Im doing this on the rear bench so I can move around when operating the motor. Love your mods by the way, great job

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Post by trueblue1970 » 15 Aug 2012, 08:44

How did you screw your plywood into the benches? What did you use? And did you screw in over the carpet so you can remove whenever you want?

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Post by inlovewithsurfin » 15 Aug 2012, 12:22

I love the seat track idea! I may have to use that on my back bench!!! As far as attaching the carpeted plywood to my benches I just use sheet metal screws and screw thru the carpet and wood down to the benches. I use one in each corner and so far it's worked pretty good

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Post by trueblue1970 » 15 Aug 2012, 13:42

inlovewithsurfin wrote:I love the seat track idea! I may have to use that on my back bench!!! As far as attaching the carpeted plywood to my benches I just use sheet metal screws and screw thru the carpet and wood down to the benches. I use one in each corner and so far it's worked pretty good

Thanks, seems easy enough. Just trying to decide if im going with hydro turf. And if I go that route, should I just glue it directly to the benches or onto plywood. (seats will be mounted on benches)

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Post by inlovewithsurfin » 15 Aug 2012, 16:43

I like the looks of the turf stuff but I look at it and wonder if it would catch hooks easier than carpet does? I know I've hada few hooks get caught in the carpet!

As far as gluing it strait to the bench or to plywood... I would use plywood just in case you ever have to re-do it. That way you won't have to deal with taking the carpet and clue off again.

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Post by trueblue1970 » 16 Aug 2012, 08:17

inlovewithsurfin wrote:I like the looks of the turf stuff but I look at it and wonder if it would catch hooks easier than carpet does? I know I've hada few hooks get caught in the carpet!

As far as gluing it strait to the bench or to plywood... I would use plywood just in case you ever have to re-do it. That way you won't have to deal with taking the carpet and clue off again.


Thanks for the input. It looks like im going to go with carpeted ply on the benches. After stripping, priming and then painting...id hate to have to do that all over again when I want to change things up. I like the idea of removing 4 screws to make a change.

And from the hydro turf sample I received, it didnt appear that hooks getting stuck would be an issue. I have to say it seems like a great product. Id love to put it on the flooring, but another member advised not to glue it to ply.

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Post by inlovewithsurfin » 16 Aug 2012, 16:04

Why do you have to use glue at all? All of my carpet is just stapled down... No glue? If you take your time and pull it tight you might be surprised how good it turns out without any glue!

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