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PostPosted: 27 Jan 2014, 23:33 

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Hello Everyone!

This is my first post/thread here. I've been lurking for quite a while and figured I'd share my progress and what I've learned here.

3 Weeks ago I picked up an 94 Tracker Tournament Pro 18 from its original owner. Motor is squeaky clean but the rest of the boat was, well dilapidated.

Rotten deck & floor, moldy carpet, silly rigged electrical etc. (See pics however they do no justice to the horror haha)

Deck was so bad I nearly fell through it getting on the boat for the lake test.

She ran well with the owner and myself in it with the speedo reading 40ish. Certainly its a little happy.

I picked up this gem for $1300 which I felt was an OK deal for the hull, 60hp motor, trailer which is in pretty good shape and the humminbird :lol:

Below is my progress and the pics.

How I got her:
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Here's how she fits in the garage (For now, once I do some re-arranging it will fit straight in without having the outboard in the closet)
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First step was getting the old deck and floor up. It basically came out as wood chips. Wet, slimy wood chips.
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More to come.


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PostPosted: 27 Jan 2014, 23:46 

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Water logged foam:
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Foam mostly out:
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I ended up trucking about 300 or so pounds of water logged foam and wood chips to the dump.

Foam & Sides out & some glue/gunk removal complete:
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These things are great for glue/gunk removal but they don't last super long:
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Test fitting the floor and deck cutouts:
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Here's the carpet I chose to use. It's from Lowe's.
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First bit of carpet in, layed it down using DAP Contact Cement (Gel):
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Front deck carpeted and my 2 tempress hatches installed:
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Another piece of carpet in and some prep work done on the back:
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Floor carpeted and waiting for installation:
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After finally getting some new wires ran (correctly, not just laying across the back deck I was able to move on:

Mostly ready for carpet installation now:
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At this point I've completed carpeting the sides, seat hatch covers, console and throttle panel and I've begun carpeting the back deck.
Once the deck is complete I'm just waiting on my new battery charger & seats to come in.

I'll be posting more pictures as I move forward.


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PostPosted: 28 Jan 2014, 09:59 
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Good job. I'll say you got a good deal. That will be a fishing machine when done.



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PostPosted: 28 Jan 2014, 10:10 

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Amazing how much the waterlogged foam weighs!



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PostPosted: 28 Jan 2014, 11:21 
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Nice work on that front deck



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PostPosted: 28 Jan 2014, 13:56 

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rscottp wrote:
Amazing how much the waterlogged foam weighs!


Yeah I was really surprised. Granted there was wood, carpet and the old seats in that weight as well.

Mel Kyper Sr wrote:
Nice work on that front deck


Thanks! I'm still debating adding another hatch on the left side but right now I'm reserving that area for a rod locker.

Good job. I'll say you got a good deal. That will be a fishing machine when done.


Hope so, we'll see this weekend!


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PostPosted: 28 Jan 2014, 14:23 

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A fellow tin boater said that all the wet foam he removed was 633lbs! Mine weighed a ton but I never actually weighed it.



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PostPosted: 28 Jan 2014, 15:56 

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Pretty excited. Just picked up my new tank from Boyd Welding!

The old tank was in bad shape and they designed a new tank to fit and allow the batteries to be mounted in the middle of the boat. Can't wait to get it mounted!

Here's a cool pic of one of the baffles they installed, even has their logo cut out (even though no one will ever see it haha)
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Stack of dimes
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Tank is 16 Gallon usable.

My new seats & pedestals should be in by Friday, and I'm hoping my new MinnKota 3 bank charger will be here tomorrow. Trying to hustle so I can get on the water this weekend!


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PostPosted: 28 Jan 2014, 16:09 
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Nice work, the tank looks real good. Just out of curiosity, how much did they charge you to make that tank?



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PostPosted: 28 Jan 2014, 16:25 

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Nice work, the tank looks real good. Just out of curiosity, how much did they charge you to make that tank?



Tank was $375 with the fittings and a new sending unit. You can check them out online: http://www.boydwelding.com


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PostPosted: 29 Jan 2014, 21:03 
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Very nice work, hope you enjoy it.


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PostPosted: 30 Jan 2014, 00:10 

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Very nice so far


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PostPosted: 31 Jan 2014, 15:55 

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Coming along.

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PostPosted: 31 Jan 2014, 22:26 
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Man wish I could get down on the welder like that! Very nice project so far.



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PostPosted: 01 Feb 2014, 01:51 

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Did you replace the foam that you took out?


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