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PostPosted: 15 Sep 2017, 18:48 
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Got the Garmin mounted on a swivel arm ram mount today. That way I can still use it when on the on the casting deck.

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PostPosted: 16 Sep 2017, 21:17 
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I still have a few things to do on this build before I enter the "eternal tinkering" phase that I know is inevitable. BUT, she saw water for the first time (since I got her) today!

My takeaways:
-I got about 15MPH from the 1972 Merc with my wife and I and minimal gear. It planed up fine, but didn't accelerate too much past planing. This is about what I got with my previous 14' V-hull Lowe with a 9.9, so I'm happy with it. I'll casually keep an eye on the used market for a 25+, but am happy with the Merc for now. The key electric start is awesome, I love that feature.
-I was pleased with the stability. That was a question that lingered in my mind throughout the whole build. It requires an awareness, but is plenty stable to move about the boat without worrying about swamping or going over the side.
-I need a tiller arm extension to make steering more comfortable since my seat is higher than the factory bench was.
-Garmin EchoChirp 73cv worked AWESOME. Looking forward to improving my fishing through use of this unit.
-I need to add cleats ASAP for use at the ramp.
-I'm going to add some BoatBuckle retractable transom tie downs to the trailer for quick and easy trailering
-Touch up paint is needed, everything is different out in the sun as compared to the garage

I was really happy with the layout! Will make for very comfortable fishing when by myself or with one other person. Lot's of storage will make for trips to the lake pretty easy.

Will post a few pics of our outing when I get to it.



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PostPosted: 16 Sep 2017, 21:35 

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DiveLiberty wrote:
I still have a few things to do on this build before I enter the "eternal tinkering" phase that I know is inevitable. BUT, she saw water for the first time (since I got her) today!

My takeaways:
-I got about 15MPH from the 1972 Merc with my wife and I and minimal gear. It planed up fine, but didn't accelerate too much past planing. This is about what I got with my previous 14' V-hull Lowe with a 9.9, so I'm happy with it. I'll casually keep an eye on the used market for a 25+, but am happy with the Merc for now. The key electric start is awesome, I love that feature.
-I was pleased with the stability. That was a question that lingered in my mind throughout the whole build. It requires an awareness, but is plenty stable to move about the boat without worrying about swamping or going over the side.
-I need a tiller arm extension to make steering more comfortable since my seat is higher than the factory bench was.
-Garmin EchoChirp 73cv worked AWESOME. Looking forward to improving my fishing through use of this unit.
-I need to add cleats ASAP for use at the ramp.
-I'm going to add some BoatBuckle retractable transom tie downs to the trailer for quick and easy trailering
-Touch up paint is needed, everything is different out in the sun as compared to the garage

I was really happy with the layout! Will make for very comfortable fishing when by myself or with one other person. Lot's of storage will make for trips to the lake pretty easy.

Will post a few pics of our outing when I get to it.


Nice looking boat! Have fun!


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PostPosted: 16 Sep 2017, 21:39 
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PostPosted: 03 Oct 2017, 13:56 
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Looks nice. Get a 40hp or bigger in my opinion. I went from 20 to 25 to 50. I think I can be satisfied now.



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PostPosted: 03 Oct 2017, 14:45 
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@benjineer thanks, it's not done, but done enough until I can't fish anymore.

The boat is rated for a 40hp. I'd love to get a 40hp on it but will stick with the 20hp for now simply due to the crazy high costs of used outboards. If I could buy stock in used outboards I would. I'm always on the lookout, so will pick up a newer/bigger motor when I come across a deal that I can't pass up.

I need to post updated pics and maybe a video of my build.



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PostPosted: 03 Oct 2017, 18:24 
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I hear you. I traded my 25 tiller for the 48 remote. My boat is rated for a 40 also. The 25 just took to long when I wanted to make a long run. I got over the tiller also for those same runs.



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PostPosted: 20 Oct 2017, 17:04 
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Still meaning to do a "walk around" video of the boat at some point, but been too busy using it for now! Taken it out 4 times now, and really really pleased with the way it fishes. I love the open floor space and front casting deck.

Quick question for anyone who sees this. I had some motor issues today on the old Merc that I'm pretty sure is a spun prop. It would idle fine in gear and push us along at idle speed, but would rev high with little movement when given throttle. I took off the prop and I'm pretty sure that I can see some "spin out" on the back end of the hub. More than anything, it just appears to be freshly "disturbed" rubber. Do these symptoms seem consistent with a spun hub? I wouldn't at all be surprised if this was the original prop that came with the motor (40+ years old).

My question is really about prop fit. The web provides a multitude of prop fit guides and calculators, but most of them don't go back as far as early 1970's. I found one that did list my motor (Mercury Model 200 20 HP), and it listed 2 props, both from Michigan Match. One looks identical to the original, 2 blade. The other is a 3 blade that looks like it will also match up. What will be, if any, the performance difference between a 2 blade vs 3 blade on a motor like this? It seems like I see nothing but 3+ blades on modern motors, even the low hp motors, but the original is a 2 blade.


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PostPosted: 20 Oct 2017, 23:15 
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Have been thinking a lot about how to fab up some sort of shifter extension for the outboard. Not a fan of having to reach back to the side of the motor to shift, especially when pulling up to the dock or the trailer.

I'm shocked that there is nothing commercially available. I grabbed a tiller extension for steering/throttle. I'm surprised that there is nothing (at least that I've found) to extend the shifter. That would make a guy rich eh?

Turns out, it's been thought of before, https://www.google.com/patents/US3073278 . Now I just need to track down Spencer Brewster and get this thing to market.

Will post a pic of whatever I come up with after roaming the aisles of Menards looking for inspiration.



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PostPosted: 21 Oct 2017, 18:21 
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During the above-described manipulation of the steering-throttle control handle, and the gear shift lever, the boat is usually underway, with the operator facing the stern



:shock:

Im not getting in a boat with him.


My Evenrude has a T handle with a linkage that comes out of the front of the lower cowl for the shiftier.

Making up something similar with a mount on the lower cowl and an external linkage that goes to the original shift lever shouldn't be too hard.



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PostPosted: 12 Mar 2018, 15:39 
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Resurrecting this thread a little bit to share my intentions for this year. Ideally I'd get all of this done in the winter, but the detached garage and cold winters make for slow winter progress.

Here's what I hope 2018 brings to the rig:

Over the winter I added a Tempress pedestal seat for better/safer use of the trolling motor.

I also added one of these "cockpit organizers" just for somewhere to put phone/keys/etc.: https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/boatma ... atid=12716

-Boat cover
-Trailer Paint
-New bunks on the trailer
-Retractable rod straps: https://www.amazon.com/BoatBuckle-F1420 ... XR59QAATPC
-Stop wasting days tinkering with the boat and FISH.



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PostPosted: 10 Apr 2018, 11:39 
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Some Updates to this build:

The old Merc Model 200 (20 hp) bit the dust and I'm up for a repower. After scouring the internet in my area, I've decided to repower to a 1978 Johnson 35. The 35 will fit the boat much better and get me the power that I need. The biggest issue, is that the 35 uses controls, so now I need to fab a console. This will end up being an upgrade, but I've got some work to do to get the boat to where it needs to be. I would have designed the boat totally differently if I had known a console would be in the picture.

Any ideas/advice/learnings from adding a side console to a boat like this?

Additionally, I purchased a Garmin Striker 4 to add to the front of the boat. Got sick of turning around to look at the big chart while casting/trolling.

Will get pics up as I get these additional fabs going!



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It might be easier to find a steering bracket and tiller handle to convert it.



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PostPosted: 10 Apr 2018, 11:56 
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Agreed, that would be easier. I'm not necessarily against the idea of a console. I fish on some big lakes (Tablerock Lake, Lake of the Ozarks, Pomme De Terre) where a console would be more comfortable. I may try and space it out with some cardboard boxes just to get an idea of the space I'm giving up.



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