1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

*****This section is for Full Boat Projects Only*****
User avatar
dawgfish66
Posts: 38
Joined: 03 Jul 2013, 15:55
Location: Canton Georgia

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by dawgfish66 » 28 Aug 2013, 21:17

I bought this boat in June because of its size and all welded construction. After studying this site and a lot of your builds almost nightly, I decided to start my build with hopes of getting it done before January. That may be hard with hunting season and two tournaments on Stone Mountain coming up. Please feel free to comment with as many great tips as possible. It is going to be all electric, all aluminum and no carpet..... Thanks
Attachments
Everything in it has to go...
Everything in it has to go...
Everything in it has to go...
Everything in it has to go...

User avatar
dawgfish66
Posts: 38
Joined: 03 Jul 2013, 15:55
Location: Canton Georgia

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by dawgfish66 » 28 Aug 2013, 22:06

Got rid of the wood floor, wood deck and really bad carpet....
Attachments
Demo is done!!!
Demo is done!!!
Demo is done!!!
Demo is done!!!

User avatar
thudpucker
Posts: 738
Joined: 06 Apr 2009, 21:01
Location: Cullman AL. (north Central)

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by thudpucker » 29 Aug 2013, 01:39

Why change anything there?
Put the Wood Deck down, A Butt Seat up on the Bow deck and go fishing. :o

User avatar
gillhunter
Moderator
Posts: 1053
Joined: 10 Mar 2011, 11:47
Location: Winder, GA

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by gillhunter » 29 Aug 2013, 15:19

dawg, I assume you are from Georgia. Looks like a great project!
If you haven't seen Brine's build take a look.
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... hyan+Craft

User avatar
dawgfish66
Posts: 38
Joined: 03 Jul 2013, 15:55
Location: Canton Georgia

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by dawgfish66 » 29 Aug 2013, 23:08

Yeah, Gill, I'm in GA.....I think I came across it in my looking, but I'll check it out again, Thanks!!! Thud, It would have been fine if all I wanted to do is fish.....I have big plans, BIG I say..... I have $2500 in trolling motors going on this bad boy. They just came in.... A Motor Guide 109# for the front and two Motor Guide 105#'s for the rear. I'm gonna be running 10 batteries :shock:

User avatar
dawgfish66
Posts: 38
Joined: 03 Jul 2013, 15:55
Location: Canton Georgia

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by dawgfish66 » 29 Aug 2013, 23:20

Got some work done on the trailer.....
Attachments
Got to fix or replace this crap...
Got to fix or replace this crap...
Got to fix or replace this crap...
Got to fix or replace this crap...
Got to fix or replace this crap...
Got to fix or replace this crap...
Put some grip on the fenders.....
Put some grip on the fenders.....
Replaced bunk boards with new carpet and lowered.... notice the holes in the bottom right corner... five holes to mount a transducer???  That is where my livewell pump in will go.
Replaced bunk boards with new carpet and lowered.... notice the holes in the bottom right corner... five holes to mount a transducer??? That is where my livewell pump in will go.

User avatar
dawgfish66
Posts: 38
Joined: 03 Jul 2013, 15:55
Location: Canton Georgia

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by dawgfish66 » 31 Aug 2013, 21:42

Got a few more things done....temp fixed the winch post and built my rear battery boxes. I know I said it was going to be all aluminum, but I used some 2x4s in their construction. I also saved some materials cost by putting the spoils of my troubled youth to good use........I used some old road signs that I had "acquired" about 20 years ago as the floor of my battery trays. [-X There will be 6 batteries in the rear of the boat.
Attachments
Temp fix of winch post.
Temp fix of winch post.
Temp fix of winch post.
Temp fix of winch post.
I had to raise them to clear my intake and hoses.
I had to raise them to clear my intake and hoses.
The battery tray floors...
The battery tray floors...
pk11.jpg
pk12.jpg
pk13.jpg

User avatar
dawgfish66
Posts: 38
Joined: 03 Jul 2013, 15:55
Location: Canton Georgia

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by dawgfish66 » 02 Sep 2013, 22:28

Labor day means a day free to work on the boat. I got the old letters removed and new letters on....also got the floor cut and fully installed today with the help from a friend. It went a lot easier than I thought it would. I learned a very valuable lesson today......NOTHING IN AN ALUMINUM BOAT IS SQUARE!!!!
Attachments
Removing old letters sucked...
Removing old letters sucked...
Wax brought the paint back to life...
Wax brought the paint back to life...
New letters installed and boat waxed, paint not bad for 2000 model.
New letters installed and boat waxed, paint not bad for 2000 model.
Ready to start cutting...
Ready to start cutting...
Floor cut out and test fitted...
Floor cut out and test fitted...
Floor supports riveted in...
Floor supports riveted in...
Insulation cut and placed between ribs...
Insulation cut and placed between ribs...
Floor fully installed...
Floor fully installed...

Livetofish
Posts: 15
Joined: 06 Aug 2013, 21:50

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by Livetofish » 04 Sep 2013, 18:09

Why 6 batteries?? Just curious

User avatar
dawgfish66
Posts: 38
Joined: 03 Jul 2013, 15:55
Location: Canton Georgia

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by dawgfish66 » 04 Sep 2013, 21:56

Livetofish » 04 Sep 2013, 18:09 wrote:Why 6 batteries?? Just curious
It is going to be a reservoir boat. Most of the small drinking water reservoirs here in Georgia don't allow gas engines at all and some have a 9.9hp limit. They are any where between 100 and 500+ acres. I am also in an "electric only" bass club. I have two 105# Motor Guide motors going on the back and a bow mounted 109# Motor Guide going on the front....all three are 36 volt motors. I will actually have 10 batteries on the boat. The extra one will run my live well pumps, bilge pump and lights.

erictetterton
Posts: 283
Joined: 22 Dec 2012, 00:56
Location: Winterville, NC

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by erictetterton » 04 Sep 2013, 22:51

what type of wax did u use on the paint to bring it back to life?

User avatar
dawgfish66
Posts: 38
Joined: 03 Jul 2013, 15:55
Location: Canton Georgia

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by dawgfish66 » 04 Sep 2013, 23:46

erictetterton » 04 Sep 2013, 22:51 wrote:what type of wax did u use on the paint to bring it back to life?
I just had this in the basement.....it worked pretty good.
Attachments
The wax used.
The wax used.

User avatar
Bugpac
Posts: 1925
Joined: 16 Jul 2009, 15:40
Location: Lawrenceville Georgia
Contact:

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by Bugpac » 05 Sep 2013, 02:16

Looking good.

User avatar
dawgfish66
Posts: 38
Joined: 03 Jul 2013, 15:55
Location: Canton Georgia

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by dawgfish66 » 05 Sep 2013, 10:48

Bugpac » 05 Sep 2013, 02:16 wrote:Looking good.

Thanks Bugpac!! It is a definite pain in the butt, but taking some pride in doing it myself. It won't be as nice as some because of my lack of access to aluminum welders and benders. The biggest downfall of my build is the fact that my lids are not going to be flush with the deck. I'm using the hatch lids from T H Marine. Thanks again for the offer to come see your boat!!!

User avatar
dawgfish66
Posts: 38
Joined: 03 Jul 2013, 15:55
Location: Canton Georgia

1751 Polar Kraft reservoir boat

Post by dawgfish66 » 29 Sep 2013, 23:41

I've been busy working on the boat, but have been lazy on posting the pics here. I have got almost all the framing done for the front deck. Started on the rear today.... I figured out that my welded aluminum live well is going to be 37 gallons. With the help of a friend, we got the frame done. There will be two inches of insulation all the way around the live well.
Attachments
Front wall.... extended front deck back 39 inches.  Total length of front deck will be 91 inches.
Front wall.... extended front deck back 39 inches. Total length of front deck will be 91 inches.
Front wall mounted to rib...
Front wall mounted to rib...
Framing mounted to front deck...hole cut on both sides to make room for rod tips.
Framing mounted to front deck...hole cut on both sides to make room for rod tips.
Framing mounted to front deck...hole cut on both sides to make room for rod tips.
Framing mounted to front deck...hole cut on both sides to make room for rod tips.
Framing...and the start of my tackle storage box.
Framing...and the start of my tackle storage box.
Framing...
Framing...
Seat pole mount and support...
Seat pole mount and support...
Seat pole bracket centered and moved back 16 inches.  I made sure to put enough horizontal support under it to keep the area under it clear for storage.
Seat pole bracket centered and moved back 16 inches. I made sure to put enough horizontal support under it to keep the area under it clear for storage.
Conduit routed into what will be the front battery compartment.
Conduit routed into what will be the front battery compartment.
Front deck framing and face plate installed and in place.
Front deck framing and face plate installed and in place.
Front deck framing and face place installed and in place.
Front deck framing and face place installed and in place.
Rear deck frame attached to original bench.
Rear deck frame attached to original bench.
Back deck extension/live well area.  Extended the rear deck forward 22".
Back deck extension/live well area. Extended the rear deck forward 22".

Post Reply