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Post by huntinfool » 24 Feb 2014, 08:57

We do fiberglass and aluminum repairs for Bass Pro Shops. We do a lot of different work for them and occasionally we get a good deal from them. My dad struck a deal with them on this 2012 center console 1860 with sponsons. It probably had 30 small pinholes on the bottom. Plus the original customer had put a big hole in it and welded a patch on it with steel wire from a mig welder. The transom was cracked from hitting something and it too was welded with steel wire from a mig welder. So we knocked those off and tig welded them and they are strong.
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Post by huntinfool » 24 Feb 2014, 09:15

I had my 16' Lowe on this trailer so I had to do some modifications to make this one fit. [attachment=-1]uploadfromtaptalk1393247704344.jpg[/attachment]
As you can see, its barely on there.
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Post by huntinfool » 24 Feb 2014, 16:56

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It didn't have a motor. So I have been looking for one. My dad found a 90hp force on craigslist. For $800. The church that was donated the motor didn't know anything about it. He said he wouldn't take a chance on it with out a pressure gauge. They asked him to make an offer. He did. They accepted. He got it for $100. It ended up having a blown head gasket. He replaced it and it is purring like a kitten.
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Post by huntinfool » 25 Feb 2014, 12:26

We got it hung up so we could apply the steel flex.
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Post by huntinfool » 25 Feb 2014, 12:28

Then we sandblasted the bottom.
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Post by huntinfool » 25 Feb 2014, 12:29

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Post by huntinfool » 25 Feb 2014, 12:34

My dad ordered the steel flex for me since it is almost impossible for me at work. But he ordered the new stuff with Teflon in it. Apparently I didn't get enough color in it and it came out a kind of see through sea foam green color. :(
I haven't gotten a pic of it yet, or with the motor on it.
However my dad said when he put it on the trailer he could move the boat on the bunks with one finger it is so slick.
I guess we will see.
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Post by weldit » 25 Feb 2014, 15:49

Sounds like yall made a good deal with the boat and motor.I just joined this forum today and wish I had heard of the steel flex sooner.I stipped my 18' down,turned her over and welded on 4 new strips of aluminum where the bunks had worn the hull thin.
It was pitted in some areas and some guys told me that could be from using treated wood for the bunks.Seems that the theoryis that when the bunks get wet they act as a conducter for a reaction between copper sulfide and aluminum.So while I had it off the trailer I fabricated new bunks from aluminum rectangle tubing.It would have been nice to coat the boat repair with something better than the primer and paint from the marine supplier.

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Post by huntinfool » 27 Feb 2014, 09:23

Sometimes the pitting under a boat where the bunks are is from saltwater use. After loading a boat back on the trailer the water drips out of the carpet, but the salt stays between and continues to eat the aluminum.
It sounds like you made a good repair.

I'm hopeful I can get a couple more pics this Saturday of the entire rig. Then making some mods/add on's begins.
Might even get her on the water Sunday or Monday.
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Post by hsiftac » 27 Feb 2014, 17:17

What're you going to do about the little holes? Anything other than steelflex them?

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Post by huntinfool » 27 Feb 2014, 20:47

I put some epoxy in them. That plus the steelflex will seal them.
I have done several were all I did was put the epoxy in them and it worked just fine.

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Post by huntinfool » 01 Mar 2014, 15:28

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Here it is on the trailer. We redid everything on the trailer to fit this boat.
You can see the steel flex with the color fail.
I added green and it looked good in the can, but when I mixed the two and applied.....not so good.

I mainly wanted it to stop the leaks and I believe I have accomplished that.

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Post by huntinfool » 01 Mar 2014, 15:30

I cut every plug under the dash and spliced the wires with heat shrink butt connectors. That solved all of my wiring problems. I'm going to try and get the trolling motor on her and maybe take her on the water Monday. I'll button up a couple more things at that time too.

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Post by huntinfool » 02 Mar 2014, 13:37

Working all day on the boat with the intention of finishing everything son we can take her out for a maiden voyage. We are making a plate to mount the trolling motor on. Have some electrical things still to do. Got batteries charging. Lots of work.

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Post by huntinfool » 02 Mar 2014, 20:16

Well no fishing tomorrow, the temps just went from mid 70's to the mid 40's in about an hour. Got quite a bit done. Pics to come...

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