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  1. Axhammer

    1957 Crestliner Viking 710 Conversion

    You remind me of me…lol Reminds me of the time I took my little lake boat out in the Puget Sound chasing a halibut hot spot. All was good until the WX went south and we had to run back to the boat ramp as the seas & wind tried to sink us.
  2. Axhammer

    How many of you enjoy a decent stereo in a boat?

    This is an interesting topic, ever since I picked up a used console for the steering parts. It had a head unit in it, and that got me thinking about a sound system for my boat. If I had music in my boat, I’m sure a little Lynyrd Skynyrd would be played…taking me back to the seventies when I...
  3. Axhammer

    How many of you enjoy a "Beater Boat?"

    I’ve had a 1648 for almost 20 years now. It gets pressure washed occasionally, otherwise it’s a maintenance free boat. I use it for fishing & crabbing mostly. WhenI bought it, it had a couple seats bolted on, but I took them off. I’d rather sit on a boat cushion (throwable life preserver), it...
  4. Axhammer

    Duranautic 13’ Coastie

    My fist thought on painting an aluminum boat, is no don’t paint it if it’s bare aluminum, and has never been painted before. Once an aluminum boat has been painted, it is too work intensive to strip it back to bare aluminum again. Having said that, once an aluminum boat has been painted, it will...
  5. Axhammer

    This thing is a can of worms

    Try a left hand drill bit. Sometimes it will catch and run the broken bolt out…like hitting pay dirt.
  6. Axhammer

    1992 Polar Kraft MVT-1751 with a 1992 Evinrude 60 HP…my first tin boat project

    Aye Capt’n … Steady as she goes I’m sure Thill has read this thread, because he has commented along the way. After studying the pic I posted more, I believe I can simply raise the assembly until the roller sits under the eye fitting. That will raise the winch making a straighter pull. It’s...
  7. Axhammer

    1992 Polar Kraft MVT-1751 with a 1992 Evinrude 60 HP…my first tin boat project

    I flipped the boat over and put it on the trailer. I mounted the winch post, for the hand winch. The whole setup looks out of whack. I’m thinking about moving the hand winch, over to the back side of the vertical post, this will raise the winch, allowing more of a straight pull, as the boat hits...
  8. Axhammer

    1992 Polar Kraft MVT-1751 with a 1992 Evinrude 60 HP…my first tin boat project

    I lowered the front of the bunks on the trailer today. I left the rear brackets at the height I had them. I cut a couple inches off the front brackets. I loosened the middle brackets and readjusted the middle brackets. It still has a tilt but the boat should sit on the trailer closer to being...
  9. Axhammer

    Help! with Older Jon Boat ID

    Nice looking little boat, is that from the sixties?
  10. Axhammer

    1958 Crestliner project for someone near Boise

    It looks like you could install remote steering and set it up with a couple seats like a runabout. If I ever found one in restorable condition I would snatch it up in a heartbeat.
  11. Axhammer

    New To Me: 1985 PolarKraft CGS1451

    My MVT-1751 (Metal, V-hull, Tunnel) is rated for less weight and power, despite being 3’ longer with a 20” transom and remote steering. I wonder if the tunnel hull has something to do with the rating, or maybe the rules changed between 1985 and 1992? I have a 1992 1648 with a 15” transom that...
  12. Axhammer

    New To Me: 1985 PolarKraft CGS1451

    Nice boat, it has the same bloodlines as my 1992 Polar Craft MVT-1751. Both are very similar in appearance. A boats length and width is often a factor when max HP rating is determined. There are two other factors that allow for a higher HP rating to be assigned from the factory, when comparing...
  13. Axhammer

    1992 Polar Kraft MVT-1751 with a 1992 Evinrude 60 HP…my first tin boat project

    The paint is dry, to the touch after running the heater for a few more hours.
  14. Axhammer

    1992 Polar Kraft MVT-1751 with a 1992 Evinrude 60 HP…my first tin boat project

    After running the heater for about an hour, the paint is dry to the touch. It turned flat as it dried, no more gloss like in my picture above. I’m happy with how it turned out.
  15. Axhammer

    1992 Polar Kraft MVT-1751 with a 1992 Evinrude 60 HP…my first tin boat project

    It was supposed to be warm today, perfect boat painting weather I thought, because earlier in the week, it was forecast to be 70 this weekend. I think it hit about 60 today, at the most, with a wet dreary overcast sky. I final sanded the hull with 120 grit on my electric orbital sander and...
  16. Axhammer

    T-Motor mounting bracket

    After looking at the link you posted for the TM bracket, I suggest .125” thick 5 series aluminum would work fine, as long as it is attached to the boat sufficiently. The bracket itself, with flanges on three sides will be very rigid preventing flex. The method used to attach this bracket to the...
  17. Axhammer

    T-Motor mounting bracket

    Check out tricked tins on YouTube. Matt just got a boat in his shop with a TM bracket from tiny boat nation that might help.
  18. Axhammer

    1996 Spectrum 18' Sport - Am I crazy?

    https://norfolk.craigslist.org/boa/d/virginia-beach-sylvean-fisherman/7710028456.html Not a spectrum, but similar
  19. Axhammer

    1992 Polar Kraft MVT-1751 with a 1992 Evinrude 60 HP…my first tin boat project

    I got sick with Covid last month. I have never had it before, it took me down hard for a couple weeks. My Mom passed, she was 89, and put up with me for over six decades. Bless her soul. My youngest kid graduated from Appalachian State in Boone, NC. Between driving back home to MD, and out...
  20. Axhammer

    1992 Polar Kraft MVT-1751 with a 1992 Evinrude 60 HP…my first tin boat project

    The drains have heavy weld beads on the exterior. I haven’t cleaned up the interior drain area yet, but I’m pretty sure there are thinner welds on the interior. That means they are welded tubes. I’ll try and get some pictures soon. I need to get off my butt and get back to work on this project...
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