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  1. Iammichael6499

    21' party deck to light weight fishing boat

    The reality of such a large/expensive rebuild/refit probably hit home sooner than later hence the reason the thread went quiet.
  2. Iammichael6499

    Newb: Picking up 1st outboard motor in 2 weeks, help pls with which propeller to buy

    I second using a calculator. I went from a 3 blade aluminum to a 4 blade stainless on a Mariner 60 hp pushing a 16‘ Fisher SV2 and nailed it with the calculator. BUT, as suggested already, get the dealer to help find the right prop. Most dealers have props you can try/test plus they have...
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    Sealing bolt holes in transom ?

    BTW, I had a 10’ aluminum flat bottom many years ago. I thought I would use it recovering ducks that floated into deep water (ponds mostly) but I soon found out it was “too unstable“ for me. If I made a mistake in that boat I went swimming. I sold it to 2 ladies, both over 200 lbs, who wanted...
  4. Iammichael6499

    Sealing bolt holes in transom ?

    In other words … you have a zillion options for sealing the wood and the hole(s). Which ones are the best? Almost all of the above will work so I’d pick the ones that fit your skill sets and budget the best.
  5. Iammichael6499

    1987 Fisher SV18 CC

    It has a 60 hp Mariner (1988) that gets 31 mph at full throttle (per gps, no current, no wind) with 12 gallons of fuel and two people. Unfortunately the boat is only rated for a 60 hp max.
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    1987 Fisher SV18 CC

    SM88, I have a 1989, 16’ Fisher SV2 side console. I removed the all aluminum floor by simply drilling out the pop rivets (after I pulled up the nasty carpet). Took less than an hour. It was a single piece. I actually did a total refit/refurbish of my Fisher but I didn’t have a built-in tank...
  7. Iammichael6499

    Anyone create FRP Board and Polystyrene sandwich for decking.

    1/2” Coosa is stronger and lighter than 1/2” plywood. It’s used in boats for subfloors, transoms, etc. I’ll never use plywood in a boat again.
  8. Iammichael6499

    Anyone create FRP Board and Polystyrene sandwich for decking.

    What’s the advantage of FRP board/foam board vs Coosa Board?
  9. Iammichael6499

    Recommend lights

    LED’s are fairly simple to install. They usually don’t need much of a fuse and 12 to 14 gauge wire is usually adequate depending on how long your runs will be. I would go with a well reviewed brand vs Chinese knock-offs.
  10. Iammichael6499

    Jet boat pods

    I added pods early this year to my Lowe 1860/Yamaha 65/90 jet. Definitely helps with leveling the boat at rest BUT I went to great pains to balance the boat as well. You’re looking at $800 to $1200 for custom installed pods or if you’re handy you’ll only spend $300 to $500. Let me know if you...
  11. Iammichael6499

    Duracraft 17

    Picture of your boat? I’m a fan of aluminum and/or Coosa Board for floors/decks/transoms. Upfront cost is expensive compared to plywood but both are permanent non-deteriorating solutions that will never need replacing again. Actually cheaper in the long run. Holes can be filled with rivets...
  12. Iammichael6499

    Boat cover water repellent?

    The life of a boat cover can be lengthened when the cover is properly supported and stretched over the boat. If you have a track around the gunnel it’s easy to make a pvc frame to support an oversized cover (i.e. 20’ cover on an 18’ boat). I made small L brackets that insert into the gunnel to...
  13. Iammichael6499

    Question about painting

    Thanks. I used Raptor primer and Raptor paint. Applied primer with a roller and then sprayed the paint. I would definitely cover the primer.
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    Question about painting

    Just in case anyone else is considering painting bare aluminum I recently used “Raptor Anti-Corrosive Epoxy Primer” inside my Lowe 1860. No etching necessary but it does need a scuffed up surface. I rolled it on vs spraying. Cleaned the surface with acetone prior to rolling. After priming I...
  15. Iammichael6499

    Trailer upgrades……

    Not too long ago I purchased and refitted/upgraded a 2004 Yacht Club trailer (and boat). The bunks were old warped 2x4’s with no covering so I replaced them. For the new bunks I used 2”x6”x8’ vertical grain, western red cedar, all heartwood, which is naturally rot resistant. Many boat owners...
  16. Iammichael6499

    Alumacraft 1860 or roughneck 1860

    The Lowe 1860 (what year are you looking at?) will handle a 75 hp with no issues. Balance the boat by moving batteries or fuel to the front. I added pods to mine and moved batteries to the front along with a Minn Kota anchor winch.
  17. Iammichael6499

    SeaArk repair recommendations needed

    Looking at the pics it appears to me there’s a “possibility” the boat has been in salt a few times. If it were me, I would make 100% sure there’s no hidden corrosion.