17' Bass Tracker Build

hookedontronics

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Since i am new here i figured i would start a build thread to track my progress. I picked up this 88 bass tracker this past weekend and have started working on it a little in my garage.

Things i want to accomplish:
New deck
New carpet
New seats and pedestals
New switch panel
Add a radio
line-x the center console after repairing/modifying the fiberglass
line-x the storage bins in the rear that are all aluminum
make a couple storage compartments up front
tidy up the wiring

here is what i've got:
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last night i also picked up two new batteries from a friend who bought them for his boat but ended up selling it.
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Hey I have a 87 Bass Tracker MV-16, pretty similar too this. Please keep us updated on this, with a lot of pictures. I want to see what you do with this. Looks like you got the show under the road. What do you plan on doing with it?
 

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Thanks Matt,
I read through your build last week and you've done one hell of a job.

This weekend i started tearing out some deck and some carpet, just waiting for a few carpet samples to get here and then i'll be placing my order for carpet and new seats
 

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hookedontronics said:
Thanks Matt,
I read through your build last week and you've done one hell of a job.

This weekend i started tearing out some deck and some carpet, just waiting for a few carpet samples to get here and then i'll be placing my order for carpet and new seats


https://www.ebayclassifieds.com/user/Bill5500

You might try Bill for seats. Last I heard he can ship. I dont know what you want for seats, but I wanted OEM quality, and bill had brand new overstock seats for $150 under retail. I think I got the pair for $100. Hes got a bunch of other stuff too.
 

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Ordered some stuff this morning.

3 of these
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1 of these
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and 2 of these
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Also ordered a roll of 6'x25' 20oz carpet

Got everything shipped for just under $500 too, not too bad i'd say. Ordered it from bassboatseats.com they have excellent reviews

Also ordered (2) livewell led lights, 4 recessed cupholders, and a marine radio cover.
 

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my seats and carpet come in today! I'm pumped about that.

Also found direct replacement pull handles for the storage doors
https://www.mcmaster.com/#flush-mount-handles/=kz41zc
Part# 13155A24 @ $1.60 each
 

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You have a good foundation to start from in a Tracker, but it would be hard for me to hook that boat up when that 675 sitting next to it is staring me down. :D
 

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let me know how you like the lean to seat when you get it... I've been looking at it, but I'm just not sure if I want to go to vinyl. I've currently got Tempress seats that are camo and cloth - and I love them, but I may just end up getting those re-foamed and covered
 

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I haven't seen an S2000 in a long time until one day last week... I saw one coming up behind me in another lane the other day doing about 100mph, so I gladly got over in front of him because I saw the cop 1/8 mile ahead and apparently he didn't... I figured his international peace sign to me along with some language I could clearly read in my rear view mirror ( :lol: ) was a little too early to be given. After he saw why I pulled over and he pulled up beside me he apologized

nice tag by the way =D>
 

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Got all the carpet up ysterday, now i just need to get some aircraft stripper and get everything super cleaned up for laying down new carpet.

Also did some checking on the wiring, and it's a mess. Nothing seems to work from the cockpit if i just went straight off the wiring but when i tested the trolling motor, bilge pump and livewell pump straight from them they all worked fine. So i'll be pulling all the wiring and re-doing that as well, which i pretty much expected to. I also tested my minn kota anchor and it works going up but can't seem to figure out the wiring for it to go down...i posted a question in the elctrical forum so hopefully someone knows the answer, i'm sure it's simple but i didn't want to fry anything.

I know it looks like a mess but it's getting there, i need to shop vac out the middle section and strip the aluminum down and then just start laying carpet.
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Don't you love all the S*** that accumulates under the floor of old bass trackers, In mine, I had to pretty much shop vac the whole thing out cause the floor was just rotting into little splinters.. Good luck lol.
 

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I have the exact same boat project im working on right now. hopefully yours is more structurally sound than mine. I had some cracks at the ends of the ribs on the bottom. I also had some pitting with holes all the way thru on the transom, so you might wanna check your transom. Mine got pitted due to the transom wood getting wet and being sandwiched between two pieces of aluminum. I'll be following your build closely.
 

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Ordered a couple things for the boat today. a couple of docking bumpers, 2 storage hatches that are 8 3/4 X 12 5/8, O/S: 10 3/4 X 15 (i'll put these up front), a floor mounted button for the anchor "down", and a new plug for the trolling motor male and female.

Just need a couple more things now like new decking, new wiring, a new switch panel and some carpet glue and i'll be all set.
 

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