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After several price quotes for an 18 foot modified V johnboat from not only different dealers but different brands none of which came out less than $25,000 the way I wanted it rigged I decided to hit up craigslist. I found a year 2000 Crestliner 18 foot modified V with a homemade trailer and a 2004 mercury 60 2 stroke for $3500. I took the 2 hr drive up to Jacksonville and headed back home with the package deal haven’t paid $2800. I figure with a couple weeks worth of elbow grease and maybe $5000. I’ll have the boat I want saving at least $15,000. The first thing I did before anything was went to the title office and make sure I had a clean title then I came home and started pulling the boat apart. I removed the casting deck, the floor or deck, and front side trim. This will allow me to inspect the floors clean real well and add foam.
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After several price quotes for an 18 foot modified V johnboat from not only different dealers but different brands none of which came out less than $25,000 the way I wanted it rigged I decided to hit up craigslist. I found a year 2000 Crestliner 18 foot modified V with a homemade trailer and a 2004 mercury 60 2 stroke for $3500. I took the 2 hr drive up to Jacksonville and headed back home with the package deal haven’t paid $2800. I figure with a couple weeks worth of elbow grease and maybe $5000. I’ll have the boat I want saving at least $15,000. The first thing I did before anything was went to the title office and make sure I had a clean title then I came home and started pulling the boat apart. I removed the casting deck, the floor or deck, and front side trim. This will allow me to inspect the floors clean real well and add foam. View attachment 328186

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After removing the floor the first thing I noticed was the foam was already removed and all the ribs in the deck or-the hull i should say were full of mud and sand.
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I can’t complain however it’s 22 years old and nothing an air hose in a vacuum cleaner shouldn’t make short work of. I don’t understand why they would’ve pulled the foam out, I can still see it under the centerline and behind the sidewalls.
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I spent about two hours this morning taking panels off and starting to vacuum, using a plastic putty knife and a flat point screwdriver to scrape in chisel up dried up sand and mud. I’ve probably vacuumed close to 4 gallons of crud so far. It started to get hot so I emptied the shop vac and moved on to something else.
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I got the boat as clean as I could with a scrub brush and pressure washer then used a wire cup in some of the bad areas. I found a lot of pitting and about a dozen holes. I enlarged the holes with a drill bit. Cleaned with acetone, then installed aluminum rivets. Instead of using 5200 I braised them with aluminum rods. At first I was concerned that I would have to scrap it but I believe it’ll be okay.
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I’m debating on how to seal the floor wondering if I should polish it or etch and paint. Maybe one of you guys or gals can chime in here with some advice. I have a sheet of aluminum to lay as a subfloor but I will go get that free float for a while so I can lift it up and inspect my repairs. After a few months I’ll rivet it down.
 

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The pitting looks like where some one had batteries sitting, batteries on bare aluminum is not good, neither is treaded wood.

I don't think I would polish the floor for a couple of reasons, the glare will be hotter and blind you, also it will be slick as the dickens, especially when you get it all slimmed up good. lol A dark paint will get hot and a bright paint will glare also. I would go with a medium flat paint with a nonskid like sand in it. JMHO
 

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The pitting looks like where some one had batteries sitting, batteries on bare aluminum is not good, neither is treaded wood.

I don't think I would polish the floor for a couple of reasons, the glare will be hotter and blind you, also it will be slick as the dickens, especially when you get it all slimmed up good. lol A dark paint will get hot and a bright paint will glare also. I would go with a medium flat paint with a nonskid like sand in it. JMHO
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