Best project boat so far!

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by snal, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. snal

    snal New Member

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    I love boats, and I love projects, but my latest acquisition has been a dream!

    I swapped a motorcycle for this rig...almost a month ago. The floor was rotten, half was already removed, but this SeaArk 2472 had my name written all over it! Came with a 140 Mariner jet drive that needs the carbs rebuilt...it started and idled fine, but was pouring fuel out the bottom carb.

    Before....(looks bad!)
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    Removed a home-made splash guard that was screwed on with galvanized screws...yuk!
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    There were 3 cracks where the ribs were welded, and 2 small cracked welds at the keel. 30% of welds in the flooring framework were cracked!
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    New rod boxes.
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    New Console.
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    New front deck/storage.
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    New welded-in storage boxes/downrigger platforms aft.
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    New tread plate floor.
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    New paint...almost done!
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  2. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Great looking project. Looks like a new boat
     

  3. restorerancientiron

    restorerancientiron New Member

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    Wow , that is great.That is one neat toy and a professional looking job.Nothing like fabricating someting the way you want it.
     
  4. T Man

    T Man New Member

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    You have done a great job you got a real cat boat now
     
  5. snal

    snal New Member

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    Thanks guys! All I lack is finishing the wiring, and finishing the carb rebuild. I did finish, and add, a rear polling platform that may or may not stay. Still need an assortment of rod holders too!
     
  6. snal

    snal New Member

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    BTW...I used Parkers duck boat paint and it turned out great!...ordered new SeaArk decals, and named the boat "Port-A-Jon" (long story).
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    Also repainted the jet lower unit.
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  7. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    Larry the boat looks great ,is that your shop or where you work ,heck i might need to talk to you about a project on my boat ,when i can save up a few dollars
     
  8. restorerancientiron

    restorerancientiron New Member

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    You need to hook up with Steve and get some of his monster rod holders to match that new monster fishing machine.
     
  9. snal

    snal New Member

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    Yes sir. Even at my cost I had to use "drops" of aluminum to keep the cost down, so there is some "piece-work" done. One of the keel cracks had to be patched because I never could get it clean enough to take a re-weld.
     
  10. snal

    snal New Member

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    Polling platform...
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  11. Jeremy Sheffey

    Jeremy Sheffey New Member

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    i wish i had the patience to do a project like that....looking good man, keep up the good work.....
     
  12. nevets91

    nevets91 New Member

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    wow that is a nice rig man i would love to have a boat like that
     
  13. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    That is a professional looking job.
     
  14. Steve Douglas

    Steve Douglas Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    good job on the rig! you should be proud! now you just need some rod holders and youll be ready to fish!
     
  15. SouthGADan

    SouthGADan New Member

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    Great job. It looks like you really knew what you were doing; very professional. I hope ya catch some bigguns in it. That's a fine looking dog ya got there too.
     
  16. snal

    snal New Member

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    Thanks Dan...that's my buddy "Cain"...he's my 24/7 companion and loves boating! He's only 18 months old, but so far he's the best, smartest dog that has ever owned me!
     
  17. etexun

    etexun New Member

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    Beautiful job. All the aluminum custom work really comes through in the end. Very nice.
     
  18. moondog58

    moondog58 New Member

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    You have done a great job on this boat. Looks great.

    Wish a I could find one like that that I could work on this winter. Good job.
     
  19. bnt55

    bnt55 New Member

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    Very nice job on the boat, how fast will that jet push the boat? I would imagine with a boat that size it is pretty heavy! very good work though and btw having your own metal shop is considered cheating!!!:smile2:
     
  20. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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