Flatbottom project

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by etexun, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. etexun

    etexun New Member

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    I found this boat turned over in a back yard last year. It is 16' deep and wide. I made the man an offer and bought it. I had to find a trailer and when I did I had to have it sandblasted and painted before I could haul the boat home on it.
    When I got the boat home it spent several months turned over on saw horses in my back yard while I scraped the paint off of it. The man I bought it from had painted it inside and out with that truck bed liner paint and it leaked like a tea strainer. He said the he ran the bilge pump continually to keep up with the leaks.
    After I went through about 10 gallons of stripper I finally got to see the metal of the boat. Next it went to a sandblaster to have it taken down even more. There were spots on the inside that still have carpet glue. I decided to leave it for another day. The sandblaster said he would blow holes in the sides before he could get it all off.
    Then The boat went to a Welding shop. I found holes all over the boat. Even a few small ones showed up after it had been welded up. I used and Aluminum sealer I mixed up to seal the ones missed by the welding shop.
    Then It went to a paint shop. When it came down the road it didn't look like the same boat.
    Then I had to put a bottom in it and all the electrical wires for outlets, lights, switches, batteries,a charger, and depth finder.
    In between having that done I bought a 35hp Johnson motor and had to convert it from a short shaft to a long shaft. Changed to water pump out on it and converted it from remote controls to a tiller handle controls. (I would like to lengthen that handle a little if possible)
    After a little tryout with it I found out I need to have the transome built up about an inch to put the prop at correct depth. And I need to change to prop out from a 13pitch to 11 pitch.
    I clocked it with my GPS and it would only get up to 19-20mph with just me in it. A guy in a 14ft with a 20hp passed me on the lake. I just can't stand that. I would like to get it up to round 28-30mph. Then I would be happy.
    I started this project with very little boat savy. But, with the help of a good friend and fishing buddy I have been able to muddle my way along.
    I still have some nagging things to work out but it is looking more and more like a good boat to run jug lines out of. And maybe snag a catfish or two out of.
     

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  2. flint

    flint New Member

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    That is one nice boat. I am working on a smaller one myself.

    Greg
     

  3. willcat

    willcat New Member

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    Good start so far, as long as it works for you...
     
  4. whisker maniac

    whisker maniac New Member

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    Looking real good but ya better hurry up and finish cause it looks like your dog is ready to go NOW!!!! :smile2:
     
  5. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Great Job Robert!!! Congratulations. J.D.
     
  6. PHLIPS4BIGKATS

    PHLIPS4BIGKATS New Member

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    Your rig looks mighty fine Robert:wink:. Get some pole holders on that bad boy and your set. But if you don't hurry that side kick of yours might be goin without ya:smile2:.
     
  7. daddio

    daddio New Member

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    looks good you did a good job on it
     
  8. 1sporticus

    1sporticus Active Member

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    NIce job, hope it works out for you. Later Andy
     
  9. etexun

    etexun New Member

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    Everytime I look out at my boat he is sitting there looking back at me. For the life of me I don't know how he gets that lifejacket on :big_smile:
     

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  10. RAPTOR

    RAPTOR New Member

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    Robert ,The boat looks great !! Especially for the first time!! ...?? Would you do it all over ??
     
  11. etexun

    etexun New Member

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    Well I had to do everything in little dribs and drabs because of my budget.. I still have some things I want to have done to it. But I am already thinking of working on a boat for my son. Don't think it would be as big as my boat though. Maybe a 14 footer if I run up a deal.
     
  12. BKS72

    BKS72 New Member

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    Nice work - that's a great looking rig!
     
  13. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Great job, I think you are ready to go. I doubt you are going to get much more speed out of that boat. The guy that passed you probally had a newer more efficient motor and that is why he was able to zoom around you. Boat looks great and I hope you catch some good fish
     
  14. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    And quite possibly a bare hull, without all of the improvements you've made. The weight of all that stuff can sneak up on you.

    Nice job!:big_smile:
     
  15. bigBB

    bigBB Member

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    nice job.. i know what you went through as my fishing buddy and i totally rebuilt a 16' jon over the winter. Have fun with it.
     
  16. etexun

    etexun New Member

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    Well I have been working on my boat it seems all summer. I have changed te motor out on it to a larger 55hp. I bought it from a man in Clear Lake. He lied to me about it having a starter but I bought it anyway. Once I got it home I went over it and installed a new starter on it. I just didn't like the idea of pulling on that rope. I worked on it cleaning it up and repainted it. Then I had new decals made. It looked pretty bad when I got it, but now it looks almost new. I went from a 76 Johnson 35hp to the newer 85 Johnson 55hp. The new motor has a heavier lower unit in it than most. It is also a commercial rated motor. It added about 11 miles per hour to the speed of my boat. Just what I was looking for.
     

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  17. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    Robert was that with or without your fishn partner sitting in his seat :wink::smile2:
     
  18. etexun

    etexun New Member

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    He just never seems to be close by when the work is being done.
     
  19. etexun

    etexun New Member

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    I just finished adding a livewell to my boat. I had the inside blank made by a man in Minnesota. Since I installed it myself I was able to have a large enough livewell made that can handle just about any size cat I might happen up on. I had to cut out the middle seat of my boat and frame in and plumb the livewell. I packed it all around with insulation to help with the water temp. I was in no rush and since I only wanted to do this once I planned out each step carefully. I ended up with a rock solid livewell. This is just to give someone and idea of what they can do if they need one for their boat. While I was building this I bought and installed 2 lights inside. The size of the livewell is 50" x 17" x 11" deep.
     

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  20. snakeman76

    snakeman76 New Member

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    I like that good job I think I am going to put alive well on mine:wink: