Maintence and upgrades to my first boat

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by bubbajum, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. bubbajum

    bubbajum New Member

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    What a sweet deal I hope I got on the boat 1100.00 with trailer out the door.

    First thing I did was take the lower unit off and replace the impeller 20.00...not bad.

    Second since all the trailer wires were cut??? just bought a light kit with plug 30.00 and after a grounding problem lights work. the directions did not say I had to ground each side light, I guess in China thats not important.

    Third installed a hatch on the port side dash borad....price,well like the military says don't ask don't tell, to much but I wanted it.

    Fourth installed a on-board battery charger, man did I get a deal on this at Cabalas 149.00 regular price 60.00 on clearance just had to buy it.

    Fifth installed the Cabalas big man seat 30.00 on clearance and both seat plates 40.00. The fold out bed chair that these boats came with were designed for people that weigh 140 soaking wet. I haven't weighed that since junior high. to put it in other terms no leg room and no gut room. I cut the original seat base in half reinforced it with wolminized wood, put a seat receiver base and rewraped it with the original vinyl.

    Sixth new chains with clips Walmart clearance 9.00 and new wench 30.00 and spare tire mount 9.00

    Seventh drilled out the rivets that held down the bow seat to expose a couple cubit feet off what is now under seat storage.

    Well thats about it for this year in mods, now I have till next spring to get a trolling motor and battery and fish finder and that is where the rest of you and the Boc library will help out greatly
     

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  2. bubbajum

    bubbajum New Member

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    A few more pics
     

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  3. bubbajum

    bubbajum New Member

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    last two pics.
     

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  4. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    Gregg, looks like you did a great job.

    Thanks for the fine write up and pictures!
     
  5. Brentkeele

    Brentkeele New Member

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    Lookin' good!!
     
  6. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    Good Job!! Look Good !!
     
  7. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Gregg thanks for sharing the pics of the updates. Looking good.
     
  8. slimdaddy

    slimdaddy Well-Known Member

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    its lookin good bro
     
  9. BKS72

    BKS72 New Member

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    How's she run? You may want to go ahead and get a carb kit for it if it's going to be in extended dry dock over the winter:wink:
     
  10. bubbajum

    bubbajum New Member

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    BKS

    Ran great topped out at 32-33 mph. This is my first boat, what's a carb kit?
     
  11. BKS72

    BKS72 New Member

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    Carburetor rebuild kit. If she runs good, just be sure to use some Stabil and/or SeaFoam in it if it's going to sit with fuel in it over the winter. I make sure I run it after I add the fuel stabilizers so I get treated gas in the carbs. Nice job on the mods, by the way!
     
  12. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Looks like you are doing a real nice job on the boat, congrats and good luck once you take it out
     
  13. bubbajum

    bubbajum New Member

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    I ran a full tank 6gal treated with stabill through it. That motor ran great after it warmed up I ran half throttle for about 1/4 mile and then 95 percent for a couple miles. Like a swiss watch it ran. I know one thing 6 gallons goes real quick, I didn't check what my 70hp got but a friends 80hp get just under 2mpg.
     
  14. Carolina Cat Crew

    Carolina Cat Crew New Member

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    looks like a custom job to me.Awesome work
     
  15. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    Brother,
    It looks like a fine job to me hope u find your trolling motor and good luck and reps on the fine job