new catfish boat project!! 21' sylvan deep v

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by biga, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    well the cats out of the bag! :wink: i picked up another project boat last week to replace my little 16ft bayliner.. its a 21' aluminum sylvan deep v with a 140mercruiser inboard.. this thing has some really deep sides so it is perfect for fishing the ohio when the water gets up!! as soon as i hear the engine run i will be stripping the floor out of it and putting down some new wood painted and sealed with tuff coat paint.. then a trip to ba$$ pro for some seat$!! here are the only pics i have right now but when i pull it out of the shop tomorrow i will get some more [better] pics ..
     

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  2. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Good luck on the new project, that should make ya a great cat boat.
     

  3. Catfish_Commando

    Catfish_Commando TF Staff Member

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    You dirty dog, great looking boat! I want the tour when I get there :smile2:
     
  4. BailBonds

    BailBonds New Member

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    Those are good solid boats. 140 is a Chevy isn't it? Check all the rubber well. The bellows especially. An easy replacement in a boat like that. You'll get a lot of use out of it.
     
  5. catfish9

    catfish9 New Member

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    there is a sealant called POR that will bond to rust or can be used as a rhino lining sealant.It is very tough but with less weight that rhino or line x.Friend used it on his 16ftr and said it was great.Sweet boat worth some time and MONEY!!
     
  6. motard1

    motard1 New Member

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    Congrats on the new boat bro. Just wondering. Since you're gonna replace the floor,are you gonna leave the windshield? I did one similar to yours a while back. I made it a center console. I don't fish rivers,but on lakes it seems easier to manuever around w/ the center console. Just a thought.
     
  7. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    If there's room, you might want to consider using some van or SUV seats instead of bass fishing type seats. Weld a metal plate across the bottom, attach your mounting hardware, and they install and remove just like a bass fisherman type seat. But, you have a more comfortable seat that has a headrest and reclines for those naps between bites. For a cover for them, you can scrounge an old single size waterbed mattress, cut it in half, and fit each half down over a seat. Tie at the bottom so it doesn't blow off, and you've got a no-cost cover.
     
  8. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Adam congrats on the find. That is a nice looking boat and perfect for the Ohio. Good luck on the project.
     
  9. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    well i finaly got a chance to work on the boat some more today so dh,stoney and ryan came down to the shop to crack the whip while i got to work.:smile2:. i got the carb rebuilt,and remounted on the engine while eric and stoney removed the swim platform so we can replace the wood on it..ryan took the buffer to the side of the boat and polished about half of it to look like new before i had i ready to test fire!! we pulled it out of the shop and put the ears on it and fired it up!! it was running a little ruff so stoney and i started checking plugs and ended up needing to close the gap on the ignition point a little and it smoothed right out.... after they left i wanted to get a little farther before i quit so i pulled the lower unit off of the outdrive to inspect the water pump and found out it was junk so i will get a new pump kit tomorrow and hopefully get it in the water for a test run this weekend!!!:cool2:
     
  10. dieselcat

    dieselcat New Member

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    That is a good find,i'd love to have somthin like that for cattin.good luck.
     
  11. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    forgot i did get a couple pics inside the shop before i got started..
     

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  12. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    a few more
     

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  13. dougc

    dougc Active Member

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    Did Eric work? Or just bark out the orders?:smile2:
     
  14. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    i love a deep v thay are good and stable in the water
     
  15. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    One thing you may not have thought about checking is the trailer tires. Not just the condition, but the load rating. Back in the 1970s I bought a 20' Robalo deep-V with a 135 Evinrude, on a single axle trailer. I had trouble with blowouts until I did some checking on my weight and tire rating. I was max loaded! I spent the bucks for some high capacity RV tires and solved the problem.
     
  16. Wabash River Bear

    Wabash River Bear New Member

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    Nice find Adam! She's a big ol girl for sure, ought to make a fine big water cat rig. Let me know when your ready to do the floor and I'll come down and give ya a hand.
     
  17. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    Looks like she 'll make a fine caten boat
     
  18. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Nice boat Adam, let me know if you need help with anything
     
  19. OhioRiverCatfisher

    OhioRiverCatfisher New Member

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    Nice boat. I am sure you will have her looking pretty good when your done. Looking forward to seeing the pics of the mods you make...
     
  20. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    that was actually the first thing i did when i got it was checked the tires ... i have a new set that have the same weight capacity as the tires on it and they look like they have been on it for ever!! so i should be ok ........ i did get a free couple hours friday and put the new water pump and a new drive shaft seal in it ... this water pump was about the worst i have ever seen!! it only had 2 blades left on it and they were hard as a rock!! i hope to be able to work on it some more this week sometime but i am trying to get a new bigger shop so if i end up moving then i will have to put the boat aside for a few weeks.......:sad2:
     

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