new floor/conversion to a fiberglass boat

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by fishmonster13, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. fishmonster13

    fishmonster13 Member

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    i rebuilt this boat last august , took me about four weeks to do. i got the boat for free and it needed every piece of wood replaced in it . so i got out the sawzall and grinders and went to work and removed all the old wood down to the hull, had to cut out the splashwell to get to the transom . this process was very itchy and the old foam was hard to get out and was completely waterlogged. then the fun began putting it all back together. i built new stringers out of 1x6's and tabbed them and then completely fiberglassed them in. i also took care of the transom at his time at the transom and stingers are all connected and boxed in around the bilge area. then it as on to the floor which i glued and screwed then tabbed all sides . i then laid out the fiberglass over the floor and wetted it out with the epoxy. i then built the casting deck wich also supports the consoles and has two hatches in it all of this was glued and screwed together tabbed and then fiberglssed over. and then it was on to the motor i rebuilt the carbs and installed a new water pump and changed the gear oil. then it 's been on the water since with only one problem which was a 4 year old battery that died on me.
     

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  2. playin4funami

    playin4funami New Member

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    man you did a number on that boat,good work.reps at ya!
     
  3. ammo warrior

    ammo warrior Member

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    My gosh Matt, that was a ton of work...had to be a labor of love. Turned out wonderful. WTG :cool2:
     
  4. fishmonster13

    fishmonster13 Member

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    thanks guys. the crazy thing about it was I did it in 4 weeks and I work 50 + hours a week in 4 days it was a mad rush to the finish, hated being off the water for that long . don't think i'll do another though its tin boats for me after this one.
     
  5. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    You have some talent brother. Good work!!
     
  6. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    Good job.
    Getting the old out is by far the worst part.
     
  7. Tool958

    Tool958 New Member

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    Very nice job. Looks like a lot of hard work. It really turned out great. Reps to ya for sharing it with us.
     
  8. fishmonster13

    fishmonster13 Member

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    yes it is the worst ,the best part though was putting in the water and parking the truck and coming back and have it still floating:big_smile::big_smile:
     
  9. flounderman

    flounderman New Member

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    You do nice work, 2 questions , how did you bed your stringers?, and what type of finish did you put on your floor?
     
  10. catman-j

    catman-j New Member

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    Nice job. I have an old chrysler boat with a cracked transom. You're welcome to come fix it for me.
     
  11. fishmonster13

    fishmonster13 Member

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    no thanks , really its not that hard to do, just kinda messy in the tear down and got to keep yourself covered up good to keep the fiberglass out.:big_smile:
     
  12. fishmonster13

    fishmonster13 Member

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    i used epoxy mixed with saw dust type stuff only it was plastic of some sort from west systems, the floor is just chopped strand mat(fiberglass) and then i just painted it the csm is pretty rough the way it is so theres pretty good traction on it even when wet