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Old January 3rd, 2019, 01:43 PM   #21
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it's going to be 45 and sunny!!!!
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Screw the Ipilot, I'd still go for a ride.
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Old January 3rd, 2019, 03:50 PM   #22
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Fishing is HOT!
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Drag it back south,its 80 in marathon
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so we're well overdue for some updates here.

Major winter projects were;
  • remove pulpit and fab a ipilot mount
  • built battery holds in the belly and wire the troller
  • update the oooold electronics
  • instal a powerpole
  • reinforce unsupported floor areas
  • remove all decals and restore the gelcoat

first up will be the i pilot. This required removing the old bow rail and pulpit. The pulpit ended up weighing a ton, way more than I thought it would. It makes me feel better knowing that I'm adding a lot of weight with the bracket and ipilot in it's place. I figured it would be a significant weight increase to the cap area, but its not at all.



battery holds; The reason this boat was on our like list is the walk in helm. through the small cuddy area gives you pretty good access under the can and insualted fish box. that's were I decided to mount the batteries. All wiring under the cap is 4 ga wire, cut to fit. I bought a swage lug crimp tool long ago and it's been used a ton. If you do a lot of heavy wiring, this is worth the $20
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the current electronic were really old and had to go. The PO had a pretty trick set-up though, the electronics were mounted to a sheet of HDPE from the bottom up. meaning the holes were drilled, with a chamfer relieve for the head and the nut goes on the bracket side. This keeps the top deck of the helm clean with not a lot of holes (only 2 that hold the HDPE down). So I kept that theme and added 7" Hook2 units. One will be dedicated GPS, other will be for sonar and scanning. I'll put the transducer from the dedicated GPS unit onto a portable mount and use it on the row boat/pontoon on some of the other lakes were use.
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10' powerpole is installed. Fairly simple project once I decided on how to build the bracket. The lower the mount of the PP is, obviously the lower is will deploy into the water, and the deeper the water it will actually hold the boat in. So its key to keep it low. I didn't want to put holes below the water line, so I built the bracket so the through hull holes are above the water line but the PP unit will sit below the water line. Bought me about another 8" of usable depth.
hmmm, I aparently don't have any pics of this yet. I'll take some soon.

So this is what the hull looks like with no rail, no pulpit, no decals, but very chalky and not shiny yet...



I have a legit 30 hours in the exterior of the hull. AT LEAST. Ugh.
  1. First step was to start spraying the decals with the goo gone for about 3 days, once a day, before the start.
  2. second is a heat gun (or old hair dryer in my case) and a razor blade to remove the decals.
  3. third is to spray the remaining residue with goo gone again and repeat with a razor blade.
  4. then wet sand any severely "ghosted" areas to try to blend the gelcoat
  5. then scrub the entire exterior with soft scrub with bleach.
  6. then scrub it all again and rinse heavily to be sure the hull is clean and you're down to gelcoat.
  7. next up is the compounding. I'm a big aquabuff fan. I went with their 2000 compound (instead of the 1000) because I really wasnt sure how think the gelcoat was and didn't want to damage it. Key to the compounding is the pad. Get a good quality 100% wool pad. it will have better heat control, less swirling, more even cutting, etc. don't get anything except 100% wool. so after 1 round of AB2000, the hull wasn't even close.
  8. so then another scrub with soft scrub with bleach
  9. and another round of AB2000, this time I used less of the compound and a slightly higher speed (still pretty slow though).
  10. From there, I could tell the gelcoat was coming alive. There were some areas that the gelcoat was buffed back to gloss but I could see residue from the decals again, so out came the goo gone and razor. I also wet sanded a couple areas again and scrubbed clean.
  11. Then the areas I wet sanded were cut again with AB2000, and thats where we are today.
  12. Next up will be a couple go-arounds of mequires marine wax. Just waiting on slightly better weather!

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Old May 13th, 2019, 12:42 PM   #25
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Nice. Still love the green.
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Are you going to put a rail back on it of some sort?
I like the lines with the rail.
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Old May 13th, 2019, 01:34 PM   #27
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Are you going to put a rail back on it of some sort?
I like the lines with the rail.
I'm not a huge fan of the high bow rail. It's a PITA on most docks or launches where the dock is so short you have the jump the bow and not farther back.

I'll likely put a low profile bow rail on, which is a more modern look. Something like this
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Old May 13th, 2019, 02:18 PM   #28
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Love seeing something like this comeback to live great job



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(I'll likely put a low profile bow rail on, which is a more modern look. )
A couple inches higher would be a nice look and function.
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Thanks for the step by step explanation of your buffing process! I picked up a 22' sea ray pachanga today that needs some exterior work bad. I will definitely be referencing this thread when I start to work on it

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I found that acetone works great for removing adhesive from decals. Boat looks awesome.
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Thanks for the step by step explanation of your buffing process! I picked up a 22' sea ray pachanga today that needs some exterior work bad. I will definitely be referencing this thread when I start to work on it

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Pachanga = Dream boat. I loved them when I was a kid but obviously couldn't afford one. I always said I would have one... Someday I will.

Congrats on the new boat!
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Pachanga = Dream boat. I loved them when I was a kid but obviously couldn't afford one. I always said I would have one... Someday I will.



Congrats on the new boat!
I'm going to put some TLC into this pachanga in the next couple weeks and then it will probably be for sale in the $5k range. As of now I like the layout and looks of our liberator 211 better

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this is what AB can do to a colored hull. This was my first time using it. I wet sanded, then AB 1000, then AB 2000, then collinite wax.
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Nice!! Looking good! I like it without the rail, I'm with you, just get a low grab rail.
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It's official, she's a Michigan boat.
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I had the same thoughts! Felt good putting the MCs on.

I've been staying in touch with the PO through all of this. To say he's happy the boat is being refinished is putting it mildly. I basically had to promise him when I bought it that she had a good home lol. He's been impressed with the updating.
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I had the same thoughts! Felt good putting the MCs on.

I've been staying in touch with the PO through all of this. To say he's happy the boat is being refinished is putting it mildly. I basically had to promise him when I bought it that she had a good home lol. He's been impressed with the updating.
That is awesome that he is monitoring your restoration progress!
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