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    Fishing boat build

    In my world of the never ending land of projects, I have decided to tear into my fishing boat. I picked this boat up extremely cheap over the summer. The boat needed a ton of motor tuning, electrical work, the bottom end was apart and the previous owner backed it into something breaking the tail off. I finally got the motor running, idling, and shifting properly, and all the the broken parts welded back together. I had no plans of doing anything else but since I love projects I tore the boat apart over this weekend.

    My build plans are: new floor and carpet. Shave the 25 hp motor badges off and stick on 20 hp badges so I can cruise most fishing lakes legal, Bimini top, new live well seat cover, clean up dashboard...

    the day I brought her home.





    Took the boat out a couple of times on Loyalhanna Lake for shakedown runs. Got her all tuned in! The layout is killer and the boat is super stable with the tri hull design.
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    The floor was soft. The floor was soft enough that you HAD to wear shoes or your heel would poke threw the old plywood, I think the carpet was all that was holding it together. I ripped out the old shit and noticed that the last guy just sheethed over the original flooring. Although original floor was fragile the stringers seem to be somewhat solid, so I’m going over it just like the last guy with treated 3/4” plywood and outdoor carpet. It should be just fine for fishing.

    Yep that’s a frizbee floor cover.







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    Should be a pretty good little fishing boat when your done. You ever finish the tracker build you were working on?
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    The Tracker is really close. I am sewing up a custom rag top with rear window and then she goes in for state inspection. Once the weather breaks I will be driving it. If it we’re summer I would be more motivated to get it finished.

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    I miss my little 12 footer fishing boat with a 9.9 (well kt "technically" was a 15, but i had a 9.9 engine cover and vin tag on it, still have a spare of each somewhere for a Johnson/Evenrude). Scary in the Pittsburgh Pool on the Allegeny (ever felt like you just pulled into a monster truck rally in an Omni?). As long as you got solid stringers and transem, your in.

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    I never went on the rivers dawn tawn, I would imagine it being really scary on a 12’ boat. My yacht is a no longer sea worthy 12’ sears gamefisher with a trolling motor of the same vintage. Most of my trips have been places you don’t typically see anything with a motor (yough river, kiski river, etc.). I always wanted to make a jet ski powered Jon Boat but never actually did it, I even had a seadoo hx ready to be hacked up and everything...
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    A aluminum jet boat would be awesome on the yough or any shallow water.

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    I got the 25 HP emblems all shaved and a fresh coat of paint on the engine. Now I’m just looking for a chrome 20 hp badge that has similar matching patina so it doesn’t look out of place next to the Chrysler badge. I found a few “ChevyVan20” fender badges on eBay, the 20 looks like it may work. I may have to but the billet and just pay sucker price for one to check the motor off my project list.





    I have been looking for a new prop and I finally scored a new old stock prop on eBay. The current propellor was pretty beat up, I’m hoping this will add a few more horses
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    Next on my to do list is to Glue and screw down treated 3/4” treated plywood and install new indoor outdoor carpeting.

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    could always get some decals made to match

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