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Thread: 22.5ft Complete restoration...
Sep-10-2008, 12:40 AM #1
22.5ft Complete restoration... Update 9-14-08
Hey guys, I've been working on my boat for the last 16 months... I've been so busy that i have put off starting my thread for the longest time. I will update the thread as fast as I can so I can bring it up to where I am currently. I have thousands of photos, I'll try to post the most relevant to show the progress. If you would like to see more detail on something, just ask.
Here goes.... I bought this 1980 cuddy cabin in back in 2001... Not knowing what I was getting my self into, being this my first boat, I thought I'll have this puppy ready in no-time... Boy was I wrong.... When I purchased the boat I bought a ton of books about boat construction, fiberglass repair, the works. The boat had no floor when I bough it, and the liner was soft, as the main foam compartments (flotation) had water in them. I cut big holes in them (16"x48"), and took out about 15 gallons of water. Dried everything and glassed everything up. It took me about 6 weeks to complete. I thought this was the biggest thing repair-wise. I was wrong. Back in that time I ran out of money and stopped the project.
In 2007 I decided to buy a new boat, but that didn't happen, I was so excited about getting a boat that I decided I would continue with the old project. So in May 8 2007 I started this endeavor. I have not worked so hard for a personal project, or for so long as this one. I hope you enjoy it.
First step: Rebuild the Trailer, basically replaced everything but the main-frame which was reinforced with plates as it was needed. Used Tiedown's Vented Rotor Disc Brake Kit. Trailer had no VIN, so it was taken to DMV to receive its number.
I will update this thread, projects to follow:
(* fiberglass work, most times I built a mold for each item. All fiberglass work was finished with gelcoat. ALL THIS PROJECTS ARE ALREADY DONE)
*6 person Pilot House, 4 person bench, capt/mate seat combo,
*Walk-around pilot house extensions (I call this "gunners")
*Stringer reinforced hull
*Transom repair - rot transom
*Swim platform with 60gal bait tank
*Swim platform heavy duty supports/braces
*Engine Cover w/insulation
*New "lighter deck" with fish boxes
*Instrument panel (new instruments)
New electrical wiring
Rails: Bow, hand
Electronics: Running/Anchor/spreader/spot Lights, VHF 1, VHF 2, stereo, bilge pumps, bait pump, horn, GPS/sounder/chart plotter
Trim tabs reconditioning and new sensors
Aluminum gas tank reconditioning / pressure test / coal-tar
Addtional gas tank installation / *brackets (supports)
Rod holders (15)
Repower: 350 MAG MPI
Antifouling Paint removal, re-gelcoating entire hull.
Refinishing hull sides with dark-blue gelcoat.
All of this has been done in my house. The trailer was done at my warehouse, I recycle explanded plastic. No contractor. Just me and my good friend George. Only the engine was installed at AMS. Other than that just plain and simple TLC.
Last edited by tamezjos; Sep-14-2008 at 02:57 AM. Reason: Update
Sep-10-2008, 06:55 AM #2
You brought that trailer back from the dead
Sep-10-2008, 07:39 AM #3
Very nice restoration. Time to get it wet.
Sep-10-2008, 08:54 AM #4
now lets see the boat!nice job on the trailer...
Sep-10-2008, 09:00 AM #5
That's all it takes... Time and money.
Great job. Keep at it!From a noisey bar in Avalon.
Sep-10-2008, 09:03 AM #6
Do yourself a favor and inspect every detail of the repower before you put the boat into the water.
Sep-10-2008, 09:20 AM #7
Sep-10-2008, 10:09 AM #8
Wow that is unreal, nice job, its amazing how many people overlook there trailers and how important it is to keep them in good shape...I just got done putting a new axle and hubs on mine it was a lot of work but its worth it. Only wish I could have worked on the trailer while the boat was off of it.
Sep-10-2008, 10:24 AM #9
Sep-10-2008, 11:28 AM #10
wow! cant wait to see pics of the boatmeat wallet analyst
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