15.5 Livingston

JoeyH650

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  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Joey
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    Livingston 15.5
    I’ve had this boat for a few years. It’s a 1975 15.5’ Livingston and when I purchased the boat it had water in the hull issues and for the past 4 years I’ve just patching and plugging issues. The options were to give it to someone and have them re-do it and fix it properly... or do it myself. I’ve been researching a bit since the start of California lockdown, the delay of salmon season, and plenty of other life issues.. I’ve decided it will give me a better understanding on how it all works! Simple enough. I have other boats to fish on if and when season open up and to be honest, my boat touched water two times last year because of reoccurring issues... so time to just fix it all! I don’t know a whole lot about glassing, but have plenty of friends who do. And with no time frame and a head full of ideas.. I just need to do more research on products to use (different fiberglass,foam, fairing compound, etc.) other wise things only go together properly step-by-step and with 10 years in construction, I feel pretty confident about this. The boats just going to sit there and get worse anyway! So here are some basic photos of my platform currently. I’ll be updating it as much as I can remember on here! I’m stoked to get going on it. I love this boat and have been everywhere with it. I don’t have a truck to tow a much bigger boat, I don’t have the money for a new boat and bigger truck for now... but I do have time and this boat needs a proper once over. I thought about selling it, but I can’t sell this boat!
     

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    JoeyH650

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  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Joey
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    Livingston 15.5
    Issues with the boat: it’s old and has been used! It needs a new deck (soft spots), foam, splash well, pretty much everything.
     

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    marlyn

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    21' skiff and 12' portabote recycled from milk jugs
    She needs some love but shes worth saving for sure.Lots of guys here with knowledge if you need it.
     
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    timedjohnson

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    I had one of those for about 10 years bought new from Tradewind inflatables around 1998 - had a nissan 90 and could get up over 40 with just me in there. The thing was awesome! Sold it for a few grand less than I got it for to someone on the east coast who had it shipped out.
     
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    JoeyH650

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  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Pedro Point, Ca
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    Joey
    Boat
    Livingston 15.5
    Im working on a 15 footer so I am stoked to see what you do.
    Nice! I will be ripping up the deck = taking the ttop, console,seat,etc up and out, all the foam, redo the stringers, transom, deck, bigger center console to block a littttle bit of wind. I love the center console in the little boat and don’t want to cab it out. But I want to add a fish box in the front as well as re-doing the splashwell. Hopes and dreams and ideas now.
     
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    JoeyH650

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  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Pedro Point, Ca
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    Joey
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    Livingston 15.5
    That t top is absolutely killer.
    Stryker T-Top is the company. California based I believe. I love that thing and nice strong frame. They make a bunch of pretty cool products if you haven’t checked them out. I wish the powder coating lasted a little longer outside, but it does it’s job as a t-top! Haha
     
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    JoeyH650

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  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Pedro Point, Ca
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    Joey
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    Livingston 15.5
    Here is my build last year
    I saw a photo of this boat floating around the internet and have been trying to find more. That’s awesome! I haven’t seen many with the wide rails. How do you like riding that far forward in the 15? Looks like the boat sits nice sitting in the water. Awesome build and looks like the boat was in good shape when you got it.
     
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    JoeyH650

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  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Pedro Point, Ca
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    Joey
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    Livingston 15.5
    I spent about 250+ hours building it last year, fished it maybe 10 times. Some POS shit stole it 2 weeks.. they stole my fucking dream.
    Wtf?!? This boat got stolen after you finished it? Did you get it back? I’m sorry to hear about that man.
     
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    JoeyH650

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  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Joey
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    Livingston 15.5
    Lockdown Progress Update: today I removed all electronics, stainless rails, recessed rod holders, t-top, batteries and labeled all cables, antenna, deck lights, wiring, kicker bracket, gas tank, seat, windshield. Still have to figure out how to lift and remove the motor considering the location... remove steering/throttle. A lot of creature looking spiders and some epic old school stainless nuts/bolts in good condition still! Disassembling the throttle and steering/wheel is something I’ve never done so going to do some looking around and hopefully get back at it tomorrow. Taking a look at the Yamaha set up I didn’t know what to do. Water came out of the transom when I took the kicker bracket off... awesome. Wonder how long that’s been going on. And I can’t wait to see what’s underneath! The idea of a fresh platform built hull-up w/ similar design or fix what’s there? Hmm.
     

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    JoeyH650

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  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Pedro Point, Ca
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    Joey
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    Livingston 15.5
    Didn’t want to get really into it further today with not the best rainy weather.. so I stood home and did some more research and also made a motor stand for my 70 Yamaha. It weighs 253 lbs. and I’m pretty sure if my boat in the condition it’s in now can hold it... this will too. Hopefully resuming tomorrow back at the boat. Rebuilding my Traeger at the same time that I got from my uncle. Birthday this weekend and a brisket sounds delicious and fishing is closed.

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    ratboy

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    Nice Joey!
    You can come fish with me whenever!

    Look forward to your progress!
     
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    JoeyH650

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  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Pedro Point, Ca
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    Joey
    Boat
    Livingston 15.5
    Took a few days off for my birthday/Easter weekend and all I could think about was getting back at it. Today I removed the center console, the entire rub rail (and all the rivets that went with it), and separated the top cap/rails for the boat. I think I mentioned years ago I rebuilt the bow rub rail, due to being beat to shit by the original trailer design.. and I made that water tight. The rubber insert pulled right out. I had to cut some of the original stainless rub rail out and I’m wondering for the future what I’m going to do about replacing the rub rail. I’ve looked at some and I’m not too impressed because it looks cheap. I don’t know if I’m going back to a stainless with rubber design, bending the metal around the bow curves...hmm. What’s tough is disassembling a boat and especially good repairs recently done. Crazy to see how thin my walls are at least on top, under the top cap.. maybe half inch back to back glass. What some ideas I have are re-using the whole top cap because I love the boat design and deck layout with deck layer. I was thinking of separating and pulling out the whole deck layer, redo the foam and transom, stringers, reglass the problem spots in the whole deck layer of the boat, reinforce some areas for down rigger mounts and other accessories, rebuilding a bigger console l..it would save me a lot of time and money to go that route.. or say screw it and re design the side walls, boxes and everything. Getting the motor off is really the next big thing on the list though. One man job so far and I need to figure out a way to get it on the stand still from where it’s sitting and I think I have it figured out. The story goes on.

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    JoeyH650

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  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Joey
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    Livingston 15.5
    Few more hours of work today. Took all the rigging off for the steering and motor (still can’t get the steering wheel off it’s so frozen on), got the motor stand in place, a lot of weed-wackin around the boat. I’m at a standstill until I get the motor off and get the deck layer out for the real fun to begin.

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  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Joey
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    Livingston 15.5
    Going over ideas.. over and over and over. Because it is still only a 15.5 boat, I want to keep practical and still as a center console, but I really love the layout of the boat because it works for the type of fishing we do locally. I would like to reduce the wind in my face without going full cab. The boat is pretty light and the t-top weighs 108. The motor weighs 253. A tank of gas weighs about 120 lbs. = 481 lbs. plus 2 people fishing about +320 = 801 lbs without fishing gear, cooler with ice, anchor and chain,etc. (Old water sitting in the foam). Every pound counts on this boat because it’s a really sensitive boat to weight distributing to have this thing riding smoothly. Ive fished it full with 2 other big guys with a boat load of salmon limits And equipment on a shit day with no problem. But a lighter load the better. I’m curious to see what it’ll ride like with fresh DRY foam. I want to build a bigger (wider and taller) console for bigger modern day electronics and a windshield to actually shield me from wind. The t top now sits about 4-6 inches away (wider) from the console but doesn’t take much away from deck space. So what I’d like to is design a similar console in the picture attached and incorporate the t-top and with the windows attached/shaped to it. I think it can be done. I would love a below deck gas tank for more deck space. Then I would build a simple little leaning bench seat. Unfortunately I don’t have much under the deck space if I want foam in there. Other wise I thought about one 10 gal below deck tank on each side of the boat. I’d probably have to find some custom tank to make this happen. Could still happen I just want to see what I’m exactly working with underneath. If not, i found a seat design that acts as a leaning post for the driver and a seat facing backwards which would be nice for the passenger. The gas tank would just go inside the seat, exactly how my previous seat was. The light bulb is on. The toys are being shipped. Ideas are welcome.

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    acefuture

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    I'm not familiar with the below deck of a Livingston. What does it look like? Completely foam filled or partial? What does the stringer/bulkhead situation look like? Can you put one gas tank below deck in between stringers and bulkheads and foam it in? I think having one gas tank centered would be the best call
     
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    JoeyH650

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  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Joey
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    Livingston 15.5
    I'm not familiar with the below deck of a Livingston. What does it look like? Completely foam filled or partial? What does the stringer/bulkhead situation look like? Can you put one gas tank below deck in between stringers and bulkheads and foam it in? I think having one gas tank centered would be the best call
    Honestly I’m not either.. I had the 14’ before this one but that’s a shell of a boat. It seems filled of foam. There’s some weaker points on the deck and I thought maybe I’d put some pumps in.. so I found the middle of the boat where I thought no foam would be.. and there was still foam. Never put the pumps in. Here’s a photo of what it looks like when I cut it open in that part. I was thinking of putting the tank down and foam around, but the size of a 10 gal tank is still too big for the idea to work. Until I open it I really don’t know but it looks like it’s about 18” wide. Tank in the middle will most likely be the call.

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