1978 Skipjack 20

Discussion in 'Check Out My Boat Customization' started by tuna taxi, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. spear-fish

    spear-fish Something smells fishey

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    Mike
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    This is how I took care of that problem over 8 years ago and never regretted it a single day.

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  2. tuna taxi

    tuna taxi Well-Known "Member"

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    what's the best way to check for humidity or rot on the stringers and transom? who using a moisture meter work or do I literally need to pull the entire deck out?
     
  3. tuna taxi

    tuna taxi Well-Known "Member"

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    After talking via text to HighRootz I jumped on the boat to see if my deck is a two piece or single piece, to my surprise it’s two pieces and I’m guessing that this should make it much easier to pull the deck and check the stringers and transom.

    Before getting the deck pulled out I’ve started removing whatever accessories/body parts that will need to come off in order to remove the deck. It’s been a slow process but that ok because I’m in no rush.

    I did the hammer tapping test on the stringers that support the motor mounts and I definitely found a portion that either pulled apart from the stringer or it’s a rotten stringer, I guess I’ll find out when I get there.

    I made it a point to build a tool bag with tools that I’ll need to get every nut and bolt off/on if needed, it will also make it much easier to work on the boat and not have to get off and back on every time I need another tool. If I’m missing a tool or wrench I grab an extra one from my tool box and throw it in the bag.

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  4. tuna taxi

    tuna taxi Well-Known "Member"

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    I had a few hours open today so I jumped on the boat and got a few things done. Pulled the captains seat out, removed some parts and a bunch of wiring that it going to be replaced or eliminated. Next step is to remove the deck, keeping my fingers crossed that the hull doesn’t have rot

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  5. stank

    stank Well-Known "Member"

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    Dave
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    Have you blocked up under the front of the trailer? Looks like that jack might take a crap.

    Might make sense to block it up all the way around...

    Are the bunks heathy? With all the work you’re doing the last thing you want to do is gouge up the hull.

    Nice project...
     
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  6. tuna taxi

    tuna taxi Well-Known "Member"

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    I had some more free time Sunday so I ripped out the rest of the wiring up to the helm and the rest of the upholstery. I made a stupid mistake, I starting cutting where I shouldn't have cut and now I'll have to do some unnecessary repair work, its nothing major but its a lesson learned.

    I was able to separate where the deck is fiber glassed to the side of the hull under the gunnels, there was some delamination/separation in one or two areas but it was nothing major, I guess that's to be expected on a 40yr old boat. I already had plans on replacing the entire deck but for some odd reason I was doing everything possible to try and bring up the deck in one piece, I would have to remove the cap in order for that to happen and I don't have plans on doing that. I think I need to slow down or come up with a solid game plan before I start working on any particular part of the boat. Much like my last boat, I had to cut off a zillion zip ties and electrical tape, its obvious that every time a new gadget was added to the boat another two dozen zip ties were added to the fasten the wires.

    I'm at work waiting for a meeting to start but I'll post some pics later
     
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  7. tuna taxi

    tuna taxi Well-Known "Member"

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    I finally got the bell housing and the outdrive out, based on what I see the transom looks good. I should have the deck removed by tomorrow, we’ll see then how the stringers look.

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  8. tuna taxi

    tuna taxi Well-Known "Member"

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    I got the port side deck pulled today, the top stringer looks good. Tomorrow I should have the starboard side deck removed and I’ll have to remove the well after that.

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  9. stank

    stank Well-Known "Member"

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    Make sure you (or your wife) wash your glass-dust clothes twice and run the machine empty once to make sure you get the glass out, or the whole family will be scratching....
     
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  10. tuna taxi

    tuna taxi Well-Known "Member"

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    Slowly moving along........

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  11. karlow

    karlow Twins 2017

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    karl
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    20' skippy Topless /17' whaler Wet Ride (sold) /18' Outrage
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    It looks reel solid to me. If there are any failure I would expect rot in the rear or delamination in the bow. Baby powder and cold showers are your friend! Now why are we cutting up a perfictly good Skippy again? I must of missed something?
     
  12. tuna taxi

    tuna taxi Well-Known "Member"

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    The lag bolts that support the engine mount were in pretty bad shape, most were corroded so bad that I I couldn’t just screw them out. Those two stringers will need to be replaced.
     
  13. tuna taxi

    tuna taxi Well-Known "Member"

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    I've been struggling for the past few days trying to remove the steering gimbal, it was seized and I was having trouble just getting it to turn just a millimeter let alone slide out of the housing. I had to grind out one of the parts just to be able to get some of the PB to soak into certain areas. After working on it for several hours and using just about everything but the kitchen sink to get it removed I was able to get it out last night, I was relieved as soon as it started moving. The teeth on the gimbal look a little worn so its something I may have to replace.

    Once I got the gimbal off I had to tackle the water pickup tube, I only spent about an hour or two working on this because it was also seized but I did mange to get it out but not without making it worthless.

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  14. Hismosa

    Hismosa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Had that same issue with my steering gimbal, lots of heat and many hours spent getting that removed
     
  15. tuna taxi

    tuna taxi Well-Known "Member"

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    Inching along..........I was able to easily remove the fuel tank well. However, The engine well seems to be held done by what I can only compare to as peanut butter but I could be wrong.

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  16. willit float

    willit float Member

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    Em
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    Was there any floatation foam beneath the decks or did those not come with it.?
    My Livesay has some then I added more after tearing it all out.
    Project is moving along.
     
  17. tuna taxi

    tuna taxi Well-Known "Member"

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    No foam and no sign of it ever having any.
     
  18. tuna taxi

    tuna taxi Well-Known "Member"

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    I’ve been grinding away on this boat since thanksgiving week anticipating, wondering and hoping and I would find something wrong with the stringers. I didn’t want to get this far just to find out they were ok, I wanted to make sure they were absolutely fine.

    Well, today I finally reached that pinnacle and I found exactly what I was looking for, rot! I’ve never been as happy to find rot on a boat as I am today, now all of the time and effort has become worth it.

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  19. willit float

    willit float Member

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    Em
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    Stringer rot.
    It’s a major bummer but great that you found it and have an opportunity to fix the problems.
    I’ve read pros and cons to having foam below deck but your boat didn’t have any. Not sure of how the models like yours came-with/without foam. Water must have set and found a way to seep in. My boat came with it so I felt it must be replaced. I wound up adding more than original.
    Either way is good that you can get it repaired correctly and have a solid boat again.
     
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  20. Chris66

    Chris66 Newbie

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    Chris
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    Great looking boat, sort of a timeless hull. Worth the restoration imo. Very cool you had removable sections on the deck rather than having to cut them out. I would consider adding flotation. I plan on playing with low density pourable foam on my next project.
     

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