2006 Parker 2520 'Dawn Patrol' 10 Year Transformation

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  1. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Such a great read! I have a parker too and curious what you plan to do with the pitting aluminum windows as mine has it as well.
     
  2. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    May i ask how many hours on your motor?
     
  3. capt. kirk

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    I wish that I knew to use salt off and spend more time maintaining the insides of the aluminum windows. I had no idea that they would pit so bad. I had thoughts about doing all new windows, but maybe another day.

    I figured that I could sand them down a bit, and then prime and paint them.

    Upon taking off all of the hardware that I could, I noticed lots of salt build up. A couple of screws were completely frozen and I had to work around the handles.

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    I cleaned up all the salt and buildup and sanded to prepare the surface for primer.
    Then I taped off all the windows..

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    Then I applied two coats of primer.

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    This was followed by two coat of black paint..

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    They actually turned out pretty good. Much better than before..

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    Things were starting to shape up, but there was still a lot to do..

    It was time to address the stained wood trim in the cabin..

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  4. capt. kirk

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    I just checked and we have 1,176 hours on the Yamaha. I would guess that half of those hours are at idle.
     
  5. hardrider5

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    Excellant Read. Keep it coming.
     
  6. capt. kirk

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    Well, wood shop was my favorite class in high school, so doing a little wood work was very enjoyable.

    After removing all the trim is was time to sand it down. The wood trim near the floor showed the most wear and tear..

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    Sanding used to be my least favorite activity, but now I find it to be relaxing, not to mention rewarding...

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    I then applied 4 coats of clear varnish..

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    Makes it a lot cleaner for sure..

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    I even did the piece of wood in the threshold..

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    As long as I was in the wheelhouse I figured I would clean up and fix a few hatches. The seat hatches were missing some screws and the 'stainless' was stained.

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    It was very difficult to work on the hinges with the seat in the wheelhouse so I simple removed the 6 screws on the bottom and removed the whole seat. There were a few dust bunnies under there..

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    It was now easier to get to work on the seat..

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    Once again, Ajax and elbow grease was the answer. Lots of scrubbing worked wonders..

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    A good scrubbing with my favorite Ajax made the seat cover look like new..

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    Then there was the out of site/out of mind hatch. The hatch in the berth for the electrical area had taken some abuse too. I never even noticed it.. What a mess...

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    I took off all the hardware and went to scrubbing again..

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    Looks just like new now...


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    Well I did my research and it was time to try to fix a couple of holes in the hull below the waterline... The hole on the upper right had a wire running through it for a transom mount water temperature sensor. We added it because the temperature gauge on the Raymarine E-80 was a piece of crap..

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  7. capt. kirk

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    Well as it turns out repairing a hole in the boat is not all that difficult. Especially in the two cases I ran into since I would not have to do any gel coat repair.

    This was the first hole to be repaired. The wire was from an old transom mounted temperature sensor.

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    The two 'holes' on the left were not all the way through as they were just screw holes for the mount.

    The second hole was from the antirotation screw from the old transducer.

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    The first thing I did was to clean all the areas around the patches. Then I ground down both sides of the holes to make a countersink shape to make the patch stronger.

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    I purchased a fiberglass repair kit.

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    I mixed the two packets together, added the filler and cut up some fiberglass into fine pieces and added that to the mixture. I applied it to both sides of the holes with a putty knife and smoothed it out.

    It hardened like a rock and make a great seal..

    Here is the repair of the hole on the transom...

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    It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.


    Another thing that I needed to address was the rusting out of the swim step. It still amazes me just how much rust you get from stainless steel. I always thought it was not suppose to rust. Well my swim step proved that wrong.

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    And all that rust created havoc on the gel coat. I could not believe how much it had run down the boat. I had noticed a little bit last year, but could really not see it when it was in the slip. It was an area you really did not notice..


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    I tried several products to remove it but it was just to stubborn. So I ended up wet sanding rusted areas. Started with 1500 and finished off with 2000. Once again, it was elbow grease to the rescue...

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    I spent several hours trying to clean up the hardware. It actually cleaned up very nicely..

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    But unfortunately after sitting outside for a week or so the rust just came back.

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    So I went online and ordered a whole new swim step.

    It was almost exactly the same one, but when I started installing it I realized that the swim step platform was white. It looked terrible. The old was was an off white color..


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    Well I thought it looked awful.

    So I went to work on the old platform and was able to remove all the rust by sanding it with 100 grit sandpaper on an orbital sander. It looked like new.

    A few of the holes did not line up with the new hardware, but that was easy to fix
    by just drilling new holes. It looks so much better that the white...


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    Next issue was to clean or replace more rusty stainless.

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    When I looked closely all over the boat I was surprised to see lots and lots of rust.

    I rolled up my sleeves and started one at a time.

    First were the lights under the gunnel. I had really never even looked at these lights since they are on the back of the cabin under the gunnels.

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    They were not really that bad, but they would only get worse. What should have been a very quick job took awhile as it was hard to work in the small area, and it was difficult to get the lights and gaskets back together when reinstalling them. Thankfully I only had to do two. After I cleaned the lights I wet sanded the gelcoat and buffed it out.

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    The fuel overflow was also starting to rust.

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    I removed all the parts, including the cover on the outside of the boat.
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    I cleaned all the parts.

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    Then I wet sanded and buffed both inside and outside the hull.

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    Much better...

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    Up next I needed to cleanup the hardware under the eaves of the wheelhouse, both inside and out..


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  10. chamackO

    chamackO Well-Known "Member"

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    Wow! Keep these coming
     

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