First boat- Beachcraft 20' cuddy

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Jul 25, 2009
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
Well, I think I'm going to go with a next gen Rule 800 automatic and another Rule 800 backup wired to a switch in case of emergency.
 
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Deck Swaby
Jul 25, 2009
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
Like Bent rodz said, probably the shift shaft seal. That's what my gear oil leak was. Pretty easy fix. Check out some videos on YouTube.
I don't think it was the shift shaft seal(See the pic I posted), but yeah I'm replacing it anyways...
 
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Deck Swaby
Jul 25, 2009
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
I replaced the fuel filler hose and the tank vent hose today. Not thrilled with the routing but that's how it was and that's pretty much what I'm working with. The wiring is an unbelievable mess as you can see....there were actually wires electrical taped to fuel line.

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Deck Swaby
Jul 25, 2009
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Hell, CA
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
Today was like boat Christmas when I got home from work! Bilge pump, hose, clamps, bronze through hull fittings, bow roller, etc...

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Deck Swaby
Jul 25, 2009
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
The wood is Jatoba/Brazilian Cherry. It's supposed to be twice as strong as Teak. I'm planning on laminating these together with epoxy for a bow pulpit to mount the roller and 8" cleat on.

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Deck Swaby
Jul 25, 2009
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
I have another 10bf of 4/4 Jatoba for backing under the bow deck to mount the pulpit and to build a rode shelf/cubby.

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Deck Swaby
Jul 25, 2009
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
Any thoughts on what I should do with the plywood on the inside of the cockpit panels? I don't think it was ever sealed from the factory and some of it is getting pretty bad. I'm replacing the panels with 3/16" aluminum and I'm kinda thinking just cut all the old plywood out up to the fiberglass and seal the stub with epoxy? Save what's still not terrible and seal that with epoxy?

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Deck Swaby
Jul 25, 2009
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Hell, CA
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
Jotoba may be stronger than Teak but it doesn't like water at all.Good luck with that.
"Common uses: Ship building"
"Rot resistance: Very durable, resistant to termites and most other insects although possibly susceptible to marine borers"
Not planning on having my pulpit submerged in water and the last I checked, marine borers don't fly...
 
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Deck Swaby
Jul 25, 2009
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Hell, CA
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
Got the shift shaft seal replaced as well as the main shaft o-ring after work. Bolted back together and filled with oil. No more leak! Got a port side, rear dump manifold on the way and a bunch of supplies from US Composites to repair all of the screw holes and laminate some wood. I know reading updates isn't too exciting. I'll try to post some pics the next time I update this...

Edit: Scratch that...oil leak still there. It's either that small o-ring between the upper and lower or some other seal in the upper. Looks like there are 2 or 3 possible seals in the upper...
 
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Jul 25, 2009
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
This boat has seen a lot of use! Easy use I think, but enough traffic to wear through the glass in the floor of the cuddy!

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Deck Swaby
Jul 25, 2009
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Hell, CA
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
Plus 1 quart of 2 to 1 laminating epoxy and I ended up with this. I was going to put some 6oz cloth over the 2 layers of 1708, but I think it's good. Just needs some non slip paint after it cures...

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Jul 25, 2009
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Hell, CA
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
Been doing little stuff here and there. The transom has been screwed more times than a Vegas hooker...and apparently the previous owner felt that clear silicone caulking was a suitable fix. Pulled the bilge drain plug fitting as well. Also "sealed" with clear silicone....unbelievable

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Jul 25, 2009
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
Sanding off the gel coat and whatever filler someone tried to fix it with at some point...

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Deck Swaby
Jul 25, 2009
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
I could probably get away with some polyester fairing compound and then fresh gel goat. Because the glass looks like it's taken some fair gouges on the stem, I'm going to fair out the gouges with polyester resin thickened with milled fibers and cabosil. Then 3 layers of 1.5oz CSM to reinforce whatever structural damage may have occurred to the glass in the stem.
 
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Jul 25, 2009
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
Been 110-100 degrees for the past couple weeks. Too hot to work with resin! I got the pulpit epoxied together and planed to 1 1/2" thick. Still need to shape, seal and mount but it's progress...

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Jul 25, 2009
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
And the best part to date...remember I said that everything on the transom was "sealed" with clear silicone caulking. Well, when I pulled the screws out of the bilge drain plug....water starts dripping. Transom core soaked! I start drilling holes until I find solid dry wood a few inches above the water line. For the love of God, NEVER NEVER use clear silicone below the water line!!!

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Deck Swaby
Jul 25, 2009
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Hell, CA
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
Temps dropped into the low 90s today so I rolled the dice with some iso poly resin. I prepared 3 layers of 1.5oz CSM for the keel up front. Each layer 2" larger all around than the last.

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Jul 25, 2009
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Phil
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20' Beachcraft Cuddy
That stuff really goes off fast in the heat even with reduced mekp! I got 2 layers laminated up and called it good....

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