Skipjack 24 Open "Playin Hookie" finally done!

bent rodz

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    See pics below!

    This was a diy seadek project. I started with clear painters plastic taped down tight to the deck.. then I traced out the perimeter of deck, deck lids, engine box, helm, and headliner with a sharpie. Then I transferred the dimensions onto the computer and converted it into a vxf file to run on a cnc router. After a few test fit cuts on a Tyvec type material I was finally able to cut the finale product. This entire project absorbed at least 40 hours of labor and took 2.5 hours of run-time on the cnc router. All in all I think she turned out looking pretty good!

    This is the finishing touch of a fuel tank replacement and seemed like a good option knowing the deck will not be opened for a long time.. The boat now has all custom aluminum deck lids, a big in deck insulated ice box/ fish hold, new big deck rail with led lights and Vince at American tanks in La Mesa, CA was able to build and fit a new 200 gallon fuel tank into her! She's ready for the season!
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    bent rodz

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    That’s a clean, fishy rig. What’s your power setup and what kind of range do you estimate on the new 200 gal tank?
    Thanks man. No better way to break her in then to go get her bloody! She's got a Seamax marine Ford 351W gas (pcm) engine for power. I put it in a few years back and now has almost 60 hours on it. The sterndrive is mercruiser Aplha MC1. I was averaging 2.8 - 3.2 Nmpg before upgrading tanks so I am expecting a range of 400 Nmpg now. Shouldn't have any trouble reaching some of those outside grounds and returning home safely with fuel to spare
     
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    bent rodz

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    Your work on this boat is always amazing. Probably the nicest skippy in SoCal
    Thanks 🍻 I really appreciate that. Definitely no short cuts.. back when I bought her it was probably the ugliest boat in SoCal 😅 it's been a huge huge costly project I'm so glad to be done. I've repowered, re wired, new electronics, fuel tank, lighting, the list goes on. Everything is new now. Literally, everything. I really appreciate the comments! She's definatly a neck breaker now 🙂
     
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    Arima-bob

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    Thanks 🍻 I really appreciate that. Definitely no short cuts..
    It definitely shows too. In time I’d like to do something similar to my skip as well. I’ll be happy to have her running in a couple more weeks after five years of taking up space in my yard.
     
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    Thanks. If you ever have questions you know how to reach me. I know that feeling all so well as my boat has been in my driveway taking up space too! Get her running man and get her floating again. It's starting to get hot out there.
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    Reading all the reports is driving me nuts! I could get the Arima out there, but it doesn’t have the range to get to the backside of Clemente. The 43 is about as far as it goes
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    I’ll be contacting you eventually. Gotta fish her first!
     
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    Sometimes I wish I would have went diesel... but man,, my burn rates seem to be just as good with my gasser as you diesel guys... sounds like you've got a bad ass powerhouse. You can do the 43 all day and return with fuel left over. At least you should be able to with the diesel set up.🤷‍♂️
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    bent rodz
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    Man I'm gonna install an on board fuel polishing system for the times the boat is in storage and not in use.
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    The 43 will just be a stop along the trip for the skip. Since I haven’t had it on the water, guys I’ve talked to with the same or similar boats and engines are getting on average 3-3.5 mpg. I think 4 is possible in the right conditions.
    The 43 is the limit for my little Arima. It only holds 23 gallons.
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    Dragon

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    That thing is Beautiful!! Question on those deck hatches? I am doing a 20' Skipjack and would like to have it look well "Skipjack Ish" Were those the original trims or where would I get hatches that look like that? Thanks for any help you can offer.
     
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    That thing is Beautiful!! Question on those deck hatches? I am doing a 20' Skipjack and would like to have it look well "Skipjack Ish" Were those the original trims or where would I get hatches that look like that? Thanks for any help you can offer.
    Thanks Dragon! No problem. I had to make these deck hatches. My original ones were pretty tired and the rings were cracked in places. Finding replacements was almost impossible when I went searching so I just made them myself out of aluminum. I actually like them better too. Thicker guage and lighter so it kinda was a win win.. All of the lids are completely redone all aluminum. No glass.
     

    Dragon

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    Could I commission you to make a couple? Im not in a hurry just starting my build. That is a BAD Ass rig...Nice Job...
     
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    You might be on to something with an onboard fuel polishing system. Just keep the filters easily accessible along with the pump.
     
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    That thought definately crossed my mind. You might be right too. The vent hole is a lot higher then the tank though. I'd think the fuel would take the path of least resistance and just go back into the tank? The vent line is all uphill from the tank and also makes a loop right at the vent hole. I was wondering if I did valve the vent how would that affect the flow? Might still need to vent with a polisher hooked up.
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    If you close the vent while the pump is running, you’ll be replacing the the fuel at an equal rate. Closing off the vent would work. I suggested the one way valve just in case you forgot. That’s something I would do for sure.
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    Ah ha! Your right! Didn't even think about the equal rate thing. I'm gonna try it out. I'll valve the vent too. I will let you know how it works out!
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    Could I commission you to make a couple? Im not in a hurry just starting my build. That is a BAD Ass rig...Nice Job...
    Thanks dude.. I possibly could help you out with those lids but here is a fair warning lol... . It was a big pain in the ass to get the lids perfect! It was not a quick job either. Took lots of patients for sure.. I had Competitive metals in el cajon pre cut all the aluminum pieces on a big hydraulic shear to the dimensions I gave them. That was a way cleaner approach instead of saw cutting them. Then I had to tac everything up including the ribs underneath first. The heat from welding kept wanting to warp the material so keeping it flat was a bitch. A few clamps helped a lot. The deck is crowned too, so perfectly flat didn't work that well either because they would titer totter on the deck. Super frustrating. Soon as I thought I was done I had to do it all over again. Grrr, lol.
    Let's just say it took me a few trys and wasted material to get them to where I was happy with them. I'm afraid if I did it again I would have the same issues. Its just a pain in the ass maybe a pro metal guy could do it easier with less struggle lol? Idk. I'm no metal expert by any means! But can weld and use a nice old mallet to form some things lol. I was telling myself if I had to do it again I would use aluminum z bar for trim rings welded and grinded smooth at the corners then smooth out the radius. Overall in the end it came out perfect but I definately had to work for it. I think the Z bar with plate aluminum and ribs would be easier than flat stock and will give you the same appearance your after.. Just a thought.
     
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    I dont want to make you NUTZ...Cuz I get what your saying 🙃...I was a machinist in a previous life before being a builder. You do have excellent skills! Funny I noticed of all things the hatch rings. Right on Man. Let me get further into the build and see how Im going...Thx Paul
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    Sounds good man. And yeah, seems like everyone is always chasing these deck lid trim rings 😎
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    SeaDeck for headliner? That's friggin' brilliant! Great work on the Skippy.
    Thanks Skip Town! I figured why not use the seadek for the headliner. I could router some cool art into it, stick in on and call it a day. No need to get into an upholstery shop. Seemed to me like an easy, good looking way to go! I think it worked out good. And looks better than what vinyl would have looked like. My headliner was aluminum so it stuck on really good.
     
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    That is the boat I want....with an outboard. Your's is so nice I'd even consider a gasser I/O.

    I have a cuddy now and dont want to lose all that deck space...or cuddy space. Its already a tight fit sleeping at 6'3" and a few Jackson's under 3 bills.


    I dont get the vent valve. If you filters and pump are below the vent the filters should throttle the fill enough not to pressure the tank. With pump after filters I still dont see it. What am I missing? What about looping the vent?
     
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    That is the boat I want....with an outboard. Your's is so nice I'd even consider a gasser I/O.

    I have a cuddy now and dont want to lose all that deck space...or cuddy space. Its already a tight fit sleeping at 6'3" and a few Jackson's under 3 bills.


    I dont get the vent valve. If you filters and pump are below the vent the filters should throttle the fill enough not to pressure the tank. With pump after filters I still dont see it. What am I missing? What about looping the vent?
    Thanks man! An outboard conversion onna floatation bracket would be a sweet setup. We will see what happens next time I repower. As far as the venting issue lol.. not An issue but you may have got lost in the thread somewhere. ARIMA-BOB and I were just chit chatting about the possibility of installing an "on board" fuel polishing station for the times the boat sits in storage using the tank set up that I have. Read back, you'll see what I mean. My vent is looped. I just don't have a return line on this tank so we were talking about maybe using the vent line as the return line.. anyhow, yeah man. These boats are bad ass! 3 in the cuddy is tight! Better be good buddy's lol
     
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    Congratulations, Bent Rods! You won Bloody Decks in my book. Gorgeous build! I am building a 1975 24 Open right now. I know you said yours was the ugliest boat in the land before, but I am confident I have yours beat :) That said, did you have your boat re-gelcoated? Or did you use Awlgrip paint? I am leaning toward the Awlgrip, as I am hearing really good things, seen some amazing boats that have had it done, and it is a lot less spendy than gelcoat.

    Also, it looks like you replaced the teak door with starboard material. That's a great idea!

    On your interior gunwales, where the pouches used to be, did you gelcoat the upper half to match the lower half. Mine were covered with vinyl, and where the vinyl was, it is rough fiberglass with no top coating.

    Thanks in advance for any answer you can provide. I probably have a million questions for you.

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    Right on man! Good choice of boat! We could go on and on with this discussion. I would for sure check your fuel tank condition. My dumb ass believed the previous owner that my tanks were replaced a few years prior to my purchase. Long story short I built this boat twice because the tank was corroded. Hit me up. I'll send you a Dm I've got lots of info for you. Have fun with it.
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