The Challenger "EL MATADOR" build out begins . . .

uglyducky

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Dec 5, 2017
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I'm very excited to get this project underway. You all have helped (especially Papa "J") an incredible amount. So here's what we've got . . .
Hull is an excellent condition 2008 27' Boston Whaler Challenger.
All visible metal will be powder coated black

Here's the scope of project so far:

Power:
Twin Suzuki DF300AP’s

Exterior/custom work:
Custom transom with glassed in live well & bench seats with storage
Custom aft facing seat w/tackle storage
Remove all towing bars/bow rail
Custom fab alum bow rail
Custom fab alum tuna tower with hardtop and second station
Custom fab alum transom bracket
New gel coat/non skid on deck areas, full Awlcraft paint in darker gray

Cabin:
Custom upholstery & custom dual level table to extend sleeping space

Electronics:
SImrad NSS evo3s 9" - in dash
2X Simrad NSS evo3s 12" - overhead & aft deck
Simrad NSS evo3 16" - cuddy cabin
Simrad Halo 20+
Xsonic SS175H-W transducer
Simrad AP44 Autopilot
Simrad RS40 Marine Radio
FLIR MD625

Bait tank/accessories:
Blue Water 65 gallon oval w/blue light and inset cover set and glassed into transom
Jabsco cyclone pump “low pressure”

Deck/Courtesy/Cabin/Underwater lights:
For aft & bow deck:

4 Lumitec Caprera2 LED White/blue dimming

Courtesy deck lights:
6 lumitec Anywhere utility light blue

For cockpit/cabin:
4 Lumitec Orbit flush mount dimmable white/non-dimmable blue/red

Top Pilot House Mounted w/custom bracket:
Acr Rcl-100 Led Searchlight Kit with Wired Point Pad Controller

For under grab rails boat port/starboard walk:
4 Lumitec Andros Courtesy lights blue

Underwater:
3 Lumitec Seablaze Quattro RGBW

Rod Holders:
6 CE Smith flush mount
4 fifteen degree for aft rail & flanking bait tank on transom
2 thirty degree for forward rail (facing “out” from deck)
Custom Built 10 rod holder above pilot house door

Bilge pumps:
2 Rule 2000 GPH Gold Bilge Pumps
2 Rule “Rule-A-Matic” plus float switch

Wash down pump/hose:
Jabsco Hotshot Series Automatic Washdown Pump W/25' Hose coil

Fresh water pump:
35-40 gallon fresh water tank
Jabsco Par Max plus 4GPM

Fresh water Shower :
Scandvik boat recessed transom Shower black

Antenna/Base/Connector:
Shakespeare 6225-R phase III VHF Antenna 8’
Shakespeare marine center pin connector
Shakespeare cordage xtra heavy duty stainless ratchet mount

LED Nav/Anchor:
Perko LED stealth series fold down white
Perko black LED navigation lights side mount

Cup Holders:
4 Sea Dog flush mount (black nylon)

Anchor winch:
GX3 12v Drum winch kit (1500w 12v drum winch kit)
Rope for GX3 5/16" x 430ft (8mm x 130m)
Chain 25’ (8mm SLC 5/16" grade 43 hot dipped galvanized chain)
CX 600 Bowsprit - 24" bowsprit
MMX3 Anchor - 21lb galvanized mud magnet, suitable for boats 27ft
316 Stainless Steel gland plate with mounting screws
(ordered from Hammer Marine - awesome guys)


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Vigilant32

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Awesome platform congrats. Have fun with your Resto-mods.

I’ve got new in the Box Simrad’s available for a good price.

Might want to consider 2000 pumps, imho.
 
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uglyducky

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Awesome platform congrats. Have fun with your Resto-mods.

I’ve got new in the Box Simrad’s available for a good price.

Might want to consider 2000 pumps, imho.
thanks, i will make that adjustment. the 800's were in there previously but that makes sense.
 
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Papa "J"

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    Coming together nicely. Glad I could help. Definitely the biggest bilge pumps you can fit as mentioned above.
     
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    uglyducky

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    Are you a FB EBW member? If not it is a solid resource.
    If the first two letters imply “Facebook”, I’m not on there 👍🏼
    Coming together nicely. Glad I could help. Definitely the biggest bilge pumps you can fit as mentioned above.
    I swapped out my order for gold 2000’s. Thx for that suggestion vigilant
     
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    Dan Salazar

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    Extremely solid ride
    May want to consider changing out the front windows for something that opens like some of the parkers have. Better ventilation and better when running at night especially when some saltwater spray that gets on the windows
     
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    gecsr1

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    wow you are spending a boat load of dough.....
    I hope it ends the boat you want......
     

    uglyducky

    I heard there was gonna be cake?
    Dec 5, 2017
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    Extremely solid ride
    May want to consider changing out the front windows for something that opens like some of the parkers have. Better ventilation and better when running at night especially when some saltwater spray that gets on the windows
    I’ll look into that. Didn’t know that was a thing.
     
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    URN

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    I'm very excited to get this project underway. You all have helped (especially Papa "J") an incredible amount. So here's what we've got . . .
    Hull is an excellent condition 2008 27' Boston Whaler Challenger.
    All visible metal will be powder coated black

    Here's the scope of project so far:

    Power:
    Twin Yamaha F300's new installation with electronic controls

    Exterior:
    Remove all towing bars/bow rail
    Custom fab bow rail on outer deck to side of pilot house
    New gel coat/non skid on deck areas, full Awlcraft paint in darker gray

    Cabin:
    Custom upholstered/foldable sleeping extensions

    Electronics:
    SImrad NSS evo3s 9" - in dash
    Simrad NSS evo3s 12" - overhead
    Simrad Halo 20+
    Xsonic SS175H-W transducer
    Simrad AP44 Autopilot
    Simrad RS40 Marine Radio

    Bait tank/accessories:
    Blue Water 65 gallon oval w/blue light and inset cover set and glassed into transom
    Jabsco cyclone pump “low pressure”

    Deck/Courtesy/Cabin/Underwater lights:
    For aft & bow deck:

    4 Lumitec Caprera2 LED White/blue dimming

    Courtesy deck lights:
    6 lumitec Anywhere utility light blue

    For cockpit/cabin:
    4 Lumitec Orbit flush mount dimmable white/non-dimmable blue/red

    For under grab rails boat port/starboard walk:
    4 Lumitec Andros Courtesy lights blue

    Underwater:
    2 Lumitec Seablaze Quattro RGBW

    Rod Holders:
    6 CE Smith flush mount
    4 fifteen degree for aft rail & flanking bait tank on transom
    2 thirty degree for forward rail (facing “out” from deck)
    Custom Built 10 rod holder above pilot house door

    Bilge pumps:
    2 Rule 2000 GPH Gold Bilge Pumps
    2 Rule “Rule-A-Matic” plus float switch

    Wash down pump/hose:
    Jabsco Hotshot Series Automatic Washdown Pump W/25' Hose coil

    Fresh water pump:
    35-40 gallon fresh water tank
    Jabsco Par Max plus 4GPM

    Fresh water Shower :
    Scandvik boat recessed transom Shower black

    Antenna/Base/Connector:
    Shakespeare 6225-R phase III VHF Antenna 8’
    Shakespeare marine center pin connector
    Shakespeare cordage xtra heavy duty stainless ratchet mount

    LED Nav/Anchor:
    Perko LED stealth series fold down white
    Perko black LED navigation lights side mount

    Cup Holders:
    4 Sea Dog flush mount (black nylon)

    Anchor winch:
    Lonestar GX3

    Starting canvas:

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    Looks sweet. How does the fuel tank look? I’ve restored two whalers and the foam holds sea water causing corrosion. What’s the seating capacity of the cabin?
     
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    uglyducky

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    Looks sweet. How does the fuel tank look? I’ve restored two whalers and the foam holds sea water causing corrosion. What’s the seating capacity of the cabin?
    tanks are not foamed in on this commercial hull. which is really nice. they are kinda braced in place with some brackets. cabin has seating for 2.
     
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    uglyducky

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    Prepping for new paint/gel coat. Transom will be modified to accommodate 2 seats flanking the countersunk bait tank.

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    neversink2

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    Great project. Might want to consider powder coating rails white instead of black... black will be hot AF in the sun. Black is not very grab rail friendly.
     
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    uglyducky

    I heard there was gonna be cake?
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    Great project. Might want to consider powder coating rails white instead of black... black will be hot AF in the sun. Black is not very grab rail friendly.
    That’s a good point. As it came from the factory, all aluminum railing was pc’d black. I’m just matching what was already there with the new additions. If it’s a bummer, I’ll def pull and redo.
     
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