1975 Fisher Marine Bateau 1438 Mod -**NEW PICS OCT 16**

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Hello, I'm new to the site. I found it looking for ideas because I wanted to put a deck in the front of my boat I inherited from my Grandfather. After checking out the boats here I have decided to go all out, ha ha. I currently have the boat broken down all the way to bare bones and hope to paint this weekend. I had a thread going in the boat house because I had some questions but thought I should move it here since it will be a full conversion. The following is some background from my original post and I will repost the pics here also.

"This was a boat my grandfather bought in 1975 along with a 1975 Johnson outboard that is still as clean as a pin but needs to have the carb cleaned, tuned up, etc. It seems to be in really solid shape structurally but needs some serious cleaning and painting before I start to deck it in. I have removed the rotten wood from the transom as you can see in the last pic and replaced the trolling motor mount wood in the front.

The seats will acutually adjust (slide forward and back, and tighten down from the top with a flathead screwdriver) so that gives me some flexibility as far as deck size, etc. I am looking for ideas since I am just getting started with the project and I am open to suggestions. Mainly looking for ideas for where to put the bench seats to maximize the layout, but any ideas are welcome. "
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What I started with. Transom wood removed in other pic.
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Transom sanded, primed and painted.
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When I did the transom work above I was not planning on painting the entire boat or doing a large scale mod. Since the last pic is when I decided to strip it down and totally redo everything.
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Removing seats, braces, etc.
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Bare bones
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Took apart the seats, cleaned, etc.
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Working on sanding the interior now. This gets me back up to date. As of this post everything is new.
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One question while I am thinking about it. When I took the old wood out of the transom There were "panhead bolts / Machine screws) that went from the back of the boat, through the plywood into the interior of the boat. The ones I took out were aluminum! Very light, ha ha. I want to replace these but the biggest bolt of this type that I can find is 1/4 instead of 5/16. If I go up to the 5/16 they are all hex head bolts. I am looking at stainless since I don't even know where I would find aluminum. Any ideas where I can find these? Or just use the hex head? The reason I like the pan head style that came out is because they look like a rivet from the outside of the boat.

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McMaster-Carr has anything you want in several types of stainless too.
I LOVE old aluminum boats and old Mercury outboards!

My 17' Tracker project: https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 21&t=16860
Lone Star project: https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 21&t=16581

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My local True value has drawer upon drawer of stainless. Allens, lags, pan head, hex head, you name it. Not cheap but local and available. Ace hardware a has a decent selection as well.
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Thanks for the replys, I will give those a shot tomorrow.

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Found the hardware, definately not cheap but it was what I was looking for.

I am priming the interior now. I bought the paint that I want to use for the interior. It is a west marine non skid paint. I have read in other posts to use a pro foam roller to apply it and a brush in the tight places. What type of brush should I use? A regular paint brush with bristles? Or one of the foam brushes? Seems like the foam would not leave brush strokes but I want to make sure before I start.

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Well decided I did not want to spend a $100 for a gallon of paint and I took it back to west marine. When I was returning it a guy in the store told me he didn't like that paint anyway, didn't work well for him. So I spent $30 for a gallon of rustoleum aluminum paint. I figured I might as well use something cheaper since most of the inside of the boat will be covered with decking anyway.

Finished priming the interior today. Will paint tomorrow if the weather cooperates.

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About 1/3 of the boat painted with the first coat. I think I would have been further along had I not spilt mineral spirts in the boat which ran down the groves and thinned my primer for me. :cry: Had to redo part of it, but done now.

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