My 2nd boat project - 14ft Alumacraft Semi-V

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murphy67
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My 2nd boat project - 14ft Alumacraft Semi-V

Post by murphy67 » 05 Jun 2019, 11:26

With spring finally making its way to Wisconsin, I have been able to at least get my 2nd boat project underway.

Thanks again/always to all the members who contribute on this forum, and thanks for all the ideas for doing boat conversions and builds. I for sure have seen; and will borrow a few ideas from different users builds I have seen on this site. So thank you in advance for the ideas! :)

Now I am not sure of the exact model of this boat, as the Coast Guard Capacity tag has completely worn off... but I feel based off the design in the back and the style Alumacraft decal, someone on here might know what model and year this boat might be? I was thinking 1980's maybe for the year?

Anyways, this is a boat that my parents purchased years ago up north to be used as a rental, and in the more recent years...we got a 15HP 4-stroke for it and put a few seats over the benches and it was nice for early spring use, or for the older "kids" to take the little kids around while the adults use the bigger boats and such. So with me having success on my 1st boat rebuild, I of course had the itch to start another boat project.

The plan is to remove most of the middle bench seat to allow a space to move from front to back of the boat, seal the inside hull, add electrical, and put in a floor/carpet and some seats, as well replace a few things on the trailer. Down the road (and based off how things go) I will prob add a stereo and some other non essential toys.

Here we go:

I started by sealing the outer and inner transom wood with 3 coats of Spar Urethane:
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Here is a shot of the boat still with the bench seats and such:
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I replaced the nose piece on the trailer as it was in rough shape:
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Got the motor re-attached after the wood was dry:
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Started cutting the bench seat out:
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Seat removed:
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Boat getting cleaned in prep for Gluvit:
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And the Gluvit/sealing:
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I did do a soak/leak test last fall, and really was surprised with how few leaks there were, but figured for $55.00 for a can of Gluvit, it cant hurt to further seal anything I could before adding flooring and time and money into this boat.

That is as far as I have made it after about a week... I am going to give the Gluvit at least 3 days to fully cure and then am planning to begin on the wiring and framing for floor and all that fun stuff. More to come.
My 1986 Alumacraft Classic Deluxe project - http://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=41424
14 ft Alumacraft Semi-V 2nd project - https://tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=46511

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murphy67
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My 2nd boat project - 14ft Alumacraft Semi-V

Post by murphy67 » 05 Jun 2019, 13:01

If anyone has an idea of the model and year of this boat, please let me know. :) Thanks in advance!

(I figured might be easier adding a separate post asking this, as I kinda sandwiched the question above in a wall o' text of my 1st post.)
My 1986 Alumacraft Classic Deluxe project - http://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=41424
14 ft Alumacraft Semi-V 2nd project - https://tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=46511

LDog
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Post by LDog » 05 Jun 2019, 15:13

If you know the approx year, you can go through the brochures and compare specs (I had to do this to determine that I have a 1960 F model).

https://www.alumacraft.com/About-Alumacr ... t=about_us

HTH

murphy67
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My 2nd boat project - 14ft Alumacraft Semi-V

Post by murphy67 » 05 Jun 2019, 17:02

LDog,
Thank you very much for sharing that link!! I cant believe I have not been able to find that on my own yet...lol...and I kept thinking, how the heck does Alumacraft or someone not have all the old brochures archived somewhere.

Much appreciated...gonna be doing some serious brochure searching later!!
My 1986 Alumacraft Classic Deluxe project - http://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=41424
14 ft Alumacraft Semi-V 2nd project - https://tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=46511

murphy67
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My 2nd boat project - 14ft Alumacraft Semi-V

Post by murphy67 » 05 Jun 2019, 20:00

I got the Front NAV light installed tongiht...so figured I would post that as well...after the Gluvit cures I will actually get the thing wired up, just want to avoid going in the boat til things are ready. Exciting, I know. :)
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My 1986 Alumacraft Classic Deluxe project - http://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=41424
14 ft Alumacraft Semi-V 2nd project - https://tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=46511

murphy67
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Post by murphy67 » 23 Jun 2019, 19:46

I finally got around to getting a few more things done, so just wanted to share the progress and pics.

I sealed the wood I used for the frame with 2 coats of spar urethane
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Got the framing secured/riveted to the ribs(still have more to do under the benches..but waiting on a drill attachment for those):
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First main floor section cut and rough fitted on top of framing:
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Third floor piece in:
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Mounted the bilge to some scrap starboard:
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I am planning to basically do bench seats along the sides, as seen by some other members on this forum as well (in some way or another)..so here is the framing of those:
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Template for back piece of wood from cardboard (still plan to make a hatch, and cut-out for around motor area):
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Basically a rough shot of the layout, minus the vertical pieces for the bench seats, and did a quick starting template for the bow floor piece as well:
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So far that is where I am at. After I have all my wood cut, I plan to seal it with Spar Urethane, then carpet it and work on the wiring in between all that....more to come.
My 1986 Alumacraft Classic Deluxe project - http://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=41424
14 ft Alumacraft Semi-V 2nd project - https://tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=46511

Mertbl
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My 2nd boat project - 14ft Alumacraft Semi-V

Post by Mertbl » 23 Jun 2019, 20:44

Looks just like my boat except I really havent done too much yet. Does yours happen to still have the capacity plate on it? Mine is long gone if it ever had one.

Interesting too that your bench appears to be filled with foam. Mine sound hollow.

murphy67
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Post by murphy67 » 24 Jun 2019, 00:12

My capacity plate it completely gone as, well... but with the link provided above by LDog (and below), i was able to get close to what I think my boat is...maybe look through the brochures to see if you can spot your model and there are some capacity charts on some.

I figured mine is like an 80's T-14S...I found it in the 1983 brochure, so its nice to see the weight capacity and such:

1983 Link: https://online.anyflip.com/jtji/bxod/mob ... x.html#p=6

All brochures Link: https://www.alumacraft.com/About-Alumacr ... t=about_us
My 1986 Alumacraft Classic Deluxe project - http://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=41424
14 ft Alumacraft Semi-V 2nd project - https://tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=46511

murphy67
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Post by murphy67 » 25 Jun 2019, 22:17

Got the last of my vertical bench templates cut and taped in to give an idea of the final layout for the main section of the boat.
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Also finished making the floor frame for the front bow section.
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My 1986 Alumacraft Classic Deluxe project - http://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=41424
14 ft Alumacraft Semi-V 2nd project - https://tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=46511

AnglerRoy
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Post by AnglerRoy » 26 Jun 2019, 13:17

Looking great so far! Most of your boat looks near exact to my ‘57 Deep C (minus the bow cover). Everything else looks pretty much the same (brackets, stern corner braces, splash well, bow hoop (whatever it’s called)...

How’s the back end sit in the water with a four stroke on there? Lower than normal?

murphy67
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Post by murphy67 » 02 Jul 2019, 10:41

Thanks, its nice to see all the work start to come together, plus it helps stay motivated knowing how much is still left :) lol

As for how the back end sits in the water with the 4 stroke...I guess I do not have a comparison to how it sits with a 2 stroke, but with this 15HP its been pretty good/normal. We have had the motor on this boat for quite a few years and never had any concern with it being too much power or too heavy. I am pretty sure my model is the T-14S, which is rated for a 20Hp..so I think we are prob at max motor weight (assuming a 4 stroke 15hp is about the same as a 20hp 2 stroke.)

Now of course the real test will be how the motor moves the boat with the added weight of the wood/etc, but it should be a fun little boat and I think it will still zip pretty good. :) (i got 3 weeks til this goes up north and we run it...so soon I will know for sure.)
My 1986 Alumacraft Classic Deluxe project - http://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=41424
14 ft Alumacraft Semi-V 2nd project - https://tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=46511

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Post by murphy67 » 02 Jul 2019, 11:29

Got more done over the weekend:

Got the wood pieces cut from my cardboard and laid them in for rough fitting:
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Back piece cut, and motor cut out done. (i still plan to cut out a hatch to keep battery/wirinig/gas tank somewhat covered from the elements):
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Also re-cut my small bow seat wood and used the old piece to make that veritcal piece to close the bow off:
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And here is a wide shot of the full boat as of last night:
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This week I still need to make a floor frame for the battery/gas tank area, and a mount for my switch panel so I can begin the wiring....and then fit carpet and wood...make final trimmings, seal wood, re-carpet, secure it all down. :)
My 1986 Alumacraft Classic Deluxe project - http://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=41424
14 ft Alumacraft Semi-V 2nd project - https://tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=46511

murphy67
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Post by murphy67 » 03 Jul 2019, 21:47

Got some more stuff done...

Cut in the wood for the switch/gang panel:
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Then cut out the opening and put the switch panel in:
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Mounted my Bus bar and battery cut off to some scrap Starboard I had from my previous restore:
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Made some 1x1 vertical supports for the bench seats:
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Added some reinforcements to the floor frame for the seat base and overall frame:
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Mounted the Bus bar and battery cut off...so i will begin wiring next:
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Pretty happy with how solid the floor frame is at this point...and have been thinking to maybe add a few 1x1 cross supports, as they wont really add too much extra weight, but also not sure if i really need them either...so we'll see what tomorrow/this weekend brings :)

More to come....
My 1986 Alumacraft Classic Deluxe project - http://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=41424
14 ft Alumacraft Semi-V 2nd project - https://tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=46511

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Post by RaisedByWolves » 05 Jul 2019, 12:47

You might want to consider revisiting your bow mount.

In my research before redoing my trailer I found that the winch should be under the bow mount to help secure the bow in a downward direction in a panic stop or head on collision.

The way you have this set up it will easily ride up over the bow mount and who knows what after that.
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murphy67
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Post by murphy67 » 05 Jul 2019, 14:09

Wolves,
Thank you for this reply!!. Even when put my newer crank on there and tighten'd it up, it i could easily lift/move the boat off the trailer, and just thought, "i guess this rope is junk... I will have to get a new belt and replace the rope and that will do it.." but now actually looking at it, it clearly makes sense why the crank needs to be below and pulling down...duh!! :)

Last September when i pulled it home, I added ratchet tie-downs to the bow to hold it down tight as it clearly wasn't tight enough for 5 hours...now i know why.

Thanks again, much appreciated!
My 1986 Alumacraft Classic Deluxe project - http://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=41424
14 ft Alumacraft Semi-V 2nd project - https://tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=46511

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