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PBRMINER wrote:Amazing Work!
Fire1386 wrote:Enjoying watching this renovation Bigwrench, nice work!
Thank you both!
It’s been fun for sure and just glad to be making some progress again.


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Nice to see you making progress looks good!

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Some updates to share.
Decided I didn’t really like the TM tray so I started over with a floor pan style I preferred and just wrapped it around using one long sheet and notching the aluminum to keep the continuous sheet and make it easily bent.
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Welded up a thicker area and drilled and tapped for a drain hole
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Attaching it to the deck using a laser for precise location
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Flipped it and welded the topside , cleaned up and smoothed out all the edges
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Etching primer
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Extremely happy with it and glad I started over Image
The final inside coating will be heavy duty bed liner material like used in the rear hull/bilge area
Thanks for following along.

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Started framing out the anchor locker and lid
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Very happy with the outcome so far.
Started framing out the rear battery compartment door in the same fashion.
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Will try to get it finished up tomorrow after another doctors appointment if I get done in time.
Stay tuned.

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Nice job on the recessed tray. It'll look really good with the bedliner.

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dogwillhunt wrote:Nice job on the recessed tray. It'll look really good with the bedliner.
Thank you, can’t wait to get it all framed out and painted . I really liked the way the rear bulge area turned out with the bed liner so I’m hoping this will turn out the same. Almost tempted to do the whole boat in something similar.

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Yeah, I'm not a fan of carpet. I painted the floor/deck on my previous boat with oil based rustoleum mixed with silica sand. It lasted a good 5-6 years in the AZ sun before it needed to be re-done. I'll probably go the bedliner route once I get to that project.

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[ external image ]Yall should check this product out. I’ve used it in the past. And plan on doing my PT175 this spring.


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gatorglenn wrote:[ external image ]Yall should check this product out. I’ve used it in the past. And plan on doing my PT175 this spring.


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May have to look into that. The stuff I have been using so far has been rattle cans and the first can used in the rear bilge area was solid as a rock overnight and very nice finish. The second can I used in the TM tray wouldn’t cure to save my life. I tried everything. I think the Can was defective or something. Thanks for the suggestion for sure.

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Looks like good stuff. They'll send out free color chips samples too.

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More compartment lid fabrication and fitment
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Had to modify the original hinges that were used in the 5/8 plywood deck, they were originally 2 L brackets with the Hinge between them.
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After some “tweaking” they are now useful Image
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Gonna start on the dry box inserts tomorrow and finish up the built in cooler fabrication. Thanks for hanging out with me on this epic adventure.

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Dry box insert first try went very well and couldn’t be happier if I won the power ball lol.
Started out with a remnant sheet I found at a steal of .063” made a cardboard template of the rear hull and made a couple end pieces to match the bottom of the frames I made. Wasn’t sure if I’d like the thinner material or even if I’d be able to weld it without burning through but it worked perfectly!
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Wrapped that sucker up and tacked it
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Then laid the heat to em and made em water tight (I hope lol)
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Very very happy with it and will be doing all the other compartments now in the same fashion as soon as I can go pick up some new sheet material and some more argon LOL that stuff goes quick !!!

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Lots of progress the last couple weeks.
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Will post more later this week.

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Man this is turning into a super build


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gatorglenn wrote:Man this is turning into a super build Image


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Thank you very much. It’s been fun to say the least !
Today I started adding the dry box inserts to the 3 R&R hatches I ordered for the front deck when I started back on this beast.
Got both side lockers tacked up and fit properly
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They were kinda tricky because of the different angles and the added wire-run tube I put on the starboard side but really happy with how they turned out.
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Tomorrow I am going to start working on the large Center access door for the two trolling motor batteries. Originally this was going to be all storage but since the two batteries wouldn’t fit forward one section the door I ordered really seems too big for the area the batteries take up.
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If I leave it the way it is now I will only have about 5-6” of access through the battery compartment to the storage areas on each side.
So either I cut the R&R door smaller and weld it back together, weld in fill panels to each side and then add 2 more doors to each side or I leave the center area the way it is and cut 2 more holes on each side area and make dry boxes for them and isolate the batteries from
Those areas.
Gonna sleep on it tonight but don’t want to do anything else on that until I figure out this battery door issue.

Another issue I am having is still trying to figure out the front bow configuration.
Originally I was going to use this setup
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It’s such an oddball height to the deck and a lot of angles.
So then I made this sheet up to see how I liked that setup
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I think this is a little wide and may angle it back like this with the straight edge laid at the cut angle
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Also whether to lay the angle low like this
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Or more straight up and down like this
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So many decision lol. So lay them ideas on me :) and thanks for following along

I’ll sleep on this situation tonight and hopefully it will fall into place tomorrow.

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