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Well I did some cleanup on the outboard.
Thru all my trials and tribulations so far I’ve found my 10 year old bottles of DuPont gel spa cleaner (mix of acids) works the best and cleaning the aluminum. I’ve also tried pink (hydroflouric acid) and the alkaline yellow coil cleaners along with toonbrite. Those don’t work that well and turn the stuff whitish gray.   The gel is great because it really clings and doesn’t dry out and leave streaks.   What sucks is it’s no longer made. So once my stash is gone that’s it. Too bad.

Anyways the gel took off all the brown and then I spray bombed the motor quick with Johnson paint. What a diff wow!!! Such little work and such huge results. Only thing left is to clean the paint off the anode.

I also bought a 2007 etec 115 so I’ll be selling this motor complete with controls, cables and steering helm. The motor is a runner.

Here’s some pics of before and after on motor.









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Some new wood on the way. Gonna get this baby moving along again.

Back to being excited. Placed an order for tons of underseat lights with more orders to follow. I want to do a full exterior lightning kit as well.

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updates, old motor is off and sold along with all the cables, harness and controls.  got 2 grand for it.   

Gotta get working on the deck again and build a new piece of transom wood. 


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Well tons of updates since my last post.   

Been learning a lot of things along the way.  First off the bad....
1. When you order new aluminum good luck getting mint pieces with no marks on them.  Thats been my experience.
2.  A good 75% of every single thing i've ordered new for this project comes damaged. From a binnacle, to docking lights, to wood, to aluminum, to seat pedestals and more.  I even get brand new items from BRP that are boxed wrong (set of gauges).   I have spent so much time dealing with returns and trying to get new products sent out its ridiculous.   Right now I am tracking 7 return orders.   The marine industry really needs to get some quality control standards in check.   
3. Some things are incredibly hard to find.  
4. People want way too much for a custom snap on cover, replacing bimini top covers and an insane amount for the clear window enclosures for the cockpit area.  
5. Learned that my rails are anodized as is most of the alum on boats.  
6. Learned that most cleaning products ruin my rails look along with the acid wash and coil cleaners everyone recommends.
7. Plus a lot of what not to do like use acid on rails lol. Along with foaming degreaser bad idea, grill cleaner bad idea, simple green bad idea, wheel cleaner possible acceptable.   All this stuff just turns my rails white and cloudy and I can't even buff it  off.  Which led me to a new decision on these rails.  Keep reading. 

Now some of the good.   

1. As mentioned I bought a much newer motor, the old one sold within a day for 2 grand, so $2750 into the newer motor.   Not bad at all for a 14 year upgrade and to Direct Injection from carb plus another 25 horse.  
2. The replacement decking is down, I filled again and sanded.  I busted out my orbital sander and hit some seams to help smooth the difference in height between some joints.   Figure prep is everything before I laid the woven vinyl and aqua tread flooring.
3. This time I decided on rolling out the flooring glue versus troweling. After watching more videos I figured this way allows for a more even consistent application and would go faster. Less wear and tear on my knees and back too.  I tell ya though this stuff dries way too fast though. The wood seems to suck it up fast which speeds up that drying time and thins the coat out so I went over it all at least twice with glue.   It was difficult with the fast drying time even doing smaller areas like two 4x8's at a time.  Temp was 70s so not too hot.  I seem to have decent bonding but it probably could have been better in a couple areas.  All in all though it seems pretty nice overall.
4. The woven vinyl and aqua tread came out great.   The woven vinyl is tougher to apply without bubbles as its so much more flexible and stretchy.   Here is what I recommend after doing this to anyone who wants to lay the vinyl.   
  • Shoot for a cool day with clouds not bright sun to slow dry times. 
  • I recommend renting a 75lb flooring roller.   This part i feel is critical.  I paid $16 for a weekend  rental at taylor rental up the road from me.  
  •  Do a trial run BEFORE the glue is down. Lay the material out and run the roller over it.  This is what made all the difference in my job on the woven vinyl.  My vinyl had tons of areas of bubbles etc that didnt look pretty. The GF said to me, run the roller over it before we glue it.  I did and wow the stuff looked awesome. So we folded half back, applied glue and laid it down.  It wasn't bad at all but needed some bubbles removed. 
  • Tried the roller AFTER glue was down.  Don't recommend that for the woven vinyl.  I recommend using a plastic board with smooth rounded edges like a cutting board and working the bubbles out by sliding that at an angle away from you.  Works great.
  • As recommended don't glue more then half the boat at a time.  Maybe a 1/3 at a time.  Make sure when starting to glue the next section after you do the first to use a paint brush and hit the decking good right at the edge where the prior glue ended.
  • Aquatread doesn't need the roller before the glue.  Just lay it, run the roller and you are done.  Very easy getting that stuff to lay smooth with no bubbles. 
5.  Installed a new winch post of my trailer.  It's setup so it can accommodate a third pontoon for future planning plus it has a built in ladder and grab bar.  This thing was so worth the $300.  Magic tilt makes it. So easy to walk up onto the boat now when its on the trailer. 

6.  Took awhile but came up with a solution (thanks to thehulltruth.com forums) to replace my 1.75" thick transom wood piece that the motor bolts too.  I used a piece of LVL lumber.  Cost me $9.78 for a 3 foot piece of it 16" wide.    I traced the old one, cut the new one and done deal.     
7.  After working with my rails and being unsuccessful cleaning them up without damaged them (anything other then soap and water,which didn't clean some crudded up areas well enough) I ultimately decided to take my right angle grinder and throw a 3m Bristle Disc on it and clean up all the scratches on them (hundreds and hundreds from 30 years of abuse) then send them out to be powder coated.  Overall i guess this was the best solution for reviving these rails.  Re-anodizing just isn't very practical. Me painting them with automotive paint is probably a $350 investment in materials and is a lot of work.  Plus durability is a concern.  So ultimately I met with a local powder coater.  Saw his operation, the color sample, we discussed the thorough prep job beforehand that he will do (sandblasting, phosphate cleaning, etc) and some other details.   Cost is coming in at $700 bucks.  The rails should look nice when done and with about 2,000 less scratches then they had after my sanding.   3 of the big rail sections left to do.  Taking me about 2 hours a rail easy but fabulous results removing scratches with those 3m discs i mentioned.  Hopefully when I re-skin them after with my alum sheeting I don't damage the coating. Hoping long term it holds up ok and doesn't flake/chip off due to bad adhesion anywhere.  The risk is always there with a coated surface but overall it's my best option i feel.  I just wouldn't be happy with how the rails looked. Everything else will look new and these rails would have looked old and dingy still. 

8. Figuring out how to fill in the section of missing rail where the recessed motor area use to be has been a challenge.  I have to correlate it all with the powder coated so those get covered too.  I was going to weld them in but then my back rails are one giant piece 90 inches wide and thats too hard to transport and for him to coat probably.  So then I said ok I can weld tabs and just screw to existing rails, but the top area proved challenging for a clean look.  Then I came up with the genius idea of using tubing connections to cover up the seam where the two rails butt right up at the top.  So thats where I stand on those.  Trying to find some plastic connectors the right size, i cut my tube to length, he can coat them with all the rest, i assemble later quickly with the connectors.  No real delays.  



Here is a photo of my new winch post with integrated ladder.  This mod was so worth the $ and I absolutely love this thing.  Such good quality and super handy!!!


Here is my old transom wood piece.  Wasn't in too bad of shape for 30 year old wood. The edges of the right bolt holes were all cracked though.  They drilled too close to the edge.


This piece of wood was a lifesaver.  I was really struggling to find a good easy solution to this 1.75 wide wood that was about 15" wide.  I had a post on thehulltruth.com forums for about 2 weeks before a gentlemen recommend using an "LVL".  $9 later and a few cuts and I have my wood and since its laminated layers like plywood it's stronger then the original transom piece. 


Here it is all cut laying over the old one. 


Here is a shot of the Infinity Luxury Color #10 woven vinyl flooring. 


Here is the infinity woven vinyl and aquatread weather slant teak with lines flooring.  It was actually pretty easy to get that cut perfect.   With just the woven vinyl down in put the rails where they belong.  Then I traced the front edge with a sharpie onto the vinyl.  Then I removed the rails and then I made a new mark about .6 inches starboard of the original line.  This put the line right in the middle of the rails.  I cut the material out in one piece, then layed that cut edge over the aqua tread and cut the exact same pattern.   It worked very well! 


Here is how it looks without the edging back on but the rails in place. 


Here is a closeup shot with the edging on.  I still haven't laid down the trim piece under the front gate where the two pieces of material meet.  I need to order some satin aluminum T molding (for floor transitions).

Here I am using my right angle grinder with 3M bristle discs on there cleaning up the 50 million marks and scratches and nicks on the rails.   This process sucks.  I already have about 25 hours invested in it.  One rail and a gate left, thank god.  Can't wait until its done. 


Here is some aluminum satin anodized pontoon railing.  This stuff was so hard to find which surprised me.  I had to order 24 feet when I only needed 8.  Got it from csctextiles.com, it is .062 (1/16 basically) not .090 like my rails but for what I need it for it'll be fine.  It looks pretty wish all my rails still looked like new alum lol.  



And lastly here is a picture of the powdercoating color he has that is close to the rails natural anodized color.   





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Awesome stuff! use "image resizer for windows" you can edit multiples at once and keep originals. Edit your post there is a checkbox for notifications.
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Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

Awesome stuff! use "image resizer for windows" you can edit multiples at once and keep originals. Edit your post there is a checkbox for notifications.

I used to use that or similar then it stopped working.  I'll have to try again.   Also I can't find anywhere to add the notifications.   Edit first post and looked all over but no notifications??

Update- installed image resizer. working well. 

Also added pictures to my prior post.   Got some new aluminum edging today for the front and back of the decking.  Didn't open it yet.  Hoping its in mint shape and does the job I am hoping I want it to do. 




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Sanded 1 rail and 2 gates today. 7.5 hours and still not done. Craziness lol.
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Email notification is there now!

awesome!   We need to get that feature enabled for everyone then things would be more active on here I bet :-)


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