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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dpeavey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09/07/2018 at 2:07pm
Wow... do you have one of these boats?

I just saw another one online for sale ... same condition as mine but with a few add one... $20,000

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There's a company ...fast forward fiberglass repair that replaced several panels on a 2005 32ft suntracker that's docked in Sylvan Beach... they may have some more information on what may be available from suntracker for these boats as original replacement panels.

Those panels were replaced due to heat damage from another boat that caught on fire there...
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Fiber-Tech Industries, Inc., based in Washington Courthouse, OH, is selling Sun Tracker cabin wall replacement panels.  Stock panels are .98"(+/-) x 48" x 94".  Polypropylene honeycomb core, fiberglass skins, glossy white gel coat both sides.  Please contact gsolomon@fiber-tech.net for more information.  
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I just found this website: HouseBoatParts.net. I don't have a quote yet, but they will be quoting panels for my Party Hut in the material pictured here:

I'm hoping for reasonable pricing. I will let you know. Maybe if there is enough interest we can help them get the cost down. 

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Curious to how the numbers came back?
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Gerard... haw are you making out?

I purchased a 1995 suntracker PC 32 last fall for $5000 with an extremely bad roof, unknown motor condition, no canvas, and pitted pontoons. The boat had been in salt water for an extended time with barnacle wear and tear, but the bottoms of the toons appear to have been sealed with an epoxy coating which does add life.

The boat has a plywood deck that appears structurally sound. .

The aluminum all over has salt water deterioration that is only aesthetic and not structurally impaired.

The boat was cleaned of moss and muddy carpets, the interior was totally cleaned and the same for the head area and the aft deck. I installed a new white rubber roof in comparison to the PVC material. And glued it down to the existing 3/4 plywood roof deck. After that most of the interior was weatherproof except for the transition of the upper wall aluminum track to vertical wall aluminum support/joiner "T" extrusions.

Those areas leaked as there is no clear weather seal at this juncture other than possibly some internal caulk or foam tape applied before the wall panels were set in at the factory.

With that ($600) and $2000 in repairs to the 1995 115hp Merc motor (-repowered in 2000 by the factory), and replacing the stator and controller plus misc, electrical, a new starter, 2 batteries, a new battery switch, some electrical wiring repairs to the electrical system we put the boat in the water in late August.

We had a blast for about 45 days on this boat!

We pulled it out 7 days before the lake froze over for the winter.

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Drummer...

I am curious too about the material you have in your hand in the photo.

If it's a composite material ( Black plastic with a UV protected white finish) it does look like it could be structural enough for most rebuilds. I think the key is UV protected. Most material that you buy at home depot won't protect the materials from The sun, and in a boat there is gobs of that around.

FRP is only good on interior surfaces... it will degrade fairly quickly in sunlight.

The material I have looked at and are posted here and that's what I'm leaning toward. Honeycomb core and gelcoat finished both sides. I'm just wondering what water infiltration might do to the honeycomb material should it get in... and it will take a full wrap of an aluminum extrusion or other material to overlap the vertical to roof cap transition to keep the water away from gaining access to the core.

When I redid the roof with rubber I left 6" hanging down around the edges all the way around the top. Them I set the 3" or so deep aluminum roof cap on that . I haven't reattached the cap yet. But what I do do (which I am now really kicking myself for, is cutting the rubber that was hanging down even with the bottom of the roof cap!!! Were I to have   left it hang, that would have been my roof to wall weathertight seal.
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I'll post photos of before and after later on today.

We did remove the outside cabinetry near the front slider door.

It was all plywood and held moisture against the floor... not good for the longevity of the cabinet or the floor material.

I was looking at purchasing the same boat in a different configuration...
inside control cockpit, less inside floor space, extended rear deck space, and an aluminum deck Ofer plywood...

I really liked the aluminum deck idea a lot, but that boat didn't have the available usable inside square footage of the plywood deck, and ... it was $12,500 (it was a 2000 model year too)

I opted for the expanded interior space and the exterior control cockpit as the weather here is touch and go, definitely not Arizona weather in New New York State!

Although I like the interior cockpit due to keeping the electrical and other components dry... it does use valuable interior space. Believe it or not I'm much more into being indoors and away from the suns damaging effects as I get older. ☺️

I may draw up a few floor layouts that I have seen and post them here. I'm thinking there were quite a few options available. I have another 32 on the same lake as I am on, and it has only 2 exterior wall panels, one for the kitchen backer area and one for the bathroom. They each may have 2 wall panels set in an "L configuration for support and such. However most of that cruiser is canvas, sans the top which is a full top like my 32.
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things are going ok on my end.   I should have it at least useable again in a couple weeks.   

Still have a lot I'd like to do after that though.     It's been a project thats for sure, but its coming out awesome. 
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