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Topic: dahogman 1974 Starcraft rebuild
Posted By: dahogman
Subject: dahogman 1974 Starcraft rebuild
Date Posted: 05/27/2009 at 9:07pm

Here are some pics of our 1974 Starcraft that my fishing buddy and I got.  It is pretty much a disaster and I plan on getting real dirty.  The motor is a 1974 Mercury 65 hp.  The boat sat uncovered for 2 years under a tree and the interior is pretty much shot.  The transom is a total loss as is the flooring and the wiring is 4 different harness"s cobbled together.  We were going to restore it but the port side console is gone.  We plan on fixing it into a simple fishing boat.  We are going to put new Pontoonstuff marine plywood on the floor and rewire it with a kit from http://www.ezacdc.com/Scripts/default.asp - EZACDC .  We"ll also add lights, maybe LED"s, and a live well with pump and wiring from   http://www.ezacdc.com/Scripts/default.asp - EZACDC .  We bought this treasure back in November and have been pressed for time to work on it so please bear with us.



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers



Replies:
Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 05/27/2009 at 9:19pm
I see what you mean about a wiring disaster , it would be far easier to just rip it all out and start fresh. I"ve got my wiring kit on order along with some other things from http://www.ezacdc.com - ezacdc , like horn, switch panel, and nav kit. I see a diamond in the rough with what you got. Is the transom ok?


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 05/27/2009 at 9:49pm

We completely gutted the boat.  The transom and floor came out in pieces.  We sold the motor on ebay for $380.  We bought a 1989 Johnson 35 hp for it and that is what is going on the boat.  We hope that will be enough motor, the boat isn"t very wide and is only a 16 ft.  We had to drill out more rivets and screws than you can count.  The boat has been painted at least 4 times and all the screw heads were full of paint.  The flotation foam consisted of 1 inch styrofoam insulation for under vinyl siding stacked up under the floor.

 

 



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 08/26/2009 at 7:10pm
You know, I"ve been meaning to ask him about that. I"m starting the process on my jon boat (got most of the materials). I"m keenly interested in his transom, stringers and fiberglassing he"ll be doing, plus to see what PontoonStuff materials he"s going to be using.


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 09/06/2009 at 12:13pm
Well I finally got boat stripped down to bare aluminium.  Boat had 4 & 5 layers of different types of paint.  Used 2 gallons of stripper to strip boat and lots and lots of scraping.  I"ll try and get some pic"s of transom and of boat, little overwhelmed with other things and work is going alot slower than I planned.  Very little free time right now and I have to pick my battles.  Transom had to be scrapped and a second new one made as old started to bow in middle due to moisture in wood.  I made a new one out of PontoonStuff CCA treated plywood.  Two pieces screwed and glued together, two coats of resin applied on front and back and four coats on edges.  When I install in boat I will fill holes after drilling with silicone and the put bolts thru silicone turning them while pushing thru to distribute silicone in hole.  After stripping outer hull I washed bare metal down with soap and water, then rinsed with clear water, then wiped down with thinner. I then painted boat with Interlux epoxy underwater paint. I went out this morning after boat cured for about 12 hours and the paint is splotched. It is almost a tan color in spots instead of white. It almost looks like rust bleed thru. I don"t know if I can get it to show up in a pic. Should I wait for another day or so and then put another coat on it? Thoughts and suggestions???


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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 09/06/2009 at 12:29pm
Ummm, kinda sucks don"t it. You"re way out of my league on this one.


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 10/03/2009 at 4:52pm
Well, I stripped boat down to bare aluminium again.  Repainted with Interlux VC Performance Epoxy and it looks good so far.  Stripped everything off trailer, ground off old paint with 60 grit wheels and angle grinder.  I am going out now to reassemble trailer, all new stainless steel bolts, new Reese winch, new submersible lights, and all new wheel bearings and seals.  I"ll try and get some pics later on tonight.  I burnt up my old angle grinder, gave me an excuse to get a new Dewalt angle grinder.

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: cuzzx
Date Posted: 10/03/2009 at 7:32pm

Hey there dahogman.

even though this site is about pontoons I"m proud to see you doing this rebuild.

I have been looking for a 15 to 16 foot boat to rebuild.

I have found two, just waiting on the owners to give me a price.

Keep us posted and pictures.

Thanks, dahogman



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cuzzx
2000 Dodge D
1993 Bandit 18ft
75hp Evinrude / 1993
20'Stardust/Landau Toon 1995
75hp Mariner / 1996


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 10/03/2009 at 9:14pm

Here are some pics, such as they are.  I ran out of time and didn't get the lights on the trailer.  I had a little trouble getting the axle assembly back on and wound up resquaring the trailer.  The trailer looks a little gray in spots as I did not clean it for the pics and it is covered in dust from sanding and grinding. 



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 10/03/2009 at 9:23pm

Here are some pics of the boat.  It isn"t great but I think its ok for a fishing boat.



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 10/04/2009 at 9:42am
Motor runs but doesn"t idle well.  Gonna rebuild carb.

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: cuzzx
Date Posted: 10/04/2009 at 7:04pm

 

lookin" good there dahogman.

to bad the stringers are metal, I can"t see pictures of there rebuild.

found a third boat today but the guy wants $750 for it and it needs a rebuild.



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cuzzx
2000 Dodge D
1993 Bandit 18ft
75hp Evinrude / 1993
20'Stardust/Landau Toon 1995
75hp Mariner / 1996


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 10/05/2009 at 6:53pm

Well I got the trailer lights on, ran the wires thru the frame like they are supposed to.  Old wires were just tied to frame and tucked into every crack and crevice.  I also installed bunk boards, treated 2x4"s with marine carpet and stainless steel bolts.  I only carpeted the top half of boards to allow for faster drying time after trailer is used.  I got boat back on trailer, no small task for a one legged guy working by himself.  Boat has also been completely stripped inside and is ready for paint.  I do have to clean the center of the floor where everything accumulated during the lengthy stripping process.  Five layers of paint and glue were stripped off.



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: texas ranger
Date Posted: 10/05/2009 at 8:09pm
I bought my first boat in 1969, 14 ft starcraft, my second boat in 1974 was this same boat.  Loved it and caught my first stripper out of it, 38 inch long.  Floors were always a piece of stuff and I replaced mine after about 5 years along with all the plywood in the seats.  Sure had some good times as you will.  ENJOY.

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2005 tracker party hut-135 IO
2009 trailer
2001 Beachcomber,21 Fish, 90 HP Yamaha, 4 stroke, magnum trailer.


Posted By: Slow Joe
Date Posted: 10/06/2009 at 9:24am

Eric,

Nice job so far on your rebuild. It looks like you are having some fun. Good luck!

Joe



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Slow Joe
03 Party Barge 20ft
04 Mercury Bigfoot 60HP 4 Stroke
02 Silverado
Indian Hills Lake, Cuba, MO


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 10/06/2009 at 7:58pm

I got the transom in today.  I made it with 3/4 Treated Marine plywood from http://www.Pontoonstuff.com - www.Pontoonstuff.com   I measured and measured and measured and then cut it out with a jigsaw.  I then glued and screwed it.  I then applied 2 coats of resin to each side and 4 coats of resin to the edges.  I let the transom cure in my Garage pretty much all summer.  I put transom in boat and then lowered front of boat until the transom was plumb, I then leveled boat side to side on the trailer.  I checked everything twice and started drilling the holes for the mounting bolts.  I got lucky and hit all eight of the existing thru hull holes for the transom.  I hit them dead solid perfect the first time, I was more than amazed that I could do this on a 35 year old boat.  I decided to call it a day after I got the bolts all in and tight, no sense ruining a good day.

 



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 10/06/2009 at 9:05pm
Me, I"d have messed that up for sure


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 10/06/2009 at 9:53pm

I can"t believe it myself.  I"m not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: texas ranger
Date Posted: 10/09/2009 at 4:49pm

Hey, this is the people I bought my pontoon from and if this were close I would be all over it but its a 1974 Starcraft and I think pretty close to you and it has lots of nice adds such as a jackplate for the engine.  For some reason it will not let me like but the item number is  http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120478428216&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fmotors.shop.ebay.com%3A80%2F__%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dp3841.m39.l1313%26_nkw%3D120478428216%26_sacat%3D%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1 - 120478428216 and it only up to 106 buck and it wont go much higher. It ebay.  Paul

***fixed link so its a hot link to item number***



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2005 tracker party hut-135 IO
2009 trailer
2001 Beachcomber,21 Fish, 90 HP Yamaha, 4 stroke, magnum trailer.


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 10/10/2009 at 4:57pm
That"s the exact same boat.  Mine was missing the port console and the doors under the splashwell.  The ebay boat has a homemade floor for the front casting deck.  If you look at the pic"s of mine you will see it originally had storage there.  I have entertained the idea of building a casting deck over the top of the storage compartments on mine.  I would use the old storage for support and add support under the middle.  I haven"t decided on that as I don"t know if I can tackle that or not.  I decided to get rid of the aft splashwell to gain more usable space.  I"m installing a bilge pump to handle what little water might come in boat.  I"ll most likely relocate batteries and only have fuel on back of boat.  I want to keep stern as light as possible.  I haven"t figured out the livewell yet.  I might go portable on that with some type of quick connect.  Looks like someone got a little crazy with paint on the ebay boat.  I sure know how that feels.  I"ll be willing to bet that the transom is shot also.  That would be an excellent project boat, all the stuff is there.  If it were closer I"d be bidding on it. 

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 11/08/2009 at 10:06pm

Well I got the transom and rear motor rest completed today.  I still need to do a little touch up painting but the final asembly is now complete on the transom.  I used all new stainless steel screws, bolts, washers, and eyebolts.  I replaced the old tow eyelets with stainless steel eyebolts as the originals were badly corroded.  I don"t like the looks of the bolts on the rear motor rest as they were drilled crooked when the boat was built new in 1974.  I reused the original holes and you can see in previous pics that they were crooked.  The motor will pretty well cover them up though.  I used nearly a whole tube of silicone between the new motor rest and the aluminium so it should be sealed up pretty well.  I can"t say I"m thrilled with the way it looks right now but maybe after I clean up inside and touch up paint it will be better.



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 11/08/2009 at 10:08pm
I"m kinda looking forward to seeing how you"ll lay out the stringers and floor.


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 11/08/2009 at 10:15pm
I think it looks fine Eric. Wouldn"t worry at all about the bolts, cause you"ll never notice them once the motor"s mounted. That"s gonna be a sharp rig when you get done.


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 11/08/2009 at 10:17pm
That will actually be pretty easy except for all the cutouts in the bow area.  The floor is only 5 ft across so I"ll use the existing aluminium runners and use self tapping screws on the edges and on those runners.  I"ll put floor in, in 4 ft sections, dry fit and then take out and attach pieces together from the bottom.  I"ll then put carpet on deck on the floor of my garage and then put floor in boat in one piece.

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 11/08/2009 at 10:20pm
Now i"d like to see you documented that with pics and instructions, might come in handy on my jon boat


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 11/30/2009 at 9:48pm

Got started on the floor today.  I got the floor fitted and everything went pretty well.  I made tabs to put on the bottom of the decking to hold the stringers plumb.  The stringers are held in place by the tabs until I get the screws in them.  If you don"t use the tabs the stringers will tend to bend over from the weight of the decking.  They lose their strength when bent over, they should be plumb for maximum strength.  I measured every 5 inches and transferred measurements to cardboard.  I then connected the dots for the outline of my floor.  The bow area was the toughest as I had a lot of ribs to go around.  I used a lid from a Spaghetti sauce bottle as a pattern for the cutouts for the ribs.  I now need to put in console and storage compartments so I can layout the seat bases.  Then I take everything out and put the carpet on.  I"m going to take decking out and put carpet on each piece separately.  This will make any type of maintenance or repairs easier as each piece will be able to be removed separately.  The decking is the Marine plywood sold by Pontoonstuff, great stuff.



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 11/30/2009 at 11:10pm
I had to re-read that a few times to understand the tabs and then the light bulb finally came on - thanks for explaining that, but I sure would have like to had photo-documented just a tad better.  Ok now in the front, I see what appears to me the floor seems to slope in the bow so that you had to notch to let the stringers protrude, but not so in the aft section. Can you explain that part of it as to why that is?


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 12/01/2009 at 6:41am
I"m going to take more pics when I put it back together.  I want to take the pics with carpet on to add contrast in the pic"s.  The tabs are hard to see because I made them with the same plywood as the deck.  The rear portion is pretty much level, there is a flat area on top of the ribs along the edges for flooring.  The bow portion is level with the rest of the boat.  The slope is because the bow of the boat rises in the front, thus giving the illusion of the floor sloping.

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/01/2009 at 7:16am
Ahh, the illusion effect, ok, that explains it. Yeah, it took me a bit the first time to see the tabs you were referring to.


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 12/02/2009 at 10:42pm

I took the bow section out to finish it before laying out the floor plan.  You can see on the cardboard where I laid out a grid.  I got a old piece of cardboard and squared it up as best I could.  I then cut it to the same width as the widest part of the section I was plotting out.  I then found the center point and drew a line front to back on center.  I then laid out lines every 10 inches side to side.  I then measured side to side every 10 inches in the boat, this is how far the ribs are apart on center.  I transferred those measurements to cardboard.  I made sure the halfway point on each measurement fell on the center line thus keeping both sides equal.  I used the lid from a big bottle to form my cutouts where the ribs would protrude from under the floor.  I cut the final measurements out of the cardboard and put it in the boat.  I then used a marker to make final adjustments to cardboard.  I pounded the cardboard with a rubber mallet on the stringers.  This left an impression in the cardboard so I would know where they were.  I made my final cuts in the cardboard and then put it on my plywood and traced around it with a marker.  I cut the plywood out with my jigsaw and test fitted it in the boat.  I used some old aluminium I had from some door slides to make some braces for under the very front where there are no stringers in the boat.  I made two 12 inch braces and screwed and glued them on the bottom using all purpose water proof adhesive and stainless steel screws.  Probably not the best way to do it but I got it really close. 

 

 



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/02/2009 at 11:02pm
Now I like that documentation . You drew a picture I couldn"t miss with.


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 12/02/2009 at 11:09pm
It might be a day or two before I can show why I didn"t have to do cutouts for the rear sections.  I want to put interior components in and layout for seat bases and such.  I want to make my cuts and drill my holes before carpeting.

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/02/2009 at 11:09pm
Nice work....


Posted By: scbadiver
Date Posted: 12/03/2009 at 10:11am
Excellent Eric. Great idea on the cardboard template too!

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Robbie
St Charles, MO
1975 Landau 28'
70hp Johnson


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 12/14/2009 at 10:58pm

I got the bow section carpeted today.  I also got the seat base in using all stainless hardware.  I put a piece of 3/4 inch aluminium angle stock on the end of the plywood where it is going to butt up against the other piece.  The aluminium will keep the carpet from coming up at the end.  I am making the floor so it is removable in pieces in case it needs to be pulled for maintenace or repair.  I want it that way so that the entire floor doesn"t have to be pulled to access a small area.  I also got the console and storage area assembled and ready to go in.

 

 

 

 

 



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/14/2009 at 11:29pm
Man I see I really need you on my jon boat project come spring , darn good job and nice thinking ahead.


Posted By: Slow Joe
Date Posted: 12/15/2009 at 9:24am

Eric,

That is going to be one fine fishing rig. Congratulations, you work is first rate.

Joe



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Slow Joe
03 Party Barge 20ft
04 Mercury Bigfoot 60HP 4 Stroke
02 Silverado
Indian Hills Lake, Cuba, MO


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 12/16/2009 at 11:09pm

Well I got a little more done on the boat.  I got the floor in the bow in and screwed down with stainless steel screws.  I also got the console and storage compartments in and screwed down using stainless steel screws.  You"ll notice that the bow seat cushion is still the old board and the white seat cushion is not completely done either, got a little more tweaking to do.  I went with white cushions for the seating to help eliminate that smell of bacon frying in the heat of summer.  I now have to decide what I"m going to do for a dash for the console.  I want something durable yet easy to work with, any suggestions?



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 12/16/2009 at 11:54pm
I already got the back piece of plywood cutout for a bilge.  I made a hole for a aerator and bilge and I am going to put a hinged lid on it.  What size bilge you think I"ll need?

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/17/2009 at 12:14am

Either one of these, but probably the biggest one from EZACDC

EZK-3222 800 GPH Automatic Bilge Pump System ($66.81)
EZK-3223 1200 GPH Automatic Bilge Pump System ($69.33)

Or if you don"t like the auto switch ones, then one of these

EZK-3212 800 GPH Attwood Bilge Pump System ($45.69)
EZK-3213 1200 GPH Attwood Bilge Pump System ($48.21)



Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/17/2009 at 12:17am
Oh and I agree with Rick, that or Aztek (or whatever scbadiver uses)


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 12/19/2009 at 8:22pm

Well the floor is finally done.  I have pretty much got the structural stuff done.  I"m gonna start on the electrics now.

 



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/19/2009 at 9:46pm
Man what a transformation   This is almost as good as reading a good book, in fact, I don"t know if it isn"t better cause this one has better pictures    Unless of course I"m reading a fishing magazine or a gun book.


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/19/2009 at 10:00pm

Adding a before/after shot..



Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/19/2009 at 11:55pm
Now that"s a comparison


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 12/20/2009 at 9:40am
Thanks Fellas!!!

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Slow Joe
Date Posted: 12/21/2009 at 9:48am

Eric,

I don"t know what Charles is agreeing with Rick on as I didn"t see his post and apparently it has been removed. But, I would look for a piece of Teak for the dash on that pretty boat. It is easily worked, and truly pretty when finished with Marine Spar Varnish. If you don"t want to fool with having to revarnish every few years, use a colored acrylic or azek (which will take paint). I"m sure whatever you use is going to look great. I can"t wait to see the finished product.

Joe



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Slow Joe
03 Party Barge 20ft
04 Mercury Bigfoot 60HP 4 Stroke
02 Silverado
Indian Hills Lake, Cuba, MO


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/21/2009 at 11:15am
You"re right, I don"t see Rick"s post regarding starboard, maybe he changed his mind on that


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/21/2009 at 12:00pm
I inadvertently deleted my post. The Starboard would be an excellent product to use. You can work with it pretty much like wood products. It will last forever, cleans up nicely and looks good. But as we"ve all seen on scbadiver"s work, Azek is a good choice too.


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 12/21/2009 at 8:26pm
I would love to use wood of some type with a natural look.  I don"t think I have the talent to make it look decent though.  I like the starboard or azek, I can cover for my lack of ability with paint that way.

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/21/2009 at 9:04pm
don"t let the lake mask your ability or the lack thereof    of course I hadn't seen any lacking of ability yet or you sure know how to hide it - unfortunately for me, it all sticks out like a hammered thumb


Posted By: Woody
Date Posted: 12/22/2009 at 9:49am
Eric, if you really want to go wood, teak is the first choice and mahogany is the second for marine use.  But I can tell you that all of them will require a lot of upkeep unless kept covered most of the time, and you will never escape it completely.  That is why most modern sailboats and cabin cruisers now contain very little exterior wood (not to mention price, which can get significant).  Starboard is an excellent choice -- I"ve come to love the look after years of trying to maintain teak.  You can find laminates in wood grain patterns that will look good for a long time, but event hey will fade eventually.  I"m a lifelong woodworker, and love the look, but I"ve come to prefer other things on my boats.

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Woody & Marilyn
Covington, LA
Boating in SE Louisiana and
Cedar Creek Lake, TX
Excellent Member of the Month Club 6/09


Posted By: scbadiver
Date Posted: 12/22/2009 at 2:14pm

Eric, Let me know what size peice of AZEK you might need and I"ll see if I have any in the scrap box if you want it. Long drive but the price is right!  The build looks great. You do very nice work mister!



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Robbie
St Charles, MO
1975 Landau 28'
70hp Johnson


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 01/27/2010 at 7:58pm

I finally got to work on the boat a little.  I decided to make the dash out of some of the left over plywood from the floor.  I cut it out and also cut out for the 5 switch Fishing Boat panel EZP-011 from http://www.ezacdc.com - www.ezacdc.com  I also got the Bilge pump kit from them #EZK 321x, and the aerator kit #EZK 332x, and the wiring Harness  EZK 2502, and the lights EZK 3407, and the horn #11035.  I have put one coat of resin on the dash so far and will put one more on before I paint it.  I got the Bilge pump installed although not wired, wiring is as simple as running wire where I want and plugging it in.  The hard part on the bilge was making it easily servicable due to space limitations.  I made a bracket to mount pump on so that it can be easily removed to work on.  I am very impresssed with the quality of the merchandise from ezacdc and they were very helpful with my ordering decisions. 

Electrical supplies ordered from http://www.ezacdc.com - www.ezacdc.com

Access hole

Bilge bracket side

Bilge bracket top

Bilge hose

Bilge pump mounted

Dash

Bow Light

Stern Light



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 01/27/2010 at 10:51pm
Ha you got almost exactly what I ordered for the jon boat. I held off putting anything in because I wanted to strip and repaint it. Glad I did as that"s a great idea on the bilge pump as I got the automatic switch for my bilge unit. I"m thinking too I"ll get a sheet or two of ply and put carpet on it.


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 03/01/2010 at 9:38pm

Got the Dash put in today.  Put in the 5 switch panel from EZ AC/DC.  I also put in the steering and cable.  I used all stainless bolts and screws and Dash has 2 coats of Resin front and back and then painted.  Not great but gotta remember this started out as a $130.00 dollar boat.



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 03/01/2010 at 9:54pm
Looks good to me and thanks on the idea of the bracket for the bilge pump. Now I know how to mount mine in the bottom of the jon boat.


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 07/01/2010 at 11:02pm

Well I finally got it done. It"s a little plain but I was going for a affordable entry level fishing boat. I might add new Trailer tires and wheels to dress it up a little the old ones are kinda rough. I didn"t put a livewell in as everyone has a different idea on what"s best. I just wired up a switch and ran wiring and bought a good pump and all hoses and fittings. They just have to buy the livewell and put it where they want.  I am going to start listing it locally tomorrow for $3,000




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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 07/01/2010 at 11:03pm
Looks good to me!! Nice job.


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 07/01/2010 at 11:41pm
Wow Eric, NICE JOB and I was just about to inquire about your project too. I just got most of my materials for the jon boat. I"m just praying I couldn"t even do half as good as a job as you did on that one. That is one NICE boat and worth every penny  


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 07/02/2010 at 3:24pm
You know, cleaning up those wheels and painting gloss white or black would really highlight the boat. Port side wheel looks good, but starboard side is rusty.


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 07/02/2010 at 4:25pm
Prob gonna just put new ones on it.  To much work to sand and paint em, lots of old grease on back of rims.  Plus I didn"t go cheap on rest of boat so no time to start now.

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: toonrider
Date Posted: 07/02/2010 at 4:39pm

You got that baby lookin good Eric! How"s the old Miss over your way? It"s a mess here with all the rain, but I did manage to catch a few cats last week.

Randy



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Randy
2008 SunTracker 190
2008 Mercury 60hp Bigfoot


Posted By: p3cflyr
Date Posted: 07/02/2010 at 4:44pm
Very nice.  Excellent attention to detail.  You might consider it entry level, but it sure looks like quality workmanship to me!  

Mike


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Mike

"Atta Boy" Award June 2011
1987 Lowes Fish and Fun 20ft
1999 Merc 50hp 4 strk big foot
Kirksville, Mo
P3C Orion Pilot
ASW Warfare Specialist


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 07/02/2010 at 9:09pm
Miss is right a flood stage.  Water to the rails on dock at ramp.  Cats are hitting pretty good.  Good time to stay out of main channel, lots of floating stuff.

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: KenC1
Date Posted: 07/03/2010 at 10:08am
Now THAT"S a fishing boat!  Very, very nice Eric.  Great job! 

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Ken - Fort Gibson Lake, OK
1997 SunTracker 21ft
Fishin' Barge
1997 90hp Merc


Posted By: cuzzx
Date Posted: 07/03/2010 at 4:07pm

 

Very nice job there dahogman !

I have a 19?? SportCraft, fiberglass that I"m going to rebuild when it gets cooler.

If work stays like it is I might just pull it in the shop where I work and start. 



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cuzzx
2000 Dodge D
1993 Bandit 18ft
75hp Evinrude / 1993
20'Stardust/Landau Toon 1995
75hp Mariner / 1996


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 07/05/2010 at 10:32pm
I got a couple new tires and rims today. I got some eight spoke white wagon wheels with 530-12"s load range C. It had B"s on it but I thought C"s might be a little more suited. Makes the Trailer look like a new one now. I"ll let the old tires go as spares as they are in pretty good shape not checked or cracked and lots of tread left, the rims just looked terrible. I must be getting lazy  as I didn"t even try to sand the old ones. $130 for the new ones, I wasn"t going to sweat it for that.



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: Slow Joe
Date Posted: 07/06/2010 at 11:19am

Eric,

You"ve done a great job on that old boat. I"m sure someone will be proud to use it.

Joe



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Slow Joe
03 Party Barge 20ft
04 Mercury Bigfoot 60HP 4 Stroke
02 Silverado
Indian Hills Lake, Cuba, MO


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 07/06/2010 at 12:01pm
Great job.

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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 07/23/2010 at 6:24am
Boat listed on Ebay last night.  I will post final pic"s with new seats and wheels tonight.

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 07/23/2010 at 5:47pm

Last fe pic"s of boat with new Wheels and Tires and new seats.

 



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 07/07/2011 at 9:11pm
I really want to do a 18 ft dual console.  Starcrafts are my favorite but are hard to come by in decent enough shape and cheap enough to make it affordable.

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 06/19/2018 at 7:02pm

Wow!!!  12,700 + views, it's been a while since I've been here.  Thank you everyone for taking the time to view my build.  This build was pretty fun and I gained a lot of valuable advice and knowledge.  I'm looking forward to doing another one.  I've been doing refinish and restoration on old oak furniture.  I think I like boats better.



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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: curtiscapk
Date Posted: 06/22/2018 at 4:25pm
Holy crud! you're still alive! Glad to see you're ok Eric!

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Craig n Paula
http://www.pontoonboatforum.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=7781&title=the-floater-rebuild" rel="nofollow - THE FLOATER Rebuild
94 Party Barge 24' 115 merc
22mph
OP KS
Truman Lake



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