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    Posted: 07/24/2013 at 11:34am
TideCraft (?) Wlidfire PRO 175.  Not even sure of the year off hand (I think it's a 94).  Would you say it's a bit rough LOL ???


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Notice what color the carpet is SUPPOSED to be?!?!



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Here is the real reason I bought this boat Wink


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Stay tuned...as you can see in some of the pics I've already begun the tear down.  Structurally, the boat is sound.  Floors are good, trailer is nice, and it has lots of extras.  I plan on a MAJOR clean up, some surface resto, and of course new carpet and seats from BassBoatSeats.com!


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What's the Hp of that motor??  It looks good.  Yeah, the boats a little rough.  Wink
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That's a fuel injected 150HP.  Can you believe that little boat is rated for a 175?!?!  Although I checked compression, ran it on muffs, and ran it on the trailer in a pond I have not taken it out and run it wide open.  Needless to say I'm anxious to LOL


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Got the boat completely stripped.  I'm in for a long night/day of roasting a hog for a friends wedding this weekend, so I'm hoping my gel coat resto kit arrives so I can get to work on that next:


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Nothing to report Cry.  Got the boat all washed/stripped and ready for the gel resto kit, but that was it.  Now I'm fighting a busted water softener, and some side projects.  Hopefully I'll get back on it this weekend...


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Had a chance to start applying the Poly Glow.  At this point I've got 2 coats under the molding and 6 above.  You can see it's still rough but I'm starting to get a shine back.  I think 3 coats under will be fine, and although it will never look new again about 8-10 coats above should have it looking nice.


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OK...after replacing the water softener, adding a whole house filter (to try and save the new softener), fixing the resulting plumbing leaks, replacing the garbage disposal, repairing the dishwasher, and repairing the fridge, I actually got a few moments to work on the boat.  And I've learned a few things...at 10 years EVERYTHING in your house has a good chance of taking a crud, and that I'm no plumber LOL
Any way, I finished the application of the Poly Glow, and I'm HOPING I can start on the carpet this week and finish it up next weekend.  Fingers crossed!  Finial shots of the hull...it's not new, but it's a good as this old hull was going to get.  I'm happy with it.


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Time for carpet!  I started on the front and worked my way back.  First, I pre-cut the large pieces laying every thing out on the floor next to the boat to keep the nap going in the right direction and to ensure the least amount of waste.  Here we go...


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Roll the adhesive on as thick as possible, taking care not to get too sloppy with it...


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Once you have the working area covered, roll the pre-cut piece of carpet up and transfer it to the area:




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Cut carefully!  Take your time...the adhesive takes a while to set up.  Cutting around obstacles can be tedious, but you can always cut more, not less! 


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Here I have every thing laid out and ready for final trimming:


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During your application always keep a few damp rags around.  You're sure to have a few whoops here & there and the adhesive is water based, so it will wipe right up if you get it before it sets up.


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On to the back deck...


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That's it for the hull.  I chose to wait on cutting out some of the holes till after the adhesive set up.  I finished up fastening all of the bolt-on items back on the hull, and started stripping & prepping the doors to be carpeted individually.


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Thanks.  It's coming along much slower then I had hoped, seems like life just won't give me time to get out in the shop lately Confused  How ever, I did find time to get the lids to all the compartments stripped.  This is by far the biggest job when re-doing a bass boat.  It's small, slow, tedious work.  But I'm making progress...here I have most of them laid out for initial trimming of the carpet.  I like to lay every thing out by the boat, in the same configuration as the floor so I'm sure I get the nap of the carpet right on every thing.


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Hoping to get at least one more evening this week to work on it, I'm really pushing to get this thing done and finished by the weeks end... Shocked
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