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Hey Guys -

With the forum upgrade, i think my old 23 seacraft thread was deleted. I cannot find it. I will pickup right where i left off. I took the week of christmas off and spent it at my parents house on the eastern shore. The plan was to fish as many days as possible. However, the week started with 24 inches of snow and i knew it wasn't to be. So, i made my way down there anyways and we spent the week working on the seacraft.

The bilge pumps are all pre-wired and the hoses run. In the picture you can see the water witch float switch and 2 x 2000 gph bilge pumps.



We installed solid bronze thru hulls on each side for the bilge pumps.



When i last left off, i had just set the front section of the floor in the boat and glued it down. When we glassed the bottom of the middle section, we built a lip on the front and back for the other floor pieces to sit on. Here you can see the lip and 2 4" pvc pipes for rigging, plus a pie plate over the fill/sending unit for the tank.



We covered the tank with a plastic sheet as to not get epoxy all over it. Here is the middle floor section going down.



And finally, the 3rd section of floor going down



What we were left with, was a perimeter around the outside basically a gap. We did this on purpose and we filled the gaps with epoxy/cabosil to totally encapsulate the edges of the plywood. Once we filled all the seams, we ran a piece of cloth tape over all the edges.



Here's another shot of the tape around all the seams



Here we go starting the glasswork. We precut all the glass mat and labeled each piece.



Here are 2 layers all wetted out and drying



Our first layer of cloth was a 1708 biaxle and folled up with a layer of 1.5 oz chopped strand mat. Once that cured, we hit it with the sander and layed down another layer of 1708 followed by a layer of 1.5 oz chopped strand.

Here's our floor totally glassed in.



The floor now has 6 layers of glass over 3/4 marine plywood. We did 2 layers on the underside and 4 layers on top. Our glasswork may not be pretty, but it is strong!! I think for the floor alone we used 13 gallons of epoxy resin.

Also - for christmas we bought a brand new custom aluminum I-beam trailer. We got a 7000lb tandem axle trailer with stainless kodiak disk brakes. The trailer should be delivered the first or second week of January. Our next step is to fill all holes on the gunnels, put the boat on the trailer, and then we will have the hull soda blasted. I think we are probably going to paint the hull first because it's easy to tape and control over spray when we paint the interior.

Between the trailer and all the floor materials we have spent alot in a short amount of time. We have all materials left to finish up the glasswork. After that, progress might slow down a bit until it gets warmer. Marine paint is so expensive and i want to be sure we are painting in the right temperature range and not relying on the heat in my dad's shop.

Well - we have turned a major corner and now we have a boat again. The prep and paint work is very tedious and time consuming. We have gotten quotes from Judge and Composite Yachts for them to paint the boat, but i think since we've come this far we want to finish ourselves.

If anyone finds my old thread, please link it and i will add to it and delete this one.

Stay tuned next update should be us putting the boat on her new set of wheels!!!

-Mike
 

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Mike, I admire your work. No matter how well this boat turns out, the amount of time that you and your Dad have spent together on this project is something that you won't fully appreciate for alot of years. Just take my word and enjoy every minute of it and hope the two of you enjoy the boat for many years. Rich
 

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Wow, very impressive! The work looks great. I've done some glasswork, and matt is so thirsty, I tend to go with multiple layers of triaxial instead. It's stronger overall, and uses MUCH less resin. But that matt adds a serious layer of protection for the wood floor. I think that boat is going to last you a very, very long time!

Congrats on the progress, and great looking work!

-TH
 

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Nice work! My dad and my brother and I rebuilt a old boat when I was a kid so I know how tedious and dirty working with fiberglass is. We did learn a lot in the process though. Keep the updates coming, they are more interesting than most of what people post.
 

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Nice looking job. I have a 21ft I/O sitting on a trailer I am going to convert to CC as soon as $ allows so I gotta tag along for your build. My floor is rotten so I enjoyed looking at your results. 13 gallons of resin, WoW!!
 

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Dad and I are still chugging along on the project. We did some fishing this weekend, but with the wind we decided to give up sunday for a day to work on the seacraft. When we first got the boat and took it apart, we pulled the cap off the top of the transom to get a look at the plywood. We did some glasswork and closed up the transom for good. A couple of layers of 1708 for strength.

Here is what the transom looks like after the cloth was wetted out



The next series of pictures make it look easy, but i was sweating bullets through the whole process. For christmas we bought a custom NEXTRAIL aluminum i-beam trailer. It's a tandem axle, 7000 lb capacity, with stainless kodiak disk brakes on 2 of the wheels. Now, this trailer was shipped to our door from Florida. The salesman told us on the phone that he knew the 23 Seacraft well and could set the trailer up close so we wouldn't have to do any adjusting. I'll let the pictures tell the story.

Here's the trailer coming into the shop. I think my dad's doors are 12 feet wide....not much margin of error for sure.



The boat sitting on blocks



Lining her up



We used a floor jack under the keep in the bow to lift up the front



We backed the trailer up until the bunks touched the boat



We used the floor jack and some blocks to jack up the stern of the boat



We hooked up the winch strap and started cranking her on



What ended up happening is the floor jack has wheels, so as we were cranking the floor jack just rolled with the boat along the concrete floor



Now we've got it mostly on the trailer, all is well



We adjusted the winch stand and got it all lined up and tight



On it's new wheels



This is the first we've ever taken a boat (other than a jon boat) on/off a trailer. The boat needs to come back off for paint, but i think we are going to try to find a set of jack stands. I can't believe that the trailer place could set the trailer up exact without even seeing the boat. Literally, we didn't have to adjust anything on the trailer.

This week - the boat is going to the soda blaster. All the bottom paint will be removed and then we will beging sanding/fairing the hull for paint. I think we are going to go with some color, possibly a seafoam green or maybe an ice blue. The heat is going to catch up with us so im not sure when we will be painting. I am still hoping that the boat gets splashed for the 2010 CBBT season.

All the while i have been selling off my bay trolling arsenal and moving to light duty offshore gear. Next summer for sure, i'll be heading offshore with my old man in our restored potter built 23 seacraft, can't wait!!

Enjoy the pics...................now the real work starts :)

Tight Lines

-Mike
 

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those are some sea worthy boats and it rides smooth nice looking boat for sure it has a 454 in and runs like a charm great fishing boat
with plenty of room
 

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Mike,
Thanks for keeping us up to date on your progress. I've been enjoying your story as you write it.
 

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The board needs more threads like this...

Awesome looking boat! Keep up the good, hard work will pay off with me and Paul jigging up some flatties on her!!
 

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Made it look like a piece of cake for sure. I bet there was a few tense moments. I can't imagine how excited you and your dad are about the progress.
 

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Nice work. I enjoy these kinds of threads and the pictures. I tend to get so involved in what I am doing I forget about the pictures.
 

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Great job, Mike. Did you ever get that aluminum boat rebuilt and in the water?

Doug
 

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Most of the materials came from US Composites. I'll just go ahead and say it - it is not cost effective to restore a boat. It's a labor of love.


Doug - the aluminum boat is in service now. I sent you a PM with details. I love that boat!!!
 
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