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    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation

    Boat prices are INSANE!!! Even used boats are still rediculous. As far as buying old used boats and rebuilding them for profit, I think you’ll be hard pressed to break even, let alone make a profit (unless you find one for dirt cheap). An old boat is still an old boat even if it’s been fixed up.

    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation

    It’s the cost of doing it. There’s a lot of putzy, tedious grunt work involved that makes these projects take a lot longer than one would think. Just to replace a floor requires a complete strip down and rebuild. I wish i would have kept track of my hours I put into this, but I think a safe guess would be at least 150 hours, plus materials.... I’d have to charge 3-5 grand, at least. I’m sure some would pay it, but not many.

    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation


    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation

    Ha! How much you willing to pay? There were times during this I seriously thought about quitting my job and trying to make a living off of boat renovations/flipping boats. But I just seriously doubt I could make enough to make it worth it.

    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation

    Those gauges don't work that well. I get my RPMs from 1 and time off the other. Everything else doesn't work. Ha! Only had those 2. But I have definitely left those behind a few times over the years.

    I have taken the plunge into archery hunting

    Careful..... my fall used to consist of grouse/pheasant hunting and the fall run of steelhead on the Brule, all leading up to the rifle deer season. But then I found archery........Once bowhunting entered my life, bird hunting is something I rarely ever do now and I struggle to make time to hit the river (never even went last fall). But I also have young kids, so I'm in the same boat with finding free time. But the few times I do find some free time these days, sitting in a tree usually wins. It's very, very addicting! I was never a hardcore bird hunter though. I had lots of fun (and still do the few times I still get out there), but for me it was usually a good excuse to go on an armed hike with the dog and look for deer sign. But, I was/am still a diehard steelhead guy, so the struggle is real! Have fun!

    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation

    I did some YouTube research and you may be right! I’m going to go to the local marine shop and talk to some folks there and maybe get one.

    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation


    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation

    94 Yamaha

    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation

    Thanks! I have water temp on depthfinder. I was thinking of a trim gauge, but have no clue how that would be hooked up/calibrated.

    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation

    There were many occasions I pondered throwing in the towel and burning the garage down. It was those times I was fortunate to recruit the help of the F.i.L.

    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation

    The cloth vinyl was the biggest P.I.T.A! So tough to work with. I literally spend multiple weekends stapling that dump on and having to remove it and start over. If I ever did do this again, I'd go 100% carpet. So much more forgiving and much easier to work with. Fortunately, I didn't have to replace all of the wood. The floor was good. The only parts that were rotten were the casting deck, the consoles, and a few of the side panels. I replaced the fuel gauge, rocker switches, radio and added a double USB/Voltmeter. Next steps are to get a hole cover for the dash hole that remains, attach doors to the front deck cubbies, attach the rod holders, build a platform on the transom for the boarding ladder and mount the bow depthfinder. Oh, and a good wash and wax on the outside to make that look as nice as I can. Can't wait to FINALLY go fishing!

    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation

    This project was an a$$ kicker! Ugggh! So glad to be done and get my life back. Pretty much gave up my whole spring and basically abandoned my family every weekend to work on this. I started the tear down in mid-March with hopes of it being completed by opener. Then I pushed hoping to get it done by Memorial weekend.... finally done (aside for a few cosmetic things I want to add) in almost mid-June. Twice the time, twice the budget. Glad I did it, mostly had fun doing it, but it became a major grind at the end. I don’t think I’ll plan on doing anything like this again. Overall I’m happy with how it turned out, but being a perfectionist, there are things about this that will forever eat at me. Before pics: After:

    Tips tricks and helpful hints

    Very! I'm far from an expert, so this is not gospel, but..... I've hunted turkeys a handful of times, learning as I go. Had plenty of close calls, but could never seal the deal, aside from a jake I made a move on and manged to get. Then last year I hunted with a friend who is very experienced in turkey hunting, he was essentially my guide. We put birds to bed, and we're back on them first thing in the morning. I never once pulled out one of my calls. Granted this was one time, and one bird, but we brought him in over 300 yds away. What stood out the most to me was how little and softly he called to him. The whole time I waited, I was wishing I had a call on me because I wanted to rip some loud yelps to really get him going again because I was doubting my buddy's strategy and wasn't sure the bird was going to come in to our spread. Sure enough though, he came closer and closer. He'd stop and strut a bit and rip some gobbles and my buddy would maybe throw a soft putt and purr at it, at most. He brought that tom in on a string and we were done within an hour of my first morning. As soon as I laid that bird down, I learned a valuable lesson... of all those close calls I've had with toms in past years, the biggest reason I never sealed the deal was I called WAY too much! When you've got a hot tom, all you want to do is hear him gobble back at every call you make, and when he does, it makes you want to keep going and going because it's such a rush. Maybe there are times where that is the key, but I think once you have his attention, the best strategy is to shut up and let him work his way to you. Maybe give him a soft yelp, putt, purr or something occasionally to remind him you're still there, but restraining yourself from over calling is big in sealing the deal. Dang, now I'm really pumped to chase some birds!!!

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    I wouldn't be too worried about APR's in the Arrowhead region of MN. Between the harsh winters, uncontrolled wolves, bears and the DNR out to kill whatever's left to save the moose, our deer heard will always be way too low to try and manage antler points.