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BRULEDRIFTER

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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. 

 

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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!   

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Wow, nice work, new boat right there. B) 

Not sure I could handle not putting a pick ax through the hull half way through a project like that! :lol:

 

Get a nice cover for it now. ;)

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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. 

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Great work!

 

Do you have a water temp gauge built into the other gauges or depth finder? I am wonder what other gauges you would use to fill the hole... Otherwise a louvered vent would look better than a plug in my opinion.

 

 

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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.  

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15 minutes ago, BRULEDRIFTER said:

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.  

What year is the motor?

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7 hours ago, BRULEDRIFTER said:

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.  

A lot of times those things are pretty much plug and play.  It's possible your motor/trim unit already has the sensor and you just need a wiring harness and compatible gauge.

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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. 

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Those gauges don't work that well. I get my RPMs from 1 and time off the other. Everything else doesn't work. 

2 hours ago, Surface Tension said:

  Looks very nice, the boat was worth putting the effort into.   What lake did you forget the marker buoy at. :)

 

Ha! Only had those 2. But I have definitely left those behind a few times over the years. 

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3 hours ago, bobbymalone said:

Can you get started on my 82 alumacraft in say early November and have it done by early to mid April?

 

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. 

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I have a lund pro sport that needs a new floor. I don't know how to bring it to.

maybe you would have more business then you think.

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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.

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Would you rather be signing for a $40-50,000 plus interest loan? I think you will see many more people going this route, I know I will. A more profitable business might be buying and reselling used boat for this purpose. 

Bruledrifter, great job, and smart decision.

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The cost of some new boats is outrageous.  I've always questioned the sanity of dropping $30,000, 40,000, 50,000 on a boat when there are so many solid used boats available for a small fraction.  The used boats may need a bit of work or maybe even a complete rebuild down the road but even then you'd still be ahead $20,000.  These older boats fish just fine as well only down side is it might take you an extra 5-10 minutes to get to your fishing spot.

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2 hours ago, nofishfisherman said:

The cost of some new boats is outrageous.  I've always questioned the sanity of dropping $30,000, 40,000, 50,000 on a boat when there are so many solid used boats available for a small fraction.  The used boats may need a bit of work or maybe even a complete rebuild down the road but even then you'd still be ahead $20,000.  These older boats fish just fine as well only down side is it might take you an extra 5-10 minutes to get to your fishing spot.

 

I've never bought a car/truck over $15K, so yeah.  It would take a powerball jackpot before I was in the market for a dealer showroom boat.

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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. 

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