Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Fishing for a new project

With the go-kart being done, it's time for a new summer project. A boat! It's too bad I wasn't thinking or I would've taken some before pictures of what it looked like when I brought it home. I might have something that's representative though, I'll have to look.

It'smy father-in-law's boat but had been loaned to his company for employee use for the last decade or so. Over the last 5 years it fell into disrepair and ended up being stuck behind the warehouse and unused for the last three years. It wasn't even seaworthy for that matter.

I thought I'd ask if I could fix it up and drop it into the water at their lake cabin, and got permission. So off we go!

It's a 16' '88 Lund fishing boat with 3 wooden seats in it and a 15HP Yamaha 2 stroke. It came with a trolling motor but that looks to be a piece of junk, and wasn't mounted correctly anyway.

Fixed thus far:
  • Removed and threw away 3 unmatched, broken plastic seats that were screwed to the wooden seats.
  • Removed and tossed old seat tops, made new ones out of oak plywood and coated with 4 coats of urethane.
  • Removed and threw away really crazy wooden mounting "thing" for the trolling motor.
  • Cut off engine lock
  • Removed 2 broken transducer mounts
  • Threw away rotten, holey cover
  • Removed (maybe?) working transducer. No fish finder on the thing anyway.
  • Removed all hardware related to the rear seat "conversion" performed by previous maintainer. This one was a good concept, but not the greatest in execution. All the floatation foam was hogged out of the rear seat, non-green treated plywood was cut and glued/silicone sealed/bolted/screwed into the inside of the seat like a box, and the seat was put back on using a hinge and a really undersized latch (which was broken). I guess this was so you could store your crap under the seat. If the boat ever tried to sink it would dunk the engine and sit bow-high in the water. Not a good idea and not safe.
  • Buffed paint - BLEH. Buffing. Phooey.
  • Removed numerous decals
  • Sanded & painted trailer
  • Removed and threw away old trailer skids and made new ones
  • Replaced front rubber roller/bumper
  • Installed new 2" trailer coupler
  • Installed new trailer marker lights
  • Cleaned, cleaned and cleaned.
Left to do:
  • New tires
  • Fill rear seat with new floatation foam
  • Paint wheels
  • New wiring and lights plug
  • Registration
  • Rebuild engine water pump (doesn't move water - bad bad bad)
  • New lower unit seals (they leak)
  • Plug holes from removal of multiple transducer mounts
  • Get a new drain plug
  • ....go fishing!
I'll post a few pictures later.


At 5:00 AM, Blogger thelazya said...

I've got a new seat, minnow bucket, misc. tackle boxes with some tackle for sale cheap if you are interested. I'll email you a photo of the seat.

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