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#1

rustyhooks
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From: Esperance
Joined: 13 May 2019
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04 January 2022 10:25 am

Hi thought i would Post about my new boat project, which started earlier last year, just a little bit about my boating history as this is my 24th boat, since getting my first in 1976 which was a Stejcraft, along the way i have had four commercial boats and was a commercial Barramundi fisherman in the eighties early ninetys based in the Pilbara.
The current boat was built for commercail use in the mid eghties and was fished in the midwest region Handlining for Dhue fish, snapper etc, it is a 6.5m Trailcraft Plate hull, 6mm bottom and 5mm sides, it had a Volvo 4 Cylinder engine Suitable only as mooring as it was seized, cuddy cab, on a dual Trailer , it has now been completely bead blasted and acided, i had a pod built for the stern and have purchased a second hand 200 hp mercury for it, whn removing the foam flotaion from under the floor i found a few pin holes from old mig wire and a accumilation of debris in each comaprtment, after wire brushing and vacuuming i decided to buy a new mig welder (Viper Muti Function unit) as some of the further cutting and modifying i am doing would cost me around another 2-3k and considering what i have spent to date on new Simrad Plotter sounder, new safety Gear (offshore flares, 5 inflateable life vests, Eprib, Hydraulic Steering, Trailer mods and the pod ($4200) , new Vhf Radio, new Marine 27meg Radio, new stainless Rod holders, new Fuel Tank (210L) New navigation lights, larger wheels (14" as opposed to the 13s) some new gauges new wiring harness, paint all 2 pak, Jotun High build 2 pak etch primer, and the colours of urethane black for the sides and cream interiour, plus Kiwi Grip for the deck) i have spent quite a lot but to replace the boat with something similar would cost me around $50k, i will supply some pics as it progress's, just thought i would post something different in these testing times plus with the advent of summer and no detecting etc i thought what the hell1641252296_boat_03.jpg

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Jaros
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From: S.E.Qld., QLD
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04 January 2022 10:43 am

Nice work.


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#3

RM Outback
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04 January 2022 12:20 pm

Very nice perfect I'll be watching with interest, great thread thumbsup

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Mackka
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From: Brisbane
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04 January 2022 12:29 pm

Very nice and remember the meaning of the word:
B- Bring
O- Out
A- Another
T- Thousand ($)

Looking forward to more in this thread also.
Mackka

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Jaros
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04 January 2022 12:53 pm

Many thousands were spent on storage while I couldn't use it. A lot of overtime hrs payed for the storage.


F1A4M2, GPX4500, Exterra 705 Gold, Ace 250, Goldrat 8" Dreammat River Sluice.

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rustyhooks
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From: Esperance
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06 January 2022 04:02 pm

Update on the boat project i had some outragous prices to finish the welding locally ranging from $2000 plus to $3000 plus including consumables, now seeing as i did all the cutting and marking out plus the new aluminium, i bit the bullitt and bought a Unimig Viper multi function welder and loads of consumables including the tig welding package total cost of $1499.00 so now i dont have to worry about getting someone else to do the easy stuff.
Here are some photos of up to date and tomorrow morning i will drag the back end into the shed and start mig welding up all the bibs and bobs etc.
In order the first couple are of the outboard engine pod done in Perth the guy did a excellent job and would recomend him all day.1641444751_big_boat_01.jpg1641444769_big_boat_02.jpg1641444781_big_boat_03.jpg1641444797_big_boat_04.jpg
The next are the fuel tank cover now recessed and drilled and tapped for stainless 3/16" unc counter sunk screws.1641444864_big_boat_05.jpg1641444872_big_boat_06.jpg
the next ones are of the new checker plate dash as the old one had to many old holes that non of my new stuff fitted.1641444935_big_boat_07.jpg
the next 4 are of the stern area as i cut the old engine box off and will hinge the old lid, i also made up a stern brace as the old stern had no safety edge on it, the two rod holders are for the extra over size bait board i fabricated to fit in1641445078_big_boat_08.jpg1641445088_big_boat_09.jpg1641445100_big_boat_010.jpg1641445110_big_boat_011.jpg
the last one is looking forward man thats a lot of deck space now and its uncluttered so i am a lot happier now just a day or so of welding then re-acid the whole lot and hit it with etch primer then top coats cant waite. thumbsup

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rustyhooks
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From: Esperance
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06 January 2022 04:04 pm

1641445461_big_boat_012.jpg

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Mackka
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06 January 2022 04:23 pm

Lovely result on all fronts well done.
Mackka

#9

Skip
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06 January 2022 09:57 pm

Mate she's coming along.. looks like a bass platform with plenty of room to fish. Not sure about the steering hight tho..


The great out doors.. this is livin

#10

BigL
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07 January 2022 07:46 pm

Skip wrote:

Mate she's coming along.. looks like a bass platform with plenty of room to fish. Not sure about the steering hight tho..

nice job there.. but I do agree with Skip. Maybe knock a little tiered console up to go on top of the existing helm

something like this..

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Ideally you want to be comfortable standing up at the helm, particularly if going offshore otherwise say goodbye to your back

Last edited by BigL (07 January 2022 07:56 pm)

#11

Snapperhappy
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07 January 2022 08:13 pm

1641546707_img_20180712_090639_resize_80.jpg This is what he really needs

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RM Outback
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07 January 2022 08:35 pm

Snapperhappy wrote:

sad I reckon he'll beat your 5 and raise the contest yikes beer


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