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Here is a quick update.   

The plumbing is now complete.   We used schedule 40 gray electrical conduit for the air hoses and the steering and electrical pipe.   We were able to use a conduit oven to heat up the air pipes so they were pliable and we could form them to where we wanted them with out any fittings.   We had to use a 60 degree fitting for the steering and electrical pipe because we couldn't make the bend with causing a kink in the pipe.

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I should have included a picture of what it look like before we started pouring the foam but I forgot to take one.

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I was also able to get the front floor section installed along with all of the floor foam and the air box. I decided to keep the front floor section set back a little way from the hull and fill the void with foam.   

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The next step will be to do some touch up work on the foam and fair the surface.

Just in case you are wondering I did not install wooden ribs between the secondary stringers and the hull.   What you see is a piece of pink closed cell foam that was cut to form a rib in order to help level the top of the pour foam.   
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lookin' great.

you guys impress me with all this effort.


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So my driver's seat base needs to be repaired, which should not be a big deal.

The way the seat base was molded it looks like it should have a piece of wood recessed into it and then mounted to the floor.   Can anyone tell me if this is the case.

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I was thinking of fiberglassing another wood pad to the main deck where the driver seat goes so that when I screw it down the screws won't penetrate the main deck. It would increase the seat height a very small amount.   Has anyone done this and do you see any problems with that idea.
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I wouldn't do that. Just install it as the factory did, but take care to seal the screws while installing. 4200/5200 will do it.

Your pedestal is not missing any pieces. If the wood glasses in as backers for the seat are mush, cut them out and replace.
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Wow! Nice work. Impressive! Thanks for sharing.
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Originally posted by Wisky Badger Wisky Badger wrote:

Pete,

Previous owner's name was not Egan.   


Jacob....Very nice work! You will have a great classic that will last many years when you are done.

Where in Wisconsin are you? I had a customer that had a brown '81 SN that I believe he recently sold. Was the previous owners name Hubertz?
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The floor and air box are now finished.   I ended up laying down 3 layers of 1708 to get the thickness I was looking for.   I have also started fairing the bilge.   I have the first coat down and have it sanded.   Hopefully I will finish up the fairing this week.



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David,

Thanks for the encouragement. I am located in South Central Wisconsin. I am pretty sure that was not the previous owners name.   I will have to pull the old registration card to check.   The boat was purchased about a year ago and we didn't really start digging into the project until March 2017.   
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I'm always impressed with these full scale projects. Admirable work for sure.
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I finished painting the bilge this weekend.   The 81 received 2 coats of Total Boat Epoxy Bilge Paint.   Two coats gave really good coverage and I am happy how it turned out.

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It feels good to reach this milestone and I can now start on the outside of the boat.   I plan to start wetsanding this week.

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Looks awesome. After all that the sanding should seem easy!
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Jacob,
It's sure looking great!


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Great Job Wisky Badger
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Wow! That is an awesome job. Thanks for the detail and pictures. - Fred
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Awesome work! keep posting. I used to hate the brown, but over the years it has grown on me to the point that I would keep it.
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Coming along nicely
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This is how the boat looked at this time last year.

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This is how it looks a year later.   

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I have started to wet sand the hull with using 600, 800, 1000 wet sandpaper.   I will follow that up with 3M Perfect-Itâ„¢ Gelcoat Heavy Cutting Compound, 3M Finesse it II and then 3M Perfect-It wax.   

The transom is done.   I started there to test the system and see the results I could get.   The gel coat came back very nice and has a nice luster.   Hope fully the last picture will show the results.   I think it will look a lot better once the colors are painted back on. There is still enough ghosting from the old paint that I should be able to tape off the old design.   

I will post some more pictures once the whole boat is complete.
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Originally posted by Wisky Badger Wisky Badger wrote:

There is still enough ghosting from the old paint that I should be able to tape off the old design.

Have you checked the reference section? Look under "misc." for hull graphics files.


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wow. Nice! A blank canvas..........
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Skip the 3m wax . I like the 3m products but get yourself some Collinite #925 wax, or if you already have the 3m stuff, do half and half. The Collinite stuff is increadable.
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