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Come watch me fix this old boat
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Whose the retard who made it a rectangle?
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>>1222152
My brother was given this boat from a coworker who's father passed away and it was just sitting there. It needed a shit load of work and he doesn't have that kind of time so he said I could have it. She's in pretty rough shape
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>>1222152
Looks like the hull is made outta shiplap
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>>1222153
>>1222156
It's a 1960 Ouachita 10' jon boat. Rusty bolts, transom was rotten as hell, and plenty of holes and leaking rivets. She was gonna need a complete overhaul
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>>1222158
The main issue was the two holes in the rear. My dad took it to work and tried to have a few guys up there weld it up but they just made the holes bigger. TIG welding only for aluminum ya drangus.
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>>1222161
First things first, I need a way to haul this ho. I picked up a Northern Tool folding trailer on sale for $350. Hazard Frought had a red one for $250 but everything I read said the paint job turns pink over time and the bearings are shit. For an extra $100 I got black paint and better bearings, worth it.
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>>1222165
Plywood on and she'll fold up outta the way if I ever need to
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>>1222166
and back to the boat. Fortunately my father-in-law is a welder so he got me taken care of. Three plates TIG welded to completely cover the hole. He also filled the boat with water and patched 12 other leaking rivets and a few other holes. Huge props to him, he helped move the project along big time.
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>>1222167
So next I trailered her back to my parents to make sure she floats. If we had any big issues here I was gonna cancel everything. Fortunately she floated like a champ, no leaks. Now that I know she floats and all, I worked on getting the title transferred in my name. Lotta extra paperwork with the boat so old and the dudes dad being passed away, but we got it figured out. Clean Texas title in my name.
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>>1222168
Got home and mocked up some sides to the trailer to help with loading her up. My dad gave me some old cushions for seats but I ended up not using them. Time to get down to the nitty gritty
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>>1222170
First things first, gotta strip everything. The bolts on the back were all rusted and I had to dremel most of them off.
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>>1222172
I got the rotten transom out and made a new one. I ended up making it a second time because the first one wasn't perfectly straight. Planned to stain, then epoxy it to make it last longer in the weather.
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>>1222152
>Come watch me fix this old boat

>>1222167
>Fortunately my father-in-law is a welder

Welp, now it's fixed. Gr8 thread m8 8/8
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>>1222173
I had to mock up everything before paint so I wouldn't scratch anything later. I built some floorboards and ended up painting the bottoms to keep it from rotting too fast. I put epoxy on the tops, and then glued carpet to that.
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>>1222177
Got the easy ones built. The front floorboard was gonna be tricky because there's a curve to the front of the boat
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>>1222180
Did a little mockup to see what would be the best way to make this floorboard. Forgot to mention in the prior pic I mocked up the boat cleats as well.
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>>1222181
I laid a bunch of boards down and did some ghetto photoshop to see if my idea could work. It's a rough draft but I could vision it working so I proceeded
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>>1222183
Got the front piece made and started to glue carpet to everything. My goal is to lock the floorboards down, but be able to unlock and remove them if ever needed. This would allow me to hose the boat down if it goes in salt water. Also if anything ever slips down the side I would be able to remove the floor to get to it.
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>>1222184
Got the carpet installed and here you can see the tabs I riveted in place to hold the floorboards down. There are tabs on one side, and the other side has slide latches to lock/unlock everything. Also you can see all 4 boat cleats installed
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>>1222187
Running a test fit to see how everything will go into place
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>>1222189
Forgot pic
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>>1222190
Front pic, here you can see the locks that hold the floorboard down. I drilled a small hole in the wall of each seat and the lock slides into the hole to hold everything down.
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Just make a fucking blog you faggit!!
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>>1222191
So now everything is mocked up that could potentially damage a paint job. Time to sand blast. I bought a cheap $15 HF sandblaster gun and went to work. Literally took over 40 hours to do this. Setup each day after work, blast for an hour or so, then clean it all up. Then do it again tomorrow. Nasty stuff, wear a respirator. I put over +800 lbs of playsand through the gun. The tip is currently fucked up from so much. I just filtered and reused the play sand each time. Used a 30 gallon compressor, did fine. Cheap is the name of the game for this project, and I got plenty of time to kill.
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>>1222196
Messy messy messy. Neighbors probably hate me from all the noise, but I made sure to clean up the sand really good each time.
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>>1222198
Everything down to the bare aluminum. Never did find that serial number, I think it was on a plate that fell off. I ended up mocking up my own later.
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>>1222199
Hit it with some grey primer, and a little spray primer in the back on touchup areas
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>>1222202
Forgot to mention I added a drain plug before I started the paint
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>>1222205
Sprayed it with a HVLP paint gun from hazard frought. Ordered marine paint from home cheapo. Should have rolled or brushed it. Job came out kinda fucky. It was too hot and I didn't use enough thinner. Oh well, it's a jon boat not a yacht
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>>1222207
Added some carpet and wood for seats. Don't wanna sit on the hot aluminum in the Texas sun. Also added some wiring so I could keep the battery up front to help keep the bow down. I ran some jumper cables under the floor and cut off the ends. Rewired to smaller battery clippers that don't grip so hard and I can now hook the trolling motor up to the electrical box.
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>>1222216
Added the rod holders as well. Put some cables I can remove so the rods don't fall out on the road when I'm traveling. Added a ruler, and as of now she has two additional rod holders and two cup holders.
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>>1222216
Here's a better look at the new transom with stain and poly. Should hold up for a good while
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>>1222222
Numbers on and she's ready to fish. I have the battery up front with some cable ties holding it in place. One more play toy in the garage. Would love to rebuild a small camper some day.
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>>1222224
Beautiful day at Lake Boerne. Here you can see the additional fishing rod holders I added between the first and second seats. Caught a bluegill that day but only one, so I let him go. Sure is nice out there.
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>>1222225
Bonus pick of a motor my buddy is letting me borrow. Lake Boerne is electric only so I don't really have use for an outboard. But, I'm doing a fishing tournament in a month at my parents bay lot so I'll need an actual motor to fight the waves. Gonna keep it close to shore and fish in a cove to be safe, water is really still and whatnot. Should be fun, love me some salt water fish. Thanks for looking!
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>>1222228
Forgot pic. This is a nice close-up of the welding job as well on the bottom left of the boat. Father-in-law did really well, you don't even notice it
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>>1222158
>It's a 1960 Ouachita 10' jon boat
A guy who may have had a hand in building this boat now owns Weld-Craft and is still building aluminum boats of all types including jon boats.
He worked at Ouachita Marine until it closed then had a few other jobs but really missed building boats. He missed it so much, he started his own company. Weld-Craft sells only to dealers but he's such a nice guy he custom made an 8ft jon boat for my brother.

I enjoyed reading you thread and looking at the progress. It made me wish I had taken pics when I replaced the transom and refurbished a 14' Monarch as a fishing/duck boat for my grandson.

Good luck on your tournament entry.
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>>1222225
>trolling motor
>yl
>ylyl
/b/ will never have a better boat
kidding aside, nice work m8. much luck on the tournament!
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>>1222224
>>1222222
>Numbers

nice numbers
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>>1222174
mighty boat mods
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I drove over a boat exactly like this one when I was in construction! Never seen anyone actually use of these, good for you.
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>>1222167

learn as much as possible from that father in law you lucky bastard.
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>>1222170
I recognize that garage...

>>1222168
Do you live in Louisiana?
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>>1222238
That's a cool piece of history thanks for the story. What do you fish for?

>>1222244
Thanks m8 fingers crossed

>>1222508
Thanks, for a mostly one person boat she does way better than I expected.

>>1222549
lol right. I come from a very blue collar family on mine and my wife's side, always loved working on stuff growing up.

>>1222873
Yeppp that's me, haven't been on in a while. I'm in Texas here. Was looking at the dates on the pics and just realized from the time my brother said I could have it until the time she hit the water was half a year. I got the boat in January and had it finished in July. To be fair that includes getting the paperwork, building the trailer on the side, etc. Seemed like it was shorter but I guess not.
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>>1222152
Very nice project. If i stay where I'm living i may have to find me one. I have 2 ponds the size of a few soccer fields touching my land
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>>1222997
>What do you fish for?
If fishing for fun I try for large-mouth bass in the lakes here.
The rivers have plenty of small-mouth bass which also put up a great fight.
If fishing for food I try for crappie, bream, or catfish.
(I also eat the bass and most anything else I catch)
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so you took a boat that was in excellent shape, had a couple groups of people try and weld over the hole in it, then you painted it because you like green and filled it with wood and carpet because you're stupid?
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>>1223053
>excellent shape
>rusted sardine can that has holes

are you having a bad day anon
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>>1222152
Not too shitty OP, not too shitty at all.
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>>1222225
Nice work. Looks a lot better than when you found it.
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>>1222152
got a boat just like this in Texas with no numbers on it, any idea how I can go about getting it legal to put a motor on?
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>>1223031
I'd go as big as you can. This works because it was free, but if I was buying one I'd go 12' minimum. This one has skinny seats which is nice because it gives more leg room to put my gear. I looked at an Alumacraft 10' the for comparison and wow the seats are way to wide. There's almost no leg room to put your stuff since the seat takes up all the inside space. Most important thing is room for your legs and gear.

>>1223033
Same I like bass, but mostly I just seem to catch bluegill. They're great pan fish but you can't just catch one or two. Need 3 or so to have enough meat for supper. Any tips on what to use? I usually just use earthworm and let it sit on the bottom

>>1223053
lol gr8 b8 m8. On a safety note the wood will make it that much more bouyant in the event of it ever flipping over

>>1223457
>>1223463
Thanks, took a long time but it was a labor of love

>>1223468
This is a 1960 that was never titled since it didn't need one back then, only registration. The guy who gave it to me signed and notarized an affidavit that said it was his father who passed away and he now has the legal right to do stuff with the boat. He also signed a paper saying he was giving the boat for free so no sales tax would be owed. Luckily he had the old registration paperwork with the serial number on it. I turned that in and signed a paper saying it needs a new title because it never had one back in the day. You might be able to go this route, play the it's a really old boat so no title is present. And it was never registered because it was used only in a private pond. TPWD was really helpful and set me up with all the paperwork I needed. The old sticker fell off so I dremeled the serial number on a metal plate and riveted it on, pic related. Honestly it's a lot of red tape and the best way to cut through it is to tell them what they want to hear. They don't inspect the boat or anything. Tell them it's a 1960 Ouachita and change the serial numbers a few.
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>>1222152
>he doesnt flat bottom johnboat.

Anon when your ass is anythibg over 250 pounts poibty boars get schetchy af
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>>1222155
Nothing a hammer, silicone, drill, and rivets cant rig anon.

Protip. Carry a tire chalk like the repair guys use. (Tire crayon???) And use it to mark pinhole leaks while you are in it.

If i remember right they mark on aluminum and wet shit so u can find the leak when its dry.
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>>1222161
Eeeek.
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>>1222167
Looks like pops needs a case of beer and some bass fishing outa that little boad there op
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>>1222174
Lol. Hes dping other stuff. At least it isnt samefag troll thread
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>>1222192
Fuckoff newfag.

>this is a slow board
>anon makes a thread
>reeeeee at anon.
>board cobtibues to be balls slow
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>>1222196
Thosr little harbor frieght funs use a ceramic tip i think.

Also be sure and get a window screen or somethibg to get it really fine. It looks like u already may have tho. Tips are cheap and for under $20 you really cant expect great quality. Bears hand sanding yo.
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>>1222244
Lol
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>>1223053
Dont listen to this faggot op. You just built the floorboards and we all know it will help the bottom last. Fuck this asshole
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>>1223468
Try and file for a "boat builders title" after yiu do a bunch of work to it?
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>>1223492
Wait, you have to fucking register a punt? Really?
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>>1223718
Yeah she can be sketchy, I wouldn't take her in the ocean or anything. But for lakes and coves it's great. I weigh 155lbs so she's plenty sturdy. I stand up and fish at times and I can definitely rock the boat by shifting my weight on each foot, but common sense goes a long way. Would highly recommend a 12' or larger though to anyone looking to get one.

>>1223720
I ended up filling the boat with water and suspending it to see if any water leaked out. I patched what I could and hit every rivet with marine grade JB weld just in case, then primed and painted over it. Should hold up for a good long time fingers crossed.

>>1223723
He drinks Michelob light so I got him a sixer. He's a really giving type of dude who's happy to help with this kind of stuff. Never wants anything in return, real salt of the earth kinda person.

>>1223727
It was a thin aluminum tip but it got the job done. I did end up sifting the sand through a window screen, helped keep big chunks from clogging the gun. So many nooks and crannies, I don't think hand sanding would be possible or easy in some places. Play sand was the way to go. I cleaned up what I could and just swept the leftover into the yard, no harm no foul.

>>1223730
Pretty much this. The bottom was a little... mushy? You know what I mean, aluminum is only so strong and walking on it would loosen the rivets over time. Floorboard is much more sturdy for standing up and fishing.
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>>1222221
FUCKING GET IF I EVER SAW ONE!
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>>1223840
Yeah in Texas you do, but only if you want to use it in public waters with a motor and that includes trolling motors. Private ponds and stuff you don't need registration. If you want to use it in public waters and just row around you don't need registration, but that would suck ass having to row while fishing. It beats getting a ticket and it goes towards the conservation effort of the waters so it's all good. Helps pay for regular cleanups and whatnot.
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>>1222225
P.S. nice boat! srsly!
https://youtu.be/JUBbigtfCWs?t=1m7s
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This came out really nice, op. Well done!
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>>1222168
>boat the size of a canoe
>worried about paperwork

are they really stingy about boat registration over there?
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>>1223885
>thinks that's a get
>it's not

here's your get you casual
>>1222222
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>>1223892
What. the. fuck. japan you weird ass country
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>>1223922
Thanks m8

>>1223930
see
>>1223886
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>>1223074
it's aluminum
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Should cut it in half and put it back together with flex seal. It would make a much better thread.
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>>1222161
when_you_just_dont_know_when_its_time_to_stop.jpg
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>>1224278
brb trying this now, will post results
>pray for me billy mayes
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>>1224302
Fuggin right, how does a power plant welder not know you need TIG to weld aluminum. Apparently their TIG machine was down so they thought they could wing it, buncha dranguses
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>>1224536
>you need TIG to weld aluminum
E4043 aluminum electrodes DCEP
Lincoln, Harris, Hobart and others make 4043 stick electrodes.
Used on DC with the electrode positive configuration.
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>>1224552
Oh yeah forgot about that. I've been wanting this Lincoln AC/DC cracker box welder for a long time. Shits been around for years, old reliable
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>>1224535
Rip anon.

F
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>>1223930
Eh, not really but its worth the hassle just to get it sorted in case a cunt theif or a storm runs off with it.

Less local uncle sam harassment
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OP that's a nice boat and this was a good thread. If I fished I would want to do something similar.

Thank you for sharing it with us.
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very nice thread, nice job done. I hope there are more thread like this. Thank you anon!
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>>1224552

I seriously doubt even a good welder would be able to manage a successful weld in aluminum that thin with a stick.

A mediocre or novice welder will just...well...it'll just get you >>1222161.
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>>1224993
>>1225341
Appreciate it guys, glad you enjoyed it. Show us what you're working on!

>>1225349
That's what my father-in-law said. The aluminum on those boats are kind of thin so it was best to just weld plates over it rather than trying to weld it back together. I ended up filling the inside with marine grade JB Weld so water couldn't get into the hole from the inside. Works well, no leaks so can't complain.
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>>1223492
Did you get your brother to show the finished pics to the old maid that gave it to you?
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>>1225710
Yeah he did, and he said good job. When I was working on the paperwork with him he said something along the lines of: his dad made a lot of good memories in the boat and he wants to see someone else do the same. I'm going fishing with my buddy today after work, gonna see how she does with two people. Probably a dumb idea, I guess worse case we both know how to swim. Gonna keep her close to the shoreline just in case.
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>>1222168
What the fuck do you mean a lot of paperwork? You're displacing like a cubic foot of water. If you got completely in the water, you would displace more water than that. I would not be filling out a lick of paperwork for that dingy.
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>>1226289
I got the title in my name so if some jackass ever tried to steal it I could prove it's mine. If I had to buy a new 10' boat from Academy it'd be $600 for just the shell, not including all of the additions which were around $400 in materials. Not including my time to build them. So for a $70 title I can prove that $1,000 (replacement value) item belongs to me. The title also allows me to get registration which allows me to legally use the boat with a motor and not just oars. I believe the purpose is also so that if a boat sinks and it's recovered you can find the owner. My trolling motor is great. I never have to buy gas, oil, grease, or flush fluids to store it. It's free to run, save for the cost to charge the battery I guess. It's really convenient. This isn't a ski boat, it's just for fishing so a trolling motor is all you need to get out there.

I took her out after work today with a buddy and we fished around for a few hours. He weights 200 lbs and I'm 150 lbs. Trolling motor + battery is 100 lbs, then figure at least 60 lbs in floorboards and gear. So 500ish lbs in a boat that's rated for 325 lbs at best, some say 285 lbs. I was honestly surprised it did ok with two people. Common sense goes a long way, sit in the middle, communicate your movements, etc. We took turns standing up and fishing and it was actually do-able. Caught one bluegill so threw it back. Seems like they always come out just as the sun is setting. I really need to get some lights on her, I've stayed out past sunset a few times and it's sketchy trying to see where you're going in the dark. Lot of those kayakers hang out past the sunset and I'm always afraid to run into one.
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That's not a boat, it cun't swim.
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Took her out to Braunig lake this weekend, that motor was just the right size. Almost made it around the whole lake on one tank of gas. Had to fill up on the way in but can't complain. It was nice out there and the fish breaking the water were fucking huge. Might bring some bait next time, would love to catch a few.
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>>1227450
Fixed pic
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>>1222152
looks like it used to be for mixing concrete in at a construction site.
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>>1227458
???
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>>1227503
I think he's saying it looks like someone poured concrete in the boat because it's all discolored from the age and whatnot
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>>1227840
no no they make big aluminum tubs to mix concrete in, looks like OP's boat is one adapted to float
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>>1222224
oh hey it's garage guy, time to power wash that floor again
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>>1227979
>adapted to float
This is what I usually look for in boats.
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>>1222187
Carpet?
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>>1227450
>>1227452
Tune that shit up so you can do this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u22YYUxMkE
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>>1222368
Bump
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>>1222165
>>1222166

I hope you don't plan on using that trailer in saltwater, I've got s similar harbor freight trailer that I'm using for 15ft skiff I built and within two years of use and it's rusted itself to the point where I'm a little worried about something snapping if you hit a bump too hard, it's essentially only useful for the title now.
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>>1233479
Replace EVERY BOLT on that boat with aluminum ones anon. Rust WILL RETURN/HOLES WILL COME BACK.

As for your trailer, seal that plywood properly with something UV proof/resistant H20 of course. Get a large inflatable pool, cheap is OK, line with thick black plastic/rubber, and electrolysis the fuck out of your trailer. Spray any moving parts with oil and it should handle water ok. Nothing metal lasts sustained submersion in water without various barriers and treatments unless its nonreactive/forms strongish anti-rust coatings.
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>>1222167
>>>1222166
>Fortunately my father-in-law is a welder.
>TIG welded

Gr8 b8 m8

Now here is a pic of a real aluminum tig weld that won't leak like that shitty slack of laid out filler rod
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>>1234510
maybe he used a really cheap tig welder and not much gas (or the wrong kind of gas)
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>>1234529

tig is not easy. you have to have skills. both hands have to be steady, unlike stuff like crude stick where you only have to hold the one stick.

I'd love to buy a tig, but I can see me fucking it up becuz spastic.
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>>1222167
That doesn't look very TIGy..
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>>1231248
Pretty common in Jon boats. Grip for my feet and cushion for my tush. Two things suck so far. Sometimes my hook gets caught in the carpet and I have to rip it out, and the smell of rotten shrimp bait is fucking disgusting and you have to soap it out. Thank god those floorboards are removable.
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>>1233019
sooo... jet skis then
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>>1233479
>>1234260
I used the whole setup once in saltwater and holy fuck is it harsh. Floorboard latches have corrosion, battery box screws have light rust, front carrying handle is rusting where the paint has chipped. It was literally at the bay for only two days. I'll still bring it down there every year, but I don't think I could use it like that full time without stuff getting all messed up. I hosed the crap out of everything when I got home and dunked the trailer fully in a freshwater lake. The floorboards are painted on the bottom to keep it from rotting too fast. The tops were sealed with poly and once it hardened I glued the carpet to it. The transom was stained and poly was applied as well. Trying to make it last as long as I can.
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>>1234510
>>1234529
>>1234534
Dang that looks nice, but in fairness that aluminum is all the same gauge. Saved me a ton of money and work and the weld doesn't leak so I'm happy with it. There were two different thicknesses of metal so that made it tricky. Gotta make the weld stick without burning through. He welds (mostly stick) for a living so he has all those machines, gas tanks, etc. Really grateful for all of his help.
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Took my nephew fishing with me in the tournament. We caught two trout but they were too small so we had to let them go. 11" and 12" I believe. It was just too hot that day. We put in on the side of the causeway bridge and drove underneath it.
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>>1235069
Towed my sister along as well. She also caught a trout but it was too small as well. Maybe next year ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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>>1235070
We fished along Alcoa plant where they dig up bauxite and load it onto huge cargo ships. They take it elsewhere and turn the bauxite into aluminum, kinda neat. The plant is shut down now because it's cheaper to produce in China. But the prices are turning around finally and they're revamping the plant to start up again. Gonna be a lot of good jobs for that area
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Took her to my dad's work and we took turns running her around at the lake to wash out the salt water. He works at a power plant and they use the lake water to cool the plant, so he gets free access to the lake.
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>>1235081
Last run with the motor before I have to give it back, buddies never got back to me about buying it off them. Fun while it lasted
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>>1222152
You did one great job, anon. I did the same with a 14' v-hull that was even older, made more of a bass boat with two swivel seats, front and back.

But I'm impressed. And I got one of those red HF trailers for something else, yep, pink as this chick.
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>>1235042
Not a jet ski my man. Those are wooden outboard boats.
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>>1235454
wtf how do they have room for anything in those tiny boats
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>>1222222
Checked
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>>1222168
is that a fucking llama?
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>>1235223
Thanks anon, sorry to hear about the trailer. A little rattle can action might do the trick. I'd consider going black because it doesn't show dirt very much.

>>1239133
Yep, my parents raise llamas on the side. They get an agricultural deduction on the land when property taxes come due, and llamas chase coyotes away from the livestock. They each have their own personalities, it's kinda cool.

>Took her out to Boerne Lake for Labor Day. Went to the back side with the waifu and had a picnic, very peaceful back there
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>>1234534
TIG is much easier. You just put the torch where you're gonna weld and hold the other stick like a pencil and start drawing small circles. Stick is harder because you're so far away from the contact point so your shaky hand really reverberates. With TIG you get to hold it closer so your welds look nicer. The hardest part is getting your settings right.
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>>1235081
>free access to power plant water


No kidding? You would think they would charge for the cancer
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>>1223886
>it goes towards the conservation effort of the waters so it's all good
txpw seems to do a decent job
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>>1241996
>txpw seems to do a decent job
hahahahahhahahaahha
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>>1241955
Nah it's a coal plant not nuclear. They burn coal in the boiler and water pipes pass through to heat up really hot. The water is turned into high pressure steam that turns the turbine to generate electricity. There are other pipes that pass through and back out into the lake. It's all very clean and they filter it just in case before it leaves the outlet. Lake stays warm all year long because of the constant warm water coming out, nice in the winter.

>>1241996
>>1242023
They do alright. Some of that money goes towards stocking fish, and paying game warden salaries to make sure people don't keep undersized fish and ruin it for the rest of us

>that feel when 1 inch too short hnnnggg
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>>1242609

>>that feel when 1 inch too short hnnnggg

your mom never complains
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>>1242618
Classic. Never change diy, never change
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Found a boat like this in the trash once. Spent 5+ hours sanding off a million layers of paint and priming it for a fresh coat before the sheriff informed me it was stolen. Owner was a total cockwit and tried to pursue charges for "damages"
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>>1244081
how tf did the sheriff find out you had a boat in the first place
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>>1225682
I was going to say weld a play over and under. Would be much easier. Funny, I did some aluminum welding today. Was on my shops MIG fixing some framing on a pressure washer dolly
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>>1245013
Wish he had welded plates inside too, but I guess something's better than nothing.
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>>1227452
>no imitation crab

What if the world were to end?!?
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>>1245007
I had it in the front yard on saw horses while I did most of the work. I guess the owner reported it a few days earlier and saw it when he was driving by
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>>1246113
>front yard
There's your problem, you gotta do that stuff in the backyard ya drangus. It's not stolen if you don't get caught
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>sextet get on the finished project
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Look what came in the mail today... gonna add some lights so I can fish after the sun goes down. The rear pole light will be coming in later this week
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Test fit on the front. It overhangs on the rear a little so I'm gonna need to add a small block of wood for it to rest on
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Rear light should be in by this week. Anyone know if I should use a fuse and if so what kind? I'm not sure if it's worth rigging all that up for two lights.
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Got a package in the mail today...
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>>1251046
What's inside this thing?
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>>1251048
awww yeah now I can work on the light instal. I picked up a switch yesterday too, gonna mount it to the side of the electrical box.
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>>1242609

>no cancer

What do you think happens to the coal ash? It gets dumped into the water where it contaminates the water, nice boat. I would go catfshing but probably just end up catching gar, fucking gar every where in texas.
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>>1251064
ACKCHYALLY they have a seperate ash pond to collect the ash/fly ash. They recycle it into stuff used to make concrete and other building material. It's a big money maker and there's a lot of incentive to retain as much ash as possible for resale.
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Got a little done tonight. Penciled out where I want the rear light to go and started drilling
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>>1251374
Drilled progressively bigger and bigger holes. Too bad I don't have one of those circular metal drill bit things
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>>1251376
Used the dremel to cut out what I could. Highly recommend this tool to everyone, they have a million uses
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>>1251377
Drilled a bunch of smaller holes and punched out what I could. Trying to make the hole as rounded as I can
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>>1251378
Switched to a round grinding bit and it exploded from putting too much pressure on it. Protip: wear your faceshield every time you dremel anything. I had it set for 20,000 rpm here when she blew. Exploded sideways fortunately, no injuries.
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>>1251380
Moved to a grinding wheel which worked much better for smoothing everything out. This also let me grind the outside and inside of the hole so the wire has a smooth surface to rest on no matter where it laid
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>>1251381
That'll do pig, that'll do. You can see all the shavings at the bottom of the boat. Sharp pieces everywhere, had to shop vac everything out
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>>1251382
Next I soldered some extra wire to the leads. Had just enough spare wire laying around to make it work
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>>1251384
I added heat shrink most of the way down to help protect the wire since it will be sitting on the bottom of the boat
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>>1251385
Put two bolts with locking washers up front. There's not enough room underneath on the back hole to be able to use a nut and secure it, so I just used a screw. It worked great, she's nice and solid. The cap is made of rubber, and there's a tiny hole inside just incase water ever gets inside the plug it can drain out.
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>>1251388
Like a glove. It's a little hard to tell from this pic but I really like that this style plug angles the pole back. Helps keep the light out of the way.
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>>1251389
Running wiring for the lights. It all stays under the floorboard nice and neat
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>>1251390
All the wiring ran to the electrical box
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>>1251391
Front light mounted. I'm exploring different options for how to best run the wires under the front deck. I'll figure out something.
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>>1251394
There's a gap on the back so I'll need to trim a piece of wood and rest it underneath. This is as far as I got today. It's 2am now so I gotta call it, I'll post more in the next day or so
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>>1222153
Pretty sure that's how all jon boats look
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>>1251096

The problem is it seems back down into the ground water and aquifers and back into the surrounding bodies of water
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>>1252940
I believe they're required to use a clay bottom for the ash pond so that water will hold in the tank, but yeah I'm sure there's some residual stuff that makes it though. I've seen it up close when I was younger on a "take your kid to work day." It's hard to tell but the white area in the pic is all muddy to keep the ash from flying around.
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>>1224536
>Fuggin right, how does a power plant welder not know you need TIG to weld aluminum.

I must be hallucinating the al wire in my spoolgun, or the thousands of pounds of MIG wire used in aluminium-hulled warships, or the countless aluminium pontoon boats or the tens of thousands of aluminium tank trailers.

>>1224796
They and the Miller Thunderbolt (a bit better since continuous instead of tapped adjustment) or the Hobart version of the Miller (same parent company) are all excellent machines. I've had that Lincoln since the late 1980s.

Look out for used industrial transformer machines. They are heavy so weld up a nice dolly if they don't have one. I have a Miller 340 AB/P I bought for 250 bucks (owner thought it was three phase, not single) and while I'll never need 700 amps output it welds beautifully. I should install a 100A breaker but it lives in a metal shipping container so no worries running it off a 50A though I can't max it out.

Spend time on the weldingweb forums and study how to buy used transformer machines. The old ones are beasts.

If you can find a Miller Dialarc or a Lincoln Idealarc used, they are much more capable than the small Lincoln/Miller/Hobart boxes.

You can never have too many welders or torches or accessories.
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>>1254371
>MIG wire
I wonder if those $80 Harbor Freight MIG welders could do aluminum
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>>1223959
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjXN_xPQd0M
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>>1222167
looks like some pretty decent welds, aluminum is fucking hard
over all good job m8
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>>1255368
add in $100+ for gas and maybe it could
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>>1251395
So I finished the lights today. Cut a piece of wood to fit and stained it gray to match. You can't see from the pic but I used a dremel to etch out a notch so the wiring could pass through to the bottom
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>>1256634
My main concern was if someone ever accidentally stepped on the light it would need some support to keep from breaking. Came out better than I thought all things considered
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>>1256636
Next I cut a hole and installed the switch.
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>>1256638
Wiring hooked up. It's pretty tight in that box and this was harder to do than I'd like to admit
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>>1256756
Looking good so far
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>>1256758
rear light good to go as well
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>>1256759
Time to do some night fishing. That's the end of this project, thanks for watching
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Man, this was nice
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>>1256777
Thanks dude. Took her out today to try out the lights. Didn't realize how many bugs were gonna be attracted to it. It worked great though, nice to be able to see what I'm doing baiting the hook etc.
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>>1227452
beautiful boat, pretty in its own humble way. Thanks for the thread and happy fishing anon!
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This was great to see, thank you.
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I hereby pronounce this a /comfy/ thread.

May it be remembered fondly.
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Hey anon great thread. Where did you learn to do all the electrical work? I can get by on most mechanical diy projects but electrical stuff is spoopy
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>>1259113
Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed it. Post what you're working on!

>>1259488
Thanks dude. The electrical box is pretty generic when you break it down. All of the negative wires hook straight to the negative terminal. The red wires go straight to the positive terminal, but there's a switch on the way down. It probably looks more complicated than it is because everything is shoved in there. Here's a generic diagram, you get the idea. This is all DC electrical so no risk of getting shocked or anything. Worse case I blow a light bulb.




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