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    Default 18' Bubble Deck Jet Marlin Baracuda Rebirth

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    After looking, looking, and looking I came across this find on craigslist. It is the exact hull my I grew up on.. I cant explain how cool it was to find almost the exact boat. I do understand it is a splash of some higher end boats but this is what I wanted. My dad had one with a Harmin Marine 454 BBC that ran really well. When he first bought it it wouldn't go faster than 60... The dealership flipped the boat, shaved the hull and picked up a great amount of speed.. I boated on that till I was in High School.. It was actually the fist boat I have ever driven... Heres a few pics of the old one...
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    My Dad's was a 82.... Here is the 86 I picked up.. Yes, I know it looks like a tird... I didnt want to spend alot since I new I wanted to do alot of work to the boat regardless...
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    The pics above already show how i stared to gut the boat out... I plan to glass in full length stringers and any other wood..
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    When pulling out the carpeting I found the "ski locker" under the bow... I would really like to remove all the wood. Yes it old and dried out to some point....... Any pointers on what you would do...? Seeing the foam kind of stumped me.. I think next time I am at the shop, I will go for it and try taking it appart..... Thoughts?
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    J.B. l@@ks like a fun little project and please .................. keep us post with updates along with pics .

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    J.B.is that you in pic number 1 driving the boat ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFSHORE GINGER View Post
    J.B.is that you in pic number 1 driving the boat ?
    Yup, that was me back when I was a kid. I always loved that boat... I would always have dreams of being able to drive it but, when it was time to put on plan.... The water drained out of the lake like a kitchen sink......... Whats your thought on the foam... I would hate to take it out only to put new in... I am thinking I will try my best to get all the old wood out from the ski locker... If not, I may cut it an place the carpeted bulk head in front of it..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFSHORE GINGER View Post
    J.B. l@@ks like a fun little project and please .................. keep us post with updates along with pics .
    Whats your thoughts on wood for the stringers... It seams alot of west coast boats and restorations I have read about used hard wood structural lumber..... Not sure on how strong that is... I was thinking of using 3 layers of 3/4" Marine grade ply. I would stager the joints and use biax 1400 between them to create the legnth I need.... I also plan to go the epoxy route. It may cost more but, is alot easier to work with. I will use US Composites for epoxy. They seamed to be good on price. To glass the stringers in I will go with 3 layers of 1700 biax.. The first layer 2" out. Second layer 4" out. Third layer 6" out.. Of course I will router the tops of the stringers for the glass to easily wrap over. Since the sun and epoxy dont mix, I think I will paint the stringers and lay carpeting back down... Just not sure if I will put the floor in the center. Here's a link to my latest project I just finished up on.........

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    Next thing I need to ponder on is the saddle tanks. I need to figure out If I want to take them out and re glass in. I cant understand why the wood was not glassed to the inside of the boat............
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Bonz View Post
    Whats your thoughts on wood for the stringers... It seams alot of west coast boats and restorations I have read about used hard wood structural lumber..... Not sure on how strong that is... I was thinking of using 3 layers of 3/4" Marine grade ply. I would stager the joints and use biax 1400 between them to create the legnth I need.... I also plan to go the epoxy route. It may cost more but, is alot easier to work with. I will use US Composites for epoxy. They seamed to be good on price. To glass the stringers in I will go with 3 layers of 1700 biax.. The first layer 2" out. Second layer 4" out. Third layer 6" out.. Of course I will router the tops of the stringers for the glass to easily wrap over. Since the sun and epoxy dont mix, I think I will paint the stringers and lay carpeting back down... Just not sure if I will put the floor in the center. Here's a link to my latest project I just finished up on.........

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    Next thing I need to ponder on is the saddle tanks. I need to figure out If I want to take them out and re glass in. I cant understand why the wood was not glassed to the inside of the boat............
    Jack thats a pretty cool squirt boat you have! Are the Tanks glass? or Aluminum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcrafter View Post
    Jack thats a pretty cool squirt boat you have! Are the Tanks glass? or Aluminum?

    Thanks Chuck. They are actually Aluminum tanks glassed to the wood tiangles and to the hull at the bottom... I have a feeling I will pull them out and re glass them in. I would love to have the floors you have but, I think I am ok with putting carpeting back in. I really dont want to spend years on the boat...
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    i would not use the plywood laminate style, reason is there will be zero flex in the hull. yes very strong. remember the boat needs to flex or it will find the weak point and crack. to get the foam out is go to a thrift store or harbor freight and get a electric turkey knife, then just start carving slow. you get alot out fast but prepare for a mess, when i removed it from my old sanger it still had the folgers coffee can them mix the chemicals together for the foam. be sure to support the hull, if you can the chine and keel. use kiln dried wood on the stringers, get your center to center distanceand go, remember chances are the stringers are not in square so the old are reference. string the center of pump to point or bow. i have used a laser level to help but it was a bear to set up.

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    i used kiln dried douglas fir for my stringers. wasnt too expensive.

    i bought some 1" thick foam insulation board from home depot that was easier to cut/shape for stringers and then transfered the shape to my stringer material and cut it.

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    J.B. just curious how thick are the stringer's & knees ? Bonz , i see no harm in using ply, and why not ~ considering ply is more readily available and used by most manufactures with an exception of a chosen few who are using Coosa , Thermo Board , etc , etc , in there build , and besides there is no written law on what material should be used Ply , Fur ,or other ,just because it is a boat manfactured on the West coast .
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    Quote Originally Posted by sangerfan76 View Post
    i would not use the plywood laminate style, reason is there will be zero flex in the hull. yes very strong. remember the boat needs to flex or it will find the weak point and crack. to get the foam out is go to a thrift store or harbor freight and get a electric turkey knife, then just start carving slow. you get alot out fast but prepare for a mess, when i removed it from my old sanger it still had the folgers coffee can them mix the chemicals together for the foam. be sure to support the hull, if you can the chine and keel. use kiln dried wood on the stringers, get your center to center distanceand go, remember chances are the stringers are not in square so the old are reference. string the center of pump to point or bow. i have used a laser level to help but it was a bear to set up.
    Thanks for the reply. That is all great input. I did not think of the turkey carver. I do like your take on the stringers... It logically goes along with the "floating deck" I read about the banner bubbledecks.. To block the hull Do you think 4 spots on the chines and two on the keel? Or were you thining 2 spots on the chines in the rear and one on the keel up front? Good idea on finding the center also. Thanks again....
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