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    So you may have seen me post pics with my friend Rod's red old school flatbottom jet 16foot 2seater. It looked like an old Vdrive with polished trim tabs and all.

    Well it met an unfortunate demise. Rod likes to drive hard and beat the shit out of the boat and well, the boat just did not like that.

    After a run at Alder Lake one day, I told him about the importance of checking his loader bolts. He went home that day and climbed under the boat to notice that the hull had two BIG rips in it. It looked as if the engine was sinking in the stringers and letting the pan sit on the pump intake housing.

    So he set out to get to the bottom of this mystery. He tore the engine out and it was still solid and NOT touching the pump at all.

    Turns out he beat the boat enough that he was pushing the bottom of the hull away from the pump. Not good. Years ago someone had glassed in another floor layer over the old bottom without prepping it and it had pulled loose. So we deemed the boat too much work to save. The floor was so thick that it was level with the edge of the intake lip/flange.

    So it got gutted of its aluminum headed SBC and new pump and it took a ride to the dump.
    Bye Bye old red boat.



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    So we looked at real expensive boats, real cheap boats, real junky boats, really just allot of boats in general.

    Then he fell in love with a $75 boat! Well its gonna need alot of work at that price! :fixit:

    It was a mid 70s WitchCraft hull that was real bad. Pretty much a rotten old spray painted POS. But he was in love and had an empty trailer.







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    Cleanin it out. Lots of rotten wood and crappy glass repairs.


    We split the old stringers to get the the gooey center. Made it easy to break it apart.









    Nice stringer!!


    Then the floor









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    Then the old exhaust holes had to go.






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    The boat had a bammer capping job dome with just bondo. We ground that out and replaced it with resin and chopped mat till it was built up enough.





    Then we found some old ripped of cleats that they just filled with bondo. More resin and glass to fix.


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    Getting the hull prepped and stringers fit. Went to then local lumber store for some nice douglas fir.




    Strips for under the stringers.




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    Got the stringers set and let them set up over night. Then got the combo glass chop/mat stitched together cut to length.



    After the stringers were resined in we took a little bondo on the fingertip and filled the sharp corners so the fiberglass had nice rolled corners. We also rolled/routed the top of the stringer so they are round.




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    Then we got busy and started soaking glass! Man were we nervous! We didnt know if we were gonna ruin it all or make it right!

    Stringers all done with glass. Still need the flow/top coat after we finish the whole inside.








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    Rod was pretty happy!! We never thought that stuff was gonna turn clear, but it did! What a relief. Was alot of work.
    Now just the small stuff is left. Haha!



    We owe a special thanks to Jerry and Tony Skagen. Jerry talked us though every part of the process, even tried to talk us out of it! But he figured out we were dumb enough to tackle it and told us all his trade secrets!! Thank you very much, Jerry!

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    Great work so far!
    Tabs up, Drives out................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chop Shop View Post
    Then we got busy and started soaking glass! Man were we nervous! We didnt know if we were gonna ruin it all or make it right!

    Stringers all done with glass. Still need the flow/top coat after we finish the whole inside.








    How many layers of 1708 (stiched/mat) did You use on the stringers? Good work....hal

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    After looking at the "before" pictures I thought you should have made another dump run. Lookin good,keep it up
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    Quote Originally Posted by holorinhal View Post
    How many layers of 1708 (stiched/mat) did You use on the stringers? Good work....hal
    Thanks Hal!

    Just one. Its real heavy stuff tho, pretty thick. They had some lighter stuff, but it was only available in like 200 foot rolls. The heavy stuff was available by the yard and was 50 inches wide so we chose that. We were told that would be suffecient. It took awhile to get it saturated, we just kept working at it. It was allot different to work than the typical chop and woven mat we had been using for repairs.

    We cut in in half so at 25 wide the stringers ate about 12-13 inches so it left us with (12 inches) 6 inches on the floor on each side. So we sanded down to nice new clean glass all the way to the next strake, One up and one down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Bonz View Post
    Great work so far!
    Thanks! Its been a new experience. New skills and new tools!

    Quote Originally Posted by velomax View Post
    After looking at the "before" pictures I thought you should have made another dump run. Lookin good,keep it up
    Trust me we questioned it ourself a few times. We even continued to look at other boats till we got the stringers in. The stringers were the "committed" part!

    Hes hella pumped to get it wet before winter sets in. Hes gonna get the glass work finished up and paint the transom so he can install the pump and transom adapter. Then run it a few times with the small block just to satisfy motivational needs!

    Then he is gonna tear it apart and do paint, BBC and interior this winter. Its hard to slow him down!


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