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    Talking Snowblind......Makai Refurbish....

    My first jetboat, a '75 Makai, that I recently drug home from my uncles, is in much worse shape than I originally had thought.
    This will be my first attempt at messing with this stuff, although I have done some fiberglass repairs on semi trucks.
    So the floor was pretty mushy in spots....so I ripped up the carpet and found alot of rot. What a mess. Now most folks I suppose would stop and find another hull, but since this boat was given to me, and I like the lines of the boat, I figure it's cheaper to fix than find another.....besides, I like resurrecting old junk and I'm a poor SOB.....

    I also removed the one saddle tank that was still in boat. The other was already out as it leaked. No wonder...upon inspection the bottom of it has a few pinholes from corrosion....not sure what to do about it yet, repair or just new tanks.
    I've got all winter to figure it out at least....haha....







    The "plan" is to have the floor redone within the next month....then begin stripping paint for a wicked metalflake and lace paintjob....
    The interior is a bit boring, all just one color, but it's in good shape so I'll run it for now. New gauges and steering wheel will also be added.

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    You need to inspect the stringers real good making sure there is no delamanation in them and that they are solid not soft!
    The floor is not that bad of a job to do but it still a job! There is a thread that has some good info. I will see if I can find it for ya! Good luck and keep us posted! WT


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    SOMEONE SAID YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU! SO,IM BURNING IT UP ONE GALLON AT A TIME!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotRodJosh View Post
    My first jetboat, a '75 Makai, that I recently drug home from my uncles, is in much worse shape than I originally had thought.
    This will be my first attempt at messing with this stuff, although I have done some fiberglass repairs on semi trucks.
    So the floor was pretty mushy in spots....so I ripped up the carpet and found alot of rot. What a mess. Now most folks I suppose would stop and find another hull, but since this boat was given to me, and I like the lines of the boat, I figure it's cheaper to fix than find another.....besides, I like resurrecting old junk and I'm a poor SOB.....

    I also removed the one saddle tank that was still in boat. The other was already out as it leaked. No wonder...upon inspection the bottom of it has a few pinholes from corrosion....not sure what to do about it yet, repair or just new tanks.
    I've got all winter to figure it out at least....haha....

    The "plan" is to have the floor redone within the next month....then begin stripping paint for a wicked metalflake and lace paintjob....
    The interior is a bit boring, all just one color, but it's in good shape so I'll run it for now. New gauges and steering wheel will also be added.
    Too bad you are not closer to Dallas. West Marine is closing the doors on one store. They had some poly saddle tanks in there with senders already installed for $50 brand new.

    The floor is not that big a job. Like WT said it's a job but it's not that bad. Just be sure to use the right materials and don't try to get cheap. If you want to save a few bucks do it on cosmetics not structure. When I did mine I used marine grade ply and epoxy resin. Do the research. There is plenty of info out there. You might also check out the forms over at iBoats. The forum here is much better for jet boat info but there are some great threads at iBoats on replacing floors.

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    Thanks for the info fellas...
    Yeah, I gotta replace the stringers under the floor as well, as the glass has delaminated from the wood and some of it is rotten as well....
    All the wood in the engine compartment is in good shape.....water had just soaked down through floor via seats and their mounting it appears and was trapped by the rear bulkhead for floors....as there is no drain.

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    Since your replacing floor...why not remove all and redo with full length stringers with a small sub floor. Its a great time to make the best decision for the value and integrity.
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    Mainly cause I want this outta my garage asap. The engine is fresh and really don't wanna pull it out, I have other projects already at that state. I already have my nice cars parked oputside to have this in the garage, which takes up alot of room and is in the way of two other projects currently in the works in garage, which have already snowballed outta control........
    This may end up that way as well...then I'll have a garage full of junk...none of which is usable...haha
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    Your sig link is messed up. Got an extra "http//" in it.

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    Doh!!!
    Haha..thanks....

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    Summer is coming fast...so got the boat back in garage.
    Hull is @ ready for new floor, just waiting on the glass supplies, should be here this week. I rewired most of the boat, adding some new switches, gauges and a tank selector valve from a Chevy truck.
    Have a few parts on order, such as a couple more gauges and a blue metalflake wheel.
    Still looking for a LH saddle tank, one WITHOUT pinholes....haha.
    The trailer had issues, the tires were pointing all different directions. So I removed them, pie cut the ends and squared 'em up on a my welding table. Just need to repaint trailer.
    Wanted to repaint the boat as well....however $$$ is getting tight and I'd rather be on the water. I'm thinking of just reshooting the faded, blue areas with some fresh metalflake, with laced and striped panels...
    But then again....I kinda like old "patina'd" finishes....so she may just stay the way she is for now....just buffed out.


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    Did some touchups on the boat today....nothing fancy....just started redoing the panels to make her look a little less ragged.....pretty faded in areas.
    Once I finish the remaining panels I'll wetsand entire boat and buff. Won't be perfect....but 10X better.
    Eventuall will get entirely stripped for a CRAZY paintjob....







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    Looks like your making progress. I wonder where you got the idea for that wheel? I love mine. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Mohican View Post
    Looks like your making progress. I wonder where you got the idea for that wheel? I love mine. LOL
    I have a bigger one for my hotrod....
    I'm a big fan of 60's era hotrods and early lowriders....so that's where I get my inspiration..

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    OK...so I got my glass supplies today...and ready to replace stringers.
    I'm not going to reinstall the center one, as it wasn't original, but a quick question on the other two.
    Can I remount them inboard from where they are now and tie them into the 1/4 stringers??? Maybe use some 1/8" plate on either side of joint??? The 1/4 stringers are in excellent shape and I ain't pulling the engine.

    Or redo current setup???
    Here's looking down on it....you can see the stringers are "off" @ 4"....
    Thanks!




    Oh....and threw my gauges back in......


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