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    So I came across a 19' Ultra tunnel that the previous owner tried to use as a dual sport only to find out it didn't make a very good rock crawler! This is the result of a fast boat and mass quantities of alcohol. When he told me the story, all he remembered in detail was being very drunk, going real fast, and ending up on shore with 3 other people in the boat no less! Thank God nobody was seriously hurt. He was able to get a new hull from his Insurance, and he got to keep the old one which I was able to pick up for a reasonable price.

    I have a blown 496 BBC motor I had built for a Sleekcraft day cruiser that I'm doing a Restoration on, but decided it would work much better in this tunnel. So my SIL and I decided to team up and take this stripped and damaged hull and see what we could do with it. For the most part, this is a budget build because we need to replace everything. I've bought several parts from the members here via the spam section which kind of makes it a PB team project. Some were intended for the day cruiser while others were bought specifically for the Ultra. Much of the rigging is being fabricated by us as thats what makes the project fun. Our target is to have the boat in the water this spring.
    So, here's our build:

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    The boat hit a rock right on the tip just below the cap. It ballooned the sponson on the inside and fractured (made a soft spot) on the bottom of the sponson so we started cutting out the dead areas. We ended up cutting the whole inside of the sponson out and a big chunk of the bottom.

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    We used cardboard and made a template for the bottom contour and laid in 4 layers of mat.
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    We then made another template duplicating the inside of the sponson and made a patch that went about half way down from the tip to center sponson. Once that was tabbed in we made a lite skin on the outside. We left a little window so I could pass resin a glass inside to my SIL Wes who had got the sh*t job of crawling up inside the sponson and applying several layers of glass to the whole inside of the sponson. We rapped the new glass all the way from the center of the boat around to the tip. We then closed up the window and add a few more layers for good measure. Sorry I didn't get pictures of this process, I was literally arm pit deep in resin.
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    Purple white and green boat?

    If its the boat and owner I think it is.....that guy sank his replacement boat, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone View Post
    Purple white and green boat?

    If its the boat and owner I think it is.....that guy sank his replacement boat, too.
    Ya, I knew a few people would recognize the boat. I heard he's had some problems with the floating concept of boating. Maybe he should try submarines.

    Once we established a pretty good shape we flipped the boat and started adding layers from the bottom covering the whole tip.
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    Kinda borrowed your idea Cyclone.

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    Ok, so maybe a mod or someone can help me out here. The sight crashes about 80% of the time when I try to add pictures or smilies. I have PM'd Admin about this more than once. This is going to be one very short build thread if I can't load pics and I have to re-type everything 4-5 times. Anybody have a solution?

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    Is that Rob zombies old boat? Ultra?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bc18 View Post
    Is that Rob zombies old boat? Ultra?
    looks like it. That guy needs to get into off road. Every boat he has had has been on the rocks or islands.

    Last summer he damn near cleared the 200 yard island.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICECREAMAN View Post
    Ok, so maybe a mod or someone can help me out here. The sight crashes about 80% of the time when I try to add pictures or smilies. Anybody have a solution?
    While your adding things to your post (pics, smilies, ect), hit the "preview post" button down on bottom right hand of screen (right next to the "submit reply" button). That happened couple times to me. Seems like if I sit idle for more than a minute or two, it will lock up like you said. Now I just hit preview post couple times every time I post something and it hasn't locked up on me since. Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bc18 View Post
    Is that Rob zombies old boat? Ultra?
    Is Rob Zombie his real name or a nick name? I know this guy's name wasn't Rob. This boat used to run around Big River and I think he took it rock crawling back in 2003.

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    We added 4 layers and block sanded between layers so we could maintain the shape with out having to add a bunch of fill.
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    We used Evercoat Z-grip to clean up the lines.
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    Good looking work you're doing there.


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    After getting close to shooting the Gel coat I made a phone call to TRG (Todd) for a little guidance. Todd couldn't have been more helpful! He was the first one to recognize the boat. As soon as I mentioned the colors purple and white, he asked " does this boat have green in it too. I know that boat." He allowed me and Wesley to come by his place for a quick tutorial on shooting gel coat. His tips definitely made a big difference in the out come. It may not be to a professionals standards, but I am more than happy with the way it came out.

    We first shot a couple coats of primer and blocked it flat. We added in the color break line between the purple and white. Todd showed us how many actual layers of gel were on the boat. Each color is broken up with a darker shade of pin stripe. The line crossing the bottom is the dark pin stripe break line covered in PVA.
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    It's coming out bitchen keep it up it's good to see boats like these getting put back to use

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    Well I guess I'll try to add more pics of the gel work later, I've tried 3 times to add the next sequence of pics but the sight keeps crashing again!!

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