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Old 02-05-2019, 12:00 PM   #1
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Thought I would share my project. I picked up a 94' Bass Buggy 18 last week. Came with a 2017 Merc 60 fourstoke with 40 hours and 5 year extension warranty from mercury. I traded a golf cart for it that I had 2k in. So im way ahead. Only reason I did this was for motor value. I now will rebuild the entire boat.

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New furniture and console
Vinyl floor
Led green rope water lights for down sides and middle
Stereo with 2600 W 8 channel amp 4 8s and 2 10s lol
New led running lights and pole light
3 bank charger
3 batts with boxes
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Live well set up to go in one of the new furniture boxes
8' bimimi top
26" light bar that i will mount under deck up front for night driving
3m dark blue auto wrap for panels

Putting on a like new auto deployed TM with spotlock and a Helix 9 with links.

So far I have gutted the boat, stripped stickers and will start polishing all the aluminum this weekend. The floor seems to be good shape. I have to remove all rails and side support to do the floors after polishing.

Should take me 2 weeks to complete.

I will update as I go. I plan to have bout 7k in it when all done. (Not counting cart trade)We will see lol.

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Old 02-05-2019, 12:03 PM   #2
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Nice. Would love to see before and after pics? Where are you going to put all the speakers? I have a Tritoon and we are upgrading the stereo and I just dont know where I am going to install the 12's. I dont know if I should get bullet speakers and mount to the ski tow bar or put them in a box and put in the storage compartment behind the back seat, in front of the motor. What brand stereo did you go with? WETSOUNDS is what I would like, but that stuff is expensive.
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:08 PM   #3
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:10 PM   #4
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:13 PM   #5
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Nice. Would love to see before and after pics? Where are you going to put all the speakers? I have a Tritoon and we are upgrading the stereo and I just dont know where I am going to install the 12's. I dont know if I should get bullet speakers and mount to the ski tow bar or put them in a box and put in the storage compartment behind the back seat, in front of the motor. What brand stereo did you go with? WETSOUNDS is what I would like, but that stuff is expensive.

I went affordable route. Planet audio guage style stereo and plye speakers with a Rockville 2600W 8 channel amp. Sorry thoght I went with smaller amp. Had to look on my Amazon order. Plan is all speakers in furniture boxes for now.
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Old 02-05-2019, 01:31 PM   #6
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Looks like a fishing machine in the making.
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Old 02-05-2019, 01:38 PM   #7
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Sweet DIY project! that motor is awesome. maybe the project will make an appearance at the TBH crappie get together.
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:26 PM   #8
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Sweet DIY project! that motor is awesome. maybe the project will make an appearance at the TBH crappie get together.
I think we will be there. I actually have a place on the water in Paradise.

FYI our club WCCC sunk 70 Christmas last weekend . I do have the GPS cords too.
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:45 PM   #9
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Old 02-05-2019, 05:07 PM   #10
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I think we will be there. I actually have a place on the water in Paradise.

FYI our club WCCC sunk 70 Christmas last weekend . I do have the GPS cords too.
Somebody has a trailer full of interior parts in the parking area at Paradise. Not sure any of it is usable or for sale.
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Old 02-05-2019, 05:36 PM   #11
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It belongs to Dennis, and its rough. All new arrives Thursday.

A little more progress today
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Old 02-05-2019, 06:39 PM   #12
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Crap my first change order. Needs new deck. Pretty soft around edges. Thankfully one of my vendors just donated materials.
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Old 02-05-2019, 07:26 PM   #13
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im in for the build along. cant wait to see the progress
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Old 02-05-2019, 07:40 PM   #14
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im in for the build along. cant wait to see the progress
Thanks, My wife just said i bought a motor and built a boat around it haha.
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Old 02-05-2019, 07:41 PM   #15
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i see the new ones have gone to composite materials. are you doing the same or going wood again?
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:00 PM   #16
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i see the new ones have gone to composite materials. are you doing the same or going wood again?
Composite called Dragonboard.
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Good luck with the rebuild . I'll be rooting from the bleachers. Done several of those my self.















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Old 02-05-2019, 08:22 PM   #18
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Never been around Pontoons but like the Idea..and esp That size..Sounds and looks like great project...Never owned any new Alu. boats all been well used and all had some sort of leaks(cracks,electrolysis,puncture,bad welds, rivets) ..My advice if there is any way to pressurize with positive air pressure (not much pressure prob a pound or so or you make new ones) and bubble check for leaks...now is time to find that problem and fix....
Guess you could put water in each pontoon if properly supported to check for leaks...But be careful water is HEAVY...
Surely someone on THB know a good way to check
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Sounds like fun!
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:27 PM   #20
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In. I've always wanted to take on a project like this myself.
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:57 AM   #21
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In. I've always wanted to take on a project like this myself.
Im really enjoying it. Getting excited for reassembling work.

I priced new ones and they are near 30k out the door for this size and motor with no electronics!

Used ones with same motor are mid 20s and dirty. This one will pretty much brand new and have no payments!
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Im really enjoying it. Getting excited for reassembling work.

I priced new ones and they are near 30k out the door for this size and motor with no electronics!

Used ones with same motor are mid 20s and dirty. This one will pretty much brand new and have no payments!
Paid for, that’s the best kind of boat to have!
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Wow. Thats going to be nice
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Composite called Dragonboard.


First time I have heard of this product, and just googled it. Thinking about it for a dock we’re gonna build for our tank. Cant find price info on it. For comparison purposes, how much more is it likely to cost for your boat than something like 3/4 treated plywood?


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First time I have heard of this product, and just googled it. Thinking about it for a dock we’re gonna build for our tank. Cant find price info on it. For comparison purposes, how much more is it likely to cost for your boat than something like 3/4 treated plywood?


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Same question.

I could use some on my kayak trailer

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Old 02-06-2019, 06:18 PM   #27
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First time I have heard of this product, and just googled it. Thinking about it for a dock we’re gonna build for our tank. Cant find price info on it. For comparison purposes, how much more is it likely to cost for your boat than something like 3/4 treated plywood?


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$220 sheet and $10k Min order. My vendor is thrown 6 sheets on someone else order for me free. We use it from time to time. Badarse stuff.

170 lbs a sheet though. Not sure its worth it. Marine grade plywood will last 20 years if cared for. Heck by then it will need all new furniture again anyways.

USG has something real close. This stuff is local and I may go this route as I dont want to wait for DragonBoard truck in 3 weeks. I will know price on USG tomorrow.

http://info.usg.com/structuralsubflo...SAAEgLrBvD_BwE

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Cool project. Good luck
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$220 sheet and $10k Min order. My vendor is thrown 6 sheets on someone else order for me free. We use it from time to time. Badarse stuff.

170 lbs a sheet though. Not sure its worth it. Marine grade plywood will last 20 years if cared for. Heck by then it will need all new furniture again anyways.

USG has something real close. This stuff is local and I may go this route as I dont want to wait for DragonBoard truck in 3 weeks. I will know price on USG tomorrow.

http://info.usg.com/structuralsubflo...SAAEgLrBvD_BwE


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First time I have heard of this product, and just googled it. Thinking about it for a dock we’re gonna build for our tank. Cant find price info on it. For comparison purposes, how much more is it likely to cost for your boat than something like 3/4 treated plywood?


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Treated wood and aluminum don't play nice. Would be fine galvanized though depending on what foundation you're building on.
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Look into 1/4 or 3/8 FRP (fiberglass reinforcement plastic). That stuff is stout. We use it all the time on Mockups at NASA


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Going with marine grade 5/8 plywood. May spray the underside and edges with several coats of Thompson water seal. I need the top to be porous for the glue used for the boat grade vinyl flooring. if I seal the top the glue will not be able to gas.
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Where are you getting the new furniture and console from?
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Pontoonstuff.com

2240.00 delivered
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Polishing has begun!
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Got the old deck off. The screws were not budging without head stripping. Couldn't drill them out as they are stainless and even with oil i was burning up bits. So , i used a hole saw on the edge of the bolts to get the deck up. Now I will sawzall the leftovers off.

Back to polishing.
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I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project.
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Spearchunker, rather than using Thompsons sealer, coat the marine grade plywood with epoxy. You should be able to coat the top as well. Site I used for my rebuilds- http://www.uscomposites.com
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Spearchunker, rather than using Thompsons sealer, coat the marine grade plywood with epoxy. You should be able to coat the top as well. Site I used for my rebuilds- http://www.uscomposites.com
I like the idea, I will research for sure.
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Need some soda, glass or sand blast input. The rails are a bit pitted and not polishing up like the toons. I was thinking maybe blasting them?

I found pretty affordable guns on Amazon. Not sure what media to try. I dont think the rails are solid aluminum. Might blast them and paint? Or just blast to clean them up.

Any ideas or input?

I can get new fence (sheet metal insert) for under 150 so returning the vinyl wrap. Just trying to clean up rails now.
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Blast aluminum with walnut shell.

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Spearchunker, rather than using Thompsons sealer, coat the marine grade plywood with epoxy. You should be able to coat the top as well. Site I used for my rebuilds- http://www.uscomposites.com
uscomposites has good stuff
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Thanks HS, I just ordered a gun and Walnut shells. I'll update when I try it.
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Following...I was going to go this route but ended up just getting a jon boat. Been working on it some and planned on starting a thread once I have a few more things done.

Anxious to follow your project!
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Curious. How fast do those things get up to with the stock outboard?
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