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Old 11-12-2010, 04:29 PM
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Default Kencraft Pilothouse buxton 25. (full project) Ugly SOB but ill make it perrty

Ive had all kinds of boats from Contender to bayliner. Ive always liked Pilothouses, diesels and commercial boats. I quess am a sucker for old classic lines.

For some reason I kind of took this project even thou its an ugly sob to begin with but theres something about it that I like about this boat, dont know what yet but I should find out.

Really wanted to dedicate a page to my project boat, it really helps when the going gets tough and you feel like quitting. Sometimes when you have other people watching it kind of helps you work more motivated.

So if you guys dont mind I will post my project pics here, with my progress as I go. Please, all opinions and comments are more than welcome, it doesnt matter if its good or bad. I love to hear new ideas and different points of veiw.

So here we go.

The boat is a 1984 Kencraft buxton pilothouse. I got this boat 2 weeks ago:


I dont have a "full boat" picture, When I first got it i was so worried I coulnd even take a straight picture









I purchased this boat with NO trailer for $1700. and spent about 250 on diesel and tolls to pick this puppy up. The floor is "gone" completely soft as well as stringers. Transom is so so. I dont know yet until I cut out some samples but am sure its got some rot too.

THe bracket I gave it away to a friend of mine. So basically I ended up with a beatup hull with rotted floor, stringers and maybe transom for close to $2000. sitting on the floor
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The boat has lots of fishing space but one thing I disliked imediately was the hight of the cabin and the finish on the gunnels or walls. If you where to walk from the transom into the cabin, youd have to bend over and take a step down into the cabin or youll hit your head with the top.



And the gunnels had 2 steps, not flat on top so it would be hard to sit on the sides for any extended periods of time. Plus they dont go with the lines of the boat "i think".






So I decided to lift the pilothouse 6" and cut the gunnels down and reatach both pieces to make them into a single flat surface going parallel to the rubrail . uh, oh.









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Nice pics, Might I suggest something, Instead of just extending under the windshield to meet the cabin top.. MAYBE cut the cabin top off and extend that, so you get more cabin head room and it doesnt look funny.. Doesnt look like a big job.
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Yea, I thought about that. But I will be going with bigger windows all around and I already started to laminate. Good point thoug.

I also didnt have enough room to grind and laminate if I would have cut the top off. ITs a 1/4 solid fiberglass on the sides and 1/2" solid in the front and back. I really wanted to have at least 4" to be able to grind and laminate the new section to the old one on both sides.

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I had to take the boat out to make room in my backyard and move some stuff around and took some pictures of the boat outside with the cabin lifted and the gunnels cut.

I think it looks a little better with the gunnels cut. At least now it has cleaner lines.





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Ive started to prepare the new section of the cabin. I first rolled about 3 thick layers of gelcoat with no was, in between I added a layer of fiberglass mat to build up the layers.







I also coulnd resist to cut into the rotted floor. I know am getting ahead of myself but I really wanted to see how bad it really was. Well its bad










As of today this is exactly where am at with this project. Tomorow I will be buying all the materials I need to do major work on it and I will also get more organized as i go. I will also have better detailed pictures.

This part of the project is what made me realize that maybe I should post this project somewhere to help me get thru it. I plan on doing lots of work to the cabin tomorow and hopefully build up the new section to its full thickness and remove the wood boards from the outside.

WIll post more pics tomorow
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Old 11-12-2010, 05:38 PM
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Clctrader

As we spoke via PM, I also had a 84' buxton and loved the boat. I was wondering if you had bought my old boat but after looking at the pics I can say that is not my old boat.

I am following your thread closely and also can appreciate all the sweat, blood, and love, put into a project like this.

If you find another 25'buxton for sale cheap let me know as I would always love to own another one. Glad you bought the boat and did not let it rot away.
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Yeah it doesn't look bad the way you did it, I think its going to turn out awesome.
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I agree the lines look better and the pilot house is screaming for larger windows.

Doesn't look like alot of freeboard or bow flare for really rough weather but it looks like it will be great to fish from and should be good on the drift.

I like a pilot house too. Much better to fish from when it's 35 and rainy, which is 6 months of the year here.
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Thanks to all for the complements and comments.

Meii, sent you an email with the address of this post but I think you found it before you even read the email. Thanks for the info. This is going to be an interesting project for sure.

I have many many toys, bells and whistles for this boat. As some of you know I sell lots of good stuff here like new electronics and windlass units. Its going to be a while before I can put any of those on this boat
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Very interesting project. Keep the pics coming.
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:21 PM
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Just a short post- I purchased a 1984 Kencraft Buxton in May of this year- I am also doing a complete rebuild. I have documented with pictures my rebuild efforts- you can view my picture site http://picasaweb.google.com/dynostratman. My boat has a 5.7 Crusader with a velvet drive transmission. I have had to go through everything as you will do also- I am waiting for the starboard side fuel tank to arrive so I can finish the decking. I like the design of the boat- I dive 300 times a year and this will make a great dive boat. Capacity for 6 divers and equipment and two boat crew. My boat has full 24 mile radar- chartplotter-sidescan- and depth. I do lots of wreck diving in the Great Lakes. And this will be a safe boat when I'm finished. Lets keep in touch.


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Old 11-12-2010, 07:53 PM
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Default And yet another Buxton owner...

This may become "the" thread for Kencraft Buxton owners.....I run an '85 Buxton--it's in good shape, although I'm anticipating having to do some work in the (near) future...fuel tanks, and prob a repower. Great boat to fish on, even though she's more of a tortoise than a hare.....

I, too, look forward to checking in on your progress......good luck!

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Old 11-12-2010, 09:27 PM
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Default wow.

I love this site. I really didnt think I would see other Kencraft owners with the same boats posting. This is great.

dynostratman, thanks for sharing the pics and info. Thats a great project and looks like youve done a great job. I can honestly say I looked at every boat picture you had there. If I would have seen your pictures earlier I wouldnt have teared up my floor just yet so I could continue walking on it till it was time.

Over at spearfishing.com the have nothing but great things to say about these boats. Defenetly a good diving boat.

By the way am closing my transom and already have a nice stainless marine bracket for the outboard

Thanks again to all the members, This is going to be a good one
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Lets keep this thread going- it's great to hear from you- today I coal tarred epoxyed my port side tank- boy does that stuff stink even with a resperator on- I had to get out of my shop and let it flash off- again thanks for your posts- we all need encouragement to continue-

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Dynostratman

Just checked your link. I called the old owner of your boat and spoke to him, probably 2 years ago. Was interested in buying the boat but the owner was an ass. Would not give me the time of day. If I remember correctly boat was in kill devil hills, NC.

Small world of buxtons.

Both look like great builds. Keep up the good work.
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Wow, big project! I'm impressed with what you've accomplished already.


Why did you select the Buxton 25? What will the boat's primary purpose be?
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I used to own one. Mine had a inboard.Good boat but my Shamrock rides alot better!!!!
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I needed a boat for a dive platform- we do tons of diving in the Great Lakes. The size of the boat and capacity was the selling point. The person that I bought the boat from in North Carolina was not truthful about the condition of the boat. His description led me to assume that new is brand new (sales slip within a few months) not years or not even replaced. I'm contemplating filing in North Carolina court system to see if I can recoup some $$$. In his words ready for fishing and mechanic maintained was blatant lie as my documentation does show- the boat was unsafe in every respect. Regardless I am committed to reconstructing the boat to current USCG standards and will be diving off the boat this spring.

thanks for the message

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Glock diver, The boat will be used for spear fishing as a hobby or sport and as a live bait boat for work. I think it would be perfect for both.

Couldnt really get much work done today. But I did manage to get all the foam out and started cutting the stringers and cleaning up the hull.







I do have another project that am almost done and then all my time will go to the buxton. This is an 82 Grady White 25.5 , just needs final sanding and buffing of the gelcoat and rigging.











Just wanted to post something that I was doing today to keep the post interesting till I get more pics on monday from working on the Buxton.

Yes thats correct. Its a 1982 GW Sailfish with lots of work done to it.


I will start working hard monday on the Kencraft for sure...

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