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Old 11-05-2012, 05:38 PM
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Default Hewes dream overhaul!

As a re-cap, or for those of you havnt seen this project yet, my goal is to build the ultimately rigged flats boat. This boat will be used at shows, tournaments and for my own personal fishing to demonstrate to everyone how a flats boat can be rigged, "The future of boat rigging NOW" if you will. We are executing quite a few new ideas in this boat, in an attempt to "build a better mouse trap", a few of which are my own new designs.

New ideas that are going into this vessel:

1. Ive designed a new battery switching, and charge on the run system. Space is very limited on flats boats, so Ive come up with a new way to get much more performance out of a battery system. Ill be able to charge all three batteries while running, and I can also flip my batteries from 24volt to 12volt with the flip of a switch, enabling me to power a high current stereo system for hours on end.

2. Ive designed a "smart bilge box" which is basicly a waterproof box, with labled leds on the cover. This box will house all of the aft pump connections, that would normally be exposed in the bilge. Whats cool about it, besides corrosion protection, is that the leds will indicate when power is present. Years down the road, when I have my first pump issue, I will know instantly whether it is a pump or a power problem, just by looking at the led on the box. Here is a pic-


3. Lithium Batteries. These batteries are 1/4 the weight of other bateries, are smaller, last three times as long, and keep their high voltage the entire discharge cycle. We have custom built lithium batteries going into this boat, that will shave 169lbs from the original battery setup! 169lbs!!!!

4. Analog to digital data conversion. We will be using a new device that allows conversion of analog to digital data, so I can have all my engine data, and any other data I want, displayed on my touch screen. I dont even want gauges on the helm, but we will put them there for redundantcy.

5. The "Ultimate" security system. New technology has allowed us to incorporate big yacht style security into a tiny package. The vessel will have a tracking system glassed into a part of the boat a thief would never find. Self contained and with battery back up for over a month, this system also has external sensors to monitor the entire boat, so if the boat is tampered with in any way an alarm will sound and I (and anyone else I add to the contact list) will instantly be notified via text and/or email, anywhere I may be. This will all be easy to demonstrate. The alarm system will also give me remote controll of the stereo system, lighting, etc.

6. "Show mode". A little system I designed a while back will "wake up" the boat and make it self demonstrate when approached by a person, when activated. This will add to the WOW factor.

All the latest in electronics and accesories will be packed into the boat. From the pumps to the lights, etc, shes getting the finest availible products to finish her off. All rigging will be done to the highest abyc and nema standards, and I will personally be responsible for the entire build, down to the very screws that attach the hull to the cap. Im very excited to finish this project!

I have some help that deserves mentioning! Buddy Barnes has helped me to do all the fiberglass repairs, and is masterfully painting the boat as well. At this point, the hull is finished, and the topsides should be done this weekend. We will tackle the modified console next week.

Adam at All Aluminum Concepts is building a detachable poling platform, that leaves only flush mounted pads on the deck. There will also be a raised platform for sightfishing cobia, tarpon and redfish.

Besides the help from them, its all up to me to insure a show quality build throughout.

Enough talk, on with the build pics! This is what she used to look like.


The tear down went quickly, I stripped it to the glass in one day. Here is the silly pic I took.


The glass and paint prep work begins! Glassing, then sanding, sanding, and more sanding!















I cant say enough about the quality finish Buddy is capable of, here are some sneak peeks at the new "Super Jet Black" hull! Still a bit of buffing to be done, but almost there!





While the boat was up on a rack, I redid my trailer. New brackets, hardware, springs, bunks, carpet, etc and I also added two more bunks.


I designed my new switch and breaker panels from scratch, and the new switch panel will be backlit with blue leds to match the rest of the boats lighting. Only the best componets will be used in the switch and breaker panels.


Almost finished!



The wiring was ordered from MBC to retain all factory coloring.


I wasnt concerned with a show qaulity finish in the bilge, lol, so I did those ding repairs and paint myself. Here is a look at the bilge how it came to me, the strip, reapair and painting.




The rigging compartment got the same treatment.




Now we are ready for the new plumbing and pumps. I copied the old design, which was about as good as possible IMO. I chose Shurflow anti airlock Pirahna 1000's, and Shurflow fully adjustable nozzles to control the flow. The Groco seacock handles will be painted hi vis orange.



I didnt skimp on the bilge protection, and chose a Shurflow 2000gph and a Johnson fully sealed digital switch, the most reliable switch on the market.


I installed an Airmar tilted element thru hull for the best performance.






I should have some finished topside shots this weekend, and next week Buddy will tackle the console while I begin re-assembly of the boat and rigging. Here is the console prep done, we will be raising and widening the top to make room for flush mounted electronics.



Here, the boat is prepped to spray the cap.


Now, for some sneak peeks at the topsides work!

You can see Buddy's detail, and the smooth surfaces havnt even been wet sanded yet!



Non skid detail


Even "whisper grey" puts off a bit of glare when its clean.... but nothing like my blinding white deck used to be!


In other details, Ive finished the tracking system, and its embeded into the hull where it will never be found. Ill be able to demonstrate how awesome this system is, I can set it where you cant even stand next to the boat without it instantly emailing me and everyone on my designated contact list. I can also opt to turn the "warn away" siren on or off.

Today the cap was sprayed, and tomorrow Buddy will finish the deck. Then I will begin outfitting the boat while Buddy finishes the hatches and console rebuild, which should be pretty dang cool, and all original design for the helm. The next posts will start getting much more interesting!
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:15 PM
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That looks awesome so far. Keep the pics coming!
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:56 PM
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Love it! Great idea of having a working canvas to showoff your work.
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Thanks guys! Bummer the rain got us today.... seems like its always something trying to slow this project down, its been hard to stay patient. Hopefully I can make some sort of progress on other parts of the project today since we wont be painting now.
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I like the sound of your alarm. Would you care to shareire details? Manufacture etc...
Great resto by the way!!!
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what do you mean by analogue to digital. could i show my analogue tachometer on my simrad multifunction screen for eg (which requires NMEA 0183 )
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I like the sound of your alarm. Would you care to shareire details? Manufacture etc...
Great resto by the way!!!
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Thanks guys, but obviously I wouldnt want to get too intimate with my custom security systems details on a public forum. (I would be glad to offer custom ideas for your own vessel in private)

However, I can tell you generic details. These systems can now fit in the palm of your hand, and have built in power that can last over a month in the event of power loss, ie, batteries stolen. They can be tucked away far out of sight, under decks with no signal loss. They also have external sensor ports, allowing easy integration with an endless array of security sensors. These tracking and notification systems can send you and other contacts emails or texts the moment a sensor is comprimised, via sat comunication, anywhere. Ours (tracking/comunication) will also be interfaced with a 12volt alarm, allowing siren options and remote controlled features. The basic tracking system is now availible for around $400, and has other features like emergancy comunication (press a rescue button to send emergency signal via sat) and personal tracking features allowing you to keep a private or shared record of your travels on a secure website. The posssibilities are becoming endless these days!

Busango.... there are new devices being made now that can be programed to convert just about any analog data to NMEA 2000 data like your Simrad and other current units use. The device I plan on using is made by Noland engineering, and is called a rs-11, $165 for 4 conversions from one device. I plan on doing oil pressure, temp, water pressure and trim.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:24 AM
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That red Hewes floats real skinny. lol Going to look nice Tony. Always does.
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Boattronics,

Love all the features you mention. I'm all about personal property security. I would not want to share details on where things are mounted etc on my stuff ether. I'm a big time DYIer especially with security. I'd love to research the brain and its acc. If you wouldn't mind revealing a brand etc. thanks for sharing!!

By the way, I'm looking for a newest project if anyone sees one in Florida.
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just finished doing the same thing. Your gunna love it
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Thank you guys! I promise I will tell more about the security system soon, there will be a full write up about it, along with demonstration. Details coming soon!

Team Fishless, I heard you did a very nice overhaul. I searched, but I can not find it. Please shoot me a link so I can check it out!
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Love your project, and look forward to your security thread. After you have owned a boat or two assembled by someone else, it sure is nice to put one together like you want it, especially when it comes time to locate a problem. Keep up the good work. The only problem I saw is nothing you are doing is going to help catch more or bigger fish.
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SUBSCRIBING! I wish that our Redfisher never got stolen, I'd love to still have that boat!

Haven't you already posted a thread on here, or am I thinking of the HEWES froum? I know I've seen this somewhere!
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awesome job
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Thank you guys very much! Paint should be finished today, and I will begin rigging tomorrow with updates to follow!
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Lots of fun to watch!
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here are the photos. Let me know if you have any questions.
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