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1988 Scarab Sport Restoration

Old 11-14-2015, 02:05 PM
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Well, I guess you can say I am committed now...

This thread is probably going to be slow progress. I have had this boat for a little over 8 years now. I have always had intentions of rebuilding it but a few health issues have slowed me down. I am finally back at it.

The deck has soft spots all over. I am pretty sure a good portion of the stringers, bulkheads, and transom are rotten. I am in the process of removing the deck now so that I can determine exactly what I am working with.

My plans are to re-build her back as a 3 piece boat. I am debating right now whether I want to do an open bow conversion (I am leaning this way).

My first step after removing the deck is going to be to measure the inside of the hull and create a 3-d model so that I can play with different lay-outs until I find exactly what I want.

I have big plans for this project, hopefully I will be able to turn them into reality.
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Old 11-14-2015, 10:54 PM
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my vote is to leave the cabin. Either way should be sweet when you are done!
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Old 11-15-2015, 10:02 AM
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Like I say, I am on the fence with the cabin. Its not really functional all I used it for in the past was a large storage area. We will see.
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Old 11-15-2015, 10:07 AM
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Susbcribed.... good luck and stay the course
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Old 11-15-2015, 11:46 AM
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Subscribed cant wait to see how this turns out!
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Old 11-21-2015, 01:55 PM
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Got a little more work done today. At this rate only about 10 years left to go...
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Old 11-21-2015, 03:36 PM
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Looks like your making progress, keep up the good work....
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Old 11-21-2015, 04:12 PM
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Looking good! How do the stingers and bulkheads look?
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Old 11-21-2015, 09:27 PM
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They are wet but not as bad as I thought. I am going to replace them all though. Doesn't make sense not to at this point. I am pretty sure the farther aft I go the bigger the mess will be.
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Old 11-22-2015, 04:50 AM
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This is what I call a can of worms. The further you dig the deeper you have to go. The bright side is that once it is done you will have something to really be proud of.

The secret to this project: Glue and screw something to this boat every day. You will get it.
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Old 11-22-2015, 05:28 AM
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The secret to this project: Glue and screw something to this boat every day. You will get it.
Wish someone told me this a while ago. Telling myself that would get things done a lot quicker.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:43 PM
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Old 11-26-2015, 01:28 PM
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Worked a few calories off after thanksgiving lunch today.
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Old 11-26-2015, 01:32 PM
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Let me try this one more again...
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Old 11-29-2015, 06:21 PM
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So I got a little more work done today. I marked the cabin to kind of get a visual for what it will look like as an open bow. I also finished cutting out the back of the deck floor. Then I measured the stringers and bulkheads as best as I could and started drawing them in CAD.

The next step is to double check all of my drawings with the stringer grid. Then get the hull drawn up so that I can start laying out the new stringer grid and layout for everything else.
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Here is the stringer grid I did in CAD. Some things aren't adding up they way they should so I am going to have to keep tweeking it until they do.
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Does anyone have any advice on getting the tank out? I have read several threads and have seen several methods used. I know how to actually lift it out of the boat. I just cant figure out how to get the chain around it to use the pulley.
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Old 12-02-2015, 07:17 AM
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Does anyone have any advice on getting the tank out? I have read several threads and have seen several methods used. I know how to actually lift it out of the boat. I just cant figure out how to get the chain around it to use the pulley.
I have no idea if you'd be able to get a good seal - but assuming you've emptied the tank, you might be able to lift it enough to get the chains in place using a few of these suction cups.

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Old 12-02-2015, 10:08 AM
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I have no first hand experience, however from what I have seen, use a keyhole saw or sawzall to remove as much foam / material between the tank and stringers around the tank. Then use a "fish tape", cable, or stout wire, and get it running under the tank boring a pathway as you go. Attach the chain to whatever you used and pull it back through. Keep your fingers crossed and hope it pops easily. A word of caution if you are reusing your tank, on another thread someone cut some pretty good gouges in their tank using a sawzall, so be careful.
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I ended up having to use a hole saw and feed a chain through the sender hole and the hole I made to get them out. I had no plans on re-using the tanks. Just be careful about sparks and heat!
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