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Old 10-02-2017, 04:51 PM
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This project was a little more fun. The alternator belts were really chewed up when we did the sea trial, slinging belt dust all over the place. Got that sorted out as part of the work prior to departing on the delivery cruise, but the dust was still all over the place; big stinky mess. A lot ended up on the air filter.

Once I started looking it was clear that the Airsep itself needed some love. The finish was flaking off; not sure if it was paint or powdercoat, but whatever it was didn't have a very good bond. ETA: Most of the weirdness going on here is the residue from the rubber weatherstrip that was stuck to the body of the Airsep to pad the big hoseclamp that holds it on a bracket.

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Started scraping and sanding, and about an hour into it decided to see what it would cost to just replace the whole works. For $200 I would have dropped the hammer. Nope. Looks like $950 is about the going rate. Oh well, back to paint removal.

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Went to HD and got some chemical stripper, etching primer, and Rustoleum hammered black paint.

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Wasn't even going to try to clean up the old filter.

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And finished. Much better. It will get a CAT sticker once it goes on the engine and I figure out where the rubber weatherstrip and hoseclamp go on the body of the Airsep.

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Old 12-02-2017, 04:01 PM
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Haven't updated this thread in a while, the season got away from us!

The boat is on the hard now, which was an interesting learning process. Fortunately there were lots of helping hands at the marina to help get it done. Of course it happened on the coldest day of the year; got down to 20deg the night prior. Made the pressure washing a lot of fun...

So she's high & dry, with the main, genset, and water systems pickled and tucked in for the winter. Lots of little off-season projects lined up, just need to carve out some weekends with cooperative weather to get them done.

Do you think the Jeep will tow her? It's got a Hemi and all, but still might be a bit of a stretch...

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We had one last Indian summer day a few weeks ago, with a little bit of breeze but temps in the high 60s / low 70s. Perfect day to have a picnic on the water and let my daughter get some time behind the wheel.

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Looking forward to spring!
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Old 12-03-2017, 05:54 AM
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Nice shots thanks for the update
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:25 AM
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Looking good! I may have missed this before, does the cabin have a heater? If so you almost have a year-round boat!
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Old 12-07-2017, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by StarwindMango View Post
Looking good! I may have missed this before, does the cabin have a heater? If so you almost have a year-round boat!
There's marine HVAC in the boat, working on replacing the compressor, etc. this winter. Also have a small propane heater (with tipover protection & CO detector) to take the chill out of the cabin on cold mornings.

It really is an all-season rig. We're tickled with the utility of having both a flybridge and the lower station. Unfortunately won't get to try it out this winter, as we had to have everything out of the water on Veteran's Day weekend. Might try something different next year like jumping to a different marina in Nov to extend the season by a month or so.
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:12 AM
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That's awesome. There's something about being on a boat in the winter inside a warm cabin with your coffee that is special.
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Old 12-08-2017, 11:39 AM
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Great looking boat and fun trip. Thanks for the story.
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Old 04-03-2018, 08:14 PM
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Didn't get a ton done over the winter, and totally overestimated the amount of work that would happen in March. Between overseas work trips and significant snow and weather it just didn't happen. The good news is that she made it through the storms no worse for the wear, and I won the annual chili cookoff at the marina a few weeks ago. Bad news is that I can't seem to string together two straight weekend days of good weather to bottom paint.

Scraped some barnacles and got everything prepped for paint last Sat. The running gear in-particular needed some love, so I hit it with a DA sander followed by some potent etching primer. Should give the bottom paint a fighting chance of surviving the turbulent water down there. And yes, I'm tracking that the prop nuts are missing. Pulled them just to make sure it could be done, and now waiting on a new cotter pin.

After scraping barnacles and before sanding:

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Ready for paint:

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Can't wait to get back on the water and hopefully get in on some trophy striper (rockfish?) action. The new/used CL cooler is ready, and I've got a bunch of rod holders to attach. The full cockpit cover will make fishing a little challenging, but the shade is totally worth it, and all of the pipework gives a lot of options for setting up a multi-level trolling spread. We'll see how it goes...

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Old 04-06-2018, 05:26 AM
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Wow.. Just caught up with this thread. I had a slow day at work yesterday and had my split screen computer up with this thread on one side and google earth on the other. I followed your journey and vicariously put myself at the helm following along with pictures and places you covered on this voyage. What a fun day at work. LOL!

Kudos to you for having the courage and skills to pull this off so well. Good luck with that beauty this season and thanks for taking us along on that adventure!
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Old 04-06-2018, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by JonisMist View Post
Wow.. Just caught up with this thread. I had a slow day at work yesterday and had my split screen computer up with this thread on one side and google earth on the other. I followed your journey and vicariously put myself at the helm following along with pictures and places you covered on this voyage. What a fun day at work. LOL!

Kudos to you for having the courage and skills to pull this off so well. Good luck with that beauty this season and thanks for taking us along on that adventure!
Thanks! It was definitely an adventure. I still enjoy scrolling back through the pictures and the tracks on the plotter and remembering the details. Glad you enjoyed it!
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Old 04-09-2018, 12:04 PM
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Nice thread, I'm sure that was a great trip
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:31 PM
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Great trip/thread! Good luck with the boat! I don't know where ANY of that is, but looks fun!

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I put around 1,500 hrs annually. So I change out mine as needed . For example, my cummins after cooler is vertical so when not running the zinc in the top is out of the water but the bottom one stays in it. So every oil change I will swap the bottom to the top and use a fresh one. Every oil change I will do this along with inspecting and replacing if needed. Figure out all the different size pencil zincs you need and but them without the brass plug. Do some online looking around and you can find name brand zincs for $2-3 vs $10 a piece some want for the plug and zinc. Pulling them and looking at the rate of wear will also give you a idea if something changes between inspections such as stray currents. I'm big on zinc because keeping up with them helps prolong expensive parts such as aftercooler, oil coolers and heat exchangers.
1500 a year? Wow, that's a lot of hours! Are you commercial?
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Old 04-13-2018, 05:53 AM
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My Dad's boat is kept there at tydings park in Have Dr grace 40' green and white Silverton named Rolling Rock. That is a heck of a ride thru the ICW that tug was from the company Intracoastal Tug and Barge. I have ran that route a few times in the Tug.
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My Dad's boat is kept there at tydings park in Have Dr grace 40' green and white Silverton named Rolling Rock. That is a heck of a ride thru the ICW that tug was from the company Intracoastal Tug and Barge. I have ran that route a few times in the Tug.
Small world!

Has to be a white knuckle ride squeezing that big tug through the "ditch" portions of the ICW. Especially if there's any kind of traffic.
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Always interesting I can say that, I enjoy running offshore on the bigger boats much more.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:57 PM
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I can't believe I didn't see this thread earlier. Very enjoyable read and look see. Those boats are popular around here, as a matter of fact there's one that looks like yours in the boat yard down the street.
Excuse the poor quality of the photo but here's one which looks like yours that was in the background of one of my pics:
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:20 PM
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Finally had some bluebird weather and got the bottom painted yesterday. It turned into a bit of a marathon due to the short window of opportunity... Lots of taping, cutting in and painting the gear with a brush, and then going nuts with a roller. By the end of the day I was sore as hell and looked like I had murdered a smurf. Feels really good to have it done. One step closer to being in the water.

Prepped and ready to go:

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And done. Didn't really get any in-progress shots because I don't need a blue phone.

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Pretty much captures how I looked at the end of the day, head to toe. One of the smartasses in the marina asked what color bottom paint I was using...

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Next step is to buff & wax the hull. It's a little dirty but in great shape - it'll clean up really well. Topsides, pipework, etc. will probably wait until she's in the slip.
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Nice! Will you be in for the opener?

2 more questions: Having never done this, I've always been curious how you deal with the are under the stands?

And more importantly, how many beer job is this?
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Nice! Will you be in for the opener?

2 more questions: Having never done this, I've always been curious how you deal with the are under the stands?

And more importantly, how many beer job is this?
Not going to make opening weekend, but hoping to splash on 22 Apr (Sunday) if I can do a marathon of washing & waxing on Sat. Water has unfortunately been down at the marina for a while due to a water main break.

For the area under the stands, I'm going to move them one at a time to paint the area underneath the pads. Same thing with the adjustable keel blocks. Might grab a couple of spare stands from the yard just to reinforce everything while I'm shifting stuff around. The wood keel blocks are tougher. Going to slap a few thick coats on there while she's on the travel lift slings and hope for the best. Worst-case I'll have a little square of barnacles on the keel if the paint doesn't cure enough on the 20min transport to the ramp.

The job took a few beers, but after a while I couldn't climb into the boat to get to the beer fridge without leaving blue fingerprints. Next year I'll bring a disposable styrofoam cooler!
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Been studying up on trolling setups for trophy rockfish season on the Bay. It's a lot more complex than the walleye trolling and jigging I grew up with - some guys are dragging 15 or 20 lines.

I'm gonna start small and run five or six lines; a mix of two umbrellas, some tandem rigs, and maybe a diving plug in the middle way out back.

Went through all of my freshwater tackle and didn't have anything appropriate, esp. for cow stripers. My biggest walleye jig was 1/2oz, and heaviest rod was strung with 12# line. Appreciate all of the knowledge on here for local tackle stores. Started hitting some local shops and cashed in a bass pro gift card for tackle, line, etc. Also picked up four Penn combos, just a pair of 309s and a pair of Warfare reels on boat rods. Always been a fan of Penn reels, and will probably grab some used US-made Senators in the off season. For now these will work fine. Detail strip and lube right out of the box makes a big difference IMO.

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The boat has six rodholders in the gunwales and two on the flybridge rail. I ordered four more to mount on the cockpit enclosure, and will probably end up buying eight or ten more over time if there's a need. There's certainly real estate available with all of the pipework. Not going crazy with Taco or anything, just the Amarine holders that seem to have pretty good reviews. Used thick electrical tape to insulate the aluminum pipework from the SS holders, and disassembled the rodholders and hit every fastener with teflon paste. They seem very sturdy.

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Also grabbed a pair of "outrodders" to help spread everything out.

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