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1979 speedcraft flatdecking and restoration

Old 04-30-2019, 11:01 AM
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Checks and cracks in gelcoat (crazing)

Sanding and feathering. This will be getting ground out further later on.

Needs cleaned up

Getting better

3 hours of hand sanding.. All work so far only used 3 sheets of 3m 100 grit. Hand sanding is much slower but i believe you get a much better finished product expecially in the final stages of fairing, plus it is very economical
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Old 04-30-2019, 11:15 AM
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I was going to pull the trigger and build a Competition look a like w/ twin 2 strokes 150's. Had the bracket and engines on stand by to purchase and was going to do a Comp console and leaning post.. Unfortunately my dad wanted to do a smaller boat.

I think a nice Key West Style T-top w/ stand thru controls would be killer. Once deck is back on think about a coffin box, but maybe utilizing a ram lift for access under the cooler.
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Old 04-30-2019, 11:29 AM
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The thing I love about this boat is from the outside the boat dorsnt look overly big and very easy to tow, but once inside it feels very spacious. I plan to make a huge front fish box and instead of a coffin box buy a yeti 350.
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Old 04-30-2019, 11:32 AM
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Very cool, looking forward to watching your progress.
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Old 04-30-2019, 11:41 AM
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The transom on these are weird its only cored where its pushed and where the tie downs are.. I believe I will be removing the core for coosa and adding legs to tie the stringers into the transom. Then between the legs add a shelf for my livewell to rest on. Everything on this boat was repaired kinda half @$$ed. Lots for mat glassed over unsanded gelcoat and such.
I just went through this process on the Seavee I’m rebuilding. I recored the bump out with 2 1/2” worth of coosa, then put a sheet of 1/2” coosa over the whole transom from hull side to hull side. Mine had like 3/8” plywood coring outside of the bump out that was still in good condition but I wanted to make sure there was enough coring throughout.
Looks like the hull itself is in good condition.
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Old 04-30-2019, 12:24 PM
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I saw this hull listed for sale. Glad someone got it that’s going to redo it and share along the way.
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Old 04-30-2019, 12:28 PM
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I just went through this process on the Seavee I’m rebuilding. I recored the bump out with 2 1/2” worth of coosa, then put a sheet of 1/2” coosa over the whole transom from hull side to hull side. Mine had like 3/8” plywood coring outside of the bump out that was still in good condition but I wanted to make sure there was enough coring throughout.
Looks like the hull itself is in good condition.
I have very similar plans for this transom.. I'm sure its not needed, but since I'm in there and its open why not.
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Old 04-30-2019, 12:49 PM
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Here are some inside transom picture for you guys



Upper left hand corner of the transom looks like cracking possible failure in the future

Finaally removed the clog from the pipe that runs from here (back of tank) to the bilge.

The result from unclogging the pipe and \"opening the flood gates".

More trash

One of the many cocoanuts ive found.. Must of been sitting under a tree.. Also must have been next to a house while it was being reshigled.. Ask me how i know haha
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Old 04-30-2019, 02:55 PM
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That was harder than i thought by myself lol

Water in the voids behind inserters.. So much wasted space

More trapped water

So much space i will be taking advantage of

Ahh feels good to get that off
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:16 PM
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Hard to believe but, This is the easy and fun part!
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:44 PM
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Hard to believe but, This is the easy and fun part!
So far I have really enjoyed this project. I know there are going to be times through this build that are going to be tough and expensive, but in the end I hope to have a boat that is safe and fits my needs. THT has been such a great resource for me over the past few years just lurking, getting ideas, and learning from fellow members.
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Old 05-01-2019, 12:11 PM
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THE DEATH DEALER!!!! 4.5 INCH CHAINSAW CUTOFF WHEEL. ARE THESE EVEN LEGAL?!?!?!
Picked up a few things from H.F for some deconstruction. I bought one the coolest things ever.
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Old 05-01-2019, 12:31 PM
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That damn think scares me! I like a 5” diamond concrete grinder for the old fiberglass grinding. One and done unlike discs. Just don’t stop moving it.
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Old 05-01-2019, 12:35 PM
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I have a bag full of those concrete disks as well that I plan to use for most of the work.. I death dealer is going to be used for old wood in the transom.. I have a feeling the wood has resin injected into 8t makeing it a pain to remove.
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Old 05-01-2019, 05:35 PM
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Hoping to get more done today but got rained out. Gotta get a pop up car port for it but anyways.. Got a few things done.

Got the stern tow hooks out, removed some hose clamps and console hardware.

Old school thru hull pick up i think this this is super cool works great.. But it was placed where the boat sits on the bunk so it will be getting moved and replaced.

More foam and old wood/ mat

Cap sags pretty bad going to have to brace to get the true form and the brace the cap itself so i can remove it to recore.

Sagging on port isnt as bad but need work for sure.
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Old 05-03-2019, 05:33 PM
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After owning the boat for a week today ive got a decent amount done and am compiling a list of materials to order for this build. Today between the heavy rains I was able to remove alot more foam from the casting deck and adound the tanks. I was also able to sand on the hull abit and remove the outer rub rail.

Slowly removing waves, cracks, bubbles, and rust stains.

Outer rub rail sleeve removed

Foam, foam, foam, what ya gonna do...

Got it sprayed out lookin abit better

All the treasures flowing out after i sprayed some of the inside out

Hopefully about ready to start cutting the deck to remove the tanks
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Making good progress. Thanks for keeping the updates coming.
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Old 05-04-2019, 08:24 AM
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Well you have gone this far. Having done over a number of these hulls consider moving your fuel tank forward about 4’.

Raise the entire deck about 4”

pull the the center console about 12” to 18” forward.

Great hull went and looked at he Boat. Did not have it in me to do it all again.

Owned or have had family with at least 3 - 24’ 1-20’

cog is very important competition and latitude boats have it perfect.

Good luck.


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Old 05-04-2019, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Islandia View Post
Well you have gone this far. Having done over a number of these hulls consider moving your fuel tank forward about 4’.

Raise the entire deck about 4”

pull the the center console about 12” to 18” forward.

Great hull went and looked at he Boat. Did not have it in me to do it all again.

Owned or have had family with at least 3 - 24’ 1-20’

cog is very important competition and latitude boats have it perfect.

Good luck.


Thank you for commenting! I do plan to do these things. Does anyone know the original tank dimentions? The twin tanks I have now are pushed forward to the step up on the platform which from what I can is pushed forward 8 to 10 inches. I plan on going with a 175 gallon tank. Any comments on this? Console deffently needs to go forward there is zero stern room to fish as is. I have viewed many of Mannys 25 builds and love the way he lays everything out. I will be laying out a stringer grid very similar to his.
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Old 05-04-2019, 12:22 PM
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Again today between spring showers, I am removing the foam from around the tanks. I was able to remove the console and move it forward. Tanks are wider than the floor but ot was still cut from the initial install with some crappy tabbing/ chop holdiing it together. These tanks are a pain but I am staying positive and happy to be able to own and work on this boat myself.
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