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Old 07-25-2019, 06:00 AM
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Sometimes things happen for a reason. My boat was not up for sale, but I was made an offer I couldn't refuse, despite my summer vacation plans (with the boss, she was not happy!). She was gone before I had a chance to say goodbye. Within days before I sold, I had received a message that my next dream hull I had mentioned overhauling on social media, a 31 Contender, was going up for sale soon. They had heard my interest in said vessel, and we came to terms very quickly. It was meant to be!



Tony Bossela, a local fishing legend, was the original owner. He heard I had her and had begun restoration, and paid a surprise visit!



First order was to strip the boat completely. I earned a new respect for the Contenders build quality cutting out that console lol! We cut out the floor, and exposed the leaky tanks.



Thanks to a trusty chainfall, the tanks came out without much of a fuss.



The tanks were definitely toast!



After a lot of back and forth with myself, (it actually took weeks), I finally made a decision on the new tanks and ordered a custom 340+ gallon configuration. This will save half the tub in the console, which saves rigging/maintenance ease, while also giving me a huge range. We deleted the fresh tank in the back in favor of the fuel exspansion. Two new 25 gallon fresh tanks in the forward saddle storage extreme will give me both all the fresh water I could want on extended trips, but also offer instant 400lbs of bow ballast, but more on that idea later.



The console restoration began yesterday. The holes have been filled and shes ready to get faired out and primed (ambitious I know) tommorow.






We recently did the same exact vessel overhaul, and I'm doing the same configuration as I did here, except with a 24" Simrad which is the same dimensions as this Garmin.





After the tanks go in the next couple weeks, the build will be going full blast. After repairs, mods and fairing, the entire vessel will be painted with Alexseal inside and out. The paint scheme is the exact same down to the custom formulas as seen on the world famous "Grander Jarret Bay" yacht.

Updates will be somewhat slow at first, but the build speed will escalate towards fall. We are hoping to be finished by Christmas, though again, that's being very ambitious. Thousands of man hours are ahead of the team in the coming months.

Obviously my Contender isn't the Grander, but I have no shame in copying her exact paints, metal and softsides to the T.

T, for "Trinity" that is. Here is the beautiful Grander, for scheme reference.

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We have a fantastic powdercoating guy, I've had even cleats last years with a boat tied up full time.

But now ladies and gentlemen, I present the most beautiful Contender in the fleet! John at Castaway Customs absolutely CRUSHED my ideas about Seadek. I cant express how happy I am with thier work.





We even did the bottom of all the hatches.






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That color scheme will look awesome on your Contender.
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This is going to be great. Can't wait to see the progress!
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Very excited to see this. LOVE that console by the way.
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Great stuff! What year is the hull?

Cheers
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this should be good!
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WHOA!!!

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Awesome!!!!!!!!
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I have a 31 Contender and I suggest you replace the through hulls at the transom while you are at it. good luck. subscribed.
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Thanks everyone. It's a 2002.

Everything in the entire vessel is being replaced, and when I say this, I mean it. The only thing on the entire vessel original will be the hull, cap and console.

Going with twin 300 Zukes btw.
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This should be great to watch, console looks awesome!!!
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Following this one closely, Tony. Gonna be a sweet ride, no doubt.
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Congratulations and thank you for the entertainment
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Oh I'm definitely in for this one! I love watching your work on FB and hope this thread will give us a little deeper look into what you do. Good luck.

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Thanks guys!

The console door originally opened vertically, which I thought was a death trap. So we are modifying and reinforcing the new console and door to hinge sideways.





Almost faired!




I've done lots of Contenders, so I have lots of ideas. I actually finished rewiring another one last night.



I have lots of time to think and plan for mine, it's going to be way over the top.
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Looks like a nice ride. Sub'd.
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I'm in. This boat is going to be sweet!
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I'm IN! Love following these build threads and wish I had the talent. Awesome!
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Originally Posted by Boattronics View Post
Thanks guys!

The console door originally opened vertically, which I thought was a death trap. So we are modifying and reinforcing the new console and door to hinge sideways.





Almost faired!




I've done lots of Contenders, so I have lots of ideas. I actually finished rewiring another one last night.



I have lots of time to think and plan for mine, it's going to be way over the top.

Beautiful work
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Love the progress and talent. Hats off to you. I wouldn't have the nads for doing this...
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