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Old 10-31-2019, 12:34 PM
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Default 1999 Contender 31 build.

I purchased this boat 2 years ago with every dime in my pocket. She has made me a ton of great memories several top tournament finishes. To the keys and Bahamas several times, middle grounds you name it. With the birth of my first son i find myself spending more time at home than on the water so i felt it was time to give the old girl the love she deserves. So far i have removed the old fuel tanks the boat held 240 gallons which is insufficient for my needs. I pulled the fresh water tank and all the center tank bulkheads removed 20Ē from the console tub and we squeezed in an extra 100 gallons. Here is some photos of the boat and project so far. Name:  1f44d.png
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Sweet glad mine is finished lots of work ahead of you! I took the whole tub out and installed a 212 main tank. You will have fun trying to get them hoses and grounds back into Gunnel
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Sweet glad mine is finished lots of work ahead of you! I took the whole tub out and installed a 212 main tank. You will have fun trying to get them hoses and grounds back into Gunnel
I thought long and hard about just doing away with the tub but i was concerned with resale we have a 100 gallon bladder if needed. I have heard itís a major pain getting the old hoses out i may just cut the chases and glass them back in
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I thought long and hard about just doing away with the tub but i was concerned with resale we have a 100 gallon bladder if needed. I have heard itís a major pain getting the old hoses out i may just cut the chases and glass them back in
That might be a better way to do it all I know it wasn't fun and don't want to tackle that ever again LOL.
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I've had my Contender a long time won a few big tournaments back in the day just like you. What i'm trying to say is it is in my opinion the best riding 31 on the water especially if you added to trim tabs and wedge your outboards correctly. Once you finish with all this
work you will appreciate it even more ! I'm happy to say I plan on keeping her another 20 years. Eric if you have any questions about rebuild give me a shout .Good Luck Wayne Morais
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Great job, You are doing this yourself?
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That might be a better way to do it all I know it wasn't fun and don't want to tackle that ever again LOL.
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Great job, You are doing this yourself?
Yes this will be the 6th boat Iíve built i canít afford this hobby otherwise.
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Originally Posted by Suck It Up View Post
I've had my Contender a long time won a few big tournaments back in the day just like you. What i'm trying to say is it is in my opinion the best riding 31 on the water especially if you added to trim tabs and wedge your outboards correctly. Once you finish with all this
work you will appreciate it even more ! I'm happy to say I plan on keeping her another 20 years. Eric if you have any questions about rebuild give me a shout .Good Luck Wayne Morais
yes these hulls are absolute work horses and will get you home safe. I love mine but i have honestly had my eyes on a 33T with triple engines they hold 470 gallons they are tanks. Funds arenít allowing currently so Iíll probably have this boat 3-5 years
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Been practicing spraying gelcoat and so far Iím having my best luck using duratec high gloss additive cuts down on the orange peel big time. This will be a huge help when i re spray the interior and the gunnels



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Things are moving along tanks are in and ready to be glassed. Will glass them tomorrow and run all the hoses and wiring

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Got most of the foam trimmed up today and the fuel lines pulled those were a big pain and foamed in had to cut the boxes to get them out.
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Very cool - hard work but it will be worth it

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Nice work. Only way must of us can afford this hobby is to do the work ourselves.
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Looking good! I saw this boat on BoatTrader by that Costa Del Mar guy. I noticed a lot of people are unhappy with how he's posting these boats without permission. Idk if you gave him permission or not but just wanted to make you aware. Beautiful boat!
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Great project
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We got the tanks plumbed in and the ground wires ran went over the tanks with another coat of primer. We used angle aluminum to support the bottom of the deck for the saddle tanks probably wonít be necessary but better safe than sorry. Very happy with things so far going to start grinding and glassing the deck back in this week then itís time to fair and spray new gelcoat.



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Impressive back yard project!
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Coming along nice. Now the fun really starts...
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OP I hear reworked 31 Contenders can be quite dangerous - please let me know when you are finished and I will take it off your hands for a modest disposal fee

A good trick to control orange peel with either paint or gel during cooler days - put a heat lamp on the back side of your part and get it up to 90 deg or so before spraying and keep the heat on until it's tack free. Don't use direct sun light for this - that tends to not work out.

You're doing a great job
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