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Old 04-13-2020, 06:14 AM
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I found what I think is a 16’ Nauset a couple years ago. It had been flipped over in someone’s backyard and hadn’t seen the water in 20 years. Needless to say it was dry. I paid $200 for it, bought a brand new trailer and brought it home. My first boat was a 13’, I used to commercial bass fish out of it in the 90s and I can’t imagine how much easier it would have been from this bigger model. My thoughts were to customize it for commercial bait fishing with a cast net and surface gilll net. At the same time making a great boat for my son to fish from. Since I’ve been on a corona vacation it was a good time to finally wrap this project up.





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The bottom was it rough shape. Poorly patched areas and many years of bottom paint.





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I picked up a small console made for a Carolina skiff. I cut a new access to the below deck pipe so I could move the console 12” aft.



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Looks good. Lots of room with the smaller console and just as stable as the 13 you used in the past. Can't beat the deal you got on it either.
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Great job. I'm going to restore mine later this year. What paint did you use ? Did the blue gelcoat have any crazing you had to deal with before paint ? Mine does, but no soft spots. Rather than sand it and fair, I've seen a flexible epoxy that may work to fill the small cracks. Any advice would be welcome.

Just saw the pic of your console and side mount controls. That's the exact console and side mount that came on my '68. It does give a lot of deck space.
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Found a Yamaha 90 local to me for $800, got some controls off eBay and splashed it in June 2018.
battled with the motor for the better part of the season when I had time. When I finally was able to look closely at schematics I found a few missing parts from the cooling system in the lower unit. Basically a bushing and an o ring were causing it to run hot.



Still managed to put the boat to work and net some bait on a regular basis.
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Spring of 2019 I wanted to build the first upgrade. A raised deck in the stern to stash fuel tanks and cast nets underneath. This would also enable me to install some flush mount rod holders. I built this from nidacore that a friend gave me. I made it semi removable.



Mixed some cabosil with gelcoat to a ketchup like consistency and rolled on with a heavy nap to make a pretty aggressive non skid.


Plumbed in this 35 gal. Live well and completed a nice trolling spread with these drop in rod holders. Added these lights that I can rotate when gill netting at night.

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This past week I was able to raise the front deck and create some storage for the anchor, plastic pogie shovel and extra cast nets. I added a pop up cleat and a couple more rod holders for the live eel drifting spread. Throwing the net from here and clearing the net while standing 24” above the deck will be much easier.



Rolled Cabosil non skid



Picked up a Garmin 94SV. Feeling like this boat is finally where I want it to be. Not including my time, I’m into this project for about $5,700.00 and I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it.

Thanks for looking.

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Well done - very practical boat
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Great upgrades looks like a versatile fishing platform.
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Like I said, great job!! More descriptive then the other one I seen…..
Does this mean your son is in the little boat and your're in the big boat this summer at you know where??? lol...

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He’ll probably fish Sea Bass out of the Whaler and if I have time to go, on Striper days, he’ll be with me on the Contender.
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Nice job. It looks like the motor is mounted all the way down. If you raise it to the third hole from the top you will get better performance and efficiency. I have the same boat [1966] and motor and was pleasantly surprised when I raised it.
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Damn nice job!!!!!!!!!
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I have it one hole up. Cavitation plate already seems high in relation to the bottom of the hull.
I have an old manual jack plate I was going to mount so it would set the motor back and help my side scan ducer read the opposite side possibly better. I should be able to play with it a bit once I mount it and get it dialed in.


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With stainless props the cavitation plate can be higher. I am one above where you are.
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Thanks for the info. I’ll give it a try.
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Originally Posted by muskrattown View Post
With stainless props the cavitation plate can be higher. I am one above where you are.
Hey muskrattown, what prop are you running on yours?
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Awesome! That thing came out beautifully, well done.
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Originally Posted by Windsors View Post
Great job. I'm going to restore mine later this year. What paint did you use ? Did the blue gelcoat have any crazing you had to deal with before paint ? Mine does, but no soft spots. Rather than sand it and fair, I've seen a flexible epoxy that may work to fill the small cracks. Any advice would be welcome.

Just saw the pic of your console and side mount controls. That's the exact console and side mount that came on my '68. It does give a lot of deck space.
I used gel coat. No soft spots anywhere and as I said before the hull was exceptionally dry. There was some crazing, I sanded and faired where needed. As for the interior, I did minimal sanding and rolled 3 or 4 coats of gel coat. This is supposed to be more of a work boat so I wasn’t he’ll bent on making it perfect.

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