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Old 09-21-2020, 07:13 AM
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Had some time off this summer, so I started working on my '86 McKee Craft 14 ft. boat. Basically stripped it down, epoxied all the screw holes and gouges, sanded, compounded, waxed. Built bench seats, stained and sealed. Applied new decals and bottom paint. Was concerned about saturated foam, so I installed 2 garboard drains (Saw this on THT), inserted towel strips that acted as a wick, and let sit for a few months. Surprisingly not that much water came out, and I am able to lift the boat off the trailer. After many hours of work, my son and I enjoyed a test run yesterday. My neighbor loaned us a 9.9 and the boat proved smooth, stable, and watertight! Very appreciative that he loaned us the 9.9, as I discovered the motor is way underpowered for this fiberglass tri hull. Searching for a 25hp tiller long shaft now...
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Nice job! looks sweet. I am actually looking to pick up something similar to restore and give to my oldest boy.
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More warp power Scotty I have a 60hp Merc on my 14' Mckee I would try to go higher than 25hp if you can.
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Thank you both...
Old 09-21-2020, 09:28 AM
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Great looking boat. Even though I have a Henry O 170 I have my eye on a McKee I spotted sitting not far from my house. They are great hulls.
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looks brand new! great job.
Old 09-30-2020, 08:34 AM
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Default Nice job.

It’s like brand new.
Old 09-30-2020, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by glenncal1 View Post
More warp power Scotty I have a 60hp Merc on my 14' Mckee I would try to go higher than 25hp if you can.

I wouldn't give 60hp on a 14' boat to my teenage self!
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Originally Posted by Clinker View Post
I wouldn't give 60hp on a 14' boat to my teenage self!
Yeah I have McKee 14' and a teenage boy and am currently looking at a 50 or 60 hp cause all the yamaha 40's I find are beat. I'm thinking I will probably use a throttle stop of some sort to limit it.
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Nice job! He is going to love that boat and appreciate it since he worked on it.

Here are a couple of photos of one I did several years ago. Ended up giving it to my nephews in Clearwater, they had a blast with it for a couple of years before passing it on to their neighbor and his teenage son. Easy boats to work on. The 50hp on this one was a bit too much power but it sure was fun. I added the static trim tabs and that ''calmed'' her down a bit. She ran in the mid 30's with the tabs and that also kept her from porpoising and getting out of control.




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My first boat as a kid was a 82 or so 14(side console) with a 50 evinrude and the blue inside. The thing was a absolute beast.We couldnt kill that thing. We used it in the bays for clamming and kneeboarding etc. It was perfect for shallow water in the creeks. Its the perfect boat for that. The memories i had with that thing for a lifetime. It lasted 2 or 3 owners after me and i lost count after that
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Beautiful boat and well planned out! Like the side console too.
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Nice job!
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Would love to see some pictures! I just bought a 76 14' mckee craft and started sanding it down, and drilled out all the screw holes that were made over it's life and I have about 85 holes to fill... But the foam inside the floors is saturated so I currently have it standing straight up against my house to let the water drip out. At first it was so heavy I couldn't lift the nose up on the trailer at all. Would love to know how your battle of drying it out went.

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