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Old 11-19-2020, 06:46 PM
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Nice project, looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
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I love the older Contenders, glad to see this build thread.
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Deck was rotted and foam completely saturated
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Tank pulled
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Looking forward to this one.
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PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE remove the liner and make it a 3 piece hull! That would be a first and would drastically improve this boat!
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^^^this and have all the rod holders drain on the deck!!

Coosa coosa cossa!!!!
Vinyl Ester!!!
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Nice project - thanks for sharing - looking forward to following along!
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Originally Posted by Dirtymax954 View Post
Deck was rotted and foam completely saturated
What year is the hull? I didn't know they used a wood core for the deck.
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Originally Posted by Steve 08753 View Post
What year is the hull? I didn't know they used a wood core for the deck.
2001 hull. I thought it would be wood under console and foam in other spots, but the whole deck was balsa and starting to delaminate under the console but deck was never soft
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All old foam out

New tank from sunshine 3/16
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Coal Tar Yummmm!
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Originally Posted by pierdude View Post
^^^this and have all the rod holders drain on the deck!!

Coosa coosa cossa!!!!
Vinyl Ester!!!
Definitely draining into foam now.
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Looking good. I know the project well. Definitely need to plumb each of those rod holders to drain on deck. The boat is actually better as a two piece up front. If you look at the floor up forward it actually goes right to the inside of the hull so opening up under the gunnels will not provide any more toe space. The gunnells are narrow up there in order to create adequate interior space so the only way to make it truly comfortable would be to make it two piece and rebuild the gunnells to be 6-8" wider all the way around. Doing so will make the boat feel very small. It works best the way it is.

Contender mounted the tanks against the aft bulkhead in that space and foamed the forward area. The boat will be better balanced if you mount the tank all the way forward in the space. I did this and also built in deck storage out of the space behind the tank. Great spot to hide my cast net and some other items that don't mind being wet.
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Originally Posted by jbg108 View Post
Looking good. I know the project well. Definitely need to plumb each of those rod holders to drain on deck. The boat is actually better as a two piece up front. If you look at the floor up forward it actually goes right to the inside of the hull so opening up under the gunnels will not provide any more toe space. The gunnells are narrow up there in order to create adequate interior space so the only way to make it truly comfortable would be to make it two piece and rebuild the gunnells to be 6-8" wider all the way around. Doing so will make the boat feel very small. It works best the way it is.

Contender mounted the tanks against the aft bulkhead in that space and foamed the forward area. The boat will be better balanced if you mount the tank all the way forward in the space. I did this and also built in deck storage out of the space behind the tank. Great spot to hide my cast net and some other items that don't mind being wet.
This is not accurate. Yes the liner comes right up to the hull in the front, but the lack of a gunnel to lean against means that area is unusable. This is why a 3 piece hull is far superior for fishing or doing anything from the front of the boat.
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Almost bought a 2001 back in the day...
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What was the original deck material?
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Originally Posted by BADFI$H View Post
This is not accurate. Yes the liner comes right up to the hull in the front, but the lack of a gunnel to lean against means that area is unusable. This is why a 3 piece hull is far superior for fishing or doing anything from the front of the boat.

I don't think you understood what I was saying. On a bigger Contender the gunnel comes far enough into the boat so you can tuck your feet under the gunnels and lean against the the bolster on the edge of the gunnels and fish comfortably. On the 21 the gunnels are so skinny that even if it's three piece there is nothing to lean against. Making this particular boat 3 piece will not make it more comfortable. I had mine all apart and really planned it out and there was no benefit because the radius of the inside of the gunnels matches where the deck meets the hull. The gunnels would have to be widened at least six inches for there to be an ergonomic benefit to going three piece.

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