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Old 03-22-2012, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Resko 1 View Post
Memco, let me first say how much I like your boat and am loving this restoration thread. It's one of the reasons I log on to THT everyday to see if you have posted any new pics. You truly have a one of a kind classic on your hands and you are doing a beautiful job bringing her back to form. That being said and I mean no disrespect but I totally agree with obbayer. If the mast can't be mounted in front of the Flybridge I think you should leave it off. I don't think it really fits the look of this boat. Now I know this is only my opinion and we all know what opinions are like. It's your boat and you will do what you want with it but I think the mast should left out of this particular project. And I also think that guest will see it as a grab handle and probably rip it of the bridge deck. People are always trying to grab my flagstaff on the transom of mine. Good luck moving forward with the boat it is coming along beautifully. Chris
Chris I'm glad you like the thread/boat. I work hard to take a lot of pic's so the thread will be enjoyable for everyone. This is my 1st boat restoring so I don't have as much experience with boats as you and obbayer. With that being said I think I would be a fool not to listen to you and obbayer do to the fact you guys have been down this road several times. Thanks for your info. I will NOT be adding the mast to the boat. If you see me doing something else stupid just tell me. That's why I'm posting my boat on here to get you guys advice. Thanks again.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:41 PM
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Resko 1 when you get a chance post pictures of your boats on the thread. Even the '83 25' Chris Craft Catalina 350 Chevy you have for sale.
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:43 AM
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Man that is some nice looking work you're doing. Make me want to go out and get one to fix up.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:06 AM
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Today I will be working on the boat. I'm going to take pictures of my transom and the custom fish box that came with the boat. When I post the pictures tonight let me no if you guys think I should ditch the fish box and build a live well into the transom or restore the fish box and put a divider into it (one half live well and the other a fish box). Also there is a hole/soft spot on the back deck on the port side. It's about 8inches by 8inches. I don't think I'm going to fix it. I think I'm going to make two large hatches on the port and starboard side on the back deck so I can have access to the fuel tanks and bilge area. I'll post the pic's tonight when I'm done working on the boat and tell me what you think I should do.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by icthruu74 View Post
Man that is some nice looking work you're doing. Make me want to go out and get one to fix up.
Icthruu I'm glad you like the restoration so far. If you decide to get a boat post a picture of it. I would love to see it.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:13 AM
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Default Your boat picture

For those who are following my thread I would like to see a picture(s) of your boat. If you guys have any post them on the thread. Or if you have any cool ideas you think I should do to my boat let me no. Thanks
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:59 PM
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Default Hole in the aft deck on the port side

Here is the hole in the deck that I'm not 100% sure how to fix because I don't have access underneath the hole. That port on the side of it is 1 of 3 ports (I have 3 fuel tanks) where my fuel stick goes to see how much fuel I have on board. You can tell by looking at the picture that the deck isn't a solid cord of wood it's laminate. Around the hole the laminate wood has lost it's glue and is starting to pull apart. The wood around the hole about 5 inches from the hole in all directions is soft. So if I was to fix the hole I would have to cut a larger hole then what's in the picture. But I don't want to fix the hole. What I want to do is make two large hatches on the aft deck. One on the port side and another on the starboard. The reason I want to do that because I don't have NO access to the fuel tanks or bilge area around the fuel tanks. I took a crayon and drew on the deck how I would like the hatches so you can see what I'm talking about. One problem that I see with doing the two hatches is I would cut into two of 3 of the fuel dip stick ports use to see how much fuel I have left. I don't no how I can put those ports into the new hatches being that the hatches will not be fix they will be on hinges. What do you guys think I should do. I really want those hatches.

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Old 03-23-2012, 07:45 PM
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Memco buddy....I think you may have a bigger problem.....that rectangular cut out looks to be a repair for the tank neck fill, not the deck.....looks like epoxy on the neck to patch a hole, maybe from corrosion....

If it were me, I would forget the 3 individual hinged hatches....I would instead cut one large perimeter piece, leaving a decent sized egde all around....rabbit cut it....make a new large hatch to mate and replace it semi-permanent by caulking it in place...this way you can cut the caulk and remove the hatch for access every once in a while...if the one piece is too big to handle go with smaller/multiple pieces....but they don't need to be hinged, as you won't need to go in there on a regular basis...

Reason I say to cut it out is I think you may have an issue with the tanks...so I would want to inspect them first hand, no question about it. Then, while I'm at it, I would inspect the surround wood for damage and replace if needed.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:49 PM
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Default Live well built into the transom OR restore the fish box/live well?

Once I get to the aft deck section of the boat I'm going to have to make a decision weather to build a custom live well into the transom or keep the fish box that came with the boat and restore it to a live well/fish box. What I would like to do is keep the fish box and put a divider into it and make one half of it a live well and the other half a fish box. If you look on the transom on the starboard side I have a wash down system in place so the set up is already there to make the live well work. Also if you look at one of the pictures on the starboard side I'm pointing to where the on/off switch is for the wash down system. Another reason I want to keep the fish box because I would like to put cushions on top and it can be used for seating. By the transom there is a small round hole in the floor. That hole is for when the ice in the fish box melt it will drain there and out the back of the boat. I also took a picture of the bottom of the fish box so you can see there is an adapter on the bottom that fits in that hole on the aft deck by the transom. Do you guys think taking the fish box putting a divider into it and making one half or smaller a live well and the other half a fish box is a good idea?

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Old 03-23-2012, 08:15 PM
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Memco, I too fear for those fuel tanks and their condition.
I would be biting the bullet now and cutting that deck out, just as Maxie decribes above.
To do all this work, then find later that a tank, or tanks, leak, would be a disaster.

Just so you know, I've been in the situation of having to cut up fresh teak laid decks on our boat to access tanks for replacement.
This refit on our boat this time, well, two new brand new tanks are going in again.

If you decide to lift up the deck, I'd be modifying the fuel dip ports so they are under the deck level...with access through either a hatch or screw-in inspection port. Other options might pop up once we see the under deck layout.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:16 PM
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Default Getting up to the flybridge

Someone asked awhile back how do you get up to the flybridge. On the port and starboard side there is one step and one handle (The handle is on top of the flybridge). And that's how you get onto the flybridge.
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Originally Posted by maxie View Post
Memco buddy....I think you may have a bigger problem.....that rectangular cut out looks to be a repair for the tank neck fill, not the deck.....looks like epoxy on the neck to patch a hole, maybe from corrosion....

If it were me, I would forget the 3 individual hinged hatches....I would instead cut one large perimeter piece, leaving a decent sized egde all around....rabbit cut it....make a new large hatch to mate and replace it semi-permanent by caulking it in place...this way you can cut the caulk and remove the hatch for access every once in a while...if the one piece is too big to handle go with smaller/multiple pieces....but they don't need to be hinged, as you won't need to go in there on a regular basis...

Reason I say to cut it out is I think you may have an issue with the tanks...so I would want to inspect them first hand, no question about it. Then, while I'm at it, I would inspect the surround wood for damage and replace if needed.
I hate to restore this entire boat and have gone through everything but the one thing I have not laid eyes on was the fuel tanks and the area around it do to not having access to it. It want be a good feeling being offshore thinking I don't no what's going on under the aft deck but I hope everything is ok. Maxie you are right that's an opening in the deck because someone made a repair on the tank neck fill. I didn't no that until I read your post now that epoxy on the neck make since. Man you are good. If you wouldn't off posted that I would of never new that. I would of always thought the floor just needs to be repaired.
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Originally Posted by 28memco View Post
Someone asked awhile back how do you get up to the flybridge. On the port and starboard side there is one step and one handle (The handle is on top of the flybridge). And that's how you get onto the flybridge.
Same as our boat Also makes it easy to say to the fella who's chartered the boat that he can't come up to the 'bridge

But, with this refit, we're installing a ladder. Dad (or I) aren't as agile as we were! lol
We've struggled with just HOW to do it for a long time, and you'll see the result soon
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Memco buddy....I think you may have a bigger problem.....that rectangular cut out looks to be a repair for the tank neck fill, not the deck.....looks like epoxy on the neck to patch a hole, maybe from corrosion....

If it were me, I would forget the 3 individual hinged hatches....I would instead cut one large perimeter piece, leaving a decent sized egde all around....rabbit cut it....make a new large hatch to mate and replace it semi-permanent by caulking it in place...this way you can cut the caulk and remove the hatch for access every once in a while...if the one piece is too big to handle go with smaller/multiple pieces....but they don't need to be hinged, as you won't need to go in there on a regular basis...

Reason I say to cut it out is I think you may have an issue with the tanks...so I would want to inspect them first hand, no question about it. Then, while I'm at it, I would inspect the surround wood for damage and replace if needed.
Maxie the reason I wanted to have access at anytime to that area was for two reason---(1) I plan on installing a bilge pump in the middle of the aft deck (Boat my size it is recommended that it has atleast 3 bilge pumps and it only have 2) (2) If I'm going to do the hatches I'm going to have to make the ports for my fuel tanks where I check my fuel levels to go from above deck to below deck. So I will have to have those hatches on hinges to check the fuel levels. What do you think about making the two hatches that I want to cut out in the aft deck water tight with a rubber mold around the hatch and a lock to secure it to the deck?

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Memco, I too fear for those fuel tanks and their condition.
I would be biting the bullet now and cutting that deck out, just as Maxie decribes above.
To do all this work, then find later that a tank, or tanks, leak, would be a disaster.

Just so you know, I've been in the situation of having to cut up fresh teak laid decks on our boat to access tanks for replacement.
This refit on our boat this time, well, two new brand new tanks are going in again.

If you decide to lift up the deck, I'd be modifying the fuel dip ports so they are under the deck level...with access through either a hatch or screw-in inspection port. Other options might pop up once we see the under deck layout.
I'm with you on this one. I'm bitten my nails wanting to go out there now and cut those two hatches on the aft deck so I can see what's going on under there. I might don't find no problems under there but it will give me pieace of mind noing that I have inspected under the aft deck. Anyway it goes I will be cutting the aft deck out. The million dollar question is how I'm going to do it?
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The answer is.... "Carefully!"

(We used an air powered diamond saw)
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Originally Posted by 28memco View Post
Maxie the reason I wanted to have access at anytime to that area was for two reason---(1) I plan on installing a bilge pump in the middle of the aft deck (Boat my size it is recommended that it has atleast 3 bilge pumps and it only have 2) (2) If I'm going to do the hatches I'm going to have to make the ports for my fuel tanks where I check my fuel levels to go from above deck to below deck. So I will have to have those hatches on hinges to check the fuel levels. What do you think about making the two hatches that I want to cut out in the aft deck water with a rubber mold around the hatch and a lock to secure it to the deck?
Memco, understood....usually, the hatch covers over the tanks, just cover the tanks...not much room around the tank due to either foam or machanical hold downs, so I would never figure for a bilge pump in that area, hence, no need for common access.....fuel tanks are normally segregated from the rest of the systems on the boat....lots of boats have a specific bilge access hatch, either in the deck towards the rear, say 2x3 in size...or through a transom door allowing access to the bilge pump or seacock valve...go to a boat show and you'll see how many ways they give you access to equipment....but tanks alone, in general, don't really need common access except for pie holes over the fill neck or pick up area. Making it as you say will be very nice to have...but is more work...
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Default Remote control spot light on the forward flybridge.

Ok obbayer talked me out of removing the navigation light that's in the front of the flybridge. How can I add this spot light to the forward flybridge section while still keeping the navigation light? I would like to have the spot light in the same area as the navigation light.

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Originally Posted by The Woo View Post
The answer is.... "Carefully!"

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x10....first, try and find out where every tank fill neck, hose, vent, wire, tank height or space between the tank and the bottom of the deck is, etc....set the depth of the cutting blade to just cut the thickness of the deck and no more!!! Make a map on your deck where everything is or can be running...lay out your cut lines then proceed slowly, stopping and checking if there's anything else under the area you're cutting....Any strange sound or "feel" when cutting, STOP...check it out...last thing you want is a fire on board...do your homework...know your boat before cutting anything.
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Default The only access I have to the fuel tanks

As you can see by the pictures I don't have a lot of room to see what's going on around the fuel tanks. One of the pictures you can see my hand pointing at a valve. That's 1 of 3 valves that I have for turning on/off my fuel tanks. I can turn all 3 tanks on at the same time, 2 tanks, or I can just have 1 tank turned on.

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