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Turning the ugliest boat in Costa Rica into an Awesome 28 foot Center Console Diesel!

Old 06-22-2015, 06:23 PM
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Well, been down here a while and I've redone a couple of boats that I charter, including my favorite the old gamefisherman, but the last year I've been stuck rebuilding other people's boats here. So two weeks back, i saw this ugly boat in the boat yard and decided it's time I do one of my own! This has to be the ugliest boat I've ever seen, but I just really thought it just had a nice looking hull, this takes some serious imagination, but we'll see if I'm right Here's the ugly sucker when i bought her:




Yeah, it was en evil person that put all that ugly on that pretty hull, so right away I (and my best friend Harold) got out the 6 inch disks and put on some trash bags and cut the top off and then flipped her over!




We also sanded her down and found several spots where there was no glass and just bondo. That's what the glass strips are all about. So after all the cutting and sanding, we sprayed some Gel Coat on her to see what she looked like painted up:



And here's another angle:




Not bad Ehh ?? But, it only measured out to 25 feet, and my smallest boat in my fleet is a 28 footer, so we needed an extra 3 foot. I'm not a Naval Architect by any means, but we will just figure it out as we go here.... So we put some Wax and PVA on the last three feet and put a couple of layers of 1708 on her!



And here's another shot:

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So here's what it looked like after we dismolded the 3 foot extension, cut off the transom and put in on the back. We also added a tunnel while it was on the table after we dis molded it, I forgot to take pictures, but you can see the tunnel there. Then we stuck the thing on the back of the boat and did some Micro Spere's and Gelcoat and came up with this:



And here's another angle:



Now was the time for the big decision. Up to this point I had always thought we were just going to use the boat. But after some thought, I decided that the original hull was just not done very well, and we instead are going to use this creation as a MOLD to build another couple of boats at least. I really like the way this hull is looking, but it was done with all 18 and 24 OZ roven, with thick mat between every layer and it was heavy. Since I'm going to do all the topside with corecell, it would be dumb to have a heavy hull with a light top, so we decided instead of doing too much finish work, we were going to just spray some gelcoat thick, do a little bit of long boarding and then throw on the Wax and PVA and just make sure it's a good finished boat that doesn't weigh 10,000 pounds... So here's the shots of my bud harold throwing some GelCoat getting her ready to be copied:



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Old 06-22-2015, 06:30 PM
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Here's a before and after:





And here is the end of two weeks of Hard Work!

We are going to go with 4 layers of 1708 on the bottom and 3 on the sides. That's kind of thin, but on the inside we are going to use alot of bulkheads all in corecell, and then the corecell floor, and I think with all the tie-in's we'll end up with 5/6 layers on the bottom and then the floor will help support the hull. We are going with a cummins 210B series engine in the center, so we need to make her light if we want a 20+ knot cruise at 5.5 GPH.

The idea is to make a boat that doesn't burn fuel and gets out to the fishing grounds cheap but fast, and the hope is to offer $600-650 full day offshore trips with food drinks included for up to 5 people.

This is where we ended up, putting on the PVA/Wax tomorrow early early and we'll see if I can get the thing laid up by tomorrow, we've got about 5-6 good friends coming over to paint some cloth...and if not we'll get her done Wednesday....more pictures coming soon,
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Very nice, I look forward to the progress.
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Very cool build!
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You paid for that?
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John are you using HVLP gun to spray the gel coats?

Also how do you find time for this and chartering? :-)
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Originally Posted by hogie.roll View Post
You paid for that?
Well there's two ways to look at that. You can say I am crazy for spending 3K on the first boat, or not so crazy only having 6K tied into the second picture which is now going to be a mold I'll be in it for less than 10K after we get done with the first hull off the mold (just the hull, not finished out) and the second hull will only run me 4K ??? I don't know if it's cheap or not, but it is fun building things...The main reason I am doing these is that the top is going to be done with all core cell, and you can't buy them like that without spending a fortune...
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The level of skilled craftsmanship that goes into the boat "rebirth" projects is incredible. They are my favorite part of THT. The fact that many are done at home adds to the fun. Thanks so much for taking all the pics and sharing.
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Originally Posted by big bite View Post
John are you using HVLP gun to spray the gel coats?

Also how do you find time for this and chartering? :-)
That is a pressure pot with conventional gun, not hvlp.

Very cool build!
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Originally Posted by coastalfiberglass View Post
That is a pressure pot with conventional gun, not hvlp.

Very cool build!
What he said!

We were talking about spraying just some thick GelCoat when the guys in the next shop just walked over with this thing and told us if we wanted to spray on thick, that was the way to go. We figured we are always loaning stuff to them, that it was time to wear their stuff out. This thing was crazy, i don't know what type of tip it had on it, but it threw out the whole pot in like 25 seconds. I think Harold put some Micro Spheres in the gun as well, just a little, this is the gun the other shop uses to put the Cabosil on the floors of boats to make them non slip, so it throws out whatever you put in it! Harold paints lots of cars and stuff so it didn't look as bad as you would think for the thickness we sprayed, and then I employeed some of the guys that just sit around the shop and do nothing all day to grab some 2X4's and 36 grit and go to town making it flat. We then sanded it 60/120/and 220 wet and never made it through the Gelcoat. Not high quality work, but it's a mold, and it's a male mold at that, so the finish of the mold will be seen on the "inside" of the hull, so it's not super important. Real boat builders would use a female mold, but I have high hopes and I'm having fun... we'll see how this one turns out...

We usually use a DeVilBiss HVLP Gun, but it would have taken a lot longer to spray the hull, and in several coats, and we will use the Nice Gun to spray the Hulls that aren't going to be molds...

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Originally Posted by coastalfiberglass View Post
That is a pressure pot with conventional gun, not hvlp.

Very cool build!
Wow, i love the flame job on your website at

http://coastalfiberglassllc.com/?page_id=263

You are the real deal, if you have any pointers just feel free to chime in anytime!
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This is awesome. You are creating your own model of boat.

What will it be called?
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Originally Posted by Argon View Post
This is awesome. You are creating your own model of boat.

What will it be called?
I have no idea, I'm not good with naming things... so far it's been the new 28 footer .. I'll have to do better than that... The name on the back when we bought it was "La Bendicion" and that's what we're going to need to get this thing finished and running right, maybe there's a lead ?
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Have you run a hull with that tunnel design / size / shape? I looks rather abrupt, with steep departure angles from the nominal running surface.
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Originally Posted by Matt Gent View Post
Have you run a hull with that tunnel design / size / shape? I looks rather abrupt, with steep departure angles from the nominal running surface.
I copied it off of another 28 footer that was in the next shop. We have the luxury of being 15-20 miles from the bite for most of the year, and this boat will hopefully live it's life right here in Quepos, so this thing only needs to go 20 knots. That's how I can get away with things I couldn't get away with on a faster boat, like just making up a tunnel shape ! And there is a chance the tunnel will be wrong and we'll have to redo it, it's kind of like a guess, maybe I'll get lucky Being honest, I just know enough to get me in trouble, and I don't mind tweaking if I mess it up.

Kind of like the motor placement, we added 3 feet so I'm moving the motor back 1.5 feet from where it was. Does that sound right?
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Originally Posted by evensen View Post
The level of skilled craftsmanship that goes into the boat "rebirth" projects is incredible. They are my favorite part of THT. The fact that many are done at home adds to the fun. Thanks so much for taking all the pics and sharing.
This. I envy your talent SailFish
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Kind of like the motor placement, we added 3 feet so I'm moving the motor back 1.5 feet from where it was. Does that sound right?
no figure out where it was in relation to the length for example the motor centerline was 10 ft from the transom in the original 25 ft boat. So it was 40% of the length of the boat from the transom, so 40% of 28 is 11.2 ft, oh wait never mind you are only .3 ft off who cares!
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