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Old 08-25-2017, 07:16 AM
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Default THT Restoration 1989 19'8" McKee Craft Hammerhead "Lil Bing"

I sold the Regulator in May with plans to begin our addition on to our home. Couple of weeks later I began experiencing boat owners "withdraws". I have plenty of friends with boats that I can use or go out on but there is something missing when it is not yours.

Since I have one of the coolest wives on the planet. She approved the purchase of a small project boat for me to work on while the house is being done. My plans are to purchase another bigger CC once construction is completed but I wanted something in the meantime to take the kids out. I have been looking at older 18'-22' hulls when I stumbled across this McKee Craft Hammerhead. The boat caught my eye due to it's beefy lines and higher than normal gunnels. I contacted the owner and went to check it out. Upon inspection the boat appeared to be in great condition. We agreed on a price and I hooked it up and brought it back to my home in Orlando.

So my plans are to gut the boat of all wires, pumps, lights, and anything else from 1989. Fuel tank will come out and replaced. Transom will be inspected and a new Mercury 150 4stroke will sit on the back of it. New dash, electronics, and switch panel. I plan on building a tower with a 2nd station to use when we are lobstering or fishing. Stereo and lighting will be insane. I am sure I am missing a ton of things but I know you all will help along the way.

I am asking the fishing community for any input on the boat itself and any restoration suggestions along the way. I am going to try and use only vendors from the forum for all of the work and will be posting what I need along the way.

I am excited to see how it turns out when it is completed. I know there are some great people on the site and hope to meet some of you when we work together.

Any and all suggestions are welcomed.
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Old 01-14-2019, 07:47 PM
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Well the past year flew by with little to no work being done. With 2 little kids and buying a new home I have not had much time to work on the little boat. Since the purchase I was only able to pull the bow rail off and layout the templates for the rod holders, pop up cleats, and lights. I made a resolution to spend time getting this boat restored. I did some work over the past weekend and want to update to restoration process.



Bow rail removed



Boat will have 12 rod holder on each side as well as a couple stainless rod/cup holders. Pop up cleat on bow, midship, and stern.
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I know the feeling of running out of time, and the boat just sit and stare at you! I’m getting ready to show a build on my 1984 Phoenix Fishbuster!
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So this past weekend I went to work. I usually have a team to help me so doing this solo was definitely more challenging.

I was able to unbolt and drop the engine. I never realized how heavy these were.

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With that complete I went to prep the console for glass work. As I begin to derig the console I noticed a piece of teak trim running up both sides and across the top of the console. Having to sand and restore teak on boats as a kid I wanted that gone asap. As I began to remove the wood and notice that it actually held the console together. My guess is Mckee had two different front configurations and used a 2 piece console. The teak was made tongue and groove style and the two pieces of the console were sandwiched and screwed between the two boards. Both pieces of the console were screwed to the deck on the bottom flange.




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Seeing now the amount of work that would go into repairing the console I decided to do what I thought was best..... console is coming out.

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Old 01-14-2019, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by BowtiePimp View Post
I know the feeling of running out of time, and the boat just sit and stare at you! I’m getting ready to show a build on my 1984 Phoenix Fishbuster!

Hahahaha Im done staring at it. Man am I sore though.
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Old 01-23-2019, 03:24 PM
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Got the floor lifted and fuel tank exposed. Its the original holding 120 gallons. its is foamed on so hoping someone can help with best way to remove.

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