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Old 06-04-2019, 07:48 PM
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Great looking boat congrats on a job well done. Thanks for posting
Old 06-05-2019, 06:06 AM
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Originally Posted by nc_robbie75 View Post
Great looking boat congrats on a job well done. Thanks for posting
Thank you. We tried to modernize it a bit instead of replicating the originals.
Old 06-05-2019, 07:32 AM
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Very, very nice. Enjoy it
Old 06-05-2019, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by briclark904 View Post
Very, very nice. Enjoy it
Thank you.
Old 06-05-2019, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Seikinnow View Post
Awesome! I used to have an 18 Fisherman with a 90 Johnson. It was pretty beat up but I just used it and it was a great boat. I think I would top out at 36 MPH. It's funny, I just came across boatworks today on Youtube and saw him doing the gelcoat thing to help with the cure and the non skid. Did you see the one about using the Jamestown Distributors fairing compound to eliminate pin holes?

I always admire you guys who tackle something like this. It looks easy in a series of photos but there is a TON of work behind each photo.
I mixed my own fairing compound for the majority of this project with poly resin / glass bubbles / cabosil and it was a HUGE MISTAKE.

Seriously, I've wasted uncountable hours sanding / applying fairing compound that could have been avoided. The resin compound would usually sand like shit, or need gelcoat to properly cure, and would leave a ton of pin holes and air bubbles etc. At the time I just thought this was a normal struggle. When I damaged my console towards the end of the rebuild, I decided to try the JD compound since I was all out of glass bubbles. FML that shit is amazing and I was pissed that I wasted so much time/effort previously fighting my BS resin mixes. Oh well - lesson learned.
Old 06-05-2019, 01:59 PM
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Nice work - I always liked the looks of the 18 WC.. cool little rig enjoy..
Old 06-05-2019, 02:25 PM
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hell of a job restoring a beautiful boat.

Always loved the lines of these things

Thanks for taking us along for the ride.
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Beautiful work. Now its even better than new.
Old 06-05-2019, 04:43 PM
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I inherited one of these when my FIL passed away and it was an awesome boat. I wish I would have kept it and refurbished it like you did. Nicely done!!!

I miss this boat!
Old 06-05-2019, 05:52 PM
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Fantastic, Enjoy it!
Old 06-06-2019, 09:16 AM
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Thanks guys I appreciate it.

Originally Posted by _TidewateR_ View Post
hell of a job restoring a beautiful boat.

Always loved the lines of these things

Thanks for taking us along for the ride.
Agreed. I purchased it for the lines mostly, then was pleasantly surprised how well it rides. Mostly dry and eats up small bay chop nicely.
Old 07-12-2019, 06:33 AM
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Hello guys looks like u all put alot of work in them boats nice job. I bought a 1991 wellcraft 18sport from a good friend an it's a nice solid boat. I have a question about the capacity plate. The last owner of my boat had a young man clean his boat an not sure what he used but he cleaned all the info off of the capacity sticker. An I can't find that information anywhere an was hoping to find someone that has this boat so I could get a pic of their capacity sticker. So I can have a new one made an help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys and again great Job on your boat they look great. I'll be checking my rod holders also hopefully wellcraft fixed that water drainage from gunnels.
Old 07-12-2019, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Whitey50 View Post
Hello guys looks like u all put alot of work in them boats nice job. I bought a 1991 wellcraft 18sport from a good friend an it's a nice solid boat. I have a question about the capacity plate. The last owner of my boat had a young man clean his boat an not sure what he used but he cleaned all the info off of the capacity sticker. An I can't find that information anywhere an was hoping to find someone that has this boat so I could get a pic of their capacity sticker. So I can have a new one made an help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys and again great Job on your boat they look great. I'll be checking my rod holders also hopefully wellcraft fixed that water drainage from gunnels.
I would if I had one. Boat is rated for up to a 150hp, as info. Enjoy the boat tho, I took mine 24 miles offshore the other day and got some nice Red snapper.
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Nice I had found that part of info just can't find anything on how many people an the overall weight capacity
Old 07-12-2019, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Whitey50 View Post
Nice I had found that part of info just can't find anything on how many people an the overall weight capacity
You can calculate it yourself. Keep in mind you will need to take into account the weight of your outboard motor and fuel for this to be accurate if you are using dry weight which usually does not include the outboard motor..

"Calculating Your Boat’s Capacity

On boats less than 20 feet in length with no capacity plate, use the following rule of thumb to calculate the number of persons (weighing 150 lbs. each, on average) the vessel can carry safely in good weather conditions.

Number of people = vessel length (ft.) x vessel width (ft.) ÷ 15

For example, for a vessel 18 feet long by 6 feet wide, the number of persons is 18 times 6 (or 108) divided by 15, which equals seven 150-lb. persons (or a total person weight of 7 x 150, or 1050 lbs.)."

You probably already have this, but here is what Wellcraft has on their site for your boat.

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Having owned one of these boats, four people is all I ever felt comfortable putting in it as it was pretty tight with four adults. Two people and the dog fishing was perfect though.

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Huge thank you to both silver bullet and bad mako for all the info and pics in this thread.

I recently saw one of these boats listed cheap on craigslist and made the decision to drive 4 hours each way to look at it and buy it based on the info in this thread. I doubt I would have driven that far to look at a boat with no motor or trailer without having seen this thread. Mine is a 1988. Its pretty solid.

I have a few questions: someone posted that this boat has a 20" transom. I almost didn't go look at the one I bought because of this because I have a 25" shaft 150 evinrude. When I got to the boat to look at it the first thing I did was measure the transom. From the top of the flat part the motor mounts onto to the bottom of the keel is 25". So am I measuring something incorrectly or do the boats posted by silverbullet and badmako have 25" transoms ? From looking around online I've seen pics of the 18 sport which has a notch in the flat part and it looks to me those boats would have a 20" transom.

Badmako: I like what you did to the stern of your boat. Is there still room for a smaller livewell with it lowered like that ? I would love to see more pics of it.

silverbullet: I'd like to know about the t top you put on yours.
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silverbullet : why did you take the railings off the front of the boat ?
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Originally Posted by Freediver16 View Post
Huge thank you to both silver bullet and bad mako for all the info and pics in this thread.

I recently saw one of these boats listed cheap on craigslist and made the decision to drive 4 hours each way to look at it and buy it based on the info in this thread. I doubt I would have driven that far to look at a boat with no motor or trailer without having seen this thread. Mine is a 1988. Its pretty solid.

I have a few questions: someone posted that this boat has a 20" transom. I almost didn't go look at the one I bought because of this because I have a 25" shaft 150 evinrude. When I got to the boat to look at it the first thing I did was measure the transom. From the top of the flat part the motor mounts onto to the bottom of the keel is 25". So am I measuring something incorrectly or do the boats posted by silverbullet and badmako have 25" transoms ? From looking around online I've seen pics of the 18 sport which has a notch in the flat part and it looks to me those boats would have a 20" transom.

Badmako: I like what you did to the stern of your boat. Is there still room for a smaller livewell with it lowered like that ? I would love to see more pics of it.

silverbullet: I'd like to know about the t top you put on yours.
The original transom was 20”, I made it 25 when I rebuilt it. Yes, I still have the livewell. I cut it down and made it smaller using the original tub. It works really well. I usually load up on live shrimp or whatever I catch in the cast net. I’ll get you some more pics to show what I did.
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Originally Posted by Freediver16 View Post
silverbullet: I'd like to know about the t top you put on yours.
Sorry I've been away for a while. I'm unsure on the t top - it came with the boat. It's not ideal really, it takes up quite a bit of floor space.
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Originally Posted by Badmako View Post


The original transom was 20”, I made it 25 when I rebuilt it. Yes, I still have the livewell. I cut it down and made it smaller using the original tub. It works really well. I usually load up on live shrimp or whatever I catch in the cast net. I’ll get you some more pics to show what I did.
It's a 25 transom.

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