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In over my head. 20' privateer pilothouse rebuild.

Old 11-22-2019, 08:28 PM
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Default In over my head. 20' privateer pilothouse rebuild.

What started out as replacing the fuel tank opened up a can of worms. ThiS 1988 hull plagued with rot.

I'll preface that my experience with boat building consists of a 12*10 deck patch and lots of resin/epoxy touch ups.


In one week I was able to go from full deck to 3/4 stringers out and a good chunk of the pilothouse out.

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I cut open to expose the tank to see if I could replace it and move on. The wet stringers told.me.otherwise.



I removed the rest of the deck to find this.

After tank removal.

Most of the foam and 3/4 stringers out.
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Currently the deck looks like this.



My biggest issue is the transom. With the motor mounted I don't want to take the rest of the deck (8" or so") and stringer out I don't want all the weight of the engine supported by just the transom. I plan on jacking up the bracket and blocking it to relieve the straign, or getting an engine house and suspending it until project complete.

My current mess is the cabin, it's all double 3/4 ply and the cabin itself was in decent shape except the bulkeads and stringers, all mush. The issue is the narrow bow has a lot of glass.



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Also figured a picture of the boat might help.
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has the transom ever been done before? I would try and take a core sample to see if thats in the need of replacing. I would remove the pilot house and remove the rest of the cabin deck and stringers. and redo all of the of the stringers . Maybe you could get an engine lift and hook it up to the motor with slight pressure to take of the transom. if it ends up its good.
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You are in pretty deep, may as well go all the way. Taking the pilot house off would make it much easier. I have put a floor jack under the keg on the engine and blocked it up to take pressure off the transom, Sturdy looking boat.
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I would also support the hull from the back corners and make sure you don't rebuild the stringers with a hook in the bottom.
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Got a good amount of the house out, the outboard bracket is supported below it, this week I'll remove the rest of the stringers.
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Originally Posted by Bay boat101 View Post
has the transom ever been done before? I would try and take a core sample to see if thats in the need of replacing. I would remove the pilot house and remove the rest of the cabin deck and stringers. and redo all of the of the stringers . Maybe you could get an engine lift and hook it up to the motor with slight pressure to take of the transom. if it ends up its good.
When I repowered last year we had the bracket off and suprisingly the transom is solid.
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Nice project!

You're in deep now, like others have said, it's like being a dentist going after cavities. Get it all out while you are in there, and build it back up. Will be following, great hull.

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Should be a really nice boat when done. I think “In over my head” or just “Over my head” would be a great boat name for your pilot house boat.
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Got a lot more grinding done, probably two more days until I am ready to start the stringers.


​​​​​​I picked up four 3/4 sheets of marine ply 5 gallons of vinylester resin, 5 gallons of cabosil, 1 gallon of glass fibers. I plan on cutting is higher than needed, tabbing it in with resin and cabosil with about 1/8" gap. After it cures I was going to make a fillet out of the same and then finish it off with two layers of 1708. Is there anything I'm missing here?

For the center stringer, I hallowed it out and I plan on using a piece of 3/4 ply and glassing until flush with the hull.


Once the stringers are tabbed in the fuel tank (45 or 48 gallon will be fit and bulkheads for the tank and after locker will be cut.

After the tank I will work on assembling the pilothouse cabin. The two "v sections" in the picture are actually solid glass roughed up and plan on doing the same.
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Wow just take it apart and have a new boat and no worries. Great job. Keep,posting updates
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Originally Posted by leonreno View Post
Should be a really nice boat when done. I think “In over my head” or just “Over my head” would be a great boat name for your pilot house boat.

Wave Slave is her name



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In Too Deep to quit
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Love pilot house boats. Definitely worth the work. While your at it you could probably use the excess materials you will have and build a platform for the top of the outboard bracket. Add a lot of utility to the stern.

keep picking away at it, looks good.
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Muffin man give me a call,junior is finishing up a rebuild on a 24 privateer.
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Well I got a bit done the past two days.

Stringers are rough cut and I'll find time them on my smaller table saw.

95% of the grinding is done and the boat is blocked.





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Originally Posted by jpcanning View Post
Muffin man give me a call,junior is finishing up a rebuild on a 24 privateer.
Just saw this I'll call you tomorrow!

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