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Old 09-12-2020, 08:15 AM
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A little back story-I acquired the boat back in 2008 for free. I found a 1996 70hp Johnson And threw her on the back. I was 17 at the time and she served me well for close to 7 years when I sold her. Caught many rockfish and catfish on the ole gal. I bought her back yesterday (Very cheap might I add) from the guy I sold it to going on 5 years ago. He hadnít had the boat in the water the entire time he owned it. The motor was running great when I sold it, but we all know how that goes. The motor is an afterthought for the time being. Anyway, I started the tear down today and itís just as bad as I thought it would be. Got a long way to go, but itís about the journey right? Going to be my first time doing any sort of glass work so any and all Recommendations, tips, tricks and help is welcome with open arms

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A ďrepairĒ To the deck from long ago before I got her

She isnít much but will be a little river/creek boat for me and my son to drop in and run around

Decking boards Sandwiched together with SS screws with zero glass And notched 2x4 on top of them

2x6 screwed to oringinal? Plywood Stringers From Over the years

Old 09-12-2020, 08:22 AM
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I do know I will be going old school and using wood for the rebuild to keep costs down some.

Considering a side console but not sure about how it will sit with me on the side being 6í0 225 pounds.

Will Keep an above deck poly gas tank

Depending on What the motor needs to get running again when that time comes I may scrap it and buy a used four stroke. Who knows

if I remember correctly the 70 Johnson thatís on it pushed me and 12 gallons (lol) of gas 39mph In slick conditions. Thatís plenty fast for a boat like this
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Awesome story on her. I wish I could track down my very first boat (14ft fiberglass). She was a tired, beat up gal when my dad bought her for me, but never let me down.


will be following this rebuild for sure man. I sadly will have no tips or advice (unless electrical) for you though. Good luck!
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I do know I will be going old school and using wood for the rebuild to keep costs down some.

Considering a side console but not sure about how it will sit with me on the side being 6í0 225 pounds.

Will Keep an above deck poly gas tank

Depending on What the motor needs to get running again when that time comes I may scrap it and buy a used four stroke. Who knows

if I remember correctly the 70 Johnson thatís on it pushed me and 12 gallons (lol) of gas 39mph In slick conditions. Thatís plenty fast for a boat like this
Unless your going to use shitty home depot plywood, using wood won't really save you much over composites, especially in a boat this size. Maybe a few hundred if that. A sheet of coosa for the transom, a few sheets of foam for the stringers and a few sheets of honeycomb for the floor. Honeycomb was cheaper than marine ply for me and foam is probably similar priced so the only thing more expensive is there coosa. Get her to float a few inches higher either gets you a self bailing deck or compensates for the heavier 4 stroke
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Made a little progress on the demo. Finished tearing the floor up and the 2x8s and deck boards that were scabbed to the existing rotten plywood stringers. Next step is to take the motor off. Should have probably done that first but anyway

pretty much at a standstill as far as any grinding or sanding goes until I get a respirator. Iím either going to get a temp canopy to keep it under in the driveway or just put a big ass tarp over it when im not working on it to keep the rain out. My metal garage isnít big enough to get the door closed and keep it inside but I can roll it in there to work on it if need be





Will be drilling a few test holes in the transom to see if it needs replaced. Hitting on it with my fist there is no change in sound and I can ďbounceĒ up and down on the motor and the transom doesnít move so it may be ok
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Definitely get the 20í carport rent from harbor freight. That will make it more comfortable to work in the shade and do a much better job keeping rain water out of the hull.

I second what was said above about using composites and no wood. In the grand scheme of the build the cost difference will be negligible.
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If you are down to stringers, why not just go ahead and do the transom? You're already there. Finding out in 2-3 years you need a new transom after having just recently rebuilt the entire boat will be a solid kick in the pants.

What you have to lose > rip the entire boat again in a few years, spend far more than doing it as part of the overall project

What you have to gain > spend wayyy less doing it now while the entire boat is apart. Even if you just go 3/4 marine ply, you then at least have a 15-20 year transom (longer if done properly and water is kept out) instead of an unknown.

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I have to go with above thought. It seems like alot of work but the piece of mind will be worth way more.
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I just rebuilt the same boat..mine is an 88 with a cap..had a ball doing it...runs great..I went all composite material and built the stringer system like a grid..put a 90hp yammie on her..the one thing I've learned in in my 51yrs on this planet is you can't have enough money or horse power...I will send some pics when I get to 10 posts..
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Originally Posted by Whistlefish View Post
I just rebuilt the same boat..mine is an 88 with a cap..had a ball doing it...runs great..I went all composite material and built the stringer system like a grid..put a 90hp yammie on her..the one thing I've learned in in my 51yrs on this planet is you can't have enough money or horse power...I will send some pics when I get to 10 posts..
thats awesome! Ive never seen another one of them until a week or two ago. Found it on FB marketplace, with a cap. Always wondered if mine was an actual kencraft or just a homemade NC boat that someone had a kencraft title to

Iíd be very interested in seeing your stringer grid/layout.


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Be sure to compare prices with composites because wood is really expensive right now.
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Originally Posted by mitchell master View Post
Be sure to compare prices with composites because wood is really expensive right now.
I will most likely be going composite for a few reasons but the number 1 reason is I donít want to have to do it again if I keep the boat for a while
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Man thatís a pretty boat! Nice work. I can only
hope mine will turn out like that

btw im also in VA
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Looks great well done capt.
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Wow, that turned out great. Interested in any info and opinions on Kencraft. Just purchased a 1978 19' center console. Will be keeping it in Crisfield MD. Love the lines of this boat. Not quite to 10 posts yet.

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Any progress ? I think floatingalong nailed it.. Coosa for the transom, foam for stringers , and honeycomb for the floor. In hindsight I should have gone that route to compensate for the four stroke...the extra weight of the Coosa stringers and floor made it impossible to have self draining scuppers-(lesson learned)...hope this helps you out. I'm in Chesapeake va. How about you ?...
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Not much progress, if any, to report...Entire deck is out and just staring at rotten stringers. I work a ton of overtime and getting ready for our second kid to arrive within the next few weeks. Will be getting 3 weeks off when the baby arrives so hoping to get the motor off and start grinding and sanding some then. I still need to pick up a respirator before I do that, just havenít done it. May build a motor stand this weekend if I have time

i have been watching YouTube videos and reading quite a few threads here just trying to familiarize myself with the terms, processes, different materials and such to get a better idea

Whistlefish what about coosa for stringers and transom and divinycell for the floor? Or would like you suggested be better, coosa transom, foam stringers and honeycomb floor? Just wondering as I really donít know

still not entirely sure Iíll put a four stroke on the back of it but wonít rule that out

im in new Kent, right near the York river



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Not much progress, if any, to report...Entire deck is out and just staring at rotten stringers. I work a ton of overtime and getting ready for our second kid to arrive within the next few weeks. Will be getting 3 weeks off when the baby arrives so hoping to get the motor off and start grinding and sanding some then. I still need to pick up a respirator before I do that, just havenít done it. May build a motor stand this weekend if I have time

i have been watching YouTube videos and reading quite a few threads here just trying to familiarize myself with the terms, processes, different materials and such to get a better idea

Whistlefish what about coosa for stringers and transom and divinycell for the floor? Or would like you suggested be better, coosa transom, foam stringers and honeycomb floor? Just wondering as I really donít know

still not entirely sure Iíll put a four stroke on the back of it but wonít rule that out

im in new Kent, right near the York river
Don't know if you know, but there are different density coosa's. You could certainly do like blue water 26 for the transom and then nautical 15 or 20 for the stringers, but the foam is probably cheaper and not quite as dusty to work with. Not sure if your familiar, and there may be another option on your side of the water, but we've got a pretty good supply place over in Norfolk at called Eastern burlap that will have all the different core materials. Personally I would price out the difference between the coosa and foam and just go with whichever was more economical for the stringers. Honeycomb for the floor

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