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Old 11-19-2020, 05:03 PM
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Today was just a "normal" day for me on my restoration. Did some sanding and fairing on the transom (6" random orbital air sander, IR pneumatic line sander, Dewalt polisher), did some grinding on some glass with the POS Harbor Freight 4.5" grinder that I also returned today due to a faulty switch. Also used my die grinder with a 3" disk for that. Used a chop saw to cut some wood, another die grinder with a cut off wheel on it to cut something else, my jig saw to cut out a template for the bracket, numerous straight edges, rulers, tape measures, pencils, a heat gun, and scissors.

This was all in a span of maybe 3 hours doing a couple different things on the boat. As this is my first restoration project I'm not counting the cost of tooling up in the overall cost of the job. If I do three more, the cost is absorbed over four boats. If I never do another boat, I can assure you that these tools will come in handy for something else.
Old 11-19-2020, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Still Stoked View Post
Easy. A THICK check book!!
^^^^ This ^^^^

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Old 11-19-2020, 05:21 PM
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lol thick check book, thin wallet. I dont count tools into cost of building, tools are something everyone should have. Unless of coarse if you dont live in a house or drive a vehicle or own a boat or just breath air.
Old 11-19-2020, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by SEABIRD254 View Post
lol thick check book, thin wallet. I dont count tools into cost of building, tools are something everyone should have. Unless of coarse if you dont live in a house or drive a vehicle or own a boat or just breath air.
I had some cracks in the T-top on my Mako. Got an estimate for $800 repeatedly to repair it. Went and bought a TIG welder for $800, learned to TIG weld aluminum and fixed it myself for the same cost and got a welder and some skills out of it. Tools are life around here.
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Old 11-23-2020, 02:19 PM
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Just finished a "little" job of installing a "couple" of electronics and this is the piles of tools that ended up being used. Just a trolling motor, five batteries, stereo, amp, two chargers and a vhf.


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Old 11-23-2020, 08:23 PM
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An engine hoist is always handy for removeing the engine too

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