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Old 05-26-2016, 07:23 PM
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What up everyone new guy here from Maryland, bought my first boat last year with no motor and just recently bought a motor and ready to get this thing on the water. Plan on doing some work to it. The boat is an 18ft 1984 skee-craft, idk if it has a model name or number but it is a flat bottom skiff and had a center console at some point. I love skiffs and work boats. The motor is a 1982 mercury 40hp. Boat cost me 1800 with the trailer, motor cost me 1750 I feel I over payed for the motor but being im new to this idk what cost what. The guy I bought the boat from had removed the center console and put a deck up at the bow for fishing. So my plans are to cut the deck out and make bow seating with storage space, I am a Marylander and most work boats Ive seen have the console on the starboard side and I feel itll be more spacious that way so I plan on putting a side console on the starboard side with a bench seat behind the console. I am open to any suggestions if any. I have no boat restoration experience and the only fiberglass experience I have was back in 2005 when I was a shop helper in a auto body shop. Im an auto mechanic and am pretty handy in general so Im confident I can handle the task. This is a project I plan on starting this winter for I want to enjoy it on the water this year at least once before I start in order to get a feel for it.
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Old 05-27-2016, 05:50 PM
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Not a bad layout with a tiller steer or a center console, i think you will like the forward casting deck. If you get out and use it this year it will give you a good idea of what you will want to build into it.

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Old 05-28-2016, 10:25 AM
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Surv is right on spot. That boat is laid out perfect. I would put a center console in and be done.
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If your not using it for commercial work I would put the console in the center of the boat to keep it balanced, they can do it because they are balancing it with baskets of fish or crabs. Your not gonna want to be leaning in that boat all day. . My first boat was very similar to yours I bought it as a tiller and converted it to a center console I had a lot of fun in that boat. Be careful for serious bow steer when driving it at higher speeds.
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looking at it and seeing how much easier it would be to put a center console in compared to what I would have to do to put a side console Im definitely going to do a center console, that and the over balance as you pointed out cummins28. but the deck Im definitely going to have to do something with personally to me it takes up too much space up front. Its nice to fish from im sure but I do plan on trotlining some so going to need space for baskets. Maybe ill just modify the deck bring it down and shorten it up a bit.
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So I started grinding the center console mounting panel to get it cleaned up and accidentally cut through the glass and noticed the plywood was wet. I really dont want to get into full out restoration right now but will definitely do so in this winter. I want to get it on the water and get a feel for it before I do. But for the wet plywood I plan to dry it out fill in the poorly filled holes and adding a layer of 1708. Also noticed a leak through the hull So I ground down the leaking areas picked out the balsa core and planned on filling the voids with an epoxy based filler and glassing over with some csm and 1708 but after some forum browsing Ill more than likely cut out an area where I can get to the hole and properly fix the hull and put plywood in place of the balsa core which I will in the winter completely replace. Any advise is gladly accepted Im a complete newb to this.
Im going to be building a center console and was thinking 1/4 plywood and glassing over. Now idk what kind of resin and thickeners to get but was thinking about using west system epoxy with the slow hardener to give me some time but completely lost on which tickener to get.
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What did you end up doing with this project?
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What a coincidence lol I was randomly browsing (after some motivation fishing) the forum and checking on this thread and was thinking about posting an update. I built a center console for it out of some scrap plywood and used it a few times before noticing a soft spot on the floor towards the bow on the starboard side. Figured I fix that and start doing the modifications I wanted to make and I started to cut into it and never really was able to really start with the work due to life situations, motivation and lacking drive. I will post pictures soon as I can find them.
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Watch a couple videos of Louis building that work skiff, you'll be ready to get at it! Half way joking, I find them motivating but I know there are other things in life that can get in the way. I hope you get some time to finish it the way you wanted.
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Just tried to upload photos and it would not let me saying I cant post urls til I have 10 posts. Man I love his videos that guy knows his shit and is very skilled.
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This is how I set it up and ran it to get a feel for it. Noticed a soft spot in the front right area and have since cut into it and currently thinking about how to modify it and replace the core where its soft.
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Since finding the soft spot I cut into the boat and removed the forward deck and the "seats" in the rear.

Removing the front deck

I got too comfortable with the reciprocating saw and put a hole through the hole


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