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Old 09-24-2018, 04:02 PM
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That riser came out great. When is the launch date?
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Old 09-25-2018, 03:00 AM
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Originally Posted by 305seahunter View Post
That riser came out great. When is the launch date?
I have about 2 weeks of work left. However, I still need some aluminum fabrication work done. That turn around will be the limiting factor.
Last of the work: wiring the battery switch, fusebox, ACR, distribution panel, sonic hub II, amp, speakers, Simrad MFD, jack plate, run the hydraulic steering lines, attach throttle/ shift cables, mount the fuel/ water separater, run primary fuel line from the tank and install new Lenco T/T switch, Install rubrail and insert. That's all I have left.

Then, she goes to get aluminum work done, then to Castaway Customs for seadeck. Realistically, 5-6 weeks at the latest. So, November 1 splash date...
Thanks for checking in, 305 : I was impressed that you hit your deadline w/ the LNB Radiant hull rebuild. Nice work.

I came home from work yesterday and found my casting platform on my front porch: It's a special edition charcoal grey ( excellent compliment to the black/ grey scheme) 35 yeti : it'll double as a drink / food cooler. I figured I was in for $300 - $400 for a casting platform fabricated. It made sense to put that toward a dual purpose item like a color matched cooler. It will be seadeck'd to match the hull as well. Kennedy tie down system will be low profile and functional as well.

I got this yet 35 casting platform inspiration from Capt. Drew Cavanaugh out of Mosquito Lagoon: legendary redfish guide. Here's his link on installation and function of this platform:

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Old 09-25-2018, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by sydngoose View Post
I have about 2 weeks of work left. However, I still need some aluminum fabrication work done. That turn around will be the limiting factor.
Last of the work: wiring the battery switch, fusebox, ACR, distribution panel, sonic hub II, amp, speakers, Simrad MFD, jack plate, run the hydraulic steering lines, attach throttle/ shift cables, mount the fuel/ water separater, run primary fuel line from the tank and install new Lenco T/T switch, Install rubrail and insert. That's all I have left.

Then, she goes to get aluminum work done, then to Castaway Customs for seadeck. Realistically, 5-6 weeks at the latest. So, November 1 splash date...
Thanks for checking in, 305 : I was impressed that you hit your deadline w/ the LNB Radiant hull rebuild. Nice work.

I came home from work yesterday and found my casting platform on my front porch: It's a special edition charcoal grey ( excellent compliment to the black/ grey scheme) 35 yeti : it'll double as a drink / food cooler. I figured I was in for $300 - $400 for a casting platform fabricated. It made sense to put that toward a dual purpose item like a color matched cooler. It will be seadeck'd to match the hull as well. Kennedy tie down system will be low profile and functional as well.

I got this yet 35 casting platform inspiration from Capt. Drew Cavanaugh out of Mosquito Lagoon: legendary redfish guide. Here's his link on installation and function of this platform: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKZM23ypWx8
I really like the new Charcoal Grey Yetis. I was checking them out at the store the other day. It makes a very functional bow platform. I might have missed it, but are you getting a poling platform built for the boat?

And thank you, I was not sure I would make the deadline, but I am sure glad I did.

Nothing beats the feeling of getting it on the water for the first time. You won't be able to wipe the smile off your face when yours hits the water
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by 305seahunter View Post
I might have missed it, but are you getting a poling platform built for the boat?
Yes: thats part of the aluminum fabrication job coming up. Its a hull that was built to be poled. I have many red spots that are only accessible by poling. They're my favorite.
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Great thread! Just read it all.
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Old 09-26-2018, 10:49 AM
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Great thread! Just read it all.
Thanks, man! w/ that screen name, I am willing to bet you have seen a couple of these hulls in the keys: prominent guide boat back decades ago. She's closer than ever to catching fish again.
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Never a 15, but the rebuilt Willy's featured in Florida Sportsman belongs to a friend. Great ride!
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I'd have to say the most iconic; of the old school flats boats under 16', I've ever seen around here, are the Challengers. Spent my summers in Ocean Reef, growing up, and there was a green one with a 90s Pro V Yamaha 50. I always wanted that boat. Would love to know where it ended up. And of course, over 16' were the Hewes, Hoogs, Shipoke/Dolphin 18s.
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I have a old Challenger sitting in the garage at my moms house in Avon park. This thread has inspired me to bring her back to life, i really miss that boat. The boat looks great...a true classic! My challenger is sea foam green, my dad fished all over flamingo and the upper keys in that boat, i followed in his footsteps and fished the boat in the early 90's alot down in Flamingo and Key largo. I had kids and the boat stopped getting used.
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Originally Posted by Snookyj View Post
I have a old Challenger sitting in the garage at my moms house in Avon park. This thread has inspired me to bring her back to life, i really miss that boat. The boat looks great...a true classic! My challenger is sea foam green, my dad fished all over flamingo and the upper keys in that boat, i followed in his footsteps and fished the boat in the early 90's alot down in Flamingo and Key largo. I had kids and the boat stopped getting used.
Merc powered?
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There is a Challenger Hull about 2 minutes from me. Merc 50 if I remember correctly. It was for sale and never sold so they kept it. I'll have to pass by and see if it is still there. It was sea foam green. Sorry to derail this thread. But these older smaller skiffs are just cool
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305, I believe that's the boat I used to see get towed, through FL City, every now and then. Saw it up until about 5 years ago, give or take. Merc powered with blue letters on the cowling. I always wondered if it was the one I used to see, as a kid, I previously mentioned.

OP, sorry for further derailment, but these Challenger conversations are filling my mind with wonderful memories of my past.
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Originally Posted by TurnMeLooseFLKeys View Post
305, I believe that's the boat I used to see get towed, through FL City, every now and then. Saw it up until about 5 years ago, give or take. Merc powered with blue letters on the cowling. I always wondered if it was the one I used to see, as a kid, I previously mentioned.

OP, sorry for further derailment, but these Challenger conversations are filling my mind with wonderful memories of my past.
Man, it's all good. I love skiff talk. No derailing by my standards. Carry on, fellas.
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Originally Posted by TurnMeLooseFLKeys View Post
Merc powered?
Mine has a 90hp Merc on her, so i don't think its the same one your talking about. I'll try to dig up a few pics of the boat when she was in her prime. I don't even want to show y'all what she looks like nowadays. She need some love for sure.
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Originally Posted by Snookyj View Post
Mine has a 90hp Merc on her, so i don't think its the same one your talking about. I'll try to dig up a few pics of the boat when she was in her prime. I don't even want to show y'all what she looks like nowadays. She need some love for sure.
To clarify, the boat I saw as a kid in Ocean Reef, was powered with the 50 Pro V Yamaha. I only ever saw that one, in Ocean Reef, on davits up on a dock; never did see it move. This was in the early to mid 90s. I'd say 94-95 at the latest.

The one I saw get towed around Fl City, a few years ago, had a Merc on it. This was around 2007 up until about 2011, I think. Maybe later or earlier than 2011. The Merc had the blue cowling letters to symbolize it as a saltwater motor. I only ever saw it getting towed, onto the turnpike or off the turnpike, as it traveled through Fl City. Presumably coming/going from the Keys, Bayfront Park, or Flamingo.

Could have easily been two separate boats, but I was always curious if it was the one I saw as a kid. Both were a light green. Like a mint or seafoam.
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Quick update: This build is so close to being finished. But, I have to press the pause button. We just signed a contract to purchase our dream waterfront home here in Jacksonville, Florida. All my energy has to go towards prepping our current home for sale and getting my family set up for success to move to our new home on the Ortega River. It will be an exhausting and expensive next 3 months. But, the lifestyle upgrade will be worth it. There is all ready a beautiful boat lift in place where the Shipoke Slopoke will rest. Stay tuned. Life is calling. I must answer.
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I'm jealous, best of luck. Dunahoo
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I posted this question in the electronics section as well to gain more exposure, and hopefully get some contribution to a solution:

I have a blue seas fuse box with the following devices attached: Lenco trim tabs power cable, Nema2k power cable and Simrad go7xse
I have a Blue Seas distribution panel with the following devices attached: Bilge pump switch, nav lights, courtesy lights, horn and Livewell.

Should I run a positive cable from the house battery ( fused) to the blue seas fuse box then run the distribution panel through the Blue seas battery switch?
I have blue seas ACR 7610 and a blue seas battery switch 6011.

Probably worth mentioning: I will be using the Nema2K and the Mercury Gateway to network the Mercury motor, JL Audio, Sonic hub and Simrad

I have a JL Audio M400/4 amp to wire into the system.
I also have to wire in the Altas micro jack plate somewhere and a 12 volt trolling motor. Kind of feel lost at how to approach this wiring plan.

I am trying to map out my plan for wiring 1 cranking battery and 1 house battery (both AGM) with the mentioned accessories and the battery switch and the VSR. Thoughts?

Thank you in advance.
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I have decided NOT to put a fusebox in, but rather run all the devices through the BlueSeas 12 gang distribution panel. SO, all devices in this image that go to the fusebox will actually be routed through the distribution panel and the negative to a 150a neg busbar. Thoughts?

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Good morning.
I have taken a hiatus from posting on this thread as I've been busy closing on a new property. But, during the last 6 weeks, I've made some progress on the flats boat build.
I have decided NOT to use the Yeti 35 as a casting platform as it was to space occupying and obstructive on the forward bow. It will be a food and drink cooler. I have ordered a matching 45 yeti in the charcoal black for the cockpit to use as a fish cooler.
I mounted a black Motor guide xi3 54 pound thrust, 60" shaft, 12 volt GPS remote anchoring trolling motor on the bow. I still need to wire in the receiver plug.
I have all the wiring done ( pumps, switches, fuse box, batteries, battery switch, distribution panel, NOCO battery charger, led lights, nav lights, etc..) except the amp and JL sound system.
I rigged the hydraulic steering hoses and bled the system, pulled the jack plate wiring and the hydraulic lines through this waterproof cable gland. Of course, I had to run some "Rob Konikoff LED Extreme" courtesy lights too: under the gunnels, inside the forward casting deck and inside all rigging boxes and bilge under the rear deck: they are ridiculously bright and dimmable.

Moussa Boat interiors made me this sweet bench seat. It flips forward on a ketter to access the Livewell and hatches. I may have an aluminum bench seat frame fabricated for this: undecided.

I have a sweet custom aluminum piece being fabricated for the side console support bar that will screw between the bottom of the side console to the floor: it has an appendage and stand on it to mount the Simrad go7xse. It is at powder coat now. All hardware and screws have been powder coated.
One last feature I wanted to share with you: When I was researching what shift/ throttle binnacle to purchase, I came across this Osprey unit from Seastar that has an axillary trim switch on the base. I bought this binnacle specifically for the thumb trim/ tilt switch option AND the extra trim switch on the base which I wired to my Atlas hydraulic jack plate: I called TH Marine who is the manufacturer of the Atlas jack plates. They described any 3 wire switch will work: it is not amp rated, so it came out as a super clean install. I have my jack plate controls at my thumb right below the throttle lever.
She's coming together and so close to completion.
Still to do: Mount side console support pipe and Simrad mount, mount X'ducer and run that cable. Wire the NMEA2K network to the Simrad, Mercury ( through a gateway) and JL Audio through the Sonic Hub II, wire up the speakers.
She goes for Seadeck the week after Thanksgiving (next Tuesday).

I am about 6 months later and 40% over budget in completing this project. But, I decided not to rush it so I can do it right. This is my last boat build for a long time. My children and family's needs are too great to take on another project. She is my grand finale'. More to come in the next 2 weeks.


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