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12-01-2017, 03:00 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 17,980
Posted By Fletch

I would not go that far. I have never built a...

I would not go that far. I have never built a stitch and glue boat. That may be one situation where I would lean towards Epoxy. But, and someone please correct me if I'm wrong, VE and epoxy are not...
12-01-2017, 09:52 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 17,980
Posted By Fletch

Nothing wrong with wood in a boat. Personally, I...

Nothing wrong with wood in a boat. Personally, I would opt for Vinylester (or even Polyester) over epoxy unless I was working on a boat that was originally built with Epoxy. I find VE much easier to...
11-06-2017, 07:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,163
Posted By Fletch

It's the shaft seal. As others have said, the...

It's the shaft seal. As others have said, the stock seal is a quad ring. In a pinch, I have used regular old o-rings in the past with good success. Just take the old quad ring to your local ace...
11-03-2017, 07:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,597
Posted By Fletch

Here's my build thread. The pics show up for me....

Here's my build thread. The pics show up for me. I don't know if they will for you or not.

https://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-forum/827765-fiberglass-ice-chest-project.html
11-03-2017, 06:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,597
Posted By Fletch

I've built several with Isofoam. I made MDF molds...

I've built several with Isofoam. I made MDF molds for mine so I wouldn't have much fairing to do on the outside. I've got a thread on here somewhere (pics all disappeared when Photobucket got greedy...
11-03-2017, 06:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 983
Posted By Fletch

I honestly wouldn't worry about the inside. Gel...

I honestly wouldn't worry about the inside. Gel and done. I've done a few and I didn't even spray - just rolled several coats with a fine foam roller. Once it starts getting wet, scales, fish slime,...
10-23-2017, 05:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,022
Posted By Fletch

Exactly how I do aluminum pontoon boats....

Exactly how I do aluminum pontoon boats. Sandblast to clean metal. Dry and immediately apply 2 coats of strontium chromate (I use Petitt) followed by 3 coats of Pettit Protect Barrier coat and 2-3...
10-16-2017, 02:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 929
Posted By Fletch

Napa 3626 or Wix 33626 fits my 3126. I think they...

Napa 3626 or Wix 33626 fits my 3126. I think they are 6 micron. I use 30 micron on my racor between fuel tank and spin on.
10-04-2017, 03:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,487
Posted By Fletch

I'm going to disagree with others above. It is...

I'm going to disagree with others above. It is much easier to remove the bulk of the growth before it dries. Scrape it as best as you can. Full strength muriatic pool acid applied with an all plastic...
10-04-2017, 02:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,646
Posted By Fletch

Quick advice: Try to avoid cutting in corners...

Quick advice: Try to avoid cutting in corners when removing the old deck. Leave a 2-4 inch lip around the perimeter so you will be grinding, glassing and fairing old to new on flat surfaces instead...
09-20-2017, 09:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,202
Posted By Fletch

Pettit sells a Strontium Chromate primer that...

Pettit sells a Strontium Chromate primer that works very well on Aluminum. Been using followed by 3 coats of epoxy barrier coat on pontoons for years. The key is to apply it as soon after...
09-20-2017, 07:01 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 7,791
Posted By Fletch

Cat 3126 / 385 hp mechanical (2003 I think) ~...

Cat 3126 / 385 hp mechanical (2003 I think) ~ 7500 hours. Would like to see 10000 and would consider any beyond that a bonus.
09-06-2017, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,303
Posted By Fletch

Muriatic Pool Acid will remove tannin stains,...

Muriatic Pool Acid will remove tannin stains, rust stains, barnacles, etc every bit as good (if not better) as any of the commercially produced acid based products (including on-n-off) for a fraction...
09-06-2017, 07:30 AM
Replies: 383
Views: 104,920
Posted By Fletch

I've made quite a few molds out of MDF. Never...

I've made quite a few molds out of MDF. Never went for true perfection in the finish. They were good but not perfect. I was painting the parts afterwards anyways so I just wanted parts that were...
09-02-2017, 04:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,084
Posted By Fletch

I would go with Hydrocoat Eco over Vivid. I've...

I would go with Hydrocoat Eco over Vivid. I've used Vivid on aluminum pontoon boats for quite a few years. It works okay but seems to wear away faster than other ablative paints so I always countered...
08-24-2017, 08:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,299
Posted By Fletch

You could also check engine temps with a heat gun...

You could also check engine temps with a heat gun to eliminate the possibility that one engine is indeed running hot. Then, you'd know it was electrical in nature. Could also be a temp sensor I...
08-22-2017, 05:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,502
Posted By Fletch

I hear you. I also think there is a difference...

I hear you. I also think there is a difference between a boat ramp and a dock (even though boat ramps have "docks"). Stand alone docks, boat has absolute priority. I don't view ramps/docks in the...
08-21-2017, 07:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,502
Posted By Fletch

Truck/Trailer in line takes priority. I don't...

Truck/Trailer in line takes priority. I don't trailer anymore but when I did, I had one exception to this rule. If I was alone and the only way to retrieve my truck/trailer was to tie off and block...
08-19-2017, 07:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By Fletch

Zack Krabill at Atlantic Marine Diesel can tell...

Zack Krabill at Atlantic Marine Diesel can tell you all you want to know about those engines. He was a Cat mechanic with Ring Power for years before starting his own company. I have used him for work...
08-16-2017, 07:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,165
Posted By Fletch

Another vote for Castrol Super Clean. It is IMO,...

Another vote for Castrol Super Clean. It is IMO, the best of the purple cleaners. I've even removed oil stains from my driveway with it.

Used some Zep heavy duty cleaner to de-wax an ice chest I...
08-12-2017, 09:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By Fletch

Ben's Automotive on 520 in cocoa. They've been at...

Ben's Automotive on 520 in cocoa. They've been at it FOREVER and they know what they're doing. Bring cash...
08-10-2017, 07:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 599
Posted By Fletch

I used the Hydrocoat Eco on a pontoon well over a...

I used the Hydrocoat Eco on a pontoon well over a year ago. Had serious doubts during the painting phase as it is trickier to apply than solvent based paints. It honestly flashed off much, much...
08-02-2017, 01:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,041
Posted By Fletch

Prepping Epoxy to accept poly or vinylester is...

Prepping Epoxy to accept poly or vinylester is way more tricky than prepping poly or vinyl to accept poly or vinyl.
08-02-2017, 03:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,041
Posted By Fletch

I don't agree with that at all. While epoxy may...

I don't agree with that at all. While epoxy may have a higher mechanical bond strength, that's about the only advantage it has over poly when used to repair a boat built with poly in my opinion. And,...
08-01-2017, 09:46 AM
Replies: 383
Views: 104,920
Posted By Fletch

Yes. That is a big piece to work with. One thing...

Yes. That is a big piece to work with. One thing I've learned with 1708 (or any combo mat/weave) is to always wet the work area out first if you are placing the mat side down. Takes far too much...
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