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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2010 02:00 am
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Shannon
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tauruck wrote:
Funny, a member here caught a wobbly when I quoted R22,000 to do the same to the hull he wanted changed.

 


 

To do a proper gutting and full re-decking of a speedboat to bass boat conversion would cost that much to do it by yourself, nevermind getting someone to do it for you. It took me 3 months to build the hull, it's taken the rest of the time to do the deck.

A lot of guys think it's just a case of cutting a few sheets of ply and dropping them in the hull, the problem is that a speedboats console is just way too far forward for a proper conversion, it leaves you with a funny little deck upfront that can't take rod hatches, so the whole top deck, console and all has to come out.

To be honest I would rather build a new mould for a brand new boat than to do that much work on 1 conversion.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 7th, 2010 02:02 am
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Shannon
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Thanks for the nice comments guys;)

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 Posted: Thu Apr 8th, 2010 09:17 pm
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Daz
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An absolute work of art!!! What a craftsman!!! Big ups!!! Have some Manna

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 Posted: Thu Apr 8th, 2010 10:05 pm
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Shannon
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Daz wrote: An absolute work of art!!! What a craftsman!!! Big ups!!! Have some Manna
Thanks for the nice comments Daz:::S

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 Posted: Mon Apr 19th, 2010 07:40 am
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FRIKKEN AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Posted: Mon May 10th, 2010 09:25 pm
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Shannon
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OK I admit I've been a bit lazy lately, 2 months worth of sanding and painting took it out of me and the family, so I took a few days off, went away to see my folks 2 weeks ago and then this last weekend started getting back to it.

Started by getting my hatch hinges cut out, drilled and placement fitting done. I've had to do a bit more hatch shaping on my rod hatches as they didn't fit nicely. It's pretty difficult to get the fitting right because I have to take into account the thickness of the carpets that will be folding over all of the edges, we'll find out how accurate I was when they get carpets.
Also had to coat the hatches with resin as they were still raw wood. Still have to do another coating to cover up my sanded areas and then I'll paint them and then carpet them.

Test fitting hatches



Temp fitting of the switch panels and steering to see how they look (the steering is just shoved in the hole, I still need to get the steering kit)


Fitting rubrails 1st part


Second part fitted


Rubrail insert fitted





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 Posted: Mon May 10th, 2010 09:34 pm
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Shannon
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OK update time
Spent the whole of Sunday wiring things up, I've still got to tidy things up a bit, but it all works perfectly, no shorts, no funny things happening.

Switch panel with livewell timer control installed, I've still got to figure out how to label the switches nicely without having a big fat ugly sticker under each switch. Switches from the left are, Livewell Aerator, Livewell Filler Manual, Livewell Filler Auto, Livewell Filler timer adjustment.
On the right (not shown) from the right, Bilge pump, Nav Lights, Sonar power, Spare.



I made up a little panel to mount the fuse box and negative pole onto, mounting pads secure it to the console. 4 Stainless screws hold it onto the mounting pads (thought it might be an idea to make it easily removable incase I ever need to work on it)



Bow light and Bow Eye installed


Stern Light Mounting



Stern Light fitted in mounting


Bilge Pump outlet


Also installed Stern Eyes and then forgot to clean off the excess silicone from around all the thru hull fittings
So guess who's going to be spending a full day trying clean it off without damaging my paint

Last edited on Mon May 10th, 2010 09:36 pm by Shannon

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 Posted: Mon May 10th, 2010 11:08 pm
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Absolutely awesome

Spent many sleepless night imagining a build of my own but Hey I don't have the time and patience you have.

This is a thing of beauty built with passion and vision.

I bet you're already dreaming of the Lunkers coming aboard

Absolutely inspiring Shannon

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 Posted: Tue May 11th, 2010 09:15 am
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Kona
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All I can say is HOLY CR@P that is a work of art.

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 Posted: Tue May 11th, 2010 09:53 am
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L Hooker
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Well done, awesome job, hat's off to you...looks fantastic

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 Posted: Tue May 11th, 2010 04:10 pm
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Serra Moz
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Stunning job there mate!

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 Posted: Tue May 11th, 2010 08:58 pm
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Shannon
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Equipment: All Shimano
Best Catch: 5.01kg Large Mouth Bass
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Hey Guys thanks for the nice comments. Building something like this has given me great satisfaction, although there are a few things I would do differently if I did it again, I'm pretty happy at how it has turned out so far. It's nice to see that others also like it. Glad it's not one of those - "Only your momma could love you kinda things"::S

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 Posted: Wed May 12th, 2010 01:52 pm
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Riaandl
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Shannon - the only thing I can say is STUNNING!!!!
And I have to agree with Enigma you have a lot of patience.

Last edited on Wed May 12th, 2010 02:16 pm by Riaandl

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 Posted: Sun May 30th, 2010 10:03 pm
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Shannon
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Decided that I need a third seat for my small size deckhands, I only had the 2 main seats made for me when I ordered them, so I thought that I've managed to build every single thing on this boat except the seats, so I might as well have a shot at the seat too.

Cut out some Ply to shape, sealed it up with resin, cut some high density foam to size and covered it with marine grade vinyl. As much as I was tempted to start getting fancy with colors, I decided against it as my sewing would probably look like a road map for the Rockies :?
The seat back needed to fold flat so that I can access my cooler box underneath, so I made up a set of hinges using 1 1/2" Stainless angle iron, got the first set wrong but got it right the second time.

Not too shabby for a first attempt :D



With the other seats in place to get a perspective, bear in mind nothing is fitted yet so there are still gaps where there shouldn't be.


I made the seat pretty wide, here's the reason.

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 Posted: Sun May 30th, 2010 10:05 pm
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Shannon
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Finally started getting some paint on my hatch lids, just primer for now. Some of them are only painted on 1 side as I have to wait for some epoxy to cure properly on the other side, but it's getting there. ::S




Last edited on Sun May 30th, 2010 10:08 pm by Shannon

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 Posted: Sun Jun 13th, 2010 10:59 pm
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Shannon
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Equipment: All Shimano
Best Catch: 5.01kg Large Mouth Bass
Favorite Fishing Spot: Goedetrouw, Inanda, Albert Falls
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Update:
Can't believe how long it takes to carpet a boat
After 12 hours at it I'm beat, so the finished pics will have to wait a few days, but for now here's a teazer


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 Posted: Mon Jun 14th, 2010 02:52 pm
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dit is iets om van te droom nice mate

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 Posted: Wed Jun 23rd, 2010 11:40 am
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ART!!!That's something you must never sell.Well done,you must be very pround.Again well done.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 23rd, 2010 03:19 pm
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You can seriously be proud of yourself! Very nice work!

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Shannon
Don't think I can post anything that the others before me haven't already posted!

..very very hot!

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