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SWGA Boater
11-21-2012, 11:59 AM
Hi, I have been looking for a early MasterCraft Stars and Stripes to restore. I had always wanted a Stars and Stripes boat as a kid, but have only had outboard ski boats. After searching Craigslist and other sites everyday for the last several months, I finally found a 1977 red, white and blue boat in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I worked out a deal with the owner to meet halfway with the delivery and I brought the boat home last Sunday night. I knew going in this was a project boat that will take some time, but hopefully I can make it through without my wife killing me. My goal is to be on the water by May 1st.

The hull is in really good shape. I have found only about three small gelcoat chips below the water line. There is no blistering, deep scratches or gouges, other than wear on the bow from trailering. After pressure washing off two years of scum from sitting in the weather, I have noticed the deck has more spider cracking than I originally thought and am trying to decide how I will address the cracking. Engine and transmission are supposedly in running condition, but the motor has no starter at this time. Interior is trashed and the boat needs stringers and a new deck. The boat may need a transom also as the swim platform and one of the tie downs is not very tight.

I started working on the boat yesterday afternoon and I removed all the decking up to the bow compartment. I hope to get the gas tank (full) out and the bow compartment cut out and the foam removed this weekend. Anyways, I know how you guys love pictures so I thought I would share some of yesterday's progress with you all.

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v71/p1281785584-3.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v57/p1281785588-3.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v64/p1281785826-3.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v73/p1281785840-3.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v72/p1281785856-3.jpg
I had saw a few older boats with holes in the windshield for air flow, but had never seen the original vents. These are not cracked or broken only yellowed. I am sure that they would be hard to find....

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v59/p1281785924-3.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v70/p1281785946-3.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v70/p1281785972-5.jpg
Two layers of OSB sandwiched for the driver's seat base.

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v73/p1281786072-3.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v65/p1281786170-3.jpg
Anyone know what type of Holley this is???

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v73/p1281786204-3.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v66/p1281786246-3.jpg
Non-glassed pressure treated plywood overlaid and screwed into rotted decking/floor. Bottom layer of decking had no glass on the bottom and only a thin layer (no mat/cloth) of resin on top.

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v70/p1281786334-5.jpg
Delaminated/rotten gas tank mount.

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v55/p1281786474-5.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v65/p1281786484-3.jpg
Mainly used a hammer to bust the rotten flooring into smaller chunks and then vaccummed out.

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v54/p1281786662-5.jpg
Main stringers are just fiberglass shells, screwdriver goes right through the laminate. Secondary stringers have been replaced with some type of foam as a core. Foam wasn't even fully encapsulated in the glass, only a thin layer of resin/chop strand on top and sides.

Thanks for looking. I am sure I will have quite a few questions over the next several months.

h2oskifreak
11-21-2012, 12:10 PM
I own a IMO pretty nice 75. I am really glad to see this movement to restore these classics. Good luck keeping the wife off your back.

aquaman
11-21-2012, 12:46 PM
Windsheild + dash look to be better than average....those are hard items to find.

The structural is all restorable.

Interested to see if that is the original color scheme ?

Good luck !

03geetee
11-21-2012, 01:13 PM
Roll up your sleves, get a 30 pack, keep logged in to Team Talk and get ready for a fun journey. Dont get frustrated, keep your eye on the prize and work on a list taking one item and a time. If something is put on hold or you have to wait for other people to finish an item or wait on materials then pick another small item on your list and work on that. If you break it up into small chunks it is less daunting.

Good luck and nice looking boat to start with, a new floor is really gonna bring her back.

JTR

1redTA
11-21-2012, 04:39 PM
the carb looks like a like my Holley 4160

Lumbergh
11-21-2012, 05:55 PM
Sweet old S&S.

Sad to see neglect like that. Stored outside and left to die.

Seems like a BIG project to me.

Looking forward to seeing the progress. Thanks for sharing with the group!

phickman
11-23-2012, 01:30 PM
Make for darn sure that you get all the nuts off the threads that hold the windshield on. You will think you have them all off. There are two very obscure ones under the gunnels on each side. One is just forward of the throttle morse control. You will think you have it the windshield will twist and crack. It takes a 3/8 socket I believe. The ones in the gunnels that wrap around that are hard to get to will take some extensions and a universal joint swivel to get them out.

SWGA Boater
11-25-2012, 10:28 PM
I/family have been sick for the last week so I haven't been able to work on the boat until today. I was able to get the gas tank out and swim platform off this afternoon. Transom is rotted just as the stringers so that will have to be repaired first. Hope to be able to pull the motor out and finish cutting the bow out next weekend. I will post somemore pictures as I progress along.

To glass or not glass the stringers to the hull that is the question. I have been doing a lot of reading this week. Pros and cons both ways. Anybody out there ever used Coosa board as a replacement/alternative to wood? Looks really good but is expensive/freight charges. Anyone got an inside track on Coosa let me know.

46Chief
11-26-2012, 12:02 PM
correctcraftfan.com has a ton of respar threads, there are alot of nautique rebuilds since CC didn't switch from wood stringers til 93 or 94 I think there are some good result for using material other than fur boards.

TRBenj
11-26-2012, 01:07 PM
there are alot of nautique rebuilds since CC didn't switch from wood stringers til 93
I would argue that there are a lot of CC rebuilds because CC's are worth rebuilding! That, and they've been around a long time. All wood structured, foam sandwiched inboards will rot (including pre-82 MC's).

Coosa is good stuff- I used it on my last rebuild. I would encourage you to read over on CCFan as well- lots of good info over there.

Chrisoswald
11-27-2012, 09:26 PM
[QUOTE=TRBenj;892329]I would argue that there are a lot of CC rebuilds because CC's are worth rebuilding!


Or they rot because they held on to wood much longer than they should have

thatsmrmastercraft
11-27-2012, 11:36 PM
Great to see another classic brought back to life. With production estimated between 350- 500 boats for 1977 model year, every one brought back to life counts. If you have any questions along the way, I would be more than happy to help in any way that I can.

mikeg205
11-27-2012, 11:56 PM
I am working on drawing are for the decals - Need a good picture for the artwork. I'll send you the file that you can take to a local vinyl shop or I can make you a set for picture..my email is mgorczak@mutoh.com - the closer the better the higher resolution from a digital picture the better. I have this image and it's tough because elements are missing. Just started... Good luck on the project... Hope to do one myself in a few years...

cbryan70
11-28-2012, 01:25 PM
ill snap a picture when i get home today if I think of it. My decals are in pretty good shape.

SWGA Boater
11-28-2012, 05:52 PM
Hey Mike,

Thanks for the offer on the decals. Mine currently are in worse shape than your picture, i.e. missing a letter or two. Hopefully cbryan can come through on the decals, if not I read that Jim at BAWS has them. What are you doing converting over in Photoshop or similar?
Take your time it is not like I need them right now--floor and transom, mechanicals first. Then again a decal set would be a nice XMAS present...

Ansley

mikeg205
11-28-2012, 06:31 PM
Yeah - using photo's as a template then hand tracing. It will take me a couple weeks to tweak the letters. Want to decorate the man cave and don't mind sharin' the art.

Covi
11-28-2012, 08:32 PM
Here are some reference photos of I believe the guy said 76'.

tph
11-28-2012, 09:09 PM
If you're looking for a decal set there is this option:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/70s-Custom-Mastercraft-Boat-Decal-Sticker-Set-L-K-/230888080216?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item35c2008358&vxp=mtr

mikeg205
11-28-2012, 11:10 PM
Perfect I can trace that easily! Thanks... New Decal for the man next week...

mikeg205
11-29-2012, 05:38 PM
Hey Mike,

Thanks for the offer on the decals. Mine currently are in worse shape than your picture, i.e. missing a letter or two. Hopefully cbryan can come through on the decals, if not I read that Jim at BAWS has them. What are you doing converting over in Photoshop or similar?
Take your time it is not like I need them right now--floor and transom, mechanicals first. Then again a decal set would be a nice XMAS present...

Ansley

You'll have your Christmas present..do you want it in white? I will be running the "Craft" letters a little tighter based on the latest pics here.. pm you address when your ready and I'll get them out to you.. n/c.

SWGA Boater
11-30-2012, 08:08 PM
Was able to do a little work on the boat today, pulled the engine and transmission. Separated the engine/trans and got the engine on a stand so that I can more easily work on it. Can't decide on what I want to do with the engine. The engine was supposedly rebuilt two seasons ago, but I have never seen it run. Probably will pull the valve covers tomorrow and see if there is any gunk and then go from there. Also, not sure what was going on but when I removed the oil cooler hose there was some pinkish gobs mixed in with the water from the hose. I wish I had taken a picture of the gunk. I was thinking transmission fluid mixed, but I pulled the transmission dipstick and it looks clean. :confused: I guess really the only way to tell would be to drain the transmission. Here a few pictures from today. Not the best quality as I forgot my regular camera and had to use my phone.

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v62/p1303108122-5.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v66/p1303109334-5.jpg


Stringers are completely rotted at all motor mounts/trans mounts



http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v70/p1303108134-5.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v59/p1303108128-4.jpg

thatsmrmastercraft
12-01-2012, 10:10 AM
I really miss my original exhaust manifolds....they are so sleek and clean looking. When I got my '77, the engine had been poorly winterized the prior year and one exhaust manifold was destroyed.

SWGA Boater
12-02-2012, 11:40 PM
I was able to do a little bit of work on the boat this afternoon. Pulled all the exhaust out so I could check the transom better. Wood around the exhaust holes was wet and rotted. I cut a 2x2 square out of the transom shell about eight inches about the exhaust holes. Wet, rotted wood there also. Turned my attention to the bow. I removed the bow bulk head and started the foam removal. It is a slow go on the foam removal. Hope to get the electrical out and the rest of the foam cut out next weekend.

mikeg205
12-03-2012, 01:06 AM
Was able to do a little work on the boat today, pulled the engine and transmission. Separated the engine/trans and got the engine on a stand so that I can more easily work on it. Can't decide on what I want to do with the engine. The engine was supposedly rebuilt two seasons ago, but I have never seen it run. Probably will pull the valve covers tomorrow and see if there is any gunk and then go from there. Also, not sure what was going on but when I removed the oil cooler hose there was some pinkish gobs mixed in with the water from the hose. I wish I had taken a picture of the gunk. I was thinking transmission fluid mixed, but I pulled the transmission dipstick and it looks clean. :confused: I guess really the only way to tell would be to drain the transmission. Here a few pictures from today. Not the best quality as I forgot my regular camera and had to use my phone.

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v62/p1303108122-5.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v66/p1303109334-5.jpg


Stringers are completely rotted at all motor mounts/trans mounts



http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v70/p1303108134-5.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v59/p1303108128-4.jpg

uh...that's not what you use a red solo cup for... ;)

thatsmrmastercraft
12-03-2012, 08:22 AM
uh...that's not what you use a red solo cup for... ;)

:uglyhamme:uglyhamme:uglyhamme

mikeg205
12-03-2012, 01:32 PM
Decals on their way.... today... Merry Christmas and get that boat done... :D - Can't wait to see more pic's.... can't wait to do my resto one day... :) - My OCD kicked in so I laminated the decals with a UV coating so they should last darn near a decade if applied right and not left in the water for a season...

thatsmrmastercraft
12-03-2012, 01:34 PM
Decals on their way.... today... Merry Christmas and get that boat done... :D - Can't wait to see more pic's.... can't wait to do my resto one day... :) - My OCD kicked in so I laminated the decals with a UV coating so they should last darn near a decade if applied right and not left in the water for a season...

Wow, nice work! :toast:

trickskier
12-03-2012, 06:47 PM
WOW - You have a lot of work ahead of you! Good luck and I look forward to seeing the finished product! :D

SWGA Boater
12-08-2012, 09:26 PM
Progressing slowly. I removed the engine harness, steering and throttle/trans cables last night. I was only able to work a few hours today. More hacking, cutting and prying with the foam. I would estimate I have removed about half of the bow foam. Right side is not stuck to the hull so it is easier to cut out large chunks. Hope to finish up with the foam in the next day or so. I'll post a few images when I finish up.

Does anyone know if a new or reman engine harness is still available. The harness is not in too bad of shape, but has a couple of wires with bad nicks and splices.

Cloaked
12-08-2012, 09:52 PM
Progressing slowly. I removed the engine harness, steering and throttle/trans cables last night. I was only able to work a few hours today. More hacking, cutting and prying with the foam. I would estimate I have removed about half of the bow foam. Right side is not stuck to the hull so it is easier to cut out large chunks. Hope to finish up with the foam in the next day or so. I'll post a few images when I finish up.

Does anyone know if a new or reman engine harness is still available. The harness is not in too bad of shape, but has a couple of wires with bad nicks and splices.
http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=R121025A

SWGA Boater
12-08-2012, 10:26 PM
Thanks Cloaked. Don't know why I didn't think about DIM. When I am ready to start cutting stringers out I'm going to give you a call, particularly with regards to running the exhaust.

madcityskier
12-08-2012, 11:10 PM
Might be a dumb question, but can you dissolve the foam with some solvent? I would try putting a little acetone on a small test area to see how it does. Make sure to have good ventilation and no open flames/sparks nearby if you decide to try this approach.

Miss Rita
12-09-2012, 12:23 PM
but can you dissolve the foam with some solvent?

The foam might dissolve, but it wouldn't disappear. If it did dissolve it would leave an incredible sticky gooey mess. As much trouble as it is, removing the foam mechanically is the only way it can be done.

SWGA Boater
12-16-2012, 07:50 PM
Was able to finish pulling out the foam on Friday. I have a little grinding and scraping to do, but I'm glad it is out and can move on to other things. Going to try and order the transom wood and stringers this week if I have time. May even order the epoxy and glass. Things get so busy around the holidays, it is hard to get anything accomplished. Maybe I'll get to piddle on the boat after work this week.

tim79mc
01-01-2013, 04:25 PM
my 1979 restoration thread- http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=47981 might be helpful for you. I'm on hold while I get through Christmas... will be back at work in a few weeks.

SWGA Boater
01-03-2013, 12:27 PM
my 1979 restoration thread- http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=47981 might be helpful for you. I'm on hold while I get through Christmas... will be back at work in a few weeks.

Looks like you are slightly ahead of me on the rebuild. I also hope to get back to things in the next few weeks. Seems like I have had something to do the last four weekends. How is the seven gallons of epoxy holding out? I was not sure if that would be enough for the floor and transom. What about an estimate on the roving? I have done a lot of research and the amount seems to vary according to the rebuild. Are you using 1708?

79_SnS_atl
01-09-2013, 09:30 AM
Don't forget to post a few progress pics on "The MasterCraft Project" on Facebook. http://on.fb.me/KxYlLm

SWGA Boater
01-15-2013, 08:41 PM
I have really been wanting to get back working on the boat, so tonight I pulled the tracking fins and tried to drop the rudder. The rudder drops a few inches and then stops and will not go any further. Clamp bolt, key and cotter pin (missing) are removed and not the culprit. Any ideas? Possibly a burr? Am I missing anything else in order to drop the rudder? I wanted to get the rudder out so I can cut the skin off the transom and try to cut atleast one stringer out this week.

tim79mc
01-16-2013, 08:14 AM
yes, be careful of the top of the rudder - mine had some dings on the top of the rudder shaft that mushroomed it in a few places. I filed a bevel around the top of the rudder and it came out nicely. The bushing/rudder shaft is a close fit, so you don't want to force the shaft out.

SWGA Boater
01-21-2013, 09:31 PM
Deskinned the transom this afternoon. I was curious how the curve in the transom was made and it looks like the transom had some small relief cuts that allowed the bend.

I also cut out the left side primary and secondary stringers. I was debating cutting out/replacing the stringers one at a time, but some sloppy glassing from the previous floor replacement made up my mind. I want to be sure that I grind all of this out and smooth out the floor. Floor still seems very solid minus two stringers.

Still no progress on the rudder assembly. However, here are some images of the transom deskinned. I'll post some images of the stringer removal after I cut out the right side.

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v75/p1392066596-4.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v60/p1392067828-4.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v75/p1392069358-4.jpg

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v76/p1392071906-4.jpg

thatsmrmastercraft
01-21-2013, 10:27 PM
Great pics. Very interested in your thread as I'm sure I will have to do this to my '77 some day, though all still solid now.

Are you going to remove all the stringers at one time? Won't that allow for too much flexing of the hull, or do you have it sufficiently supported? I seem to remember someone on here installing new stringers and finding more flex than he anticipated.

SWGA Boater
01-22-2013, 07:17 PM
Depending on where you read, some say replace the stringers one at a time, other restos I have came across have removed them all at the same time. I was really apprehensive about cutting them out all together, but the floor is really solid. The "foam" secondary stringer was only held in with CSM and the primary was pretty much just the fiberglass cloth shell. That helped me make my decision--not much strength/reinforcement there anyway. It may also help that the floor had previously been replaced and there is extra cloth on the floor, I do not know for sure.

The sawsall ripped through the primary stringer like it was nothing. There was about a 30 inch section near the transom where I cut through solid wood (at the hull, rotten near top). I also bought an oscillating multi-tool that worked really well cutting the skin off the transom and cutting out the foam stringer. Maybe I will be able to work this week on the other side. I post some more pictures when I finish cutting the other stringers out.

Just a side note...wear long sleeves and gloves when you do your fiberglass cutting/grinding. I bought me a Tyvek suit today.:)

thatsmrmastercraft
01-22-2013, 09:09 PM
Sounds like you have everything under control and have done your homework.

phickman
01-23-2013, 09:10 PM
Some inspiration for you.

SWGA Boater
01-24-2013, 02:27 PM
Some inspiration for you.

Yes things seem to be going well at the moment. I think we have something worked out on the fenders.

SWGA Boater
01-28-2013, 07:44 PM
I keep plugging along....Was able to cut out the right side primary and secondary stringers yesterday afternoon. Floor is still very solid with all the stringers cut out. I also started doing a little grinding. Doulgas Fir was ordered for the stringers and should be in later this week. I have my US Composite order all but ready to go. Still not sure on how much resin it will take. They provide estimates on their website for resin to matting requirements and I called about resin to cloth. I have estimated that it should take about 15 gallons (:confused:) for the transom, stringers and floor. I am thinking that I may go with 10 gallons and buy another five if I run low.

I have read countless stringer/floor repair threads, but finally have settled on two overlapping layers of 1708 cloth for the secondary stringers and two layers of 1708 tabbing followed by two overlapping layers of 1708 for the primary stringers.

Still have not been able to remove the rudder. I am thinking of taking a Dremel sanding barrell and sanding the top of the rudder shaft. Stuck and do not know whatelse to do.

Ansley

tim79mc
01-29-2013, 07:04 AM
I used almost 5 gal of resin for the stringers and general repairs, but I used roving which sucked up a lot of resin. I would not use roving again, I think your choice of 1708 is the right one.

SWGA Boater
02-11-2013, 02:59 PM
Finally got my rudder out. Had to use 150 grit sand paper on the shaft to remove some burrs. I picked up the Douglas fir I had ordered for the stringers on Friday. Still working on grinding the bottom of the hull. Need to double check my fiberglass order one more time. I hope to order it by the end of the week. :)

thatsmrmastercraft
02-11-2013, 04:30 PM
Finally got my rudder out. Had to use 150 grit sand paper on the shaft to remove some burrs. I picked up the Douglas fir I had ordered for the stringers on Friday. Still working on grinding the bottom of the hull. Need to double check my fiberglass order one more time. I hope to order it by the end of the week. :)

That will do it every time. Pretty close fit.

dukemastercraft
02-11-2013, 11:43 PM
I might already have it. What year is it for? If not visit facebook page Mastercraft Project and there are some guys on there with every year you need. Lots of great resources

mikeg205
02-12-2013, 08:31 AM
I might already have it. What year is it for? If not visit facebook page Mastercraft Project and there are some guys on there with every year you need. Lots of great resources

OP is on there..... can't wait to see pics of the stringer replacement.

SWGA Boater
02-17-2013, 07:26 PM
Anyone know where to get the steering cable bracket that mounts near the rudder? My bracket is bent beyond repair. I checked out DIM, but maybe wasn't looking in the right place. A more "heavy duty" bracket would be great.

tim79mc
02-18-2013, 10:32 PM
This is what I ordered as a direct replacement for my 1979. Hope it's the same for yours.

http://www.easternmarine.com/teleflex-clamp-block-kit-sa27055p

thatsmrmastercraft
02-19-2013, 12:08 AM
This is what I ordered as a direct replacement for my 1979. Hope it's the same for yours.

http://www.easternmarine.com/teleflex-clamp-block-kit-sa27055p

Looks just like the block on my '77.

SWGA Boater
02-19-2013, 06:24 AM
Yes that is it. Thanks so much!

nkorep2
02-20-2013, 01:54 AM
Whens the estimate for completion. Id love to have our boats out on the flint river this summer. Im plugging along myself.

SWGA Boater
02-20-2013, 08:27 PM
Whens the estimate for completion. Id love to have our boats out on the flint river this summer. Im plugging along myself.

I originally said the first of May, so that is what I keep telling myself. In reality probably June. Had a few setbacks and a few things have ended up a little more money than I budgeted for, but that is how things go. I was looking back through my pictures thus far tonight, and thought that I have really came a long way the last few months. If I had some type of shop at home where I could work on the boat out of the cold and at night I would definately be further along. The shop in the earlier pics is at my mom's about 20 miles away. I think if I can get through with the grinding and start laying some fiberglass, I would feel better as I am actually putting the boat back together.

We will definately meet up some time this summer. I always see a few MCs when we go, not sure who they are though.

mikeg205
02-21-2013, 10:15 AM
don't lose the faith... it's a labor of love and it may take more time and money... but when she's floating you'll be happy - what else ya gonna do watch TV? :)

SWGA Boater
02-26-2013, 08:14 PM
Here are some pics of the grinding thus far as I know you guys like pictures. Still a ways to go. Hope to get the majority of the grinding finished up this weekend. Sorry for the smaller pics. Taken off my FB page. I'll post some better images on here and the MC Project page this weekend.

http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v76/p1452845044-2.jpg
http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v76/p1452845064-2.jpg
http://ajphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v77/p1452845082-2.jpg

SWGA Boater
03-09-2013, 09:19 PM
Pulled a four hour grinding session this afternoon. Have I mentioned how I hate grinding? Have the transom ground smooth except in the lower corners where it is reallly tight. I plan on using a little barrel disc tomorrow afternoon to finish the transom up. Grinding is slow on the driver's side. I found several places with some rotten glass and blisters. These areas look to be over the bunk. I checked the bottom of the hull and cannot find any blisters. Not sure under the bunks. I hope the rotten glass and blisters are related to the previous floor replacement. Had to grind down to the gel in several small places. Will have to patch these prior to the stringers going in. I'll post some pictures when i get the boat vacuumed and washed out. US Composites order came in on Thursday, so i have to get myself in gear and get back on the boat.

I think I am going to try and replace the transom in one piece. I bought a ski eye that I plan to add to the transom. I am hoping to cut the transom to size, and then put some weight on it to start the bend. I then will use the ski eye holes and swim deck holes to pull the transom tight. That is the plan unless somebody else chimes in with suggestions.

Can't decide on glueing the transom in with PL glue or us thickened resin. Any thoughts?

thatsmrmastercraft
03-09-2013, 09:31 PM
Pulled a four hour grinding session this afternoon. Have I mentioned how I hate grinding? Have the transom ground smooth except in the lower corners where it is reallly tight. I plan on using a little barrel disc tomorrow afternoon to finish the transom up. Grinding is slow on the driver's side. I found several places with some rotten glass and blisters. These areas look to be over the bunk. I checked the bottom of the hull and cannot find any blisters. Not sure under the bunks. I hope the rotten glass and blisters are related to the previous floor replacement. Had to grind down to the gel in several small places. Will have to patch these prior to the stringers going in. I'll post some pictures when i get the boat vacuumed and washed out. US Composites order came in on Thursday, so i have to get myself in gear and get back on the boat.

I think I am going to try and replace the transom in one piece. I bought a ski eye that I plan to add to the transom. I am hoping to cut the transom to size, and then put some weight on it to start the bend. I then will use the ski eye holes and swim deck holes to pull the transom tight. That is the plan unless somebody else chimes in with suggestions.

Can't decide on glueing the transom in with PL glue or us thickened resin. Any thoughts?

I have been wondering how you are going to get this back together. I will continue to follow. :popcorn: :toast:

SWGA Boater
03-09-2013, 09:40 PM
I have been wondering how you are going to get this back together. I will continue to follow. :popcorn: :toast:

I hope it works....3/4" ply doesn't like to bend....

thatsmrmastercraft
03-09-2013, 10:26 PM
I hope it works....3/4" ply doesn't like to bend....

Not much. Have you considered building a jig?

CCAnderson
10-16-2013, 03:47 PM
Bump-

How is the boat coming along?

phickman
11-28-2013, 01:22 PM
I bought the project from Ansley. New stringers are in. Getting ready to install the engine. Transom and stringers are done.

mikeg205
11-28-2013, 01:34 PM
I bought the project from Ansley. New stringers are in. Getting ready to install the engine. Transom and stringers are done.

Paul you know the rules - no pictures - didn't happen ;)