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Message Subject: What are your boat projects before season?
VMS
Posted 1/10/2019 12:48 PM (#927987)
Subject: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 2939


Location: Oakdale, Minnesota
Hiya,

With Winter upon us, this is a great time to get things planned for upgrades, maintenance and upkeep, restoration, or repair completed. What is on your "to do" list for your boat, motor and or trailer this year?

For me, it is a continuation of upgrades to the boat. New rocker switches that are back-lit so my old eyes can see which switch I'm turning on, and continue to sand out/polish surface scratches in gelcoat, and maybe try a couple of gel coat repairs on non-glitter areas.

Seems every time I run a rug doctor over the carpet, I get more and more dirt out of it. The boat was used strictly on the Mississippi before I purchased it, and being a 15 year old boat, it had a ton of dirt in it. I found my carpet was actually gray!!

I have trailer tires to replace after getting an alignment done on the trailer, and will be attaching a bow strap to keep the bow from bouncing up on the trailer. I've never experienced that before until this boat...

Steve
14ledo81
Posted 1/10/2019 1:17 PM (#927997 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 2725


Location: Ashland WI
I need to do a few things, but probably won't start on them until late March when I'm done ice-fishing.

Here is a list of what I need to do:

1) New boat (to me), so I need to register it in my name.
2) Fix (or replace) the front nav lighting.
3) New tires and wheel bearings.
4) Buff and wax/polish. I've never done this to a fiberglass boat before, so I'm going to have to learn how to do this.
5) Don't need to do this, but would like to install the rear tie-downs that attach to the frame.

esoxaddict
Posted 1/10/2019 1:42 PM (#928004 - in reply to #927997)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 7601


1. Clean boat carpet. I did this last year after an unforunate accident involving a 5 gallon bucket full of pike. All of them emptied themselves of stuff I swear they hadn't even eaten yet while I chased them around the boat. Scrubbed the carpeting by hand with a scrub brush and laundry detergent. Rinsed it until it was seemingly clean. Ran out of daylight before the carpet dried, so I took a shop vac to it. What I dumped out of that shop vac was downright frightening. So I'll need to do that again.

2. New bearings. Noticed both sides leaking about halfway through MN on my way back to CHI. They didn't seem to overheat or run dry, but I'm not taking chances.

3. Wiring. I have a few trailer lights that aren't working. Not looking forward to trying to fix that mess.

4. Tires. They look fine, plenty of tread, but they're pretty old. Might hold off on that.

5. New electronics. Not a "need" but the stuff that's out there now is pretty amazing.

danlaboucane
Posted 1/10/2019 2:37 PM (#928015 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 375


removed outboard recently to replace tilt tube bushings and will raise it to top hole (öne higher than before) since it goes higher rpm than i like and pretty shure i can run a bigger prop that i found this fall at a good price .
Mark Hoerich
Posted 1/10/2019 3:04 PM (#928023 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: RE: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 641


Location: Already Gone
Hiya Steve, I am going to try to figure out why I have so much slop in my 150 outboard steering. Pretty sure my problem lies up under the command console, attached to the wheel. The cables and stuff all look pretty good. Being an old 96er, I guess stuff is just worn out. Never done this before, so I will take a look and see what shakes.
jonnysled
Posted 1/10/2019 4:22 PM (#928038 - in reply to #928023)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 13626


Location: minocqua, wi.
end of the Uterra era for me ... buying a Terrova this year.
horsehunter
Posted 1/10/2019 5:08 PM (#928049 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?




Location: Eastern Ontario
1.Trying to find a 4 blade prop for my 115 Suzuki
2. Sell my Bert,s planer board mast and mount 2 single masts behind the windshield on the gunnels
3. Mount extra attachments for my top so I can have it in its present location or mount the Bimini portion as far forward as possible when salmon fishing
4. Settle on a marina to berth boat for July and Aug salmon fishing before they are all gone
5. Try and fit 3rd depthfinder on console 1 graph 1 chart 1 sidescan ( sidescan unit will move back to bow when casting and run split down /chart )
6. New horn
7. Look into steps for trailer tongue fell twice last year


Edited post after reading others and thinking Oh Ya I should do that good ideas


Edited by horsehunter 1/12/2019 2:54 PM
fishhawk50
Posted 1/10/2019 9:14 PM (#928065 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?




Posts: 1322


Location: oconomowoc, wi
pony upgrade in march... 250 pro xs v8
Pointerpride102
Posted 1/10/2019 9:55 PM (#928070 - in reply to #927997)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 15792


Location: The desert
14ledo81 - 1/10/2019 1:17 PM

I need to do a few things, but probably won't start on them until late March when I'm done ice-fishing.

Here is a list of what I need to do:


4) Buff and wax/polish. I've never done this to a fiberglass boat before, so I'm going to have to learn how to do this.


Get a powered buff/waxer, makes this so easy. Apply a little buffing compound, work your way around the boat. Let it sit and should have up a bit, go back with a clean bonnet for your buff/waxer and remove the compound. Basically the same with the wax, just use less wax. A little goes a long way. Too much makes it more of a chore to remove as it clogs up your clean bonnet faster.

Get a bottle of detail spray (bass boat saver, STP quickmist, or similar), and use it every trip out. Dry boat with a clean microfiber towel, then spray the boat down with the detail sorsyband wipe it off. Will keep it looking good all season and you won’t have to buff/wax again until next spring.
14ledo81
Posted 1/10/2019 9:59 PM (#928071 - in reply to #928070)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 2725


Location: Ashland WI
Pointerpride102 - 1/10/2019 9:55 PM

14ledo81 - 1/10/2019 1:17 PM

I need to do a few things, but probably won't start on them until late March when I'm done ice-fishing.

Here is a list of what I need to do:


4) Buff and wax/polish. I've never done this to a fiberglass boat before, so I'm going to have to learn how to do this.


Get a powered buff/waxer, makes this so easy. Apply a little buffing compound, work your way around the boat. Let it sit and should have up a bit, go back with a clean bonnet for your buff/waxer and remove the compound. Basically the same with the wax, just use less wax. A little goes a long way. Too much makes it more of a chore to remove as it clogs up your clean bonnet faster.

Get a bottle of detail spray (bass boat saver, STP quickmist, or similar), and use it every trip out. Dry boat with a clean microfiber towel, then spray the boat down with the detail sorsyband wipe it off. Will keep it looking good all season and you won’t have to buff/wax again until next spring.


Thanks for the tips.

My boat is old (93), but I figured why not make it look as nice as I can.
Pointerpride102
Posted 1/10/2019 10:28 PM (#928072 - in reply to #928071)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 15792


Location: The desert
14ledo81 - 1/10/2019 9:59 PM

Pointerpride102 - 1/10/2019 9:55 PM

14ledo81 - 1/10/2019 1:17 PM

I need to do a few things, but probably won't start on them until late March when I'm done ice-fishing.

Here is a list of what I need to do:


4) Buff and wax/polish. I've never done this to a fiberglass boat before, so I'm going to have to learn how to do this.


Get a powered buff/waxer, makes this so easy. Apply a little buffing compound, work your way around the boat. Let it sit and should have up a bit, go back with a clean bonnet for your buff/waxer and remove the compound. Basically the same with the wax, just use less wax. A little goes a long way. Too much makes it more of a chore to remove as it clogs up your clean bonnet faster.

Get a bottle of detail spray (bass boat saver, STP quickmist, or similar), and use it every trip out. Dry boat with a clean microfiber towel, then spray the boat down with the detail sorsyband wipe it off. Will keep it looking good all season and you won’t have to buff/wax again until next spring.


Thanks for the tips.

My boat is old (93), but I figured why not make it look as nice as I can.


You’ll be amazed at what a buff, wax, and polish can do.
RLSea
Posted 1/10/2019 10:48 PM (#928073 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?




Posts: 142


Location: Northern Illinois
1. Install alternator charger.
2. Upgrade trolling motor - trying to decide between Ulterra and Terrova.
Paul S
Posted 1/11/2019 5:33 AM (#928075 - in reply to #928073)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?




Posts: 211


Location: Tinley Park, IL
1) Get my skeg repaired- Doesn't seem like any marine shop wants to do this job.
2) Install a hydrofoil for better hole shot with a heavy load
3) Install a charging port for my battery charger.
4) Move a deep cycle battery to a starboard compartment for better weight distribution. Battery is only used for electronics.
5) Order a Just Encase box to fit between my seats at the helm for more storage.
danlaboucane
Posted 1/11/2019 6:20 AM (#928076 - in reply to #928023)
Subject: RE: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 375


Mark Hoerich - 1/10/2019 4:04 PM

Hiya Steve, I am going to try to figure out why I have so much slop in my 150 outboard steering. Pretty sure my problem lies up under the command console, attached to the wheel. The cables and stuff all look pretty good. Being an old 96er, I guess stuff is just worn out. Never done this before, so I will take a look and see what shakes.


hey mark there is info on removing play at http://www.seastarsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Rack-Ste...

those are the cables i replaced on my boat

Edited by danlaboucane 1/11/2019 6:21 AM
VMS
Posted 1/11/2019 7:11 AM (#928077 - in reply to #928075)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 2939


Location: Oakdale, Minnesota
Paul S - 1/11/2019 5:33 AM

1) Get my skeg repaired- Doesn't seem like any marine shop wants to do this job.
2) Install a hydrofoil for better hole shot with a heavy load
3) Install a charging port for my battery charger.
4) Move a deep cycle battery to a starboard compartment for better weight distribution. Battery is only used for electronics.
5) Order a Just Encase box to fit between my seats at the helm for more storage.


Hiya,

On your #2...If you are going with heavy load, I would think your better option is a lower pitched prop. If your rig is set up correctly, the foil will be out of the water once you are on plane...it won't be doing anything...

Steve
Paul S
Posted 1/11/2019 7:42 AM (#928078 - in reply to #928077)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?




Posts: 211


Location: Tinley Park, IL
VMS - 1/11/2019 7:11 AM

Paul S - 1/11/2019 5:33 AM

1) Get my skeg repaired- Doesn't seem like any marine shop wants to do this job.
2) Install a hydrofoil for better hole shot with a heavy load
3) Install a charging port for my battery charger.
4) Move a deep cycle battery to a starboard compartment for better weight distribution. Battery is only used for electronics.
5) Order a Just Encase box to fit between my seats at the helm for more storage.


Hiya,

On your #2...If you are going with heavy load, I would think your better option is a lower pitched prop. If your rig is set up correctly, the foil will be out of the water once you are on plane...it won't be doing anything...

Steve


I'm only putting it on for the hole shot. I have talked to and read reviews from enough people that say the hydrofoil solves this problem. Before I start playing around with props, I am going to see if an inexpensive solution solves it. Plus, I am only talking about when I am fishing a tournament and have a full livewell and a partner with all his gear. I fish by myself 90% of the time with a light load when it's never a problem.

Edited by Paul S 1/11/2019 7:50 AM
mikie
Posted 1/11/2019 7:53 AM (#928079 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?





Location: Athens, Ohio
I'm getting my outboard, and my electric motor wiring problem fixed and running next Tuesday if all goes well. I just put a new CD player in, so I need to re-assemble part of the bow when all this is done. Fortunately, it turned cold and snowy so I'm not jonesin' to get out on the water- yet. m
Emptynet
Posted 1/11/2019 9:10 PM (#928160 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: RE: What are your boat projects before season?




Posts: 318


Location: WI
New tires & wheel bearings for the trailer. Maybe a serious carpet cleaning for the Navigator. Got a new Terrova last year & a pair of Helix in '17.
Mark Hoerich
Posted 1/11/2019 10:17 PM (#928165 - in reply to #928076)
Subject: RE: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 641


Location: Already Gone
danlaboucane - 1/11/2019 6:20 AM

Mark Hoerich - 1/10/2019 4:04 PM

Hiya Steve, I am going to try to figure out why I have so much slop in my 150 outboard steering. Pretty sure my problem lies up under the command console, attached to the wheel. The cables and stuff all look pretty good. Being an old 96er, I guess stuff is just worn out. Never done this before, so I will take a look and see what shakes.


hey mark there is info on removing play at http://www.seastarsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Rack-Ste...

those are the cables i replaced on my boat


Thanks Dan.
Fishysam
Posted 1/11/2019 10:59 PM (#928167 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?




Posts: 978


Trailer jack
Trailer winch
Trailer suspension parts ( bushings/shackles/bolts)
New tires - 5
Minnkota ultrex
Panoptix LiveScope
Maybe a new bird, one to work with di in ultrex?

Edited by Fishysam 1/18/2019 9:52 AM
OH Musky
Posted 1/12/2019 5:17 AM (#928172 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?




Posts: 44


Location: SW Ohio
Move one of my graphs to the back deck
Add shelves under both consoles
Remove the flip rear deck with seats, install a narrower version for more storage underneath
Add a front deck compartment

OR

Forget all that and get another boat (which in the works)
Dirt Esox
Posted 1/12/2019 8:29 AM (#928182 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: RE: What are your boat projects before season?




Posts: 454


Location: Minneconia
New Terrova
Rewire entire electrical except main and kicker connections to blade fuse blocks, all switched and breakered
New heavier duty battery platform
New dual pro charger
Switch kicker from starboard to port and ladder from port to starboard
Epoxy old transducer holes
New HDS Carbons console and bow on Cisco mounts
Glass in new thru hull transducer




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NathanH
Posted 1/12/2019 9:55 AM (#928186 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: RE: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 833


Location: MN

1. Replace my boat horn

2. Install onboard charger

3. Install track for rod holders
Ferrulewax
Posted 1/12/2019 12:52 PM (#928198 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?




Posts: 3


Possibly upgrade my motor to a 30hp Jet
Install a jack plate
Install Rod tip tubes and rod storage
Add Oar-locks and mounting brackets
add a hatch or two to the front deck of the Jon Boat
Pepper
Posted 1/12/2019 2:13 PM (#928205 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?




Posts: 1174


Put on some EZEE Custom Boat Trailer Steps. Looking at new Ulterra with DI transducer and a new Helix with DI
ARmuskyaddict
Posted 1/12/2019 3:01 PM (#928206 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 1881


I'm considering removing my sidepanels on my Crestliner Sportfish so I can extend the rear deck, allowing for waterproof storage. Then I could also install some rod holders under the gunnels.
1900Tyee
Posted 1/13/2019 5:24 AM (#928233 - in reply to #928172)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?




Posts: 7


Location: Upstate New York
All my routine annual maintenance; downrigger (either Mag 10 or DigiTroll 5’s); standup enclosure; heading sensor.

I really want to get the standup enclosure this year but it is hard to arrange while the boat is in storage.
jasonvkop
Posted 1/17/2019 1:35 PM (#928646 - in reply to #927987)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?





Posts: 517


Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 - Remove stickers and sticker residue from previous owner
2 - Purchase a new transom saver
3 - Install a bow guard/shield (maybe install a keel guard later)
4 - Install non-slip mats on certain parts of gunnel
5 - Replace trailer bunks (wait until weather is nice)
6 - Replace entire boat flooring and install vinyl instead of carpet

1-5 are pretty easy and won't be a problem. 6 will be a huge undertaking and time commitment.
NickD
Posted 1/17/2019 6:42 PM (#928663 - in reply to #928646)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?




Posts: 255


Sell boat, find new to me boat
I’m sure there will be minor projects on whatever I find.
Top H2O
Posted 1/17/2019 7:01 PM (#928664 - in reply to #928206)
Subject: Re: What are your boat projects before season?




Posts: 3542


Location: Elko - Lake Vermilion
ARmuskyaddict - 1/12/2019 3:01 PM

I'm considering removing my sidepanels on my Crestliner Sportfish so I can extend the rear deck, allowing for waterproof storage. Then I could also install some rod holders under the gunnels.

Sounds like WORK to me J.
Are you sure you Dr. types are up to such Complicated work ?.... Just Kidding Pics...
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