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1979 Duranautic 12' aluminum conversion (Read 4196 times)
CooneyJ
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1979 Duranautic 12' aluminum conversion
Aug 15th, 2011 at 9:29am
 
Refitting my boat microskiff style. Front and rear decks, electrical package, jack-plate, fixed tabs, push-pole, tiller ext. and trolling motor. Looking for 30mph

sanding and riveting alum angle to mount decks and adding switch panel location
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painted
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batt in bow
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switch panel and 12v plug
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fuse block and protector
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bilge pump
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front and rear decks (rough)
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building jack-plate and mounting tabs to transom. Using 2"x 2" 1/4" alum angle, and 3/8" SS hardware, an aluminum seat bracket and some starboard make up the new motor mount. The tabs are cut down from a larger tab and riveted to the boat, and I used stainless turnbuckles for adjustment purposes.
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Splash test for leaks before mounting rear deck
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pvc tiller extension
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wood push pole
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relatively complete, Running 25mph with 2 people and full fishing gear, 20mph into heavy current, not bad for a 9.9 Wink
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Overall very happy, might try to squeeze a few more mph's out of it.
The hole-shot is very quick and on plane the tabs are out of water, cavitation plate is running with the water line. Might try different prop in future, prop only slips under high speed cornering, or turbulent holeshots
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Re: 1979 Duranautic 12' aluminum conversion
Reply #1 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 9:35am
 
Nice transformation. 25 mph is very respectable with two on board and a 9.9. Also liked the golf ball end cap for the tiller extension... Enjoy the rig...  Wink
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Re: 1979 Duranautic 12' aluminum conversion
Reply #2 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 9:38am
 
After Hours2 wrote on Aug 15th, 2011 at 9:35am:
Nice transformation. 25 mph is very respectable with two on board and a 9.9. Also liked the golf ball end cap for the tiller extension... Enjoy the rig...  Wink



Thanks! its actually a 17" shaft 15hp (but don't tell anyone)
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Re: 1979 Duranautic 12' aluminum conversion
Reply #3 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 11:34am
 
Looks great! I'd be more then happy with that speed.
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Reply #4 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 12:45pm
 
Looks great! And I too, like the golf ball on the end of the extension. Very nice!
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Re: 1979 Duranautic 12' aluminum conversion
Reply #5 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 12:56pm
 
Cooney,
How did you route the wiring from the battery, back to the stern?
Your project looks awesome, andw very functional.

To open the cockpit up, I wonder if possible to remove the middle seat?  This would really make this type boat more attractive for conversions.  Here in the Midwest, these are a "dime a dozen".
If so, how can or would this impact the boat stiffness,
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Re: 1979 Duranautic 12' aluminum conversion
Reply #6 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 3:25pm
 
Unfortunately the benches in these types of boats are part of the structure, you can remove them but you would need something substantial to replace it.
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Reply #7 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 4:13pm
 
I ran the wires through the gunwales, and like was just stated removing the middle bench would be more trouble than it's worth.
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Reply #8 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 4:39pm
 
Very nice job.

Welcome to the forum.
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Reply #9 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 4:56pm
 
That's bad!
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And of course by "bad" I mean good.  Wink
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Re: 1979 Duranautic 12' aluminum conversion
Reply #10 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 5:21pm
 
Like the boat...

...and I like the Bimmer.  You are living the dream!
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Reply #11 - Aug 16th, 2011 at 10:20pm
 
Sweet Little Rig! Good Job.
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Re: 1979 Duranautic 12' aluminum conversion
Reply #12 - Aug 21st, 2011 at 9:29am
 
Update trolling motor on!
New minn kota riptide 45

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Re: 1979 Duranautic 12' aluminum conversion
Reply #13 - Aug 21st, 2011 at 9:40am
 
Blood on the Deck

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