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Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by Ryan Anderson, Apr 17, 2017.
I don't know why 4 pics of each posted
Seriously. I was expecting a piece of crap from the way you were talking. That's a pretty nice skiff with a good looking motor.
Yes. I get your point. But after a while, it just gets kind of boring, if you know what I mean. I t just seems not like a piece of junk, but something that I could make way much much nicer and more suitable for my needs.
A really good cleanup followed by waxing will make it look great.
If you want it to look flashier, then sand the sides down and paint in your color choice. Remove any trace of wax before sanding.
If you clean up the wiring and put it in a conduit or flex loom, it will look much better too. Don't let it look sloppy. It will change your opinion of the craft.
Have a place for everything to include your ropes. Put them away when you aren't using them.
If you don't have a helm seat, get on Craigslist and find one.
Lots of things can be done to spruce it up.
The best looking boats don't have messy wiring and hardware.
Rust spots and stains should be removed. Polish up the bright work and you'll be amazed at how good the I'll ol' girl will look.
thanks for the responses guys. Will do all of these things and put pics up here when done. Any more suggestions before I start doing things?
I would get rid of the rails up front, add a trolling motor, and like people have said detail the boat and find a place to stow all you miscellaneous boat stuff and that thing will be a mean fishing machine!! Clean boat man! I would be floored to have that at 15!
Thanks Pierson! Here's the rundown of the goal to have it like: like you said, remove rails, add trolling motor, maybe paint the sides and or the interior?, wax and buff the heck out of it, fill in all random holes(there's probably like 50 of them), make a poling platform(if you guys have a link on how to make one or somebody that makes a fairly inexpensive one then I would love to know), make a casting platform(same with the poling platform, any help would be appreciated), get a new side console(I'm in touch with the guy at mckee craft boats and said there were a lot of the newer style side console for sale, I also will put in a new switch panel that I already have), clean up the back definitely, rub rail, will also make a teak back deck to replace the white bench and add storage, and fix any other fiberglass rough spots and rust stain. This is just temporary and the goal for this boat. Again, I am open to any other suggestions. Should I add this or not do this? Again, thanks for all your responses. You guys have been very helpful.
I have seen a few casting platforms made out of lawn furniture spec pvc tubing. You can even get it in black which looks a bit better than the white pvc. Do a search, I think LWalker did this on his 14' re-build.... or use a cooler
Read thru that thread, it's very helpful for brainstorming some ideas...
Use a cooler for a casting platform, it's cheaper and eliminates having to take up more space with a cooler since you'll need one anyway.
Edit: to add, my comment depends on what kind of cooler you buy. If you buy a pimptastic cooler, then @yobata comment about the PVC approach will likely be the most economical.
Thanks guys. This has been really helpful. Keep the ideas coming. I'm open to anything.
Don't get discouraged by other people riding around in 40 - 50k skiffs. You have plenty of time to save and decide what kind of boat really fits with what you're trying to do. You're 15, and have a boat. Lots of kids your age would love to be in your position. Looks at the McKee Craft as a learning experience. Learn how to fix the holes. Learn how to make that gel coat shine. Learn some outboard maintenance. Don't be afraid to get in there, turn a wrench, and get your hands dirty. In 5 or 10 years from now you'll look back at it and be grateful for the experience.
P.s. YouTube and google are your friend!!
That's an awesome skiff and I fished Savannah for many years in a nearly identical one. It's all you need brother. As for sight fishing, head out to Skidaway. On the flood tide reds pile up along the wooded area that runs next to the UGA Marine extension docks. You can see them tailing and pushing water all the time. Now you have a sweet skiff and one of my super secret spots. Good luck!
Thanks to your first paragraph, I literally laugh-spewed monster energy drink all over my keyboard. Well done, Sir.
Nice skiff man!
You should get that motor hood touched up. You can do the real small stuff with a sharpie, even on the decals with colors red and black. You "dot" it in like the decal where it fades from red to black. I have a similar year 25 and did it and you can't see anything even right up next to it. It sounds hokey but it works. The big one might need a little touch up with an art brush. Let it dry and buff and wax it.
Also vote for removing the front rails and filling the holes.
You have a really good base to work with there.
If I had the cake and a bad ass as off shore racer, oh hell yes!
Thanks guys. I don't mind comments! I will probably start this upcoming week since I am going on a youth trip this weekend.
Slow so fat. But installed the new switch panel.
Couple more things for you to consider.
If you don't need it, and I'm sure you don't, get rid of the extra tongue jack.
The other is to buy some aluma clean or air conditioner coil cleaner. Carefully spray down your aluminum parts of your trailer and it will shine nicely.
I would go with the cooler casting platform. You get two uses out of it and can transfer it to a different boat at a later time