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It’s been three month or so in ski boat to skiff conversion. Fiberglass demolition nightmare. Just wanted to share some photos of progress and possibly inspire someone out there to follow dream have fun and save a boats life. :) about me I’m am boat lover not not a boat builder or carpenter. All work doe was learned from forums and YouTube. Hope you like it.

Soon I will need to do wiring which I have no idea how I’m gonna do it. If you anyone have a diagram please reply to this post. Thanks!
 

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After all the work it’s starting look like skiff. More to come any questions dont hesitate to ask.
 

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Hi mate. I used mixture of 50/50 duratec high gloss and white gelcoat. Mixed them two and then added mekp at 1.5%. My gun is 3mm spray tip 1.5hp dewolt 15 gallon compressor with oil water filter.
I suggest if you go with gelcoat then pick a day with temperature between 73-79 degrees sunny no wind. In high temps over 80 gelcoat kicks off too fast. Once you done leave it along for 24 hours then wet sand and buff all the little imperfections.
To finish I used 600 grit then 1000 then 1500 then 2000 all wet sand soap and water. Then aquabuff 2000 at 2500rpm and finnal polish was 3M finesse it. Came out amazing showroom finish. I haven’t polished it all the away because I still going to build top cap so there will be fiberglass joint to the hull that would need to faired before paint so I will do final buff when all done.

If I do it again I would mix deratec at 30/70 (drura/gel) first few coats then final coat I would shoot at 50/50.

Hope it helps. Let me know if you have anymore questions :)

Ps: all best finish is in your prep. The more time you spend on prepping ie fairing sanding then better it will look after spraying.
 

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Looks awesome! I have the same sickness...er, vision. Planning on finding an old Mitchell/Johnson etc and restoring it. ...but have seen some old runabouts/ski boats that I really like the lines on. Very inspirational. Any idea what it weighs?
 

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Thank you!! I’m not too sure what it weights. When flooring and stingers were made of wet rutted wood it was pretty heavy. It took 5 guys to push it on the trailer. Now Its much lighter since I used all composite construction. Honeycomb and H80 except transom I used marine grade plywood it should last another 15 years or so. Final weight still remains to see since I’m just starting to do bulkheads and frame work for top cap. I decided not to use old top cap because it was too much damage to it and it would probably take a lot more work to rehab it, build new layout with dry storage instead.
 

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Looking good.
Really good to see someone restore an old boat like this with such skill.
Thank you!! Feels great to do it! Most of the hard work is in the past now is just fun. Ive infected my one of neighbors. He is looking to get an old boat to restore it. :)
 
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