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New to me Gordon Waterman 18 owner here. I wanted to show off my new sled and start a thread so I can put all my mod/upgrades in one place and keep everything orderly.

The boat is 2005 Gordon Waterman 18
Yamaha 70TLR 2-smoke

Mods so far:
  • Vmarine suicide knob cap.
  • trailer rewire.
  • paracord wrapped steering wheel.
  • 4-color Scandvik under gunnel lights. These are sweet. Goes to a single throw switch and will alternate colors each time you flip the switch.
  • added aluminum tab on poling platform for puck style anchor light.
  • moved GPS over on blue point customs console tray extension and added the most important upgrade... SS cupholder for cold ones.
  • Have new bolt on bench and backrest cushions on the way from New Moon Upholstery.

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Planned upgrades:

Will be taking this boat to Tom at the Skiff Shop and having the non skid and slicks redone in a new color. Tossing around the idea of having the side hatches being reconfigured to open front to back instead of inside to outside for ease of access while the boats on the trailer as well as having the rear bulkhead glassed flush where the live well is between the benches. Longer term plans is to have the metal pieces powder coated black.

This Chittum is the color scheme I'm leaning towards. Classic but modern as the same time 馃槑

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Beautiful skiff! I own a side console 06 with an F60 and I would 100% modify the hatches to open towards the stern along with replacing the springs with shocks. Another change I鈥檝e wanted to make to mine is moving my starting battery up to the bow, as having it out back makes her list.

These Waterman are super capable skiffs, there鈥檚 not much that they can鈥檛 do. Enjoy!
 

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great rig. was following your earlier thread when you were looking for a waterman to see what might get posted. I'm trying to find a Gordon or Hell's waterman with a tunnel. Love the colors on that Chittum look forward to seeing pics of the upgrades. I'm a big fan of finding older boats and upgrading them.
 

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Nice looking skiff!
Sux some of these get print through from the coring. I had a Lostmen that you could see every core joint down the side. I had a bud that had a old Shipoke. And his deck looked like yours. Once Tom reskids the deck it will never print through again. And will be good for a decade or more. Nice color choice as well. I love the clean solid color like Chittums. The multicolor slicks are too cluttered/busy looking to me.
Is there no bulkhead in front of the live well? That would be good to add one and glass it in. Make it look newer and cleaner.
I actually like the hatch layout. It works better on the boat when it matters most. My 01 Guide was laid out similar. And was never that big a deal to me. Maybe just add some friction hinges. Or reconfiguring the strut out of the way. That would aid in access.
But all that is cosmetic. You could just fish the hell out of it as for several years.

That鈥檚 a boat you will hold onto for a while.馃憤
 

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Nice looking skiff!
Sux some of these get print through from the coring. I had a Lostmen that you could see every core joint down the side. I had a bud that had a old Shipoke. And his deck looked like yours. Once Tom reskids the deck it will never print through again. And will be good for a decade or more. Nice color choice as well. I love the clean solid color like Chittums. The multicolor slicks are too cluttered/busy looking to me.
I actually like the hatch layout. It works better on the boat when it matters most. My 01 Guide was laid out similar. And was never that big a deal to me.
That鈥檚 a boat you will hold onto for a while.馃憤
Thank you! Yeah, once resprayed it will look solid. It definitely is exaggerated in the pic from the poling platform (filter, lighting, aperture setting on the camera) and not as bad in person, but something I want taken care of and have redone more so as the nonskid is just worn down from being older.
 
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