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I will try and keep this updated throughout the build. Right now I’m in the parts collecting phase while I wait another week or two for the hull to show up.

Decided to get out of the skiff world for a few years to have a more family friendly boat and some more fishing opportunities offshore.

Goal is to save weight where possible in the hope that I can still pole it from time to time in calm waters and also fish it 10-20 miles off the beach.

Decided to build my own based on the fact the Panga marine hulls seem drastically heavier than their South American counterparts and kinda go against some of the things that make this design great.

Also really tired of working on skiffs where it seems repair and maintenance come way behind the looks so I will be trying to make a much more friendly boat to work on when needed.

Planned specs:
W-22 Mexican imemsa hull build
Center console
Raised front deck
Rear guide boxes with removable livewell /center seat
90 hp Suzuki 4 stroke
36v rhodan 84” with front and rear power pux

Core will likely be a mix between carbon core and coosa in areas where beneficial.

The general layup will likely be 1708 with a thin layer of csm applied on top of it to speed up fairing.

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Anyone have any great ideas on a protective coating or wax I can apply to the trailer to keep it from oxidizing some over time. Mainly talking about the main beams and crossmember beans.
 

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Well supposedly its finally shipping from Mexico this Friday so hopefully get it home next week sometime. Then the fun begins.

Pretty boring stuff going on lately just collecting parts.

Today i decided to rip the bandaid off and order the lithium's for the trolling motor setup. I had it narrowed down to Ionic, Amped outdoors, and lithium pro's. I was leaning towards amped due to the extra 10 AH per battery, but while surfing prices today I noticed Lithium Pro's dropped their 12v 50AH almost $200 to a price of $278 a piece with free shipping so I went ahead and picked up 3 of them to create my 36V bank. Hopefully they work out and they will save about 60 lbs over my old group 27 lead acids. Still going to use a lead acid for my starting battery though.

 

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You expected lighter? Amped outdoors is around 14 I think. So on the heavy side for lithium but exponentially lighter than lead acid and has a much smaller footprint which is what I wanted to minimize center console width.
 

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I paid $700 each for ReLion 50Ah that weigh 15# in March 2018.

Thats a great deal on lithium batteries.

recommend the power mania onboard charger
Mike will that power mania charger charge lithium and lead acid/agm at the same time?

Im likely going with a traditional lead acid/agm for starting battery, then have lithiums for the troller. Since they will all be mounted in the center console I am planning on one 4 bank charger to control them all.

I had a dual pro 4 bank on my last skiff which was really nice but was crazy heavy and about $200-300 more than the NOCO gen5 pro 4 bank charger that seems to be popular right now.
 

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She is finally in transit, with a hopeful pick up this Friday.

One surprise from the teaser pics they sent were that it has a totally different stringer grid then I have seen in a 22' imemsa. It is way beefier and a little taller. The good part is this should make it much easier to put a floor in it and make a much cleaner end product with a little more gunnel space. It also could sway me to put a fish box in one of these compartments.

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Boat was pick up as imemsa factory in Mexico then will be delivered to Mississippi. I’m buying through and importer that order direct from manufacturer. So probably not much help for you. Post a question in the general discussion section as I know of at least two members who have shipped boats to Mexico.

To be honest I’m not sure I would go this route again as it’s been kinda a mess. My boat was originally supposed to get here 2-3 weeks early, then was delayed and is now about 1.5 months late. It has been stuck in customs for like 2 plus weeks and is supposed to be shipped today.
 

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Well let’s get this thing rolling.

Custom trailer worked out great so far with regards to how low boat sits on it. Alot of the panga trailers I have seen have the boat Sit above the trailer fenderwell so I had them make the trailer a little wider with different cross braces.

Sits well inside the fenderwell.
 

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Began mocking up a console today to get rough dimensions and see how much room I need for my batteries and steering/rigging.

I will build cardboard interior pieces next to get a better feel for dimensions and wether I can put a cap on it.

I will likely build a plywood console next so I can have motor installed to drive it some
and see where hull wants the weight.
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Got my canopy put up over boat to attempt to keep leaves and water out had to use another tarp to cover bow as I couldn’t find a 22-24’ canopy without spending a fortune. Also added two harborfreight led shop lights and a couple power strips.

While readjusting trainer bunks to get them right I noticed the quality employees in Mexico didn’t even worry about installing the drain plug in the center so that a little annoying.
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So next question for the fiberglass pro’s. The stringer grid is super beefy but it isn’t level there are high spots and low spots in quite a

For small spots I will probably grind down stringers a little and add thickened resin to smaller lows.

So I assume the right way to address the larger lows before putting a floor in it I need to grind off thefactory gelcoat and add some more glass layers to it to get it near flat.
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So electrical is one of my weaker areas in this process. Can you all take a look at my trolling motor wiring diagram and give a thumbs up or down.

The main question I have is can I use a 3 position battery cutoff switch to send power to either the front or the rear power pux mount and turn it off for charging the batteries. Typically you have a battery attached to each one of the lugs on a 3 position battery switch then a single output going to your equipment, but I want to use it in reverse so that I can simplify my system and only use one 50 amp breaker for the whole system. Does the battery cutoff switch care which way I send power?

I will have 3-12v lithium's in the center console power a 36v Rhodan, and I will have a power pux mount on the front and rear of the boat. I want to be able to isolate which pux has power and also be able to turn a knob and kill power to both pux so I can charge the batteries without damaging the trolling motor.
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To test the theory tonight I took a single on/off battery switch I had and wired it conventionally of course it worked as it should. Then I reversed the input and output leads and it still worked correctly with the on position allowing current to flow through the switch. So it should. Work fine on the multi position battery switch.
 

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Yeah the whole point of this is to not have to screw with undoing trolling motor at all. Just reach into console to turn a switch and done. The charge cord will be plugged into console next to switch so it’s a one stop shop plugging it in.

For me that seems easier than the other methods I have used in the past either popping breaker or unplugging troller. Either methods still gets you there.
 

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I will have to call them to double check but looking at the manual I should be good.

Trolling motor must be disconnected from power source (ie. trolling motor
plug or circuit breaker) when charging or stored at end of day. Failure to power down can result in damage that is not covered under warranty.”

thanks for the heads up though!
 

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Console is about 80 percent fleshed out in cardboard. I’m still playing with some gps mounting ideas.

Also testing some paint combos. Upper left is my favorite right now. I need to get it out in sun and look at it with white hull. Green will be base color with hatteras off white for non skid/accents.

@Chris Morejohn should approve the toddler is testing the ability to hide in center console.
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