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My name is John and I’ve been lurking for some time.  I registered a little while ago because I’m involved in a project I wouldn’t have tried without this amazing resource available.  I figured I’d catch everyone up before soliciting advice from the group.
Here’s the background, I bought Greenie several years ago at a very good price. Greenie is a 1980’s Sears Gamefisher with a 25hp Mercury tiller motor. The plan was to use the boat to explore the upper parts of the Saint Lucie River as well as the flats in Fort Pierce, exposing my daughters to my favorite aspect of Florida living – the water.
 

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This is what I started with:


The first thing to go was the seat up front as it was extremely flimsy and the kids insisted on riding up there even with it threatening to tear off.
The OD green paint was next, it was so unbearably hot to stand on that standing on a wet towel was painful. Between that and itchies every time you touched the boat, I painted the inside.
 

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I have been enjoying it in the most recent version for some time now. But, as usual I had a few issues to look after. Not pictured are a few cracks and such in the bottom that have occurred over the last 25+ years. Most importantly I wasn’t happy with the way the boat was balanced. It always seemed to squat in the stern and I always feared being swamped.
 

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Compounding my fears was the fact that the water in the front two sections wouldn’t drain very quickly to the stern where the bilge pump lives.
So, I tore everything apart. I knew the benches had wet foam in them but I was amazed at how much it weighed. A one foot cube weighed around ten pounds ad it was all wet. So it came out.



 

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So here’s what I’ve got now…

This picture was taken a while ago, I built decks front and rear and a slightly raised floor with two stringers and glassed everything in roughly. But, I didn’t like the way it turned out and I discovered some bad spots in the floor that I had to address before I covered it up permanently (ish)
So I stripped everything out again, flipped the boat and ground 5 or 6 colors worth of paint off.
Blue, Dark Green, Metallic Green, Latex Green, Olive Drab Green etc… you get the point.
 

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After grinding lots of paint off and sanding until I gave up, I repaired a bunch of screw holes cracks chips and bad stuff on the bottom of the boat. At one time someone glassed a few layers of mat down the keel and never faired it in. So I sanded and filled the rest of it the best I could knowing that the bottom won't ever be perfect. I'll settle for watertight. I'll post a pic of the newest green once I find my camera.
 

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Here’s what I am using for inspiration, I really like this boat and wish I had regular controls instead of a tiller, this would be it.

I really like this as well.


I think I am going to end up with something similar to these.
My budget will be the limiting factor.  The more I need to spend, the longer it will take me to finish so I am trying not to get too “creative” and incorporate a lot of features that will take forever to fabricate. Hopefully it won’t look too homegrown but after all is said and done, it will always be an ‘80’s Gamefisher. Kiss principle all the way.


Here’s what I’m after. I want a lighter weight and balanced boat with plenty of room for the kids. I need the flexibility to jam a bunch of camping gear in the boat as well as a comfortable fishing platform. No plans for a trolling motor. I’m not attached to the platform either, I like it but only used it to sit on.
I was thinking of putting the battery up front and / or the gas tank up there under a short deck along with the anchor and coast guard gear.
I want a flatter floor and some structure to stiffen the boat up where I cut out the benches. I hated having to step from bench to bench when docking or fishing etc… almost killed myself a few times.
 

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That's exactly what I'm after. I've been looking for information on how to convert this to self bailing but haven't had much luck yet. I'll be foaming the floor and may build boxes at the corners like the Inshore 16.

To clarify, I have studied the construction techniques etc... But not how to locate the drains. How do I decide how high to locate the subfloor? I don't want alot of weight so I want to keep the subfloor as low as possible, keeping as much gunwale height as possible.
 

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Stringers are a basic installation.
1x6 set on edge, trimmed to fit the hull shape.
Sealed with resin. Bedded in resin paste/putty.
Fillet the hull stringer joints with resin putty.
Glass stringers to hull.
One stringer down the keel
another to port, and one to starboard.
Hardest part is getting the tops of the stringers all level.

Don't change the drain, build a sump to fit it.
 

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use to have a greenie-----i built a deck between the front deck and middle seat and placed the 6gal tank underneath it and the ride and transom height improved a lot
I am impreesed w/ your ideas and effort and can not wait to see the results
good luck-----measure twice :)

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Ok so I said I wasn’t going to get too creative nor was I going to add a bunch of difficult to fabricate features. Well, I deviated from the plan slightly. Please revisit this picture and this quote:

I really like this boat and wish I had regular controls instead of a tiller, this would be it.


I figured out how to achieve this goal after all.

Sadly, my best friend passed away several months ago leaving his derelict boat in my yard. His family finally decided to let the boat go as it would not have been economical to rebuild it. The boat was a center console with a 50hp Honda 4 stroke on it. 

I carefully disassembled the boat and saved several key pieces to assist me in rebuilding my boat. Before you call me a butcher please understand. As I cut open several sections of the boat including the floor were full of water. I had to wait 10 minutes for it to drain before I could finish cutting. I was amazed at how heavy the chunks of foam were. They “bled” water as I carried them to the curb.

I was left with a console, the rear deck and some miscellaneous chunks of fiberglass. And a 50hp Honda 4 stroke with built in trim and tilt, steering and all the controls.









With a little creative cutting and repositioning, I am left with this mock up. Rest assured the scraps of fiberglass in the bow will be replaced but I wanted to see how it looked and if the deck placement would work. I will be putting a center hatch in for the anchor locker and will probably plumb one compartment to be a live well/ cooler once I get it water tight.









Before I place my order, I need to know if E-Boat (the folks from www.boatbuildercentral.com) will handle walk in customers. I am going to pick up some epoxy and other supplies in a week or two and would love to save on shipping.

Once I pick up some supplies I am going to start working on reinforcing the keel from the inside of the hull and adding the stringers and floor.

ps. I know it looks sketchy now but this is the preliminary mock up to get the concept going.
 

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Looks like you got an idea and are sticking to it. It's looking like it's shaping up nicely.
 

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While looking at boat porn this morn, found this...



I can see why you'd want to restore and customize your's.
It's a good looking hull when cleaned up.

link to the rest of the pics:

http://www.myfishpix.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/27706/cat/538/page/6
 
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