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My wife and I are the second owners of a 14’ 1974 Sure Cast skiff. It had a great life before we bought it a few years ago, and we look forward to keeping it going.
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The transom was rotten when we bought it, so I glassed in 3/4” Coosa before putting my 15hp Tohatsu.

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Ever since, I have looked forward to removing the middle seat which had the bottom drilled to make a live well, and adding a front and back deck. I took a few “before” shots prior to starting:
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The middle would need reinforced without the structure of the middle bench. Planning to add glass meant removing all the old paint and gel. Stripper wasn’t working, so the grinder and sanders were brought out. Thank God for full face respirators and baby powder!
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All “flotation” foam in the boat was saturated, and the more I worked, the more I found mush that was once wood.
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The stripping was eventually completed, and I could get a preview of what was to come with some templates.
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Finally the fun could begin! The previously hollow, but wood covered and glassed over strakes and keel were filled and I laid down a layer of biax from rail to rail between decks and on the floor under the back deck.

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Next was layup, test fitting, and trimming of the decks. I was offered a lot of scraps, so the front deck is foam and back is Nida- Core.

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Supports for the decks were added.
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Bonding paste was added to fill gaps between the decks and hull and round the joints. Finally, a layer of cloth was laid over the front and back decks.
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In an effort to keep costs down, I opted for Rustoleum Topside primer and paint for the interior white. I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I plan to use Kiwi Grip for the non-skid on my Hewes which has made a couple cameo appearances in the background. This practice run went great! The white bars on the floor are glassed in PVC that will be the core to screw down the grab bar/ back rest that is still to come.

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You made it look easy. I like that you kept portions of the original seats for the start of your bulkheads, great time saver. The hull looks like so many of the skiffs of the 1970's i.e ( Johnsen, Mitchel and many others ) So how did it run ? Mine had so much floor flex I decided to go with a glassed over foam floor on top of 3 small stringers. You're not lacking boats or projects ;)
 

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Great looking boat. When you mentioned squishy foam I had a flash back to my boat when I first got it. It had holes in the gas tank so the foam was soaked. After removing the gas tank, I had to get under the floor, head first and cut the bad foam out and install a new to me tank I got off eBay. Don’t want to do that again.
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The outside of the hull had a few holes and dings that needed filling before a quick sanding of the entire hull and paint. My wife was hung up on the aqua mist color from the Total Boat Wet Edge lineup. That stuff is a PITA to work with. You’ll definitely want the brushing thinner if you’re going the roll and tip route. I just rolled with foam, and the results were acceptable. I’d definitely use a different product for a nicer boat. After paint, I riveted PVC pipe under the rails and added the push pole holders. Now she’s back to floating over Mosquito Lagoon and the North Indian River. Other than noticeably stiffer, it runs pretty much the same, topping out at 27 mph with the stock aluminum prop. Huge thanks to @Finsleft258! Without his input and help, this would have been a far bigger shit show, and I would have consumed way less beer.
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The outside of the hull had a few holes and dings that needed filling before a quick sanding of the entire hull and paint. My wife was hung up on the aqua mist color from the Total Boat Wet Edge lineup. That stuff is a PITA to work with. You’ll definitely want the brushing thinner if you’re going the roll and tip route. I just rolled with foam, and the results were acceptable. I’d definitely use a different product for a nicer boat. After paint, I riveted PVC pipe under the rails and added the push pole holders. Now she’s back to floating over Mosquito Lagoon and the North Indian River. Other than noticeably stiffer, it runs pretty much the same, topping out at 27 mph with the stock aluminum prop. Huge thanks to @Finsleft258! Without his input and help, this would have been a far bigger shit show, and I would have consumed way less beer.
This is not accurate. We consumed the beer anyway.

You should totally mutilate that Hewes while I'm doing the Whitewater. I'll get us a kegerator at the shop.
 
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