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1998 MA 17 Full Restore


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Sandblasted, re-welded the poling platform from the previous owner who was tubing and broke it and re-powdercoated to what the new color will be. Bottom will be that gray not sure on the top color yet? Any ideas on colors that are not too brite and would go with the grey, maybe pictures? 

 

Added the baystar hydraulic steering and new 704 controls for the mean time till we put the tank in🙌

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11 hours ago, LivingTheDream said:

definitely will post a bunch of pictures, were going to cut the floor out, i have a local guy that has done a few.  He will be doing all the gel coat work to! 

We will be starting in three or four weeks, i am going to get the tank powedercoated as well to help protect it a bit more.

 

Stay tuned

Where are you located ?

How did you know what size to make the tank without taking it out?

thank you for the updates....

DC

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Well after using the mav for a bit, almost sold it, kept it and now am going to continue the restore, fixing the tank first.  Derigging started, removed the old bypass tanks, ill be taking the console off and using a different, it will be for sale shortly.

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craziness in life, i have a little one due soon also but we just couldnt give it up.

 

Cleaned up the old tank area and started removing trolling motor batteries and charger.  Removed the console, im leaving the wiring for now and ill use the old to pull when i re-wire.  Im going to drop it off and have him remove the floor and ill pull the tank, install the new tank and run new wire, fix the floor, paint, set the new console…

 

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Looking great!   Good to hear you are making progress.   As for the little one, if it helps, I bought my first flats boat when my wife was pregnant with our oldest.   At the time, we both agreed that I was crazy for doing it.   In hindsight, it worked very well.   Those early months and years, the babies are very attached to their mommas.   As they grow older, the dad's role grows bigger, and for me at least, the boat is a big part of the role a dad plays.   Sure, 8-12 hr trips fade away into 1-2 hr sessions harrassing pinfish, but as the kids grow, the fishing trip attention duration settles in to 15 min per year old.   

Just having that boat in the driveway and letting the little one crawl around on it is a big deal.   Many, many kids never get that close to a boat.   That seed will grow, even when you think it's dormant.   

Congrats on the upcoming birth! 

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Thank Ya’ll for the encouraging words!! We are super excited and it is a boat that will stay in the family!  Got the layout marked and ill finish removing the wiring sometime this weekend, once i open the floor ill know more but hopefully the tank is easy and the floor!  I still have to coat the tank and i have heard the coal tar epoxy by rust oleum is good, has any one with experience on tank coatings? 

 

 

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Well pretty solid day, tore the tank out and found the leak in the side of the tank, in the process realized they never sealed the holes with anything when they fastened the tank down, so filled with water!! Finished de rigging, and glad i did there was a horrible masicure of my harness by mice!  Ready to pull the motor and trim tabs another day.  I put a piece of 4” to run future whatever🙌.

 

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9 minutes ago, LivingTheDream said:

Well pretty solid day, tore the tank out and found the leak in the side of the tank, in the process realized they never sealed the holes with anything when they fastened the tank down, so filled with water!! Finished de rigging, and glad i did there was a horrible masicure of my harness by mice!  Ready to pull the motor and trim tabs another day.  I put a piece of 4” to run future whatever🙌.

look at my rebuild thread....you will need to take out all the foam and re-glass..I took out almost 200 lbs of water and foam !!!

dc

 

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On 6/17/2022 at 7:47 PM, Wanaflatsfish said:

look at my rebuild thread....you will need to take out all the foam and re-glass..I took out almost 200 lbs of water and foam !!!

dc

 

Hey Wanaflatsfish,

How do you get to your thread?  New to navigating the site.  Any ideas on getting the fuel fill and bilge fitting out of the side hull?

Adam

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On 6/17/2022 at 7:37 PM, LivingTheDream said:

Well pretty solid day, tore the tank out and found the leak in the side of the tank, in the process realized they never sealed the holes with anything when they fastened the tank down, so filled with water!! Finished de rigging, and glad i did there was a horrible masicure of my harness by mice!  Ready to pull the motor and trim tabs another day.  I put a piece of 4” to run future whatever🙌.

 

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Man, you are doing great work.  Nice to see her coming along.  Your family will enjoy this thing, and your little one will have a different appreciation for boats if you keep it long enough for them to understand that you didn’t just pick this thing up at a showroom.  It’s a labor of love, and hopefully it will be something that makes you smile every time you pull into your driveway and see it waiting for you. 

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Thanks whichwaysup! The kind works are appreciated!  

 

I slowly poked away at it last week and into this one.  

removed the rest of the waterlogged foam, which i was able to leave the water in it and it floated to the cut holes to remove in pieces. started rigging the new console and she is now ready to go to my shop to dry out and pour the foam, then off to fiberglass for a bit, back to me to install the tank then back to finish everything. 

 

moving along!

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