Rod Wrapper Posted June 8, 2007 Report Share Posted June 8, 2007 After three months of blood sweat and tears, I have my new ride about where I want her. Because of this forum, I own a Hewes and have been able to correct a great deal of defferred maintenance on my own. The previous owner had lost his job, and just didnâ€™t have the money to keep her up. 1. Thanks to the forum, I think it was Muddy Waters, who posted that this boat was for sale in someone's yard in Orlando. I called on Sunday and picked her up on Friday. 2. Patched hull gashes (Caused because the previous owner didn't spend $5.00 on bolts for the bunks and scraped the hull on the bunk brackets.) with correctly matched gel coat. Thanks to the forum and Mini-Craft for the right color. 3. Tracked down a loose connection to the main panel, replaced float switch in bilge, re-wired stern light. There were multiple things happening at one time, which made this really difficult. Thanks Hobo for the tips and switch. 4. Replaced non-functional Bennett trim tabs with Lenco retrofit kit. Thanks e-bay and Hobo for the advice about soldering and heat shrink. 5. Replaced steering wheel. Thanks Hobo. 6. Sent Lowrance depth finder back, and it was replaced in warranty. It would not turn off. Thanks for the good service from Lowrance, even though their records said it was a few months out of warranty. 7. Replaced shot GW trolling motor w/ 74 lb Minn Kota AP/CP. Thanks to the cl***ifieds on the forum. 8. Home brewed a quick disconnect. Thanks to the forum for ideas. 9. Added grab bars and cup holders. 10. Installed 45 amp, three bay Dual Pro on board charger. Thanks to the forum for the advice. 11. Greased wheels, replaced rollers and re-worked bunks on trailer. 12. Cleaned, polished, cleaned and cleaned some more. Thanks to the forum for the advice about Bar Keepers Friend, soft scrub with bleach, and Magic Erasers. 13. Had trim tilt indicator, low oil horn sender, and fuel gauge fixed. Had carbs cleaned, fuel pump rebuilt and spark plugs changed. Thanks to Foothills Marine in Morganton, NC. 14. Replaced damaged fuel vent. Thanks Slyshon for mentioning how important they are and thanks MHP for having them in stock and referring me to a good dealer. This is my first â€œbigâ€ boat. There arenâ€™t many flats boats in Western North Carolina, so there is no one around to ask. Without this forum, I would not have a boat that matched my budget, is cl***ic and will be with me along time. Thank you all. I am almost there. I still want to touch up some gel coat and get a good VHF, but that can wait. Time to fish. So, here she is. [image]http://www.forumpictureprocessor.com/pictureprocessor/images/Boat%20at%20dock_1.jpg[/image] [image]http://www.forumpictureprocessor.com/pictureprocessor/images/Boat%201_13.jpg[/image] And here is a before picture: [image]http://www.forumpictureprocessor.com/pictureprocessor/images/top%20boat_1.jpg[/image] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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