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Gas Man
12-12-2015, 01:00 PM
So last year I got into the boating thing... took the wife's grandpa's old boat and got it going. The 91 Glassport thread (http://www.twowheelmichigan.com/showthread.php?6806-1991-Glassport-w-Force-120)

Well that was the bug that bit... I really enjoyed the boat in the high summer heat. I said I would get a bigger, more recreational boat. Keep a budget so I'm not into it for a ton... find a nice 90's boat...

Well I looked at a few, that were either real pieces of shit or crazy expensive... was looking for open bow in the 23' range and deep enough to take the bigger lakes and around $10k... I found this which was a little bigger and a little more money but I got it for an awesome deal!!

Found this one original owner 96 Searay; which was like buying it from an older version of me... great guy and took awesome care of it. Originaly bough when the owner lived on Harson's island and didn't have a trailer. Then when he moved to St Claire river, he bought this amazing 2000 Alum i-beam trailer which he only used for winter storage. The trailer therefore only has like 100 miles on it prior to my purchase... I probably put that on it in my first 8 hours of ownership. LOL Anyway, he kept it hoist stored in the season and trailer stored inside in the winter.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F3A_zps7nsrcwfj.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F3A_zps7nsrcwfj.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F39_zps8nblmcvw.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F39_zps8nblmcvw.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F3B_zpsdshorzr4.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F3B_zpsdshorzr4.jpg.html)

Look at this shine!
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F3C_zpswdzzqna8.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F3C_zpswdzzqna8.jpg.html)

Even got a windshield wiper
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F3D_zps2iqaf3sd.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F3D_zps2iqaf3sd.jpg.html)

Crazy clean
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F3E_zpsjk2mdw0y.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F3E_zpsjk2mdw0y.jpg.html)

It has the Bravo III outboard dual prop setup. But the guy also put on a $2k minkota setup on the outdrive. It has two 80# thrust trollers on it. With the main motor off, you simply advance the throttle on these and steer the boat like normal. It's a sweet setup.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F3F_zps1lvyw45b.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F3F_zps1lvyw45b.jpg.html)

The helm
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F40_zpsum9ofmgc.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F40_zpsum9ofmgc.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F42_zpsyhpf7ym9.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F42_zpsyhpf7ym9.jpg.html)

The Lawrance sonar & chart. It's an older unit but the original owner said it works great.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F4D_zps1t6autkp.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F4D_zps1t6autkp.jpg.html)

The original Clarion cassette deck
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F4E_zpsiak9v4br.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F4E_zpsiak9v4br.jpg.html)

The walk thru and the head is on the left...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F41_zpsjja4jrzw.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F41_zpsjja4jrzw.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F48_zpsittapfjp.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F48_zpsittapfjp.jpg.html)

Passenger seat
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F43_zpser048xqp.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F43_zpser048xqp.jpg.html)

The rear end seating (pads not there on each side)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F44_zpsfoousfqh.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F44_zpsfoousfqh.jpg.html)

The rear seating area. The buckets fold flat for laying out.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F46_zpsq9wyjlxx.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F46_zpsq9wyjlxx.jpg.html)

The open bow
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F4A_zpswiajumti.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F4A_zpswiajumti.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F49_zpsp6byqenx.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F49_zpsp6byqenx.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F4B_zpspdy9crql.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F4B_zpspdy9crql.jpg.html)

The entire rear hatch swings up
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F4F_zpsbnmvzcud.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F4F_zpsbnmvzcud.jpg.html)

You find the 7.4L Big Block Mercruiser
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F50_zpsoqvvcll5.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F50_zpsoqvvcll5.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F53_zpsvpxkspro.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F53_zpsvpxkspro.jpg.html)

2 batteries for the main motor and 2 for the trollers
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F51_zps1zbeqbzu.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F51_zps1zbeqbzu.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F52_zpskhiwljg4.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F52_zpskhiwljg4.jpg.html)

Comes with complete tonaue covers
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F37_zpsugliwfzw.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F37_zpsugliwfzw.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F38_zpsihlvik0g.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F38_zpsihlvik0g.jpg.html)

The alum i-beam trailer is worth some great money
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F35_zpsuoef2i4z.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F35_zpsuoef2i4z.jpg.html)

The thing dwarfs my full size truck
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F57_zps8lwlvadm.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000F57_zps8lwlvadm.jpg.html)

Put it in storage and to extend the life of these 15 year old tires...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/131F9E77-5F38-44E2-84B6-0F4ECDFC4A1A_zpsyug6f5tv.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/131F9E77-5F38-44E2-84B6-0F4ECDFC4A1A_zpsyug6f5tv.jpg.html)

The guy didn't really pull the trailer around so he didn't have a spare... I bought a mount and a wheel/tire.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/4E26CB91-01E0-4493-80A5-B481EFC5CCEC_zpsruvjtshf.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/4E26CB91-01E0-4493-80A5-B481EFC5CCEC_zpsruvjtshf.jpg.html)


The wife and I are pumped... can't wait for next season....

RedneckMedic
12-12-2015, 01:14 PM
Nice boat man. And for me the only thing better than owning a boat is a FWB friend with boat.

Gas Man
12-12-2015, 01:29 PM
Put the thread link in for the old boat

link (http://www.twowheelmichigan.com/showthread.php?6806-1991-Glassport-w-Force-120)

Gas Man
12-12-2015, 01:30 PM
Nice boat man. And for me the only thing better than owning a boat is a FWB friend with boat.

For sure man... whatever I can do to lure you down homie!!

Kosher
12-12-2015, 04:42 PM
It was great to go with you to pick up up. Now I can ride to the boat. w0oT!

sprink
12-12-2015, 05:30 PM
Nice boat. A friend of mine had roughly the same boat, but probably late 70's , early 80's version. I was on it in the early 90's. Heavy boat, but nice on the big lakes. We were out on Huron by Grindstone when the weather changed for the worse. Waves were probably 10-12 foot bottom to top, big enough I had to look off the bow to see if anything was in our path. Saw a little 14' aluminum boat maybe 100 yards in front then can't see, then 75 directly in front, then can't see, 50 ok we'll pass behind it, can't see....Rough ride, but I wasn't worried about the Searay.

horrorbusiness
12-12-2015, 05:33 PM
When will you find time to work ?
Might as well put the bike up on blocks.
Glad the force outboard ran good for you they are notorious for dropping a cylinder

Gas Man
12-12-2015, 08:43 PM
Nice boat. A friend of mine had roughly the same boat, but probably late 70's , early 80's version. I was on it in the early 90's. Heavy boat, but nice on the big lakes. We were out on Huron by Grindstone when the weather changed for the worse. Waves were probably 10-12 foot bottom to top, big enough I had to look off the bow to see if anything was in our path. Saw a little 14' aluminum boat maybe 100 yards in front then can't see, then 75 directly in front, then can't see, 50 ok we'll pass behind it, can't see....Rough ride, but I wasn't worried about the Searay.

Yeah I wanted a heavy boat so it would be good in the big water.


When will you find time to work ?
Might as well put the bike up on blocks.
Glad the force outboard ran good for you they are notorious for dropping a cylinder

LOL I work hard, so I have to play hard.

Yeah it turned out good, the force is a good motor.

Bagger Dave
12-12-2015, 09:00 PM
Awesome!! glad you got the deal worked out! Nice boat!! :rockout:

Moesride
12-13-2015, 08:10 PM
Mucho nice G ! Congrats. Going to cut into your riding time you know this right.:dthumb:

Gas Man
12-13-2015, 11:24 PM
Yea Moe... kind of like that big RV you got?

horrorbusiness
12-14-2015, 10:13 PM
When you tear into the motor be careful of too much overlap of the cam it will suck water back into the engine.
I'll wait here for him to deny it will get heads cam retune

Gas Man
12-15-2015, 01:28 AM
When you tear into the motor be careful of too much overlap of the cam it will suck water back into the engine.
I'll wait here for him to deny it will get heads cam retune

LOL I'm not planning on doing any of that.

Moesride
12-17-2015, 03:30 PM
Yea Moe... kind of like that big RV you got?
I hear you G......dig the RV for sure and it's definitely going to take time away from the bike, but ehh, who cares. Gotta have more than one love right..lol. Like your boat, which you'll be digging big time. It's just fun man!

Dagnabit
01-11-2016, 09:35 PM
Really nice boat Chris. Hopefully you get the use out of it to enjoy it. Oddly enough, unlike the motorcycle I never really got the urge to get another one once I sold mine.

Gas Man
01-11-2016, 10:01 PM
Yeah we are really looking forward to boating season.

Gas Man
04-23-2016, 09:04 PM
Trying to catch this up...

Ordered some polishes, cleaners, and waxes.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2374_zpsyhuudgse.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2374_zpsyhuudgse.jpg.html)

I picked up a bunch of other parts and such... but last weekend I spent 12 hrs a day for 4 days straight... I had a ton of work to do.

I don't think the previous owner ever used the bow storage... it was very dirty.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2558_zpsunwjbpzw.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2558_zpsunwjbpzw.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2557_zpsg2ik5trc.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2557_zpsg2ik5trc.jpg.html)

But with some simple green, slight scrubbing, and a power washer... it came clean.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2570_zps8d3rp7t1.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2570_zps8d3rp7t1.jpg.html)

Put a chain on the anchor, which really helps with getting the anchor set and keep the rope in better condition for longer.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2568_zpswjodqf2f.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2568_zpswjodqf2f.jpg.html)

Started cleaning the mildew off the sunbrella canvases... again simple green & my power washer.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2559_zpsbhfgya5b.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2559_zpsbhfgya5b.jpg.html)

Which once dry, the following day I had to waterproof them.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2574_zpseagk7acg.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2574_zpseagk7acg.jpg.html)

Bow canvas waterproofed
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2573_zpsoi5gford.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2573_zpsoi5gford.jpg.html)

The main canvas waterproofed
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2572_zps6aqqqth1.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2572_zps6aqqqth1.jpg.html)

Found the battery switch... this saved me $75... yay
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2564_zpsagrgheid.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2564_zpsagrgheid.jpg.html)

Getting the batteries charged up.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2565_zpslcst6k0t.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2565_zpslcst6k0t.jpg.html)

I didn't like the previous owners bearing caps...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2567_zpsgofek1iu.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2567_zpsgofek1iu.jpg.html)

Because, it is a super lube hub with greasing zerk fitting..
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2566_zps38ybofek.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2566_zps38ybofek.jpg.html)

Got the proper caps and got them loctited on.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2603_zps6lazhzlp.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2603_zps6lazhzlp.jpg.html)

Added some extra grease for cause...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2604_zpsafib8r6x.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2604_zpsafib8r6x.jpg.html)

Then plugged
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2602_zpsvvgwetmu.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2602_zpsvvgwetmu.jpg.html)

Cleaned some more of the cushions with the fancy Maguires.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2575_zpsmmsvj919.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2575_zpsmmsvj919.jpg.html)

Got to polishing.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2577_zpsbz1prz3g.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2577_zpsbz1prz3g.jpg.html)

Ruger approves of the boat
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_1261_zpsxlskuddv.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_1261_zpsxlskuddv.jpg.html)

Gas Man
04-23-2016, 09:16 PM
Then I had maintenance day with all these parts.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2580_zpsgs243pda.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2580_zpsgs243pda.jpg.html)

Time to do the t-stat
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2583_zpsq0ppstwk.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2583_zpsq0ppstwk.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2584_zpsfpednqll.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2584_zpsfpednqll.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2585_zpspm3vu13v.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2585_zpspm3vu13v.jpg.html)

Out with the old and in with a new t-stat and retaining cup
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2586_zpsv8yxkdsi.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2586_zpsv8yxkdsi.jpg.html)

Then pulled the fuel pump & pulley cam
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2588_zps1ywruumi.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2588_zps1ywruumi.jpg.html)

Went to change out seawater impeller.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2587_zpsnvgrnblo.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2587_zpsnvgrnblo.jpg.html)

Time to change out the old v-belts
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2589_zpsli34cez9.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2589_zpsli34cez9.jpg.html)

New ones installed, but I will keep these old ones on the boat as emergency backups.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2590_zpsp0l5ydyo.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2590_zpsp0l5ydyo.jpg.html)

We then got the motor up to running temp and sucked out the oil with my new pump out can. Then I used it to suck out the drive oil.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2594_zpsg9kyhlow.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2594_zpsg9kyhlow.jpg.html)

Put on a new fuel filter, new PCV, new oil filter, and then added the 7 quarts of engine oil and 2.5 quarts of 90 weight drive oil. Also did plugs, wires, cap & rotor. Keep those old parts too for emergency use.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2596_zpsao1ivbrj.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2596_zpsao1ivbrj.jpg.html)

Got a couple of videos of the boat. One just it running; second one of the suds coming out after the seawater impeller rebuild (you use to dish soap as lube and it gives you evidence that it's running as shown in the video); third video of the motor running from under the hood.


https://youtu.be/bfP7ysA0LI4?list=PLaTJ7BuoK0buvSIdLi9XL--psv3Rj9e9k

It was many long days... but man was last weekend a great weather weekend.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_1281_zpss2bytnqf.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_1281_zpss2bytnqf.jpg.html)

Gas Man
04-23-2016, 09:25 PM
The original horn on the boat was dead, and the original owner had a replacement plugged in but it wasn't properly mounted. So I ordered a replacement (same one I just put on my HD) and got it mounted after some modification of the mount...

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2620_zpsr1ak7u1c.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2620_zpsr1ak7u1c.jpg.html)

Got some new windshield foam trim, and I got it installed.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2623_zpsiogamxij.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2623_zpsiogamxij.jpg.html)

Back in December I picked up this Garmin for a sweet deal on Christmas eve at Cabela's.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_1758_zpsfcud7onz.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_1758_zpsfcud7onz.jpg.html)

The transducer on the new Garmin is much larger than the the old Lowrance
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2633_zpszgpxq31s.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2633_zpszgpxq31s.jpg.html)

A comparison
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2634_zpsmwisdxuo.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2634_zpsmwisdxuo.jpg.html)

Got the new transducer installed and marine caulked in.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/e05dffd3-8ec2-47c8-b3a1-b23d5ccf169d_zpszdgay9vk.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/e05dffd3-8ec2-47c8-b3a1-b23d5ccf169d_zpszdgay9vk.jpg.html)

Got some stainless steel hardware for mounting
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2635_zpsidtdre8p.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2635_zpsidtdre8p.jpg.html)

Got the wires ran, power hooked up and everything mounted.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2638_zpsjrzckpko.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2638_zpsjrzckpko.jpg.html)

The new unit is sweet.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2637_zpsfvwboshj.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2637_zpsfvwboshj.jpg.html)

The Garmin hotness is awesome!
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2636_zpsf8xddf7x.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2636_zpsf8xddf7x.jpg.html)

Got an appraisal estimate to get this week. The boat is ready. Then get it wet.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2608_zpsrehouncn.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2608_zpsrehouncn.jpg.html)

Moesride
04-24-2016, 03:58 PM
Boats nice for sure !! Looks way bigger in person. Gotta tell you, weird as it sounds, I like the Trailer that bad boys sitting on.

Gas Man
04-24-2016, 06:27 PM
Boats nice for sure !! Looks way bigger in person. Gotta tell you, weird as it sounds, I like the Trailer that bad boys sitting on.

You are just popping a trailer boner aren't you?! :rofl:

Moesride
04-24-2016, 08:09 PM
You are just popping a trailer boner aren't you?! :rofl:
You know it ! That trailer comes up missing, it wasn't me....

Gas Man
04-24-2016, 11:40 PM
With friends like this... well ya know... :lmao:

Bagger Dave
04-25-2016, 06:40 AM
You know it ! That trailer comes up missing, it wasn't me....
I gotta guy! :lmao:

Gas Man
04-25-2016, 10:59 PM
Well I got my marine survey done. He suggested moving my trailer bungs or adding two more for better weight support for the big block. He also informed me that my gimbal ring needs replaced. Too much free play in the out drive. This is going to be an intense and/or expensive. Ugh FMS

Gas Man
04-30-2016, 06:20 PM
Got the boat out today... it runs so well!! So quiet (till you really get that motor cranked), smooth, and FAST!!

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2718_zpsl6fsiu2g.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2718_zpsl6fsiu2g.jpg.html)


http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2717_zps4ptid2pf.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2717_zps4ptid2pf.jpg.html)

Nate took some videos... couple action shots and one of the trolling motors working.
https://youtu.be/9w5fn-kJVNQ?list=PLaTJ7BuoK0buvSIdLi9XL--psv3Rj9e9k

Kosher
05-01-2016, 08:14 AM
Got the boat out today... it runs so well!! So quiet (till you really get that motor cranked), smooth, and FAST!!


Nate took some videos... couple action shots and one of the trolling motors working.
https://youtu.be/9w5fn-kJVNQ?list=PLaTJ7BuoK0buvSIdLi9XL--psv3Rj9e9k

Ok, that is frikin sweet.

Gas Man
05-01-2016, 10:25 AM
Ok, that is frikin sweet.

Seriously is! I'm pumped!!

Bagger Dave
05-01-2016, 10:35 AM
Bad ass Chris!! :rockout:

Kosher
05-01-2016, 12:03 PM
Seriously is! I'm pumped!!


I assume then, that the expensive repair on the gimbal bracket is not an immediate need?

Gas Man
05-01-2016, 09:50 PM
I assume then, that the expensive repair on the gimbal bracket is not an immediate need?


Sorry no, I was able to simply retorque the clamp... bam... fixed! No, I'm not kidding.

Kosher
05-01-2016, 10:17 PM
Sorry no, I was able to simply retorque the clamp... bam... fixed! No, I'm not kidding.

See, now if it were me, I'd be looking for ways to spend that $2K you thought you were going to have to spend.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7159/6672096077_f641b6fe36_z.jpg

Gas Man
05-01-2016, 11:08 PM
Well I'm down to all trailer things. Going to work on the bunks tomorrow/Tuesday.

Then going to get the brake system serviced; went to check the fluid and found my brake fluid resv empty. Which is all bad. Ugh.

Caveman
05-02-2016, 10:18 PM
brake fluid on a boat????

Gas Man
05-02-2016, 10:29 PM
brake fluid on a boat????

Yeah... trailer brakes... duh

Boat trailers use hydraulic surge brakes because of the obvious... you submerge them in water....

So I called a trailer place for pricing... going to just yank it to them next week (minus the boat) and they are going to pressure test all the lines, replace the coupler, all 4 new wheel cylinders, new brake fluid and an adjustment...

Gas Man
05-02-2016, 10:57 PM
So today I did some work on the trailer bunks.

Time to jack up the boat and remove the old keel slider. It will do nothing but chew up my keel.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2732_zpsfszkk8wv.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2732_zpsfszkk8wv.jpg.html)

This is gone

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2753_zpseyxnow37.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2753_zpseyxnow37.jpg.html)

Get the new front bunks installed.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2733_zpsywlam7z9.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2733_zpsywlam7z9.jpg.html)

Time to cut
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2734_zps1vid2rax.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2734_zps1vid2rax.jpg.html)

These middle bunks support poles needed trimmed so they didn't drag or catch something under the trailer.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2735_zpspf77wbuk.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2735_zpspf77wbuk.jpg.html)

The new bunks look great and so much better support.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2736_zpsqbd2qncj.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2736_zpsqbd2qncj.jpg.html)

Good hardware is good hardware
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2738_zpsw1he9f1z.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2738_zpsw1he9f1z.jpg.html)

Perfect placement
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2740_zpst3efxtcu.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2740_zpst3efxtcu.jpg.html)

Then it was time to work on the rears. This required a boat-less trailer. So I figure 3pm on a dreary monday afternoon would work well at the local launch... I was right, it was empty. So I unloaded the boat...

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/27babfb6-3946-431d-be6a-20853111fe14_zpsgsgl6wsj.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/27babfb6-3946-431d-be6a-20853111fe14_zpsgsgl6wsj.jpg.html)

So I moved one bunk in and started on shortening the bunks. They were too long and could interfere with the trim tabs. So bust out the portable power via my great Honda genny.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2744_zpsfo1udvll.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2744_zpsfo1udvll.jpg.html)

So I cut one down a chunk...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/8a6f9067-4bdf-44a4-88a8-ec0dfe379c59_zpstwciqwgb.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/8a6f9067-4bdf-44a4-88a8-ec0dfe379c59_zpstwciqwgb.jpg.html)

Got both sides moved in about 6" and trimmed
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/7de6d6eb-b509-4a31-b3e0-c21659412a10_zpsdngeyjid.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/7de6d6eb-b509-4a31-b3e0-c21659412a10_zpsdngeyjid.jpg.html)

The boat looks so nice in the water..
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2742_zpserssfrq0.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2742_zpserssfrq0.jpg.html)

Love the color combo
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2743_zps5qvhz76m.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2743_zps5qvhz76m.jpg.html)

This move put the boat up about 4", which gives me more fender clearance as well.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2748_zps7bxxllez.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2748_zps7bxxllez.jpg.html)

You can see that the bunks use to be right against the inside of the I-beams and now are nice and inside.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2749_zpsjqgclmrl.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2749_zpsjqgclmrl.jpg.html)

Plus plenty of keel clearance
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2750_zpsxiwxfnik.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2750_zpsxiwxfnik.jpg.html)


Now I'm soar from crawling around under the trailer... advil & vodka time.

Bagger Dave
05-03-2016, 09:47 PM
Coolio! Boat is looking good! :rockwoot:

Moesride
05-07-2016, 11:48 PM
Yes sir... she's a beauty. Looks great G.

Gas Man
05-08-2016, 12:12 PM
Thanks gents.

Also looking into getting her wheeled up shiny.

Gas Man
05-18-2016, 11:08 PM
So last week I started the task of getting the boat off the trailer so I could get the trailer to the trailer repair place for brakes & bearings check.

Bob's Boathouse is where I ended up. Got a decent daily price for indoor rack storage and once I removed the trailer fenders they were able to pluck the boat directly off the trailer with the fork lift.

The insanity of this place is almost beyond words

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2788_zpstg75izru.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2788_zpstg75izru.jpg.html)

The forks going under the boat
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2789_zpsszhlblo3.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2789_zpsszhlblo3.jpg.html)

They keep going deep forward
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2790_zpsocodqqch.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2790_zpsocodqqch.jpg.html)

Going up!
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2792_zpsgmgvyqjr.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2792_zpsgmgvyqjr.jpg.html)

Let me remind you, with a full tank of gas my boat is about 5,000 lbs
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2792_zpsgmgvyqjr.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2792_zpsgmgvyqjr.jpg.html)

Look at the truck for height reference... UGH!
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2796_zpsmtxqcsdu.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2796_zpsmtxqcsdu.jpg.html)

Still going up... OMG
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2794_zpsbwzzrmxj.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2794_zpsbwzzrmxj.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2795_zps58oo3x1q.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2795_zps58oo3x1q.jpg.html)

I yank the empty trailer up that shop... they pull all the bearings, found one bad bearing (probably from a not correctly tightened king nut), all new bearing seals, repacked all the bearings, pressure tested the brake system and found the wheel cylinders bad, replaced the wheel cylinders, bled the brakes, adjusted the brakes... I went up just before they were done and had Belle Tire balance the tires. $700 + $40 for Belle.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2797_zpszd0k4xdw.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2797_zpszd0k4xdw.jpg.html)

The boat was in storage for 3 days + tip for the dock guys that polished off the black marks from the fork lift.... $100.

Which totals a $840 adventure. YAY!

Then I had a professional come out to high speed wheel the boat. The shine just wasn't coming out with a standard orbital. The dude comes out, been doing it for over 25 years and he's 72. WOW...

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/call%20the%20pro_zpscxszebkv.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/call%20the%20pro_zpscxszebkv.jpg.html)

Some before on the one side.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/before_2869_zpswq4nfanb.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/before_2869_zpswq4nfanb.jpg.html)

You see no depth
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/before_2870_zpsdd39hn5v.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/before_2870_zpsdd39hn5v.jpg.html)

lack of shine
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/before_2871_zpsllt7iuj4.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/before_2871_zpsllt7iuj4.jpg.html)

A video of me walking the polished (not yet waxed) side
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/th_walk%20the%20polish_zpsww0zsxng.mp4 (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/walk%20the%20polish_zpsww0zsxng.mp4)

You can see a clear line of shine to dull
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/during%20polish_zpsmre2kjiq.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/during%20polish_zpsmre2kjiq.jpg.html)

The left side done/right side now on the bow
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/left20done20right20before_zpshjdiaebm.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/left20done20right20before_zpshjdiaebm.jpg.html)

The shine is back!!
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/after_2875_zpsxolsqusv.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/after_2875_zpsxolsqusv.jpg.html)

Yeah that's what I want
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/after_2873_zpsxztg04sl.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/after_2873_zpsxztg04sl.jpg.html)

Look at the depth of that color!! The neighbors houses...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/after_2874_zpsk9pbinhp.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/after_2874_zpsk9pbinhp.jpg.html)

He's doing all the color and down to the first edge below the water line. Then I'm paying extra for the top white. $20 a foot... 26 ft... do the math...

But it will bring back this 20 year old boat to amazing shine... just like she deserves!

Bagger Dave
05-19-2016, 06:50 AM
Looks awesome!

Gas Man
05-26-2016, 11:43 PM
So after spending $700 for a trailer place that specializes in surge brakes to fix the brakes. All they did was clean/inspect/re-pack the bearings, new seals. They did all 4 wheel cylinders but said the coupler was fine.

Well after going to move the trailer Monday, the brakes started smoking. So after a few discussions with the shop... we decided to part ways and he refunded my money. My trust in his shop had expired and therefor I could have him working on my trailer knowing he wasn't making money on it. The owner said he and I were both let down by his shop employees, so he did refund my money without hesitation. So while I can't give a positive recommendation, I won't negative hit him.

So moving on, I tore into the trailer wheels myself. I have uploaded pics of what I found.


So the hubs puked some grease
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2923_zpsxwgougye.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2923_zpsxwgougye.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2924_zpsa21ikcdz.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2924_zpsa21ikcdz.jpg.html)

Some weird crud at the top of the braking shoe
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2932_zpsc3yjbue2.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2932_zpsc3yjbue2.jpg.html)

It is like a metal ash mixed with grease... crazy
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2933_zpssitfkswe.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2933_zpssitfkswe.jpg.html)

Otherwise the parts look relatively new
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2934_zpsbfyk2uor.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2934_zpsbfyk2uor.jpg.html)

Cleaned up the spindle
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2935_zpsfvsgzdse.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2935_zpsfvsgzdse.jpg.html)

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2942_zpszemau9s0.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2942_zpszemau9s0.jpg.html)

The inside of the drum has one very lite groove but good
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2936_zpsjs6frphz.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2936_zpsjs6frphz.jpg.html)

The inner race looks good
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2938_zpsp2gddmk1.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2938_zpsp2gddmk1.jpg.html)

The outer race looks good
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2940_zps0gv2pnem.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2940_zps0gv2pnem.jpg.html)

So I pulled off another wheel... about the same story.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2952_zpslhznihqt.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2952_zpslhznihqt.jpg.html)

The outer race looks good
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2953_zpsbfmwj2vc.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2953_zpsbfmwj2vc.jpg.html)

The inner race looks good
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2954_zpstzf4gpkw.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2954_zpstzf4gpkw.jpg.html)

Spindle again looks good
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_2955_zps2q60zdyp.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_2955_zps2q60zdyp.jpg.html)

Seems like I will have to get a new coupler (as I thought I would anyway), I'm going to clean/inspect/re-pack all the bearings again, then install new seals. Then I will bleed the brakes and re-adjust. Then test... it's been stressful.

Bagger Dave
05-27-2016, 06:40 AM
Let me know if you need a hand?

Gas Man
05-27-2016, 08:23 PM
Well I ordered parts... probably be a week for those, especially with the holiday weekend. Then I'll have to wait for time off work...

Gas Man
09-08-2016, 01:49 AM
WOW... haven't updated all summer.... OK.... it's been a great season... Allow me to fill you in.

*I know some pics are sideways... I can't be bothered to fix them... LOL

Got the parts in for the bearing job. Did them myself. Even got a new trailer coupler.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3039_zpsrseldwiv.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3039_zpsrseldwiv.jpg.html)

Getting the wheels and such back together...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3099_zpsackr28qs.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3099_zpsackr28qs.jpg.html)

Me doing work...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3104_zpszlt9bygj.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3104_zpszlt9bygj.jpg.html)

Here's the new seals and repacked bearings before the drum/hub goes back on.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3101_zpsrpcvsekp.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3101_zpsrpcvsekp.jpg.html)

I am glad I'm able to do this task.... I should have remembered my own sayings...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3098_zpsqvyl6xn6.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3098_zpsqvyl6xn6.jpg.html)


One down... on to the second of four
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3107_zpsafbsnyt1.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3107_zpsafbsnyt1.jpg.html)

A truck tailgate makes a great work bench.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3105_zps9ndoz76b.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3105_zps9ndoz76b.jpg.html)

One side down.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3108_zpsx6pjvfio.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3108_zpsx6pjvfio.jpg.html)

New coupler installed
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3109_zpsqcdh6mnr.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3109_zpsqcdh6mnr.jpg.html)

I then had to bleed all the brake lines. Then adjust the brakes. It was a bunch of work, not hard, but time consuming to be satisfied. I can tell you now, having gone thru the summer... the bearings are nice and cool and the brakes work great.

Gas Man
09-08-2016, 01:57 AM
I then tried on the side windows that have NEVER been used. Still in the original packaging and smell like a new jeep top. I then found that the prev owner had replaced one of the bimiti top poles with a non-adjustable one. Which I had to order from the original manufacture of the tops.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3139_zpsvr7qvunk.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3139_zpsvr7qvunk.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3140_zpskwpasmlq.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3140_zpskwpasmlq.jpg.html)

This isn't a camper top, this is an aft curtain. Camper top would have more bars and such to give you more room inside. But it does the trick in bad weather. I had to use it a couple weekends ago....
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3141_zps8ewgdvoj.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3141_zps8ewgdvoj.jpg.html)

I then decided for winter prep, that I wanted to be able to keep the batteries in the boat and charged over the winter. I looked into solar power. Luck has it, Deltran (battery tender brand) makes solar panels. So I made this PVC contraption, with a piece of 3" PVC, and some basic 1/8" steel. Cut the steel, and had Nate weld it in place. I even put on some thumb set screws so it don't spin in the wind. Painted it and bam.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3688_zpse8uqmy4o.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3688_zpse8uqmy4o.jpg.html)

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3689_zpsl3thevuo.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3689_zpsl3thevuo.jpg.html)

this works well. I put pig tail connectors like we use on our bikes on each of the main batteries. Then a y-connector and extension to the wire off the solar panel.

Plug it in and it charges both batteries. I opted for the 10 watt panel and it works well.


I picked up my fall oil change supplies and this winterizing jug. This will aid in flushing the water out of the motor...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3690_zpsq9bstfy0.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3690_zpsq9bstfy0.jpg.html)

BUT WAIT... THERE'S MORE...

Gas Man
09-08-2016, 02:13 AM
The boat has been an absolute joy to have this summer. We have had so many great adventures in the boat. Taking it to Charity Island, to Tawas and to Caseville. It's been awesome!! Here it is in the water...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3134_zpsyatz1umw.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3134_zpsyatz1umw.jpg.html)



NOW the big big game changer. If you remember from earlier in the year/thread, I had the whole boat polished and waxed. But the 20 year old gel coat was clouding up again... I looked for a more long term fix, other than paying $400-500 each spring for a pro polish and having to constantly care for it.

Vinyl wrap on boats is a more regular thing... 1996 boat... welcome to 2016. I spoke to Zeb, at West Shore Signs aka Detroit Wrap Company. He has been doing this for quite some time. He knows how to work around issues. For example, he clear eurothanes the bottom edge of the wrap, he adds two layers of 6 mil 3M paint protection to the bow where the trailer winch wheel meets the boat, to protect the wrap. Plus he comes highly recommended by Brandon and AL.

This is where we started...

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3735_zpsdxvtdhff.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3735_zpsdxvtdhff.jpg.html)

He strips all the old pin stripes and such off.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3775_zpskjb2jpn5.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3775_zpskjb2jpn5.jpg.html)

Zeb and I agree on a rendering... the bottom
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3755_zpsmj2wgvfg.png (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3755_zpsmj2wgvfg.png.html)

We decided for this maroon color that has pearl and metallic in it. The entire boat gets wrapped in this.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3777_zpswnz3y1ho.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3777_zpswnz3y1ho.jpg.html)

Here's how it looks outside.... and that could be good enough but I was looking for earth shaking change.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3778_zpsqrhqb6jl.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3778_zpsqrhqb6jl.jpg.html)


he does the other side
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3782_zpsswle9tfb.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3782_zpsswle9tfb.jpg.html)

Here you can see where the old pin stripe was and what the color USE to look like, with the new True Blood Maroon wrap.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3779_zpspwpboj1f.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3779_zpspwpboj1f.jpg.html)

The 10 foot long printed flags have to dry 24 hours before being laminated.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3780_zpsumtlb2mm.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3780_zpsumtlb2mm.jpg.html)

Yes 10 feet long!!!
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3781_zpsgiw6utjb.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3781_zpsgiw6utjb.jpg.html)

Getting it set
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3815_zpsd2piqvgt.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3815_zpsd2piqvgt.jpg.html)

One side on...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3816_zpsfaawcqfk.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3816_zpsfaawcqfk.jpg.html)


Then we agreed on some fonts and such... and Zeb KILLED it!!!
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3824_zpszjsc3zz9.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3824_zpszjsc3zz9.jpg.html)

You can't see it, but the SeaRay has some great metallic in it... and notice it is three layers to create depth.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3827_zps3vlh81i4.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3827_zps3vlh81i4.jpg.html)

Thanks to Brandon for aiding in the naming... If you don't already know, can you guess why the name?
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3826_zpspr8rrwqd.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3826_zpspr8rrwqd.jpg.html)

All home and it still amazes me!!
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_3828_zpsp7hzna5i.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_3828_zpsp7hzna5i.jpg.html)

Gas Man
09-08-2016, 02:17 AM
I'm beyond pumped about the boat wrap. It looks like it's speeding just sitting on the trailer... it is getting TONS of looks!

The colors and everything is amazing!!! I just wish I would have done it earlier in the season.

Moesride
09-08-2016, 09:03 AM
That my friend is super sweet.!! Transformation is simply Amazing! Diggin it big time!

Gas Man
09-08-2016, 09:53 PM
That my friend is super sweet.!! Transformation is simply Amazing! Diggin it big time!
For sure man. Completely brought the boat up to date. You'll have to check it out.

Bagger Dave
09-08-2016, 11:29 PM
Looks bad ass G! Balls!!

Ultra AL
09-11-2016, 05:20 PM
It came out absolutely incredible!

Gas Man
09-11-2016, 10:42 PM
Thanks gents.


It got lots of attention today on the water. It was kind of fitting... maiden voyage on Sep 11th, 2016. Had a couple say that exactly. How fitting it was today.

horrorbusiness
09-12-2016, 10:51 AM
Wonder why it's not "Miss 2 wheel mi" missed a valuable tax write off and advertising opportunity

Gas Man
09-12-2016, 08:45 PM
Wonder why it's not "Miss 2 wheel mi" missed a valuable tax write off and advertising opportunity
:lmao: Funny but nah.

Gas Man
09-25-2016, 11:02 PM
Got some action pics of the boat with the new wrap. Thanks to one of my new boating buddies.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_4025_zps6aaekyuc.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_4025_zps6aaekyuc.jpg.html)

You can see Mash & Potatoes more in this shot
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_4019_zps4nhodzfl.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_4019_zps4nhodzfl.jpg.html)

A good side shot
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_4027_zpsoartg6zw.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_4027_zpsoartg6zw.jpg.html)

The open bow at its best.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_4023_zpssvzrbbwh.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_4023_zpssvzrbbwh.jpg.html)

Let's get going
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_4028_zps5bf5uohw.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_4028_zps5bf5uohw.jpg.html)

Splish splash
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_4022_zpsksofykij.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_4022_zpsksofykij.jpg.html)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_4026_zpst7kgtyz8.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_4026_zpst7kgtyz8.jpg.html)

Going for plane
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_4029_zpstotuk6g8.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_4029_zpstotuk6g8.jpg.html)

Banking
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Searay/IMG_4024_zpsdtc8jpry.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/user/cjclark69/media/Searay/IMG_4024_zpsdtc8jpry.jpg.html)

Here we are leaving the spot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUjw3SQhYHw&feature=youtu.be

I got lots of throttle left... zoom zoom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OdhTRY-uPM&feature=youtu.be