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33 minutes ago, MN Fisher said:

Ya - but I have a local supplier of metal that I can get that aluminum for about 25%-30% less than he charges..so I won't be getting his 'kits'.

 

Agreed!  I scored my aluminum at Lowe's and Menards with gift cards and 11% discounts.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, DaubsNU1 said:

 

Agreed!  I scored my aluminum at Lowe's and Menards with gift cards and 11% discounts.

I get mine from Coremark Metals - two locations, Minneapolis (20 miles from me) and Fort Worth, TX. They're even cheaper than Lowe's, Home Depot or Menards (even with the 11% rebate). Order online, custom lengths if I want, go pick it up.

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I'm gonna make this look good - little searching and I get replacements for the original stickers for $22

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Found a vid of a guy who turned a 14' Starcraft into a Bass Boat...I'll be using most of his ideas in my build.

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23 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

So it's not a bass boat, but it was affordable. Still need a main motor, but a guy in the neighborhood buys old motors, refurbishes them, and sells them at an affordable price...gotta call him tomorrow about one he has up.

 

Anyway - 1972 Alumacraft F-9 Lakemaster - 15' for under $700. Came with trailer and an Endura C2-30. Needs some cleanup, but it's registered to the end of next year and he showed me pics of when he had it on the water this past weekend.

 

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when are we going?

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2 minutes ago, lo n slo said:

when are we going?

Probably be next spring before it's done...lots to do.

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1 minute ago, Deephaven said:

Awesome on the boat and project!

Once I get this up and running - you and I could rendezvous in Lafayette Bay. :grin:

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9 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

Once I get this up and running - you and I could rendezvous in Lafayette Bay. :grin:

Can I get in on this too? 😎

21 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

Found a vid of a guy who turned a 14' Starcraft into a Bass Boat...I'll be using most of his ideas in my build.

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If you make it look like that I think it’s safe to say we’ll all be very impressed. I think I’d go with a different color scheme though.

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6 minutes ago, gimruis said:

Can I get in on this too? 😎

Sure - have a Minnetonka get together on the water - see what bass (or other) we can find. Sounds like fun

 

7 minutes ago, gimruis said:

If you make it look like that I think it’s safe to say we’ll all be very impressed. I think I’d go with a different color scheme though.

Planning on it - already picked out

Paint color

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Carpet color - Granite

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Little walk around before I really start tearing this thing to pieces...already removed the wood seat top from the rear. Lots of holes in the original aluminum seat...others are probably just as 'nice'.

 

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Doing some calculations.

 

Based on the capacity rating: 865lbs

Subtracting out: 25hp motor, 6gallons of gas, Group 31 deep-cycle battery for TM, Group 24 for electric start/lights/etc, and a TM.

 

I'm left with just over 575lbs for me (195lbs), gear and the planned modifications.

If I drop to a 15hp motor - add 20lbs to that.

 

I think I'm good.

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1 minute ago, TnRiver46 said:

Is there foam under the seats? Sometimes that stuff stays intact for what seems like centuries haha

Ya - but in the vid you see the holes in the top of the aluminum seats...the foam underneath is crumbling.

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1 minute ago, MN Fisher said:

Ya - but in the vid you see the holes in the top of the aluminum seats...the foam underneath is crumbling.

Ha! Oh dear. Previous owner couldn’t decide where to put the chair??

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4 minutes ago, TnRiver46 said:

Ha! Oh dear. Previous owner couldn’t decide where to put the chair??

Something like that - he actually used ceiling toggle bolts to hold the wood down...that's why the holes are so large.

 

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Next spring I bet it looks different! Mine took all winter to add casting deck, close in the bow, add seats and swivels and mount an edge bow mount troller and anchormate. Carpet and install sonar and keel rollers. Two man set-up that goes 12mph with both of us and gear and 19mph with just me (thats with a 9.9 gas motor) some rod holders too.........

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