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billythekid

1978 18' Maverick / berg

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Great project.   Looks awesome.  I had a 77 Berg 18 for years.  Loved it.  Heavy for a skiff but handled the chop great.  I had a Johnson gt150 with a bobs jack plate and shallow water pickup.  

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soon  they rigging is going quick and alot of the parts are back from powder coating. fiberglass florida is coming to do the templates for the seadek and the interior cushions are getting measured this week   

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alright here are some more rigging pics,  they are going kinda of slow as we were still bringing in parts that were needed , but now things are going along nice and smooth ,  all the componenents have been mounted and now just running wires all over the place and plumbing hoses to the livewells.  you can see the titled element transducer that was installed in the bilge

 

 

the last pic is something I have been working on for a little while.  I know tackle storage is a problem in flats boats from everything getting wet.  I ordered 12 of  guide series waterproof tackle containers from Plano and went to work with about $250 worth of 1/4" starboard and 1/2"  .  The 1/4" starboard was a pain in the *** to keep straight and get the #6 screws in and countersunk.   There are dividers between all the tackle boxes made up of 1/2" starboard made into tracks.  there are 6 deep boxs and 6 shallow.    I also incorporated  a couple of slots for pliers and scissors, then I took some scrap starboard and made my own leader dispenser with 1/2" stainless threaded rod to hold the spools. I also took one of the push pins and secured the leader dispenser from moving.     

 

the hatch opening in the boat from front to back is 16 1/4" and this tackle storage was built at 16" to accommodate 3 deep boxes and 2 shallow boxes maximizing our already tight space.  the boxes have an 3/16" play front to back and side to side. The side compartments I made wide enough to accommodate 2 more plano stoarge containers if needed.  We are going to add some seadeak to the bottom of it to keep it from scraping the storage box. 

 

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Looks so, so good. I put grab rails in the same spot on my boat. They work great and don't get in the way, only other thing I want to do is add a bar around the console.

 

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6 hours ago, whichwaysup said:

Billy, VERY curious about the tackle storage.  Whereally is it going to go??

its going in the hatch you sit on while you drive 

3 hours ago, LI Flats said:

Looks so, so good. I put grab rails in the same spot on my boat. They work great and don't get in the way, only other thing I want to do is add a bar around the console.

 

we are  there are two on the console and two going on the side of the gunnel  all powder coated satin black.

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On 8/19/2017 at 1:42 PM, billythekid said:

its going in the hatch you sit on while you drive 

we are  there are two on the console and two going on the side of the gunnel  all powder coated satin black.

Very awesome!

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its gettting there.....   some more pics tomorrow,  rigging is moving right along, we decided to add a fusion radio with the new wired nrx300 remote. so all that will be there at the end of the week for them to start installing.  more parts are back from powder coating.  rubrail is also there. 

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Ok, question.  The 2 3" hoses going from under the floor to the rear exit, are those for the floor drains and obviously they have check balls in them.  Also, early in the post you mention air vacuuming the floor so that the core was complete sealed.  Did you mean that you glassed it in on the sides to seal it or you actually wrapped the floor with a huge bag and vacuum sealed it.  I know these questions sound stupid but I am getting ready to purchase a 91 MA 18.5 and will be doing the same thing.  Complete restore.  Also, do you have any pics with the latest black hardware.  I would love to see that.....

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yes the floor drains themselves are from gemlux and they have the check ball built into them .  correct about the vacuum bagging process, thay basically lay a layer of plastic with a sticky bead of tack around the outside and they laminate the materials then lay the plastic over it and pull out the excess and give the perfect layup. there are many different type of vacuum bagging, this is the basic way.   If you are new to fiberglass its not worth the headache and the possibility of messing up the entire floor.  easier to just laminate and roll it out. Pics of the hardware will be here shortly, everything got put on hold for about to weeks since the hurricane

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Billy,

Your boat looks absolutely amazing and I can't wait to see the finished product.  I love the color that you picked for the topside and the white is just a natural fit for the hull.  It will look sweet slicing through the water.

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hopefully everything goes smoothly for a little cruise on tues

 

 

electronics are done, wiring is down, with the exception of the vhf radio which will be comepleted shortly. batteries are in , all the hardware is mounted and just some small stuff left to finish saturday and monday. 

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unfortunatley the boat didnt make it in the water when I was down there from an unexpected fuel leak that was resolved(chain that holds the fuel cap was leaking)   figured out what is was but by the time it was fixed I was home.  everyhinf in functioning on the boat now with the exception of the vhf radio which is getting installed in the next few days.

 

 

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here are some pics when we were over at Randys shop Durite boatworks figuring out where the leak was coming from. Seadek from Open Water Concepts and cushions are going on in the next few weeks also

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Too nice to mess up by getting fish slime on!!!!!  Now you need to find a tired old skiff to fish out of, and save this one for the sandbar and restaurant scene!   Congrats!!!

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