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  1. Another Update with Pics,... My buddy and I have been getting together to work on the boat every Sunday the past 4 weeks. It took us 3 days to strip everything down. We were going to wait to do the trailer, however, since the boat was so light, we decided that it would be good to hit the trailer. We’ve been buying supplies at Harbor Freight. The past two sessions we started taking the trailer apart and sanding everything down. It’s been quite a process. We are planning to use Harbor Freight’s brand Truck Bed Liner with several coats of black primer for the Trailer. We bought a set of LED Trailer Lights at Harbor Freight with a coupon. At this point, Harbor Freight should be sponsoring us. We also took the time to refit all the hardware in Stainless Steel. We picked up most of the Hardware from Lowe’s and some other electrical supplies, connectors, wiring, from Amazon. If you notice, in all of our Pics, my buddy is doing all the work, all the difficult jobs. This is because, that’s what good buddies are for, lol ! I bought a 20lb Mushroom Anchor from a guy on Craigs List for $20. He gave me some good tips on Shad Fishing the Delaware this April/May. I’m determined to catch my first shad this year ! I’ve gone before but couldn't catch anything as the fish were not running. Here are my Pics,... the wire brushes worked good for Sanding.
  2. I wasn’t sure I wanted to totally pull things apart, but we decided it was necessary to do the job right. Removed the dash and stern sections of aluminum framing. As stated, we are planning a custom job on the stern to better accommodate trolling. Removed the transom. Take a look at the right rear corner of the photo - transom rot. Water was leaking through a ‘U’ bolt that was used for attaching the tow cable for water skiing.
  3. Last Weeks Pics,... We tore out all the pour in foam in the left and right stern stern sections. We found several nests of black carpenter ants. In total, over 2 weeks, we removed 15 large garbage bags of soppy wet foam. Some of the bags probably weighed 40lbs or more. We removed the 70HP Evinrude. A fun story, we backed the boat under a (solid) overhanging tree limb, close to the trunk, and used some towing straps to hoist the motor with a hand crank. My buddy used some muscle to show Who’s the Boss (Tony Danza, of course). It was pretty heavy. More Pics coming,...
  4. How much does a pound of water weigh? In common US measures, one gallon of water weighs 8.345 pounds. The density of water varies slightly at different temperatures which will impact the weight of for the same volume.
  5. Another Fun Sunday working with my Fishing Buddy on the boat. I am lucky to have his help and expertise on the project. We resumed the project, day 2, by working on stripping the old decking. There were a lot of rusted screws and a good lesson learned. Make sure to use quality stainless steel hardware! My Pops probably used whatever hardware he had, but more significantly, because it’s what he had. He was never the type of person to spend money on things he didn’t need. I think this is a common theme in these boat rebuild stories, ie., it’s worth it to put the time and money into the project to do it right. On another note, there is knowledge, and there is experience. To truly experience something first hand is to really know it. It’s been said on here, and in many aluminum boat rebuild stories, the aversive effects of the pour in foam, and how water becomes trapped in the ribs and under the decking. I knew this as a fact, and I was still shocked at the weight of the chunks of foam we had removed. There was a ridiculous amount of water weight trapped under the foam. Not only that, but the moisture is a killer. Look at how it destroyed the decking and turned it into pulp! I wasn’t sure about removing and redoing all the foam, however, after we stripped the old carpet, there was no question that these steps were absolutely necessary. The last couple times we used the boat, I remember that it seemed to be sitting low in the water. I definitely believe now that the boat had a couple hundred extra pounds of water trapped under the decking and in the foam. Pics Attached
  6. Now that’s a Great suggestion ! Thanks for the reply. I’m going to research that ! 🤔🤔🤔
  7. This boat was designed as a Bass boat with high pedestal seats in the front and rear. The boat sits uncomfortably low in the water, especially in the back. I believe this is due in part to the weight of the 70HP motor upgrade as well as all the water inside the foam trapped under the decking. I’ld like to try to lighten up the back end of the boat, maybe move all the batteries up front to keep them away from the fuel. I don’t have a lot of wood working skills or electrical knowledge. I’m am going to rely on outside help for a lot of the job. I’m probably going to look into paying someone to repaint the boat and overhaul the Motor. I probably won’t get anywhere near perfect on this rebuild. Gotta have a shot of the family dog in the boat rebuild pics,... New Trailer Tires and Rims $80 New Wench $26 5th Wheel $20
  8. Well,... here we go,... A story in pictures. A good fishing buddy got me talking about my Dad’s old boat, a 1976 Sea Nymph FM-160. It has been sitting in the rain for 12 years. The last time I had it out was 2008. I remember water skiing and fishing on this boat when I was a 12 yr old kid, always a great time. I think my Dad paid $6500 for this boat back in 1986. The boat originally had a smaller outboard on the back and the previous owner upgraded to a 70HP. We had the boat a couple years before we got the foot control electric motor for the front. My Dad did a partial rebuild back in 2000, but never did a complete job. The steering cables should have been replaced a long time ago. The transom needed to be replaced back then already. The motor could use a good tune up. All the decking needs to be replaced, new wiring, new lights, new seats. We’re gonna hook this bad boy up for Spring ! I also want to customize the back of the boat for trolling, mount some downriggers, etc.
  9. I fish a couple inland trout rivers in Eastern PA. The Lehigh River and the Lackawaxen River. Both are tributaries of the Delaware and are stocked and hold some year to year leftovers and natives. My favorite way to fish is to cast Roostertails and Spinner Flies, 4-6lb line on a stiff 7’ spinning rod. It helps to know how to look for the fast water, pools, are structured holes. It’s really a good trick to let the current do the work. I like to add a little action on my retrieve, twitch, twitch, pause and allow the spinner to flutter with a tight line to tease hits from sluggish fish. I like spinners and lures that have hair or ‘Flies’ attached. I like to troll using downriggers with these types of spinners as well. I find that Trout fishing inland lakes is different from the Great Lakes in that the smaller trout like the little stuff. I wish I had more and larger tributaries in my area. But then again, in photos, I have seen the Salmon run up those tiny creeks.
  10. Friendly hello. My name is Jason. I bought a cabin at the North End ok Lake Wallenpaupack Pike County North Eastern Pennsylvania. I can drive 5 minutes to the main boat launch or walk 5 minutes to the dock at the marina. The lake is 13 miles long. I would like to target the Striped and Hybrid Bass, Walleye, and Brown Trout. I am very invested on learning how to fish this lake and would enjoy hearing any suggestions. I’ve caught some nice channel cats fishing chicken livers at night. I have also caught hybrid striped bass in the Spring, May/June, on chicken livers. I can’t find the walleye or the brown trout. I have a 17ft Sea Nymph Fishing Machine FM - 160 Boat Rebuild in process. I have spent some time reading posts on here with good suggestions and valuable information. You guys inspired me on the boat rebuild as this 1976 aluminum hull boat looks like an easy rebuild. As a matter of fact, I have plans to make the boat even more user friendly for trolling, mounting downriggers, etc. I like the idea of using the PVC Board for the transom and TuffCoat rubber sealant instead of carpet over 3/4” high grade outdoor plywood for the decking. I hope to post some pics, tell some stories, and get some tips. Thanks, Jason
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