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Its from a spray can and went on real smooth. My prep work was crap too; at least on the non repaired area. I got mine at O'Reilly & can tell you the brand etc. if you want it.

Ed, if you look hard you can tell but barely. The bedliner material does a good job of hiding stuff. I'm happy with it though, The bent and hammered out bumper will give it away too but until I can find a straight one near by it will have to do.
 

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giusedtobe said:
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Looks sharp; Huge improvement.
Thanks for all the help along the way Ed & the compliment.

BTW I sold the boat with that Johnson 150 on it. Happy day! :D
2 happiest days of a boater's life: when they buy a boat, and when they sell it!! :drunken: :mrgreen:
 

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2 happiest days of a boater's life: when they buy a boat, and when they sell it!! :drunken: :mrgreen:
Agreed!
For me, the "boat" could easily be swapped with "Mercedes Benz". I owned one, and in that regard, it was exactly like having a boat ("a hole in the water that you throw money into") -- except no water.

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Ed Mc. said:
giusedtobe said:
Ed Mc. said:
Looks sharp; Huge improvement.
Thanks for all the help along the way Ed & the compliment.

BTW I sold the boat with that Johnson 150 on it. Happy day! :D
2 happiest days of a boater's life: when they buy a boat, and when they sell it!! :drunken: :mrgreen:
Sadly I still have one boat & it will be harder to move.
 

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BTW I sold the boat with that Johnson 150 on it. Happy day! :D
2 happiest days of a boater's life: when they buy a boat, and when they sell it!! :drunken: :mrgreen:[/quote]
Sadly I still have one boat & it will be harder to move.[/quote]

You're doing better than I am, I have (3) boats I need to fix or sell! Just spent 2 weeks doing nothing but vehicle maint on 5 rigs and getting one of those detailed-out to sell this coming Monday. Not busy at all!! :roll: :mrgreen: Maybe once I get all the other projects done I'll be freed-up to work on the boats!

Not to mention a guy wanting to bring in an 85hp Force with triple carbs that might need some work. Hopefully the carbs are OK, of course they're Tillotsons with the big float bowl on the bottom, totally Stone Age and the gasket kit is Dirt Cheap.

And my Daughter is coming back tomorrow morning from a trip to TX. Never a dull moment!!
 

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Anybody know where I can source some correct front wheel studs? The ones I got from Rock auto were wrong when I did the back. Got luck and found a few at O'Reilly. Sent an E-mail to Jerry but have not heard back. Also need ~4 of the lug nuts for these rims shown below. The ones for the standard steel wheels are too big.

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gruff54 said:
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2 happiest days of a boater's life: when they buy a boat, and when they sell it!! :drunken: :mrgreen:
Agreed!
Yep, had quite a few throughout my life. Last one strictly a fishing rig as I lived on the lake. See if the others might jog a memory, First was a Dorsett, No. 2 a Glasspar, and no. 3 a Mark Twain.
 

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gruff54 said:
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2 happiest days of a boater's life: when they buy a boat, and when they sell it!! :drunken: :mrgreen:
Agreed!
Yep, had quite a few throughout my life. Last one strictly a fishing rig as I lived on the lake. See if the others might jog a memory, First was a Dorsett, No. 2 a Glasspar, and no. 3 a Mark Twain.
All familiar names! Have also bought and sold too many to count over the years. Plus 45+ years of working on outboards as a hobby+.

You'd probably like the Fiberglassics site, if you haven't already been:

https://fiberglassics.com/
 

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I remember Glasspar but not the others. How about "Jolly Roger"? We had a Jolly Roger Tri-hull runabout when I was a kid.

Took leave of my senses a few years ago and bought an old cabin cruiser project. Its a behemoth and sadly I really did not realize that most of the cost of these things is in the upkeep and not the initial purchase price. Still a project and draining me like dracula every month Lol.
 

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I remember Glasspar but not the others. How about "Jolly Roger"? We had a Jolly Roger Tri-hull runabout when I was a kid.

Took leave of my senses a few years ago and bought an old cabin cruiser project. Its a behemoth and sadly I really did not realize that most of the cost of these things is in the upkeep and not the initial purchase price. Still a project and draining me like dracula every month Lol.
Even a fiberglass boat has a fair amount of upkeep. But if the cabin cruiser is wood, you might as well make it a life-long task! Always some paint to scrape & renew, screws to renew, trim to scrape/strip/sand/varnish, caulking, etc etc etc. Plus the annual ritual of "wetting the hull" so the planks would swell and seal off the leaks! Not so much of a problem with boats build with marine plywood and fiberglassed bottoms.

Glasspar is a very-well-known name in WA, since they had a boat-building factory in Olympia. My Dad bought a brand-new Glasspar Avalon (about 16') runabout from the local dealer back in '64 and I have very fond memories of riding in that boat. Including one time fishing when the Selectric lower unit on the Evil JohnRude V4 busted a Fwd Gear spring and we had to go in Reverse all the way to the boat ramp! My Uncle and I had to sit on the bow, so we wouldn't be swamped with water over the transom.

One hull you might recognize is the very popular G3, a performance-oriented 14-foot ski boat. They sold JILLIONS of them. A good buddy of mine works almost exclusively with Mercs, and he built a super-high-performance Inline Six (probably well over 150hp), and put it on a G3 (which he named "Wild Thanggg"). You can imagine the performance! I think his top-speed was around 72 or so. I went for a ride in it once, and it was white-knuckle the whole way. Too rough for top speed, but he had it over 60 a few times and it was a bit Scary! :shock: He regained his senses after the reinforced transom broke, and bought a bigger Hydrostream, designed to go fast. A much safer hull for 70+.

The Jolly Roger was a "California Ski Boat" primarily, although I think they had a few other models like your Tri-Hull. Their most famous is the typical low-profile ski boat, with or without a windshield. I can't remember if the Tahiti brand was first, then copied by Jolly Roger, or the other way around. So many of that type of ski boat were "splashed" (copied by using the boat's hull as the fiberglass mold) and there are probably a dozen different mfr's with very similar configuration. I had a Sidewinder 15'-9" ski boat with windshield and a 1350 Merc. It was pretty fast, and could rip any slalom skier out of the water without breathing hard. That boat lived up to its name; my daughter, who was quite young at the time, has vivid memories of the boat going up on its side during hard turns!

Another good boating buddy had a 16' Jolly Roger V-drive with a Ford 302. Man that was a screamer. When the throttle was mashed, you better be holding on, or you'll probably be thrown back, over the transom!. So much weight in the back that when the boat was coming off plane, a huge wall of water would appear behind the boat, and he had to gas it to avoid the cockpit being doused! Loads of fun!!

Those were the days; gas, boats, and motors were cheap. Not anymore, that's for sure! :|
 

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No nothing is cheap anymore! A gal I work with and her husband bought a wake boat last year for about 15K (around 20 years old) This year they could not find a slip for it and their dealer told them that these boats cannot be kept in stock right now and they should sell. Apparently someone sold the exact boat for 28K. So among other stupid things with covid, in some locations at least some boats are actually appreciating in value for the first time in history! They live in MN.

As for my hole in the water, it is fiberglass but with a massive amount of wood trim that needs to be redone etc. The wooden ones are beautiful........when they aren't sinking. :shock:

On the speed boat thing my memory from my youth (born in 65 for reference) I remember at the boat slip there would always be a couple of guys monkeying with their mercury motors trying to get the temperamental beasts to run. 20 dudes with their OMC motors would launch and be on their way while the merc guys are still there trying to start; half with the cowl off. Once running they were fast though. I am sure the years make me exaggerate but that was my memory of the old smokers.
 

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Went to some family land in AL for some fun in the woods and managed to fail my first mud hole Lol. Roads were mostly dry but as always there were some mudholes. I did not think it looked bad and went into it on 2WD :oops: Found out otherwise but too late, right side got down in a rut and this mud is that grey slippery *** clay stuff. Had to use a come along and chain to pull it out old style. Went back through no problem in 4WD with some momentum. All in all a lot of fun even with the impromptu recovery. Troop ran like a top all weekend and added ~800 miles
 

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Looks like maybe a winch would have been handy in all that mud. Glad to see she held up through all that
 

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Cleaning it off is the worst part.

I recently tried a method I heard about where you just set a sprinkler under the truck and move it around every few minutes while you go about cleaning the rest of the truck. It worked alright with the easy Moab mud, but I've been in some stuff where I had to go to the pressure washer. That clay mud is the worst.
 
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