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Old 23 March 2007, 10:54   #71
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Pat I cant believe how much metal you're bolting to that trailer and boat, War Machine is certainly going to be built like a tank ,the whole rig is looking phenominal!!
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Old 23 March 2007, 22:37   #72
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re boat

thanks for the compliment, the trailer really needs a few things corrected. As you are aware, manufacturers build these things to fit a variety of craft, I am trying to make the general arrangement a little more specific, fortunately I have a mountain of scrap metal about two miles from my house, makes it quite a bit easier...
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Old 25 March 2007, 20:36   #73
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doing it little by little

Just a few things done today, helped a buddy install a new cd player,amp and cd changer in his boat this afternoon. I gave the trailer receiver rail a quickie blast of cheap paint and polished the scrapyard grab rail acquisition. Tomorrow I will sandblast the grabrail and possibly clear coat it if I get time, really nice weather today!
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Old 27 March 2007, 20:55   #74
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Paint and it will suck...

Somehow I forgot all the lessons learned previously when painting, I sprayed the trailer coupler and that wasn't so bad... then I sprayed the bow post and couldn't understand why so much paint was coming out and why in hell was it running? DUHHH!!! I was using the air ratchet the day before and forgot to lower the pressure setting on the regulator. Consequently I was painting with 125 psi! That is what happens when you are in a hurry after work on a nice spring day, mistakes. Anyhow it is tolerable to look at and I have much to do so it stays as it is for the time being. Pics of the coupler and the post. All for now, still have not decided exactly how I will set up the winch, still pondering....
Boat will get some bottom paint this year, that'll be fun...
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Old 31 March 2007, 20:56   #75
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More work...

As usual, once I start working stuff is everywhere, I decided to use my old winch stand for this year until I find what I want so I whacked it off and bolted it down, seems pretty sturdy, alot better than the u bolts it used to have. I will have a plate welded on top and see how it works out.
I decided to drill my anchor bracket and mount a lock, I really like this aluminum anchor and I don't want someone to be tempted over the scrap value! This will keep the honest people honest.
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Old 31 March 2007, 21:12   #76
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Tiny bolts, huge problems if they break...

I replaced quite a few bolts on the trailer today, although I don't haul very far once the season starts I had some fasteners that were pretty bad. Part of the problem was the small diameter, I don't understand why the manufacturer would scrimp in this area as the additional expense for a larger bolt shouldn't amount to too much. pictures of the bolts, aren't they great? Finally I mounted the new grab rail, I tried to center this but actually had to offset it a little as there were some holes in the console from a previous installation prior to my owning the boat. Whoever mounted the rail that was previously installed couldn't measure too well, the holes were way off. I will fill these with some caulk and next fall weld them shut.
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Is that Anchor on the trailer used as emergancy breaking incase it becomes un-hitched
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When do you think it will all be finished? I want to see that beast on the water!!!
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Old 01 April 2007, 20:26   #79
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Re finishing....

Unfortunately I am shooting for late May, I do not anticipate doing any further improvements to the boat after that, it should be complete, at least as far as I am going to take it. Two things are going to slow me down, the new radar arch (sourcing a new fabricator, Tim is busy right now) and removing the entire console assembly, that is a bit of a job.
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Old 01 April 2007, 20:50   #80
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And so it goes...

Broke out the buffer Saturday and polished up the bow cleat, it had some serious machining marks, took care of that, I also added one of those neat little Ronstan utility hangers to the post to hold the anchor line, to those of you who have never used one of these, this is a great little piece of hardware! All you need is some thin bungee cord an one of these little hangers and loose dock lines or any other type of cord lying on deck is history. The great thing about these is they are quite small, secured with two screws and do exactly what they are supposed to, hold line. Pic of the seat covers I bought on Ebay, a little small but they will work, want do you want for $45 bucks?
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