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Old 15 March 2017, 20:25   #1
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Rebuilding 7 meter Bollinger ex-Navy boat

Hi guys,

I'm new to the forum and figured I would start out with some RIB eye candy. Well maybe not eye candy yet but it will be soon.
My friend and I picked up two Bollinger 7 meter boats last fall and I finally have the time to start one of the projects.

Here are some photos to get things rolling

This was one from when it was in service with a single outboard and with twin outboards







This is what it looked like when I picked it up from the navy yard. She had been stripped clean of all instrumentation , engines and rigging along with a lot of other stuff.


The tube set held air with just a very slow leak but there are many areas that need to have material glued back in place. The tube set really turned out to need a complete overhaul.



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Old 15 March 2017, 21:01   #2
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Here are some additional photos taken as I moved forward stripping her down.


First was to remove the damaged tube set















With some help from the fork truck the tube set was pulled off






Then tube set was then strapped down to a pallet and shipped to our repair center for repairs and recoating. The boat will eventually be all black.
More on the tube set later....


Now it is time to focus on the fiberglass work that is needed to get the hull back in proper shape. The bow had a nice size crack in the topside. THe deck area where the arch was mounted looks like they just ripped it out to remove it and all the deck plates need to be replaced.


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The areas that needed the most attention were a crack in the topside of the bow and the read deck where the arch appears to have been ripped out.









Since the boat will be re-rigged with twin outboards the single outboard mounting hole will need to also be ground down and filled.


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More grinding of the deck revealed there were two hole cut and filled to gain access to the mounting bolts for the twin motors. The holes that were cut out were originally glassed back in. I had removed them and cleaned up the holes. I will install new deck plates later.














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Nice project !
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Now it is time to get some glass work done...











Then remove the old holes in the deck that were glassed back in






Although you will not really be able to see this area because the tube will cover it I wanted to try and keep the contour lines clean.


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Removed all saddle seats, fittings and rail from the console






I hope you all enjoy this build as much as I am.
I have been trying to find another boat like this but was not able to so I figured that a thread on this build may help out a fellow boater at some point.
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Old 15 March 2017, 22:19   #8
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Nice project !
Thanks, I am have fun on this one. It is my first RIB.
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Subscribed, Great boat..it will all be worth it.

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The past two weeks have been very productive.
The tube set has been repaired, sealed and sprayed with a textured coating along with a color change to black.





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