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Here is a quick update.   

The plumbing is now complete.   We used schedule 40 gray electrical conduit for the air hoses and the steering and electrical pipe.   We were able to use a conduit oven to heat up the air pipes so they were pliable and we could form them to where we wanted them with out any fittings.   We had to use a 60 degree fitting for the steering and electrical pipe because we couldn't make the bend with causing a kink in the pipe.

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I should have included a picture of what it look like before we started pouring the foam but I forgot to take one.

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I was also able to get the front floor section installed along with all of the floor foam and the air box. I decided to keep the front floor section set back a little way from the hull and fill the void with foam.   

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The next step will be to do some touch up work on the foam and fair the surface.

Just in case you are wondering I did not install wooden ribs between the secondary stringers and the hull.   What you see is a piece of pink closed cell foam that was cut to form a rib in order to help level the top of the pour foam.   
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lookin' great.

you guys impress me with all this effort.


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So my driver's seat base needs to be repaired, which should not be a big deal.

The way the seat base was molded it looks like it should have a piece of wood recessed into it and then mounted to the floor.   Can anyone tell me if this is the case.

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I was thinking of fiberglassing another wood pad to the main deck where the driver seat goes so that when I screw it down the screws won't penetrate the main deck. It would increase the seat height a very small amount.   Has anyone done this and do you see any problems with that idea.
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I wouldn't do that. Just install it as the factory did, but take care to seal the screws while installing. 4200/5200 will do it.

Your pedestal is not missing any pieces. If the wood glasses in as backers for the seat are mush, cut them out and replace.
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Wow! Nice work. Impressive! Thanks for sharing.
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Originally posted by Wisky Badger Wisky Badger wrote:

Pete,

Previous owner's name was not Egan.   


Jacob....Very nice work! You will have a great classic that will last many years when you are done.

Where in Wisconsin are you? I had a customer that had a brown '81 SN that I believe he recently sold. Was the previous owners name Hubertz?
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The floor and air box are now finished.   I ended up laying down 3 layers of 1708 to get the thickness I was looking for.   I have also started fairing the bilge.   I have the first coat down and have it sanded.   Hopefully I will finish up the fairing this week.



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David,

Thanks for the encouragement. I am located in South Central Wisconsin. I am pretty sure that was not the previous owners name.   I will have to pull the old registration card to check.   The boat was purchased about a year ago and we didn't really start digging into the project until March 2017.   
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I'm always impressed with these full scale projects. Admirable work for sure.
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I finished painting the bilge this weekend.   The 81 received 2 coats of Total Boat Epoxy Bilge Paint.   Two coats gave really good coverage and I am happy how it turned out.

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It feels good to reach this milestone and I can now start on the outside of the boat.   I plan to start wetsanding this week.

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Looks awesome. After all that the sanding should seem easy!
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Jacob,
It's sure looking great!


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Great Job Wisky Badger
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Wow! That is an awesome job. Thanks for the detail and pictures. - Fred
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Awesome work! keep posting. I used to hate the brown, but over the years it has grown on me to the point that I would keep it.
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Coming along nicely
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This is how the boat looked at this time last year.

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This is how it looks a year later.   

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I have started to wet sand the hull with using 600, 800, 1000 wet sandpaper.   I will follow that up with 3M Perfect-Itâ„¢ Gelcoat Heavy Cutting Compound, 3M Finesse it II and then 3M Perfect-It wax.   

The transom is done.   I started there to test the system and see the results I could get.   The gel coat came back very nice and has a nice luster.   Hope fully the last picture will show the results.   I think it will look a lot better once the colors are painted back on. There is still enough ghosting from the old paint that I should be able to tape off the old design.   

I will post some more pictures once the whole boat is complete.
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Originally posted by Wisky Badger Wisky Badger wrote:

There is still enough ghosting from the old paint that I should be able to tape off the old design.

Have you checked the reference section? Look under "misc." for hull graphics files.


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wow. Nice! A blank canvas..........
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Skip the 3m wax . I like the 3m products but get yourself some Collinite #925 wax, or if you already have the 3m stuff, do half and half. The Collinite stuff is increadable.
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I am starting the very same restoration on my newly purchased 1981 Ski Nautique. Would love some information on the stringers with possibly dimensions. My stringers are so bad that I am not even sure I can salvage enough for a template. Thank you in advance for any help.
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Take a bunch of measurements of what you have before you start cutting them out!!!

Also take a lot of photos that you can reference before you start removing them.   

I do have some blue prints I made for mine on graph paper.   They are not the best but they might help you as reference material. If I can find them I will be happy to share them with you. Send my your email in a PM and I will send them to you as a PDF.     

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If he does not see this PM Quinner,I think he has a file on some sort of stringers
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I dropped the seats and the doghouse off at the upholstery shop a few days ago.   This is the last time we will see the mismatched brown seats.



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What is the status on the rest of the boat? It has been a while since your last update.
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Dropping the seats off at the upholster was the first thing I have done to the boat since it was was wet sanded and buffed last fall.    I got busy with hunting seasons last fall and downhill skiing this winter so the boat project was put on the back burner until now.   Hopefully I will be posting a lot of updates in the next few months.   The goal is for the boat to be complete by Memorial Day which is when boating season really starts for me in Wisconsin.   

I am working on some ideas for the speedos tonight and hopefully will have an update tomorrow.

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I wanted to find an alternative to restoring the old air guides because I am not a fan of the additional holes in the transom needed for the tubes. I decided to go with Faria GPS units and was able to make them fit in the airguide housing in an attempt to try and maintain somewhat of an original look. If I find time I will post of video of how they fit in the old airguide housing if anyone is interested. If this doesn't work or if someone in the future wants it to be original I will still be able to use the airguides.    

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I still need to remove the other gauges and finishing buffing the dash but I think it will look good once everything is cleaned up.

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Jacob,
Nice work on the speedos! I like it.


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