grady white pilot house project

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  1. mikep

    mikep Well-Known Member

    So last winter my brother and i did a pretty comprehensive rebuild on our 86 grady white seafarer. The boat fished great and took us from van to milbanke and back. Well we got bored this winter and decided that the bimini just had to go. We are in the process of building a mold to make a full on hard top and pilot house. We also figured we would change up the hull and go black.......because we like being different. So i guess this will turn into my build thread. We will be using epoxy foam core construction.

    The attached pics show the motivation for the project and the rest show our hard board mould.
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  2. JAC

    JAC Well-Known Member

    Cool thread keep the build pic coming!
  3. Sculpin

    Sculpin Well-Known Member

    I love threads like this:cool:.

    That looks awesome. I can't wait to see some more. Keep us posted:).

  4. mikep

    mikep Well-Known Member

    thanks guys....just orderd 9 gallons of epoxy from raka today. I figured all things grady had to go when we hung the verado
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  5. tubber

    tubber Well-Known Member

    cool. I'm especially interested in the products you use to patch, fair, prime, and finish the hull. Gelcoat or paint etc.. Looks like you are just leaving the bottom paint. Good luck.
  6. Mighty Sylvan

    Mighty Sylvan Active Member

    I'm looking forward to this!
  7. Rum Buddies

    Rum Buddies Active Member

    I'll be watching this one.
  8. wildthing

    wildthing Well-Known Member

    with you on this one guys
    doing my own but waiting for warmer weather to do the glass work
    also mine went forward sloping ala seasport
    gives you space to have a roof console for electronics etc.
  9. bananas

    bananas Active Member

    looks like the west coast fish grady's. going to be awesome !! always wanted to do that with the 27 sailfish i had.
  10. mikep

    mikep Well-Known Member

    Yup we are leaving the bottom paint as it was brand new with 5 coats of epoxy primer. We will sand off a few inches of the bottom paint and shoot with awlgrip 545 primer. Then 4 coats of awlgrip super jet black. The hull was repaired last winter just need to spray a guide coat on there to sand it right. Then spot repair a few dings with awlfair .
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  11. mikep

    mikep Well-Known Member

    Just a little update, gel coat and the first layers of glass are in. Today we fit up the foam core and bonded it in. 20130322_200512.jpg
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  12. Derby

    Derby Well-Known Member

    Nice job Mike on the grady Black... :)
  13. mikep

    mikep Well-Known Member

    20130328_191111.jpg 20130328_191103.jpg Well it finally came out of the mould, just need to make sure it fits on the boat and then trim out the windows and top. The epoxy gel coat came out flawless from the melamine board mould. Here are a couple pics of it.
  14. JAC

    JAC Well-Known Member

    Looks like you making great progress
  15. wildthing

    wildthing Well-Known Member

    Mike p

    bigger glass think your going to have blind spots up front ????
    but carry on with the good work
  16. casper5280

    casper5280 Well-Known Member

    I think that is what he is going to do. Just gave himself lots of space to cut out and space to do a good glass job. Looks good are you going with the gray or are you going to go black? I think the black with the eyebrow looks great.
  17. Fishtofino

    Fishtofino Well-Known Member

    Looking good Mike :)
  18. mikep

    mikep Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the compliments guys. Im thinking we may paint the top white now but still go with the black hull
    we made the window cutout much smaller than they will actually be so we can cut back to good glass. The pilot house without the top or windows weighs about 75# which is really cool. Now onto the hard top today and tomorrow.
  19. capt hook

    capt hook Well-Known Member

    I too love this thread , please keep the pics coming.
    i have same boat with wide body ,with bimini so am very interested if the outcome.
    I love that westcoast look in the top pic.
    nice job/project , keep up the good work.
    When u get it done and perfected , i,ll give u another ,hehehe.
    why not painted aluminum? seems alum would be much faster and cheaper?
  20. Sculpin

    Sculpin Well-Known Member

    I was fishing Barclay Sound today and saw a nice Grady with a custom top very similar to your project. It was painted the same color as the original Grady gelcoat and looked pretty sweet!. I have seen pic's of the ones with the black tops and they look great too. Thanks for the updates. Looking forward to more.


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