Winter Fixes & upgrades

Discussion in 'Boats, Motors, Trailers and Towing Rigs Forum' started by Aridhol, Aug 28, 2017.

  1. Aridhol

    Aridhol Active Member

    I tried to resurrect an old thread for offseason upgrades but it seems to have been lost in the forum move so I'm starting a new one.

    Summer is still here but Winter is coming :).

    What upgrades & fixes are you folks going to be doing? What would you recommend everyone do or get?

    My upgrade/Fix list:
    • Pressure wash deck & thoroughly vacuum
    • Properly clean canvas and windows
    • Add an anchor roller (and purchase hali anchor setup)
    • Purchase & install raw water washdown system (what kind material for the through hole fitting on an aluminum boat?)
    • Get bow rails fabricated and welded in
    • Put name and logo on boat
    • Install fuel flow meter & better gas gauge (looking for recommendations)
    • Install fuel/water separator
    • Design / fab removable fish cleaning table to fit near the splash well
    • Suzuki Troll mode install
    • 4 blade aluminum prop
    • New trailer jack
    • Winterize

    I think that's it for this winter, shouldn't be too much trouble haha :)

    So, what are you going to be doing to your rigs?
  2. bones

    bones Well-Known Member

    Rewire the stern of the boat with ignition proof equipment so its safer and to code. Probably add 120V to power the knife and hook sharper
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  3. Aridhol

    Aridhol Active Member

    What size inverter do you need for that? I have a tiny 300W which seems to work well but I just run music/radio and chargers.
  4. Oly1

    Oly1 Active Member

    I would like to do the same but don't know exactly where to start. Care to educate me ( and others). I have a Double Eagle that needs a TOTAL rewire job.

  5. bigdogg1

    bigdogg1 Active Member

    First of all, I had some Al work done by E and D Manufacturing. They were awesome when I needed my fuel tank resealed and a convenient removable deck put it. While they were working on it, the cut and welded in a complete thru hull. I went to Harbour Ch, picked up the necessary hardware and installed a wash down. Very impressed with their work.

    For my boat, I am going to finish my rewiring (took it completely out and run a whole slew of fresh tinned wire of correct gauge. I still need to run fresh wire to our stern light. It is hidden in a channel and won't budge in either direction. While I am at it, I plan to add either 1 LED light to the back deck or 2 on each side (can't decide which configuration would be best.

    I would also like to do a carbon fibre wrap inside
  6. Fish Camp

    Fish Camp Well-Known Member

    New pull cord and carb rebuild ,25 hp 84 merc .Started with pull cord that was 3 years old breaking ,replaced the cord and started cleaning fir needles and grit that had collected in fluid film and carb drippings,and finnaly decidding to take the carb off .With the help of power tune ,carb cleaner,I started to dismantle the carb for rebuild.Disconecting fuel line from carb there is a filter screen and that sceeen had metal shavings and a large mosquito on the outer side toward the second filter bowl .How did the mosquito get past two filters and end up on the filter at the carb?I had done the carb rebuild 3 years ago with the pull cord .Cold starts 1st pull ,low idle, no prime every time.
  7. Sentinel

    Sentinel Active Member

    For a wash down pickup on a alloy hull the best thing is to have a threaded aluminum pipe nipple welded in if aluminum gauge is sufficient and then use a Marelon seacock. Next best thing is to use one of the Marelon pickup fitting/valve combos. Use 5200 sealant and screw together through hole drilled in hull. See attached pic. Any other way or material is sketchy and could make boat vunerable
    to sinking due to through hull failure.

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  8. spring time

    spring time Well-Known Member

    My plans this winter are to re wire the boat 97' trophy, take out old outboard wiring, build new dash out of carbon fibre, if I can find a piece cheap enough with rocker switches
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  9. bones

    bones Well-Known Member

    i'd love to see a pic of the dash, i've been pondering the same dash project but may just overlay the existing with carbon panels.
  10. Aridhol

    Aridhol Active Member

    Has anyone got a multifunction display setup where it's all digital gauges?
  11. ab1752

    ab1752 Member

    Curious to hear if anyone has a suggestion for a shop who could re and re the windshield frame made by Taylormade on our Hourston. Between the dissimilar metals the finish is literally peeling in pieces. I made an attempt to contact the builder directly but they appear to be winding things down, I have made contact with another shop but I would be open to suggestions. One thought was to simply contact Taylormade and order a new frame but they were not a lot of help so perhaps this can be removed, refinished and installed locally? Cheers.
  12. goddan

    goddan Member

    Hi, I know ajr windows in Port Coquitlam builds windows for Hourston now.
  13. ab1752

    ab1752 Member

    Thanks for the info, I will contact them directly so see what their opinion is.
  14. RogersonCrusoe

    RogersonCrusoe Active Member

    My list of winter projects for the ol' gal:
    - install a fuel tank in the bow to help balance out the heavier motor I put on last winter. Now I won't have to lift the tanks out of the boat at the gas station!
    - Patch up the holes in the gunwales from all the rod holders / cup holders / old Fishfinder I removed over the last few years (Seriously. When I bought, it had 6 Scotty Sidewinder holders! Now it only has three holders and a LOT of holes.)
    - Cosmetic clean up of the hull and outer - painting, patching etc...
    - New gauges
    - Maybe a new trailer?
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2017
  15. tubber

    tubber Well-Known Member

    Is that a rule/bylaw?
    I never do that, but I only gas up at a few places and they don't seem to mind.

    Someone painted my gelcoat, now it's peeling. I might try to take it back to original, but I have a number of repair spots that will still require perfect gelcoat matching, which is tricky on a 40 year old boat.
    Anyone ever tried a carbon fiber type vinyl application to cover the whole outer topside mess?
    I need a new rubrail, too.
  16. RogersonCrusoe

    RogersonCrusoe Active Member

    I tried it a couple of times where I fill and was to remove the tanks. I can't find any rules around it, but the risk is a static buildup / shock and resulting fireball... so I'm ok shuffling tanks around to avoid all that. But it would be much easier sticking the pump into a hole.
  17. BCI

    BCI Member

    This is the latest Eaglecraft. Volvo D6-400 w/ Garmin electronics as the gauge pack. Photo is from their website for their 2017 33 Cruiser in the for sale section there.

  18. ericl

    ericl Well-Known Member

    Here is a link to applicable ABYC standards:

    Not sure if this is applicable in Canada.

    As far as I know you would need a new engine to gain a digital multifunction display, or at least an engine that communicate via CANBUS. The above picture is for a $40K US engine-only; controls/displays are additional $K's. I would imagine $60K US would get you close. How many would you like?

    O/B would be cheaper; $20K for the motor then another $20K for controls/displays.

    Best would be to get a new boat with twin Yammies & Yamaha Helm Master. Engines are computer steered so they can point in different directions. Computer shift/throttle. Joystick control. Front/back/sideways/twist to turn in a circle. Keeps your boat in a fixed position via a Garmin A/P instead of Anchoring for Hali. Helm Master cannot be retrofitted.
  19. goddan

    goddan Member

    I'm removing my older 350 Chevy inboard and mercury mr 1 drive and replacing it with a couple year old Volvo penta duoprop and engine. It should be a great upgrade to my 23 foot Hourston.
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  20. SteelyDan

    SteelyDan Well-Known Member

    The new project has been a slow go with my daughter arriving 6 months ago but slowly this fishing machine is coming together. Excuse the dirty hull i cleaned it this weekend lol. Got my downrigger bases mounted up with spacers i made and some beefy backing. Spliced my transducer cable with advice from tidal chaos. Got some overhead LED deck lights mounted and a whole pile of other stuff that I'm excluding from this post.

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