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Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Floor Project Progress
Liner gets Sprayed Today!

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9/29/16  Spraying the bedliner today.  Guesstimate there's close to 40 man hours in this project.  Most of it being spent on surface prep work.  Worst part was grinding off the latex carpet adhesive that was a nasty job. Click masking for spray
              The white spots in the floor are to cover the holes where Sea Ray pumped in expanding foam floatation.  All boats 22' and under are required to have floatation.

9/28/16  Today will be spent getting my boat ready to spray bedliner tomorrow when it breaks 70 degrees.  Lots to do, end is in sight!
               Began this boat project a about week ago tomorrow.  Good news is? ...if all goes according to plan, spraying the bedliner will happen tomorrow.  Then, let the liner cure for a few days and reassemble the boat early next week.

9/27/16  Plans for 2017 and finishing the boat project last week has most my time spoken for today.  This boat remodel job is at the drudgery stage today & tomorrow.  Surface prep will be over by Thursday when the bedliner is sprayed on ...finally!
               Need to fill out my catch data forms for the 2016 Salmon Ambassador program that's more encouraging compared to the dismal 2015 report I turned in last year.  2016 Salmon fishing was very poor until late July/August in Manistee, MI.  Then, fishing improved!

9/26/16  Standing inventory has been put on spreadsheet to firm up plans for 2017.  Low on meat heads is the immediate concern.  Need to order colors we're low on.
              Looking forward to 2017 with exciting new tackle enhancements.  This is the process of trends that were proven this year.  I know, I have reel-winners on the way!!
              Interior project on my boat is time consuming.  Should be putting my boat back together by this time next week.  Will be spraying bedliner later this week when the temps climb to 70 and above.  Only delay is the time to let the bedliner cure properly.  According to the manufacturer full cure is 7 days at 68 degrees and above. 
              So, that sets me up for chasing October Steelhead on Lk. MI well into Nov.  This year, with enclosed an cooling system can fish Lk. MI into December with the right weather.

9/25/16  More progress on removing the carpeting from my 1979 22' Sea Ray.  Moved to prep the all surfaces to be spray with bedliner.  Progress is slow.  Reward will come when this difficult project is completed by next weekend (hopefully). Click boat Day 2

9/24/16  Day 2 on the boat project has moving towards surface prep.  Part of the floor has been sanded & all the old carpet is gone.  Time consuming chore is removing a thick layer of latex adhesive that should never be used on a boat.  Click boat interior pulled
               Sea Ray rightfully, used contact cement, not gobs of cheap latex carpet glue by one of the previous owners looking for a quick/cheap cosmetic fix and sale.
              Bait has moved in off Manistee and that's super good news.  Some next year's Kings are being caught with a few Steelhead.  Look for this to improve a lot in the next couple 3 weeks.  By then, my boat will be done and fishing again!

9/23/16  Day 1, 3 hours on interior upgrade for my 1979 22' Sea Ray.  Pulled the seats, rods, dinette, cockpit cushions, motor box, and a pile of fishing tackle incidentals.  Enough stuff was removed to fill-up 1/2 a bay in my fairly large pole barn.
              Yanked up most of the old nasty carpeting out that covered the floor and ran up inside the gunnels.  This was a job from hell with adhesive that had 40 some years to cure.
              Today's task is to finish removing all the old carpet, batteries, and get the vee berth cleaned out entirely. Click, pic 1, the beginning

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