Sea Ray 1979 Reborn Page 2
UPS brought the new parts to rebuild the Power Winch 912. For less
then a 100 bucks I have a electric winch more than amply to load my new
rig with ease. Wired the truck with the new winch harness and
checked the trailer lights. Had lots of grief cutting 3 angles all at once
with the supports for the rigger board. Many cuts before John J
finally figured this out. Double compound angles is beyond my
expertise with wood.
5/27/07 Filled the many holes with Marine Tex. Left over stuff from when I had my Cherokee that was still good after 5 years. Laid out final design of a soon to be installed trolling board. Coming up with adequate bracing to deal with the stress of 12 pound cannon balls with 4 foot of leverage requires careful thought. On schedule to get the rig to Bear Lake Marine in 2 days!
5/28/07 Got some work-thru issues with steering, cuz once the main engine is turned off, you have to fight the power steering ram. This does not bode well for running the 15 hp four stroke Johnson OB under trolling conditions. Cleaned up some of the mess in the boat for tomorrow's hike to Bear Lake, MI, which is 27 miles from my place, or the best part of 20 bucks away at 3.50 a gallon.
5/29/07 Taking boat to Bear Lake for controls on the trolling motor and installing liftable trolling motor mount. Oiled the teak battery covers with ATF. It red and far less expensive than teak oil. ATF works as good and lasts just as long, if not longer.
5/30/07 Made the back splash panels to cover the transom area, they came out better that expected. Picked out the new cockpit side combing cushions and they look simply beautiful. Picked up a 20' piece of 7/8" stainless to make the bird pole stanchions and new rocket launcher for the hardtop top.
UPS brought me 2 new captains packs Big Jon riggers, went with BJ cuz they
are American Made (in Traverse City, MI). Assembled these.
Had a few days off from Project SR1979, as my boat was at Bear Lake Marine
getting the 15 hp. 4 stroke Johnson kicker hooked up. I now have turn key ignition
(elect. start), steering, shifter box, and a dash board instrument
gauge. This stuff was pricey, but all things are when you go first
class. If you figure in the trolling plate, controls and motor this whole
deal cost me about 4k. Overtime, I'll get most of this money back,
because this motor trolls on about half gallon per hour...or less.
Silently may I ad, cuz hearing this motor run is almost non existent
with zero noise and certainly NO smelly smoke, like from a 2 cycle
Pulled off all the stock Mercruiser steering apparatus in preparation of
installing a system that lends itself to a better autopilot and year of
trouble free precision boat control. Our fishing depends on how
easy the boat operates and fishes the big water. When my budget
allows, a new hydraulic autopilot will run the kicker back thru the main
outdrive steering. Hydraulic steering is almost effortless and the
new, "to be" installed cylinder ran 2 large rudders behind 520
hp on my former Cherokee. This Sea Star cylinder is articulated
where it mounts to the boat for compensating differing angles of tiller
arm, or rudder.
This can not be stressed enough, precision boat control with a vessel that
holds a true course & speed is the reel-deal when it comes to big
water fishing. Often anglers blame several reasons as to why their
catches suck, dreading to go to the fish cleaning tables with catches that
are almost downright embarrassing. If this happens to you, take a
good long, hard look at the way your boat trolls.
6/8/07 Started on the hardtop stanchions for what's called bird holders, these are vertical stacks of rod holders for planer boards, or lead core. Installing studs on the starboard side cockpit combing cushion. Engineering final placement of rear steering cylinder. Rigger board with cut-out for the controls/cables from the kicker motor is on today's list too. Generally, I only spend a couple of hours each day (or less) getting a few simple jobs done. There's no immediate rush, cuz I'm waiting on the final steering parts to arrive and there's enough light stuff to keep me busy until then.
Pulled off the cable steering completely in readiness for hydraulic.
Installed 7/8" SS steel tubing for bird holder that run from the gunnels
to the hardtop. Mounted fish box carrier, after checking closely for
clearance. Drilled out the main tiller arm from 3/8" to
1/2". Was just going to bush this, but egg-shaped wear in the hole
in the tiller arm meant I'd be a lot better off with a new hole perfectly
shaped round hole.