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My First Boat
« on: January 04, 2011, 12:49:19 PM »
Just call me Skipper. :D sail_smiley

I've been saving my pennies and just picked up this little boat today. ;D  Craigslist has been peppered with these over the past couple of years and I just decided to pull the trigger.  This particular boat was not on CL.  I picked it up from a small boat shop.

It's a 1976 14' Aluminum V-hull.






The trailer is much heavier than I've seen on CL for these little boats.







The motor is a 1957 10hp Johnson and runs like a top. 8)






The inside is super clean though it does need a bit of attention.  The trolling motor is kaput and all of the wiring on the boat and trailer need replacing.  I'm picturing ERC for the bench seats and making an ERC grate for the floor.  That should keep our feet out of the puddles.






When the weather warms up, maybe I'll splash a coat of paint on it so we look high class puttering around the lake. ;D
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011, 01:01:25 PM »
That's a great find for a fishing boat, Metalspinner.  10horse is a plenty to get you around most lakes and will let you take advantage of smaller rivers and creeks that the big boats can't use.  Fourteen feet is just right for a Daddy and his Boy to use and a Momma can even show up now and again without making it tipsy.

My 14 foot was driven by a 9.5 Evinrude and it took me many a mile on a little bit of gasoline.   When I was a young fellow, down in Ft. Pierce, there was a saying that a Mercury would get you there first.  But, if you wanted to come home, you best have a Johnson or an Evinrude.  :D

One thing that comes in mighty handy on those little boats is a seat with a back on it.

You will find that the ERC grate in the bottom will make it a lot quieter too.

A 5 gallon bucket makes a great sea anchor.

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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2011, 01:24:42 PM »
Metalspinner

I've got an old Johnson 9.9 hp motor up at our cabin in Canada.  I don't know its age, maybe 5-10 years younger than yours by the look of the cover.  Check to see if the gas tank for the motor has the gas lines permantently attached to the tank - not able to be removed.  If so, these gas cans are getting scarce.  Their seal / gaskets are corroding or dry rotting over time, and, if they can't hold pressure, your motor stops running.  (As I recall the hoses are attached by a flat plate to the top of the can.) I obviously don't know what your motor's hook-up is, but you might perform a pressure test on the can or have someone at a marine repair shop to do it.  (My memory is a little foggy here, the plate may have been welded.???)

I had to buy a used one on eBay when ours went bad (approx. $60).  The word from our marina up north was that the motors run forever, but the gas cans are a continuing problem over time.  The guys at the marina did not consider them repairable, so the only solution was to by a used one.  I don't think that they were trying to get me to buy a new outboard, but you never know!  ;D  What was nice about the used one I purchased was its size....I think it only held 2.5 gallons as opposed to the 5 gallon size.  No need to carry around that much gas with these motors... you could fish for a week on 2.5 gallons, in my experience. 
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2011, 01:32:16 PM »
What a great fine Chris.  I see many hours of pleasure ahead.
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2011, 01:33:53 PM »
Yes, the old pressurized tanks are getting rare. they actually have two lines, thats a good way to tell what you have. Rather then suck gas from the tank, one line pressurizes and pushes gas up the other. They were done away with because they were deemed dangerous and replaced with the one line system. Around here they used to be in great demand by the demolition derby guys.
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2011, 02:05:51 PM »
Skipper! :D :D
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2011, 03:09:04 PM »
i had/ have an old johnson seahorse 18 hp. that uses that set up. when i got it the tank fitting was trash. i just put a new style end on the fuel side and hooked it to a new plastic tank. drilled a small hole in the new plastic tank and installed a small copper line that would shove up into the air side of the hose. that would pressurize the new tank.

i didnt stop to think that the plastic would not hold the pressure like the old metal tanks. about halfway accross the lake my dad was pointing back behind me all big eyed. when i looked around the plastic five gallon tank would have easily held 8.4 gallons :o

i learned to run the motor with the plastic tank by using the relief valve on top craked just a bit. motor ran fine and you could only hear the hissing at slow idle.

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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2011, 03:16:34 PM »
From what I can see in the pics, it looks like the two-line set-up.
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2011, 04:14:47 PM »
You have a great little boat.  8)


I have a 16' footer my brother has taken possession of and I have a 7.5 HP Evenrude. I think it's mid 80's model motor, upgraded from a 6HP Johnson. We used it salmon fishing with an anchor line to drift down through the salmon pools. My tank is one line with a primer bulb. The motor is like new and I have had offers, but not enough. ;D My boat has seen a lot of abuse and is 40 + years old, not as nice looking as yours metalspinner. ;D
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2011, 05:40:55 PM »
Are you going to get in the sinker cypress bussiness  ;D
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2011, 06:50:31 PM »
Next thing you know, Chris will be on Axmen  :D.
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2011, 06:52:46 PM »
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Are you going to get in the sinker cypress bussiness

 :D  On the test drive, we passed a couple of big 'ole logs in the water.  Don't think it didn't cross my mind. ::)


Doc,
The tank appears to be as you described - 2 lines, pressure bulb that needs to be primed,etc.  But there is a quick disconnect on the motor from the tank.  The tank held pressure while on the ride, but who knows for how long?


What do you guys think is the real danger of this pressurized system?
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2011, 06:54:17 PM »
WDH,
I try to do my best not to show up on the television.  For the most part, I have succeeded. :-X
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2011, 07:21:05 PM »

What do you guys think is the real danger of this pressurized system?

Explosion and fire. :D  Pressure and gas creates an explosive vapor. Leaks in the system make it available to an outside ignition source.

We ran them for years and never had an incident, and personally, I would not hesitate to run one again. Just make sure your hose and tank seals are in good condition. Cracks and checks in the hose and bulb can't be tolerated. I think the danger of getting stranded from a failed hose is greater then a fire.
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« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2011, 08:48:02 PM »
I remember my first boat too, enjoy yours Chris!

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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2011, 08:52:43 PM »
ive dragged a many fish over the side of a cheap little jon boat.  Good luck and have fun and thats a nice first boat. 
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2011, 10:54:27 PM »
Never had a problem, and I let my kids use it still.  If you are out running and she starts to miss and spurt, pump up the pressure in the can with the button or bulb(whichever you have) and she'll get you home.  I would not smoke around these units, however.
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« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2011, 11:19:41 PM »
And it came with a Johnson 8)
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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2011, 02:40:41 AM »

Metalspinner congrats on the boat, a good size as Tom said, good to get up those smaller creeks and tributaries.

Pasbuild that video had my wife and I laughing, one of the funniest i've heard in a long time, :D looks like I need to get a Johnson, pitty I don't have a real boat yet, only canoes.

 

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Re: My First Boat
« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2011, 05:45:01 AM »
Fishing from a Chestnut, Evenrude motor




Atlantic Salmon



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