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Re: On to my next reservoir boat - My Ouachita 16 footer
« Reply #30 on: August 21, 2016, 10:14:13 AM »
Wow!  Old Betsy is getting a nice makeover!

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« Reply #31 on: August 21, 2016, 07:40:18 PM »
Yessiree.  Wearing me out and taking me broke but she will be awesome.
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« Reply #32 on: August 22, 2016, 07:19:33 PM »
I didn't get as much done today as I would have liked because work asked me to come in for awhile today.  Since I would be short on time this week I said yes.  Worked until 2 PM and started working on the boat after I ate.
I plumbed in the starboard side PVC tubing and ran the wiring for the bow light, front df/ff/GPS and the bilge pump.  I still have to run the wires for the stern light and rear df/ff.  Here is a pic of the PVC tubing on the right side.  You can see the T going in the side of the box on the left.


I am going to Lowe's to get some more supplies tomorrow and see what they have for tie downs for the PVC. 
You can see the boxes will be just visible over the stern.  Boxes are 11.5 inches tall to clear the batteries.  I have a top made for the port side box and the starboard side one will be done soon.  Here is how it looks from the stern.

As you can see in the pic above I have installed the thru hull fitting in the stern.  This will be connected to a 500 gallon per hour pump seen in some other pics I have posted.  I need to remove it so I can sand and paint the transom and the other side of the boat.  Waiting for a string of about five days where I don't have to cover the boat.  Here's another pic from inside.

I am off tomorrow and plan on working on it most of the day.  I found out today that 8 gauge wire does not like 90 degree bends.  Tomorrow I will pick up two 45 degree ones for that side.  I think I am also going to get some flat red spray paint to do the PVC.
More work and more pictures to come.
« Last Edit: September 09, 2016, 06:04:35 PM by Kris »
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Re: On to my next reservoir boat - My Ouachita 16 footer
« Reply #33 on: August 23, 2016, 09:39:42 PM »
1. Finished plumbing both battery boxes and installed both. 
2. Ran the stern light wires to the panel area and installed base.
3. Ran the bilge pump wires to the panel area and epoxied the base in.
4. Painted first coat on the lid for the 24 inch port side battery box.


Tomorrow
1.  Install the pump to base and wire the bilge pump.
2.  Install the batteries and make the connecting cables.  Install  two Circuit Breakers, a 50 and a 60 amp.
3.  Install the TM and cut the above and below deck Azek.  Might have to get longer bolts.
4.  Wire the bow mount TM socket.  Still need to figure out if I am using the Bass Pro or the Marinco.


Tomorrow or Thursday
I have a Retina Specialist appointment tomorrow so I may not get it all done.  Don't go into work until late on Thursday so I will finish whatever I need to.  I also need to install the wires to the switch panel and that shouldn't take all that long.  Also installing a fuse, probably 20/30 amp at the battery, just in case.
Boat may go in the water on Sunday at Piney Run for its Maiden Voyage.  I just need to verify all my stuff is done before water hits the hull. 
So much water, so many fish, so little time.

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Re: On to my next reservoir boat - My Ouachita 16 footer
« Reply #34 on: August 24, 2016, 07:15:02 AM »
Wow, impressive work.  I look forward to the maiden voyage!
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« Reply #35 on: August 24, 2016, 04:29:15 PM »
Thanks Bryan.  It may not be the prettiest up close but it is functional.
Didn't get as much done as I wanted to this morning.  Had to come in about 1230 and get ready for my Retina Specialist appointment.  Wiring is almost done at the switch panel, still have to hook up power and ground to battery.  Also have to connect the automatic for the bilge pump to the positive.  Started working on the trolling motor but found it will take some planning because of supports under that front deck.  Back at work on tomorrow morning..
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« Reply #36 on: August 25, 2016, 02:09:03 PM »

Tomorrow or ThursdayI had my Retina Specialist appointment yesterday and that pretty much killed working on the boat yesterday afternoon.  I did get quite a bit done today.  I got all four batteries installed and wired up.  Here is a pic of the port side 24 inch box with the batteries installed and wired.

You can see the battery straps in this pic which I think are very nice for the job.  What you can't see is they run under a plastic battery tray that is screwed down to the bottom of the box.  I don't trust it.  So in the next picture you will see where I used some stainless steel retainers to make sure the batteries don't come loose.

I feel a lot safer with them holding the batteries down.  I used these in the Grumman to hold the plastic battery boxes in place.  Also using them in the Ranger when I get around to working on it.  Here is a picture of the starboard side box with batteries installed and wired for 24V.  A little explanation of the box  afterward.

All the way in the back you can see the 50 amp circuit breaker recommended by Minn Kota for the Traxxis 70 I am running on the stern.  Next compartment is the two batteries.  Next compartment is a small storage area.  the white board you see is Starboard, plastic sheet goods.  I decided to block of the area where the switch panel is to keep from dropping something down there and shorting something out.  It does have a cover that appears in the next picture.

I also got the starboard side box cover made today.  Not painted yet but still functional.  I installed Anderson Power Pole connectors, 75 amp version for the transom mount motor so it is removable like the Grumman.  Here is a pic of the cover.

As you can see I put a coat of paint on the boxes before I put the cover on it today.  I may wait until after the Maiden Voyage to paint the lid on the long box.  I did get the piece of Azek cut that will go under the trolling motor.  I always put something under the TM when I put a boat together.  I didn't get the chance to install the mount and motor because I have to work this evening.  I am off tomorrow and that will be easy to install.  Power is already run to the bow socket, I used the Bass Pro one since there was already a plug on the TM for it.
Maiden Voyage is coming closer and it looks like maybe I will make it.  More work, more pics.
« Last Edit: September 09, 2016, 07:14:06 AM by Kris »
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« Reply #37 on: August 26, 2016, 04:50:29 PM »
Been working on the boat since about 8AM and finally called it quits about 430PM. 
First job this morning was getting the bow mount TM installed.  I had looked at several ways of installing it but went for the usual, control head inside the boat and the trolling motor almost centered on the bow.  I usually put a sheet of 1/8 or 1/4 inch aluminum under the TM to tighten up the deck and stop some rattles that always show up.  This time I used a 5/4 piece of Azek, plastic wood, instead.  My hopes were to get the trolling motor prop clear of the deck.  This MK TM will not clear.  Here is a pic of the installed motor.

Next I wanted to get the bow light and the bow eye installed.  Well I got the bow light installed and wired the switch panel where I had some problems yesterday.  After that I kept looking for where I was going to install the Lowrance Elite 5 HDI I bought for this boat.  I thought maybe the front deck would be too far away to make it useful.  Down on the floor in front of the TM pedal might be good but too much risk falling over it or breaking it or me.  I finally decided to mount to the inside of the gunwale on the Ram Mount I bought for it.  I think that will make it useful and easier to see.  Here is a pic.


I had decided to use the Bass Pro socket because the TM already had their plug on it, but.......  I was having so much trouble getting it plugged in that I said GONE.  I cut it off and installed the Marinco that I had here.  Happier with that install anyway.

Foot pedal seems to sit real nice in the TM pedal pan.  I want to try it out before I screw it down and find out if I need to move the pan further forward or leave it alone.

I am really happy about the way this is turning out.  I really want it in the water on Sunday but I think I might wait until Monday because of less traffic.  I checked all the circuits and everything works as it should. 
Not much more work but will keep up with the pictures until is is done and painted.

« Last Edit: September 09, 2016, 07:07:34 AM by Kris »
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« Reply #38 on: August 28, 2016, 04:15:07 PM »
Today I got caught up on all the little things I wanted to do before her Maiden Voyage.  When I brought her home from my Brother in Law's I noticed the tail lights were flickering.  So I hooked up the truck and I didn't have any trailer lights.  I checked all the grounds and the connector at the truck but nothing seemed wrong.  I sanded all the grounds before putting them back together and spread the pins in the connector a little to make sure I had contact, still no lights.  I pulled the harness out of the tongue so I could check it for problems, everything is good.  Checked the rest of the wiring back to the lights and all that looked good.  I was about ready to pull out the new harness that I have and noticed something.  This old trailer is a TILT trailer.  On a hunch I ran a jumper wire from the tongue to the rear section of the trailer and guess what, lights.  Evidently there was no electrical connection from the white ground wire on the tongue to the rear section.  Once I restored it, all is well.
I also promised to put up pictures of the CE Smith lights on top of the bow guides.  Here is the view from behind the trailer.

This is what you will see in the rear view mirrors.

I still have a lot of adjusting and painting but I think she is ready for the water tomorrow.  Still not sure what I am going to do with cleats because I can't get under the gunwale to put washers and nylock nuts on them.  Tomorrow I will use the bow eye and a line around the rear seat pedestal to secure it to the dock.  Just want to see how water ready she is.  Yes, the 500 gallon an hour bilge pump works.
« Last Edit: September 09, 2016, 07:01:45 AM by Kris »
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Re: On to my next reservoir boat - My Ouachita 16 footer
« Reply #39 on: August 29, 2016, 01:00:10 PM »
Well, the Ouachita's Maiden Voyage is complete.  She passed her test with flying colors.  Three hours on the water this morning and NO water in the boat.  PERFECT!

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Re: On to my next reservoir boat - My Ouachita 16 footer
« Reply #40 on: August 29, 2016, 01:41:34 PM »
Congrats Kris!  This is terrific!
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« Reply #41 on: September 03, 2016, 06:45:06 AM »
My  Bass Club took advantage of Piney Run being open late last night for a tournament.  Four boats launched and fished starting at 5PM.  Park was open until 11 or Midnight but we called it done at 10. 
I thought fishing would be tough because we were on the backside of a cold front.  It was a little windy, about 8 miles an hour, but I thought that would subside as it got dark.  It did.  I remember someone telling me once that "if it's blowing 10 mph on Piney Run, stay home".  So I figured we would have an ok night fishing and we did.  Two caught two fish with the largest 18.5 inches.  Three caught one fish and the balance didn't catch any.  I did catch one just before dark, 14.5, on a TR worm by an old beaver hut.
Oh yea, the boat.  It worked great.  Again, NO water in the bilge.  Two people can move around in the boat easily and it's comfortable.  I really like the 24V Minn Kota Traxxis 70 on the stern.  Not the fastest boat on the water but I don't need to go 70+ anymore.  I did see that the bow mount would push the boat 1.27 mph in steady cruise on power level 3 where it stays most of the time.  Needless to say I am very happy with my Ouachita.
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Re: On to my next reservoir boat - My Ouachita 16 footer
« Reply #42 on: September 03, 2016, 11:21:56 PM »
This is GREAT news man.  Congrats on a job well done!
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« Reply #43 on: September 06, 2016, 05:52:03 PM »
I have gotten some more paint and other little things done.  Got to get more paint this week to finish the port side, gunwales and the rest of bow deck.  I have to remove the fishing rod holders I reinstalled.  I need to finish the first coat of oil base enamel on the gunwales and then figure where to add the sand paint to create safe walking areas.  Front deck will have sand on almost the whole surface.  The gunwales will get sand from the edge of the interior to the weld line behind the rub rails.  Floor will get painted with sand leaving a half inch or so space from the seat pedestals, TM pedal pan all the way to the aluminum strip.  From the aluminum strip back to the stern will also get sand except for around the pedestal.
Still undecided if I am going to stay with this paint, Magic Paint Co. Red from TSC.  I think this paint is too thick to start with.  Says it is a gloss but is more like a satin finish.  I had seen a review by someone who had said that it was not a gloss finish which I thought might be the best since it might cut down on reflection.  I might just sand this paint with some 320 grit and use one of the other "agricultural colors" they have for farm equipment.  They have lots of reds to choose from.  I used Ford Industrial Gray and Blue on the Grumman which turned out great.
I also have to finish painting the PVC bow guides to those CE Smith lights.  I am also covering the area around the tail light bracket with black bunk carpet.  This will keep the bracket from scratching the boat.
More work, more pictures.

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Re: On to my next reservoir boat - My Ouachita 16 footer
« Reply #44 on: September 07, 2016, 10:36:08 AM »
Wow she looks great! How are you charging the batteries?