31 Contender "Dream Overhaul" begins.

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  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,205 Admiral
    edited September 2019 #32
    The grander has always been my favorite yacht, so we are following the scheme exactly. Ordered the paint today, the exact custom mixtures of Alex seal mixed in Germany. Hull and cap are the two colors here. All metal powdercoated black, only cheating on the real teak deck. Instead it will be faux teak Seadek.


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  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,205 Admiral
    Glassed tanks in this morning. Ready for hoses, sending and bonding wires.


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  • jmac7469jmac7469 Posts: 132 Deckhand
    That my friend is the way tanks should be installed! 
  • PangamanPangaman Posts: 758 Officer
    I left out a sending unit when I redid my tank. My last tank the ethanol ate right through the aluminum sending unit in a couple of years and started leaking. Now I just fill my tank before I fish and then just calculate the amount burned. Usually within a gallon when I refuel.
  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,205 Admiral
    edited September 2019 #36
    We did something today we thought was original, and found out later today Contender is doing it on their newest boats. We cut channels out between the stringers and the bilge, that any moisture between the tanks and deck could easily roll off.



    Then I did a dry fit of the rigging pipes, and wired the bonding and senders. Each has it's own pipe, everything will be easily serviced. You might also notice service loops, completely sealed senders and bonding tabs, extra main rigging tube, etc.



    Tomorrow..... fuel lines and maybe even start on the deck! Got some mods coming for hatches and such that are going to be awesome. 
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  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,205 Admiral
    edited September 2019 #37
    Deck going in...




    Rhodan pad getting glassed in and double sized bilge hatch nearing completion....





    Deck seams grounded  showing rock solid connections....


    Anchor holder being sized and glassed in with shelf to protect speakers below...





    Aforementioned speaker holes cut...



    Hatch restoration nearing completion....


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  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,205 Admiral
    The console tub is complete and ready to go in.

    Final sanding and spot priming has begun.


    The boxes that allow plumbing to the forward ballast/fresh tanks have been glassed in.




    My old truck was too small to pull this 11,000lb boat, so I had to upgrade. This should pull it good!


    Should begin painting thursday!
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  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,205 Admiral
    At this point, we had 3 coats of primer on her.




    Next, we black bombed it to show the tiniest imperfections. Then blocked and sanded, blocked and sanded some more.



    I also gel coated the bilge. You might notice 6 a1 fuel lines ready to go to 4 way selector valves for each engine. Any tank can feed any engine, 4th port is for an optional bladder with lines and quick connects ran to the bow.



    Next.... finally..... PAINT! Notice how all the pics look like a different color, just depending on how the light hits her. Anything from black, to medium grey, to even shiny silver.




    I've also begun networking with other 31 Contender/ 300 4.2 Yamaha owners for prop selection. Please chime in, I've added several more data points since I took this pic.


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  • gatortroutchampgatortroutchamp Posts: 150 Deckhand
    Dang it Tony,  I expect daily pictures to update us on your project.  It’s one of the few things I have to look forward.  Tighten up son!!!!!!
  • Cracker IICracker II Posts: 84 Greenhorn
    Cool metallic color.  I’ve had two dark hulls and water spots were a problem.  
  • Snatch-UmSnatch-Um Posts: 1,363 Officer
    You must water blade, shammie, or towel dry dark hulled boats to prevent spots.  Also using the high dollar wash and wax Orpine pays off and helps the water bead off.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 11,403 AG
    looks great 
    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • plumber1969plumber1969 Posts: 257 Deckhand
    WTH Tony??? Where is my boat ****?
    2013 Xpress H-18 115 Yamaha
    Camo'd out to hide from the fish better:cool:
  • LMKLMK Posts: 585 Officer
    Awesome work, looking forward to seeing what is next!!!
  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 6,374 Admiral
    That's going to be a hell of a nice boat.  Want to see finished product.
  • fsu11fsu11 Posts: 2,064 Captain
    We Want Updates!
  • gatortroutchampgatortroutchamp Posts: 150 Deckhand
    So did this 31 repossessed or what?  I come on here everyday hoping to see new pics of the rebuild process.....
  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,205 Admiral
    edited December 2019 #49
    No repressions here, I pay cash.

    Sorry for the lack of updates, paint has taken forever! We are finally done, minus a few touch ups, and a ton of buffing.

    The paint is unbelievable. The hull is dark grey, but in this light it looks jet black. The silver topsides change right before your eyes too, all the way to black. If you look towards the bow, and at the transom in these pics, you can see the effect I'm talking about.





    I just got most of the original hardware back, with a specail powdercoating that resists abrasion. Every metal on the entire boat will be black.



    The build updates should come much more frequently now, and things are about to get very interesting!
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  • cftsmokecftsmoke JacksonvillePosts: 216 Deckhand
    Good looking vessel.  See you out there
    2005 Everglades 290 Pilot.  Twin 250 Verados.
  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,205 Admiral
    We finally got her out of paint! 


    It's been hard to find time to work on her, but rigging has begun.


    Making a plan in the bilge....


    Exciting news, Yamaha has come on as a sponsor, I couldn't be more honored. We will be installing twin 4.2 300's soon for the ultimate in performance and reliability. 

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  • Snatch-UmSnatch-Um Posts: 1,363 Officer

    Looks great Tony...I can't tell from the picture but just making sure you're using the livewell pumps with the brass bases.  The plastic base ones will snap off over time causing serious issues on the water.


    -T

  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,205 Admiral
    Thanks! Only problem with the brass bases is they dont provide the extra plumbing I need. I'll support them somehow.

    Progress has continued to be painfully slow. I'm too busy to find time to work on it. A tad bit more rigging got done in the console.


    We marked out 25 rod holders on the gunnels, 14 of which are also cup holders.





    Mocking up fuel lines....




    All 3 tanks can supply either engine. The extra spot is for plumbing to a detachable bladder should I decide to go discover a new continent.

    Looks like a lot of late nights are in my near future, gonna have to sacrifice some family time if I want to finish this rig. Hope to pick up the pace. Ttop feet were marked today, Castaway Customs scans Seadek on Thursday. Bolsters have been started, ttop structure begins monday. May rig engines next week.... though I'm may be being a bit too ambitious right now lol.
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  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 6,374 Admiral
    It's going to be a great boat when you finish.
  • ColterColter Posts: 241 Deckhand
    Congratulations on the yamaha sponsor. That must feel great. 
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 11,403 AG
    Beautiful looking so far!  Love the color.   
    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
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