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01-05-2020 12:32 PM
SailFishCostaRica Got the Tuna Tubes painted black on the inside. I find that is calms the bait down a bit, and they seem to last longer. Especially in the tuna tubes, we have a lot of trouble in white tubes with them kicking alot more in the white tubes. We need them to just sit still and wait until we need them!

12-22-2019 12:18 PM
SailFishCostaRica Not too much to show, just a lot of priming lately. Got everything faired out and primed.

And my favorite part, I love the new live well setup!!

12-15-2019 12:53 PM
SailFishCostaRica I think Harold is getting better at these! Got the transom cut out and the live well, tuna tube combo in the transom now! I think I said something about it last time, but there is no PVC in the box and it has a tank that equalizes the flow of water to all the tubes. And then overflows to the live well, so you only need one pump (rule 3800).

Another important detail for anybody trying to copy us, is we mount the pump on the lowest part of the hull. There is just a short thru-hull, a 90 and then a 4 inch hose before the pump. The rule 3800 is a great pump IF you keep it primed. That means when you back down on fish, the bubbles like to cause an airlock in the line before the pump. The only solution that we have found so far is to not have much hose in front of the pump. So I try to keep the distance from the hull to the pump less than 9 inches, and the pump is sitting on the hull at the lowest spot where there is no turbulence under boat while running (not by propellers).

Not much to explain. We just cut out the transom where it goes and then glassed it in as much as we could.

Then we added faired it out

Should be painting next week, almost done!
12-13-2019 12:50 PM
fishinguy This is a great thread. How's that orange boat doing at raising fish?
12-13-2019 12:15 PM
SailFishCostaRica Sorry, been really bad at posting lately! Got the season in full swing, lots of boats fishing everyday, just putting the final touches on the house and keeping Harold on track on the Fandango! Fishing has been off the charts as well, John W released a pair of Blue Marlin the other day and 4 nice Yellowfin Tuna all in the same trip!

Here's some progress pictures on the boat. We redid the console out of Diviny Cell

And then we added a door jamb in the back

And then got it all mounted up top! We didn't bolt it in yet, we were just marking where the tower grabs it so we can pull out the foam and replace it with chopped fiberglass/cabosil so we can tighten it up.

Then we moved on to the seating. I don't know why these look soo small in the pictures, both of these boxes are pretty big in real life. We will get some pads made for them and for the motor box, something where 5 people can comfortably sit and relax while waiting on the bites. We are also putting together a nice fighting chair for this thing, so that'll be another place to hang out and watch the lures.

And then unrelated to boats but exactly what a man needs after working in the shop I hooked up my 400K BTU jacuzzi heater last night. The old jacuzzi heater was 15K BTU and took 24 hours to heat up the jacuzzi so we had to leave it on full time when the house was full of fishermen. The new one heats up in 4 minutes. Been spending the nights on the balcony when the house is empty, listening to the ocean and soaking in the hot water!

12-05-2019 12:28 AM
Originally Posted by Crossroads View Post
John see if you can make the customer seating area like it is on the Stress Reeliever I. That boat is much more comfortable for old farts than Sress Reeliever II.
For sure, we need some big padded areas to sit. We are going to add some seating up front pretty similar to the SR1!
12-04-2019 10:32 PM
Crossroads John see if you can make the customer seating area like it is on the Stress Reeliever I. That boat is much more comfortable for old farts than Sress Reeliever II.
11-30-2019 12:35 AM
SailFishCostaRica And then that leaves us with the console. It doesn't look too bad in the first picture, but in the second you can see that it is mud and paint.

So we cut a piece of corecell the same size as the top:

And used the paint covered mud as a mold and pulled off a fiberglass copy. We just went with two layers of 1708 as it really doesn't have to be crazy strong and light is better. The original was thin plywood and Mat 8oz glass, so this will be much better.

And then glassed the piece for the top

And then cut off the excess glass and stuck the top to the bottom

And then we cut a piece of corecell and stuck it on the bottom, still have to glass it but it's getting closer. We are going to cut the back part hopefully tomorrow and then glass the whole thing and stick it where it goes!!!

Hopefully this coming week we can get everything finished on contruction part and start fairing. December is here and we would like to get the boat in the water by January!
11-30-2019 12:27 AM
SailFishCostaRica At the same time as we have the wall going, we also decided to make a live well / tuna tubes on the back transom. Before it had one in the hull under the floor, and it was just a livewell and no tubes. Since we are usually out there with the radar going chasing schools of Yellowfin Tuna, we need tuna tubes for bonita.

So we have this mold for this thing in the shop, so we pulled off another one.

Then we cut the transom so that it fits. It isn't glued to the transom yet, just rough fitted.

And then while we are doing that, we have the tube molds that we pull 4 tubes off of:

Then with that looking good, we add the tubes into the inside of the live well. We do not put any PVC on the tubes, just cut the bottom open and seal the box they go in. ANd then on the bottom of the live well, we put a thru hull and make a little wall in the back corner so that it fill up both sides with the tubes in it at the same time. The idea is to equalize the pressure so you don't get two good tubes and two bad tubes. The more area and friction you put between the water in and the base of the tube, the more equalized the pressure is. This design worked great on the Blue Daze, so we are going with it again here. And we will stick a rule 3800 pump on it for the 4 tubes and we'll be golden!

11-30-2019 12:16 AM
SailFishCostaRica Alright, I'm a little behind as it's been slammed lately! There were three areas of the boat that I thought sucked. I hate the live wells in the floor. We got some surprise rot on the back cabin wall, and the upstairs console was thinly fiberglassed mud.

This was totally painted and nice looking when we bought it, but we were taking the door off to paint the door and found that the wall was pretty much just paint and mud.

So we cut it out

Luckily all the inside boards were in good shape, just the plywood on the wall. So we made some new walls out of corecell with a single layer of 1708.

And then put a layer of MicroSpheres mixed with Gelcoat on it.

Pretty easy job, didn't take too long, and now it won't rot again and it's lighter. Nothing too difficult (sense I'm not the one that has to sand it!)
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