In this episode, the team remodels the dash panel, rigs new Yamaha Outboard engines and installs beautiful black TACO Rub Rail with a stainless-steel insert.
Here’s an exclusive clip with the 31-foot Contender.
We also jump back in the warehouse with the 21-foot Paramount, which needed a complete overhaul from the inside out, including replacing the stringers, installing a new transom, replacing the boat cap and now painting the bottom.
Before they can paint the bottom, the team at MCU needs to do some fiberglass work to the bottom of the hull – smoothing out any trouble areas that may diminish the boat’s on-the-water performance and give it a perfect running surface.
To smooth out the hull, a straight edge is placed along the bottom to determine the high and low areas. Any low areas are marked and sanded down. Once the low sections are prepped for new fiberglass, the bottom outlines are traced on paper – providing the pattern from which to cut new fiberglass.
The fiberglass pieces are soaked in resin before being applied to the boat bottom. Once dry, the new fiberglass areas are sanded smooth and the bottom painted.
Here’s an exclusive clip with the 21-foot Paramount.
This episode also features a fully-remodeled 46-foot 1977 Whiticar named “Sabre,” which is now worth a staggering $1 million, and a project for a local environmental studies center that needed a new power pole installed on its boat “River Scout.”
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To install the GS 280s, Steve Altenhoff with Marine Customs Unlimited had to create new holes through the hardtop for the outrigger base and mounting screws.
The boat’s owner wanted the outrigger mounts installed as far back on the hardtop as possible while also having enough hand clearance to use the outrigger handles. Steve carefully measured the length of the outrigger handle and the hardtop from the outside and backside edges to find the ideal location to install the outrigger mounts.
After drilling the main hole for each mount, Steve recommends aligning the outriggers as straight as possible before marking and drilling the mounting screw holes.
Steve then removed the base prior to drilling the mounting holes. Once all eight holes were drilled, Steve applies a bead of caulk around the main hole to prevent water from reaching the exposed fiberglass before inserting the mount, attaching a backing plate and tightly securing the screws.
Lastly, Steve attached the GS 280 handles, tested the rotation and then began attaching the pair of Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles.
Because it’s the boat owner’s first time using outriggers on Trophy, Steve rigs each pole for a single line using the TACO Standard Rigging Kit.
With rigging complete, the boat is now ready for some serious fishing!
Watch the exclusive clip below and find full Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat episodes 1 through 5 at YouTube.com/tacomarine.
The professionals at Marine Customs Unlimited continue their work on a 31-foot Contender called “Better Dayz,” which needed new fuel tanks and a host of other upgrades after being damaged in a hurricane.
They begin by taking the fuel tanks to TNT Custom Boat Works to have the tanks cleaned and powder coated. To powder coat the tanks, the team at TNT use a process called Electrostatic Spray Disposition, which evenly coats the tanks in a chemical powder.
After the powder is applied, the tanks are placed into an oven for 12 minutes, where the powder is melted to form a hardened surface. The tanks are then reinstalled and sealed into the boat using a unique hardened foam.
Here’s an exclusive clip.
The Florida Sportsman team then meets with Jeff, Dalton and Mason Toole to discuss their completely remodeled 1987 16-foot Alumacraft.
More than just a dreamboat, dad Jeff tells how his oldest son, Dustin, purchased the Alumacraft when he was 18 years old with the goal of remodeling the boat. Sadly, Dustin passed away in a car accident before he got to complete his dreamboat.
In honor of Dustin, Jeff, alongside sons Dalton and Mason, remodeled the boat over the course of 10 months – turning the craft into what Dustin had ultimately envisioned.
The Toole family extended the front deck, added gunnels on each side, extended the rear deck, replaced the transom, replaced the outboard motor, remodeled the mini tower and helm, replaced the fuel tank and batteries, incorporated brand new SeaDek throughout and added an array of other custom touches in memory of Dustin and his vision for the boat.
Watch an exclusive clip with the Toole family below.
In minute 4:30, Robert Souza with Marine Customs Unlimited talks about installing new TACO Vinyl Rub Rail – choosing the color black to tie into the new custom paint job and dash panel renovation.
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