In episode 10, the crew at Marine Customs Unlimited get back to work on the 19-foot Cuda Craft. First, Austin was tasked with installing new rod holders throughout the gunnel. The catch? Because of the boat’s design and the location of the new rod holders, great care was needed to ensure the holders were angled correctly to protect the hull.
Up next, the Cuda Craft was sent to Steve for some custom rigging on two live wells. To properly rig the live wells, Steve had to ensure he drilled the correctly sized hole for the high speed pickup for each live well. These are designed to flow fresh water into the live well without continually running a pump.
Steve then attached a ball valve on top of the pickup, which provides added protection against water leaks if a pump breaks.
Steve then plumbs a spray head and overflow drain for each live well. He has some great tips to consider for boaters installing their own live wells. After the plumbing is complete, Steve installs aerators into each live well, which help keep bait alive and healthy.
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In this episode, we also learn about one man’s dreamboat – a 25-foot Mako – and watch as Steve rigs a pair of self-leveling trim tabs on a classic Boston Whaler. We also see the amazing conclusion to the 19-foot Cuda Craft!
The MCU team asked the professionals at TNT Customs Boat Works to make a custom pulpit for a windlass, which was installed on the bow of the Sea Cat by climbing inside to secure the pulpit in place. Once secured, the team then mounted an electronic drum-style retrieval system to help stop the line from tangling. After the work was complete, Brian water tested the new windlass.
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One of the first things the owner of the Cuda Craft did was remove the T-top. As a professional fishing guide in the Florida Keys, the owner wanted no obstructions, but rather a simple, clean boat.
After all the work to the deck and hull in episode 8, the crew needed to get back to the original task, which was renovating the center console.
The center console had a lot of holes and unnecessary areas for electronics the owner did not want. The team at MCU sanded downed the edges before patching the center console with fiberglass and resin.
After the center console was patched up, it was painted and reinstalled on the Cuda Craft.
Instead of drilling the center console back into the deck, the crew at MCU cut off the flange where it was previously screwed down and choose to glass the console to the deck – enhancing the boat’s performance and appearance.
The next step in the Contender remodeling project was rigging the engines. The prior rigging had a lot of spliced areas, with which the team at MCU did away.
Instead, they installed new 2-gauge wire from Pacer Group with no splices, after which they crimped on new battery cable ends that were secured with a heat gun. The new wiring will ensure a good power supply directly to the engines.
Steve then updated the electronics for the trim tabs. Previously, the old trim tab electronics were not auto contracting. To resolve this issue, they installed a new system by Bennett Electric.
The final step in this episode for the Contender was incorporating new upholstery. They chose a carbon fiber-finished material that matched the hull and center console – streamlining the boat’s appearance.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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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