They hauled out the dirt and gave it a wash.

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At this point, they decided to do a leak test to see if the boat was worth salvaging.

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The leak test revealed a big leak in the front spine area.

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They let the boat dry, and then went over it with a wire brush and scraper to remove old paint and grime to get a closer look at things.

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They drilled and re-riveted the raised spine area and went over it with Marinetex.

BCell4u says, “If you look closely you can see where the spine is bent (that's where the rivets were loose and aluminum was slightly cracking.”

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Next they used some sealer to seal some rivets.

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First coat of primer done! Looking good…

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Next they used Rustoleum marine paint for the top coat.

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And added a second coat.

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Time for more cleaning and more prepping!

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And time for more Marine Tex.

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Prepping to prime the hull.

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First coat of primer on the hull done!

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While they were priming, they went ahead and primed the trailer too.

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Painting the hull.

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And nice new paint on the trailer, too. Nice!

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Painting done? Check!

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The boat needed new seats.

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They cut some plywood for the seats, and added a floor to make it easier to walk on.

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After the pieces were just the right size, they added some carpet to cover the plywood.

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Next they installed the new seats and floor in the boat.

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Getting there..

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They got a good deal on a motor, fish finder and battery charger from a friend. $200.

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Got it all mounted..

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The boat needed a new cap, a new board for the engine (which they sealed) and some new lights.

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Almost done. But they would add one more thing…

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A Bimini Top, which they got off eBay. What a beauty!

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Here’s the boat in the water.

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Action shot :-)

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Here is his tally of most of his costs.

He says the project cost about $800 give or take, plus about 10-14 days of working on it (or one week if he worked on it full-time.)  For comparison sake, he thought it would have cost about $2000 to $3000 if he had to purchase a fixer-upper boat and materials.

For more details, check out the Reddit post, particularly the comments.  There is a rather lengthy discussion on the impeller blade, with several commenters suggesting he replace it for safety reasons.  The original poster thanked the commenters and said he will look into replacing it, along with a few other things that people suggested.

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