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I always enjoy a good restoration or folks updating their rigs with progress pics. Figured I'd share a bit of what I started working on. 1995 ranger 690vs fisherman with 150 Mariner and a 9.8 tohatsu kicker. The gentleman dropped it off a few days ago and yesterday after getting everything done around the house was able to start messing with it. I work quite a bit so will be limited in my off time but hope to have done by June. Mostly cosmetic and getting things updated but has a few gauges not working and unfortunately was not expecting the trailer to need work as well (my least favorite part about boat maintenance). Also already pulled the trigger on a power dolly as angling and pushing this by myself into the garage which is on a decent incline takes everything I have vs my old boat.
Boats at the glass shop. Finished the compartments today, waiting to pick the trailer up so I can sand, paint, and fix some of the wiring while the shop works on the hull. Then just a few odds and ends on the boat, carpet main deck, and tuff coat the floor and a few trim pieces...guess a bunch left but it's been interesting none the less. Does appear ranger takes things to another level. Compartment lids are 2 piece design with carpet sandwiched between. Made getting the old rivets and carpet out a pretty big challenge for a rather simple task otherwise.
Thanks, it's been a fun project to fill the days when I'm off work. I think it's fair to say after 25 years of hard fishing the carpet turns to 90% dust/sand, 5% fibers, 5% glue that's turned to concrete. So far the only big expense was the quote from the fiberglass shop where it is now and I underestimated the cost of some of the supplies in regards to tuff coating the floor, trailer, and some trim pieces that I thought would be easier and look better using the tuff coat instead of recarpeting them.
I'm kind of going along with the vinyl floor idea. I'm going to use a product called tuff coat, it's a non skid rubberized coating made for boats, have to use a 2 part primer beforehand, seems like good stuff. The tuff coat is going on the floor, trailer, and a few places that were previously carpeted. Only carpeting the front deck and compartment lids. After the last boat don't think I'll ever do carpet on the floor again.
Trailer time, turns out is more work than the boat itself it feels like, almost all 20 bunk bolts had to be cut minus the 3 or 4 that just snapped when turned. On my first beer break for the day. New bunks, some new hardware, new roller, needs wiring figured out on driver side (not working), new paint...good stuff haha. Will try to have the bunks carpeted and mounted and trailer primed tonight. Temps kind of messing things up as I had to wash and degrease after sanding for the primer I'll be using to adhere. May have to leave in garage with space heater and prime after work tomorrow. Few pics from today. Also, saw the boat being worked on at the glass shop and is looking really good, crazy the difference it already looks new (should have got some pics of it).
Some update shots. Spent a lot of time at the hull shop, long story but they didn't do the whole job and need to finish the bottom of the hull so taking back this week. In the mean time got the inside painted, carpet down and lots of stuff back on. Some wiring, odds and ends including a new shock absorbing drivers seat I didnt get to today, fuel gauge/tach wiring issues even after a new fuel gauge and fuel sending unit (which required I drill a 6" hole and put an access panel on the front deck, and ran the motors but not getting water out the main so looks like I'll be doing an impellor/water pump. I guess seems like a lot still haha but it's come a really long way.
Thanks, its been a journey. Spent most of yesterday working on it again, got the drivers seat on, more accessories put on, and worked on cleaning glue off the lids that was bothering me. I will admit I made a gigantic mistake yesterday, 10/10 screw up and drilled screws through my hull. Funny how things work out, since the shop messed up not finishing the job I had to take it back in anyways so will see about them fixing my mess up. I was putting a cup holder and tool tray under the console down by where my right leg would be, I thought that's where I had removed them originally. I was clearly wrong as I sent SEVERAL 1/2 inch long screws right through my hull to the outside of the boat. Was really painful to find what I had done. I enjoy projects but I'm starting to get burned out a bit from this one. I have a few more parts and things to get done and will look forward to fishing it this fall. The wife is due with our first son in July so won't be able to use until then anyways.
Haven't had any updates as I've been without the boat. The glass shop has had it longer than I've had it since owning this thing. I've actually been pretty unhappy with the work on the boat by the shop, they did decent up top but never filled in gouges/scrapes on the sides and the bottom of the hull still isnt right, an employee told me to be careful that it may take on water if I let it sit docked for more than a day or so (said lots of old patch work on it) then recommended a 1200 dollar service. I'm thinking isn't this why I paid you 1000's of dollars to fix? Also the boat clearly spent weeks outside and is covered with caked on fiberglass dust from other jobs while being in the shop. I could go on a laundry list of issues I had with the shop to include offering an "experimental" fix for my hole mistakes in the side to only charge me materials but then try to charge me whole price and when I ask immediately jumps to half the cost because he remembered all of a sudden talking to the owner that it was materials only, but what I paid was clearly over material cost but at the point I just wanted my boat back and to never see/use that shop again. So for the first weekend back I replaced water pump/impellor, new plugs, changed gear oil, started from scratch and ran all new wires for the fuel gauge which required I drill holes in the compartments to run said wires, now finally works great but bypassed ignition power source so it's now hooked to a toggle switch on dash, nav lights quit working so ran new wires for those (metal coat hanger unwound for the win on that), some new anti skid material up on the bow near the trolling motor finally replaced, and started fixing the lower hulls pits/tiny holes etc. Also realized when trying the terrova out that I mounted it back slightly to far so wouldnt deploy and had to remount (probably a dozen holes on the bow so hard to tell which were the set last used, this also threw off the anti skid material up front so had to put more down but makes it look a bit off now) I've decided to redo the lower hull myself I'm so unhappy with it so going to prep and paint once supplies come in. Only issue is lifting a 19' boat off a trailer in the driveway, planning to jack up by rear tow eyes and see where that gets me. Also strongly contemplating doing a wrap so I don't have to look at all the scratches and gouges in the hull. Long post and sorry not many pics which I know are my favorite part of checking out folks rebuilds or projects. Do have a pic of my lower unit with found dead stink bugs and twirly seed thing which somehow found its way in there, new impellor did fix the issue and does now have water exiting the motor. Had a 2nd wind Sunday evening so went ahead and trimmed all my atwood rod holders, if you don't dremel or remove part of the holder you can't put it at a lower angle allowing the rod tip to be submerged, bottom 2 show modified vs factory limiting angle.
Sorry to hear of your woes with the repair shop. Stinks that some of the folks there seem to think you gave them a blank check.
You may want to call Ranger and let them know that you want to lift your boat slightly off the trailer and ask what they recommend. You may have to find a way to jack it up in small increments while distributing the pressure more evenly along the hull and perhaps place dense foam blocks between the bunks and hull while avoiding any point loading. Also, those are tow eyes, not lifting eyes so you may want to ask Ranger about that as well. Rigging, lifting, and pulling hardware generally have limitations that don't allow much force very far outside a horizontal line of pull.
Last Edit: Jul 20, 2020 11:08:34 GMT -5 by Heiz: clarification
Good suggestion, the shop I took it to said they were going to raise by the transom and bow eye hooks to work on it this go around, though used straps the first time. I tried to research a bit too and saw some other posts from different boards where guys who work in the industry said they do move boats at the factory by these hooks with motors attached to put on trailers and another who also noted a hull shop doing the same thing by using these points, though with my luck I do have concern doing this.
always built things by one rule.........you'll never know when you have to much BUT you'll always know when you have to little.........
Yeah the too little is what concerns me haha. Haven't decided on a solid plan. I used to wrench on cars so have a couple heavy duty floor Jack's and borrowing a 3rd and rebuilt my deck over the summer so have tons of extra wood to figure something out. Have read a fair amount about ideas on lifting it how guys block it (which I'm not going to commit to that) but gives ideas of raising it off the trailer. I think once I prep what I can reach just getting under the bunks is the goal, even if it's 4 inches or so. May actually disconnect bunks and use to lift a side at a time, I'm sure I'll figure something out. Installing courtesy lights and a nice set of TH marine LEDs I was gifted in the spring. Have a few flush LEDs that I put around the boat to simply fill holes for accessories no longer in use that looked bad otherwise. Last 3 things to cross off are the LEDs, lower hull, and wrap if I go that route, then we see if she even floats haha.
Finished the lights Friday. Prepped the lower hull, "fixed" a dozen spots that looked deep or had exposed glass. Pretty sure the shop didn't even touch the bottom of the hull and just thought maybe I wouldn't look, I can't imagine they think I wouldn't look it over. Sunday I'll sand the spots I touched up and put my first coat of paint on. Going to try and use an airless paint gun and see if that makes things any easier.