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One Mans Trash Is Another Mans Treasure?

Discussion in 'Boat Build, Boat Projects... etc' started by compressro, May 13, 2019.

  1. compressro

    compressro Blackbeard
    Thread Started By

    My friend Matt was recently gifted a boat which has been sitting for nearly 3 years in the elements. Thought I’d share a little bit of the cleanup with you guys. This is a 1998 Polar 17’ with a 2-stroke Yamaha 40. Matt was eager to see what we were actually dealing with so we got right to work just getting it cleaned up. When I say this thing was in BAD shape - what I really mean is the plugs were left in and a tree was literally growing from the bilge! There were buckets of gravel, shovels, trash amongst generations worth of rotten life jackets all piled up on the deck. The lower unit was tossed inside the boat and a rag shoved up in its place at the motor. Both tires were flat and beyond dry rotted when we arrived for pickup. With that being said - he wasn’t going to be one to turn away a free boat. He plans to get it to a mechanic soon and see what still functions and what condition the boat is actually in. Here’s some before and afters of the initial clean up:

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  2. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

    Try some Mold Armor

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    Mold Armor
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  3. compressro

    compressro Blackbeard
    Thread Started By

    Thank you! I’ll let him know.
  4. Srfrdave

    Srfrdave Buccaneer

    Looking good, let us know about the motor.
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  5. mkyota1

    mkyota1 Sailing Master

    Can't beat the price. The key to a project like that is dont put a lot of money into it until you know what you got. Looks like a nice skinny water boat.
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  6. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    With what a boat costs these days the price was sure right on this one. Used is definitely the way to go if you don’t mind the elbow grease required. Probably a “no wood” all composite hull so will remain a solid platform.
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  7. Bossman

    Bossman Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    The price is right for sure, it'll make a nice lil project.
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  8. Greenedog

    Greenedog Treasure Hunter

    She's looking pretty good! Keep us updated.
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  9. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

    I have a rule about using a pressure washer on boats. Don't! it opens up the pours in the gel coating etc.. Just use spray posted above...
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  10. compressro

    compressro Blackbeard
    Thread Started By

    04CE2614-0326-4449-BC31-DD2A51651A64.jpeg Update:

    Motor is running! It sounds great. Lower unit had to be replaced, carbs cleaned, tank drained, new steering cables, spark plugs, fuel lines, and livewell pump. He also got it onto a nice used aluminum trailer after the galvanized trailer it came with disintegrated on the way over to the mechanic. Trailer is going to need a few modifications to the bunks and rollers as well as the winch height but overall a decent fit for the first try.
  11. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    Looking like it will be well worth the effort. Sure can’t beat the price...
  12. Roadhammer

    Roadhammer Cabin Boy

    The spray looks promising, will have to try some out. Great job on the clean up, looks like a great boat for exploring the backcountry in.
  13. Rich M

    Rich M Swashbuckler

    That's a nice project and a great hull. You guys are gonna get some great use out of it.
  14. Jeepster

    Jeepster Carpenter

    Great looking boat. Hope to see ya on the water real soon. Tight Lines.
  15. JBF

    JBF Cabin Boy

    Looking good, never underestimate the power of your arm, pressure washing puts water were it should not be
  16. Rex Russo

    Rex Russo Pirate

    Nice! Looks to be well worth the sweat equity. Wish I could find one like that.
  17. Fcsoccer11

    Fcsoccer11 Pirate

    Looks great I'm rebuilding my '83 roballo 2120, so you'll be on the water way ahead of me.
  18. Tai nguyen

    Tai nguyen Greenhorn

    Nice job. Well worth it!

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