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    Default Tinkering with the 20/72 Sea Ark

    1st tinker was the drain plug.
    I got this idea from Old John.
    Scrunch the eye on the plug handle so it fits in the drain channel better.
    Now it is easier to slide it in, I can get it in all the way easier & lifting the handle is easier to.
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    Default 2 more pics

    2 more pic of the plug tightly in the drain hole.

    Have no idea why Sea Ark put the plug in there,
    why not on the channel on the left or right of center line & make an access hole in the rear floor board .

    I removed the aft floor board for cleaning. found lots of stuff, including compost.
    Decided not to put it back in. Nice to see how much water is in there.
    Leads to the next addition.
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    Added a small bilge pump
    Made a jig out of wood, removed the pump from the screen cover.
    Hole saw a hole to center on the channel.
    Then made some adjustments on the permanent one out of plastic to fit just snug
    Pump intake sets down 3/8" below the plastic in the boat bottom channel .
    Drilled & tapped 2 mounting screw holes
    Screw is for a handle to lift out if needed to clean & stop big stuff from getting to the pump.
    Wired up to console. Now just battery alligator clamps, may wire it to a switch.

    Stays in place, easy to see in there now with the floor board piece out of the way.
    Pump stays in place with no screws into the boat.
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    Can you tell I'm the picture type ?
    Lays flat & just snug on the bottom & pump down in the channel 1/4" or so.
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    Put some filters along the side of the floor boards.
    When I pulled the floor boards, lots of gravel & fairly big stuff that plugged the channels, (leaves & other small stuff too)
    Some silicone on the edges & different size rope as needed to fill the gaps between the side of the boat & floor board.
    Lots of places for water to go but should help keep out some of the bigger stuff.
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    Default Moved steering console forward

    Wanted to move some weight forward.
    Moved steering console 4'- 5" forward, & to the starboard side.
    Was 18' ahead o the aft bench.
    Gives more room in the middle of the boat for a seat or work area if for dipping
    with the seats out.
    Had o remove the seat that was on the aft bench.
    Made storage for the used spare jet , shoe, cone, impeller ou of a milk crate
    & screwed it to the floor boards.
    put another milk crate on that one, held in place with a few bungees.
    Hinge mounted a piece of plywood to the top of milk crate.
    Mounted the "Captain's Chair" to the plywood. (Alaskan / Hillbilly design)
    More storage & the right height for driving.
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    Need to be able to have 4 pics per post.
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    Default Added a Digital Tach too

    Tach is almost a need for big outboards.
    This one has tach, hour/tripmeter, tilt/trim indicator, oil & water alarms.
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    Default Fuel tanks still an issue ? ?

    Not sure how to arrange the fuel tanks.
    Found these on line & wouldn't take up much floor area.
    Could put on on each side. ?
    Moeller tanks

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    Lighter & cheaper than aluminum ?
    Any ideas ?
    Trying to keep weight forward, mount near front middle , front 1/3

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    Default Plugs & fog

    New spark plugs installed.

    Pays to shop around!
    O'reilly $5.69
    Other places from $7.95 to $9.25


    NGK V-Power Nickel 3672 - Spark Plug | O'Reilly Auto Parts


    STA-BIL fogging oil.
    Sprayed the cylinders & cranked it over a couple seconds
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    Put her in cold storage today.
    Pulled the battery so I can charge it a few time thru winter.
    Left the tach in place,
    Nice to have a warm dry place for my PU

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    Should be good to go now...
    When the HOGS show up, somethins gonna DIE!!!
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    I love the Sea Ark boats. Ours is the 24 x 72. WE have a 115 Yamaha on ours, and have a 12 gallon fuel tank that will fit behind the bench seat on one side. We have three marine batteries on the other side. What size motor have you got on yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cast Iron View Post
    I love the Sea Ark boats. Ours is the 24 x 72. WE have a 115 Yamaha on ours, and have a 12 gallon fuel tank that will fit behind the bench seat on one side. We have three marine batteries on the other side. What size motor have you got on yours?
    20/72
    F 115TJR (80 Jet drive )
    I'd like to get the fuel just forward of middle.
    boat seems heavy aft,
    maybe a rectangle one just behind the bow

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