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    Default SportJon project

    Well, some of you know I'm up to my eyeballs in this project, but up til now I had neither the time or knowledge or inclination to try this. I still don't have the time but thought I'd share this with the Forum . Besides, as I type this it is snowing to beat the band just outside my window and for this time of year- well we all want to get on the water. I'd better not say what needs saying about this winter weather. Someone might think I'm complaining. I hope I've done what I need to to get some of these pics on here, hope you enjoy. I'll give a breakdown on what I've done as we get into this a bit. Some captions say it well enough, some stuff I've really given a lot of thought to to make it better, in my humble opinion. I still don't have all my pics on Photobucket yet, but this will polish some of you off that are just dying to get on the water. Have pity on poor me though, you will be there long before I will as this project got started at least a month later than I was told the boat would be here (mid-December, it arrived about 1/22/08) then we lost a family member, and finally other family came to stay a while. Not complaining, just taking it in stride and I'll be ecstatic to make it to our cabin for Memorial Day weekend. That said, on with it, and I hope you enjoy. I suppose a lot of you will never see a SportJon in this state of dissassembly, and I hope never to again either. I enjoy it very much overall, but any project has its days. This is an '08, brand new, gutted. May the weather be warmer, Oz


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    Well it would seem I may have figured this out, trial & error can be a good teacher, though the curve is steep. Oz

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    Default More info

    Perhaps in my haste I should have given a bit more history. I have been immersed in this for long enough that everyone around me including the guys at work are well aware that it's a work in progress. Ordered in August with only one option installed, a single lever control. Figured anything remotely connected with building welded parts was doable so I pressed on, getting ready for the delivery, ordering whatever else I needed to get the job done. Garage clean, equipment in position, delivery taken Jan 20 or so, 2008.
    Boat gutted, stripped, flipped over for the install of UHMW and certain other components that are easier with gravity helping instead of fighting back. The overhead gantry at work made convenient easy work of getting it done. It's a sweet piece of machinery, covers about 100'X 100' of the hangar and will pick 5000#. Pretty much it til I get more photos on PBucket, these are self explanatory as much as possible. Thanks, Oz

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    Default Interesting pics

    keep them coming.

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    DIY, right on!
    Whats your complete list of mods/accesories you are working on?
    I just finished mine all up last weekend. Funny, i was welding some last minute additions with the trailer hooked up, truck running and ready to go. Had to have a tarp over me to keep the wind from blowing out my Argon flow Never did get her wet though.
    Looks like some HS 748's in the background?
    Cheers

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    Looks good OZ. Heck of a project you got on your hands. I went through mine and reduced opportunity for noise and vibration anywhere I could. I am on the schedule for the water test on Friday with Compeau!!!! Its been a long time coming. I look forward to seeing more of your pics.

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    Default OZ, you only need to post one picture link

    That leads us into the album and we can look at the rest of them.

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    Default Thanks about the link

    Thanks Rascal, I'm practically as computer stupid as it gets, will remember that one though.
    HS 748's?? Not a chance, the only thing in sight that whistles and burns kerosene is the miserable EMB 120, the rest are real airplanes, burn 100 Octane and have 144 spark plugs. DC-6s, we operate 12 of the oily beasts.
    SJ Mods and options, all DIY (almost). Ordered the boat with one option, the single lever remote.Not necessarily in order.
    1.UHMW bottom, full length on the keel (1/2"), 3/8" everywhere else 10' from the transom forward including 6" up the sides, weld-on washer system to keep it in place, sealant only, no "glue".
    2.Interior strake stiffeners, welded in.
    3. Relocated battery and oil tank.
    4.Fold-down windshields.
    5. Wipers, both sides.
    6. External winch points on both ends and sides. The front one will be the last to be installed.
    7. Zolatone interior paint. Should have had this one done at the factory level. Expensive pain in the *&@.
    8. Heater/sand trap- will not be installed by me unless I have to, this one was an incentive from Compeaus.
    9. SS strake protectors (aka Compeaus "rock knockers"). Anything with knockers attached to it can't be all bad?
    10. Separate bow compartment for anchor stowage.
    11. Stainless steel stomp grate. Stomp of any flavor should not be an option, just standard. Can't live without it.
    12. Racor fuel filtration. Don't ask me why this is an option either, should be just part of the package too.
    13. Large bow storage hatch.
    14. Various fuel tanks for different trips, etc., approx. 166 gals. total.
    15. Air ride pedestals, a purchased item, not DIY.
    16. Canvas to keep wife and sleeping baby (granddaughter) happy and dry. Also not DIY.
    17. Soundproofing. Very high on the doing list as reassembly occurs.
    18. Exterior custom paint and graphics. Not available at your local dealer. Yes, DIY.
    19. Removable saltwater fishing rail & splash guards for the days in Valdez when it is nice enough to catch a few silvers with a jet boat.
    20. Front deck step box for forward storage in addition to the front hatch.
    21. Built -in tackle box in passenger console.

    Gad is that enough? When will it be done? Soon I like to believe. Which leads me to one thing. If I'm typing, I'm not working on it, so I'm gone for now. More pics uploaded soon, all for now, Oz

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    Default Wowser, that is one project

    I look forward to more updates

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    Default Uhmw

    I just tacked on the sides of my boat to the transom tonight. 18 footer 5 foot bottom. I have a question for you. What method are you using to attach the UHMW to the bottom? Does one have to worry about sharp edges catching water? I have thought this process 1,000 times too many. I am looking to hear from someone who has done this before. The boat is flat bottom with a jet and will be powered by a 100 hp Yamaha 4-stroke jet. Thanks to anyone who has experience with UHMW.
    Wherever you go ....there you are.

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    Default UHMW foot?

    Yukontools,
    This is a link to a site that does the UHMW, I havent spoke to them myself but it looks like they could offer some good info, also they offer a UHMW replacement foot for Jet drive outboards that looks kinda cool?
    Has anyone tried one of these?
    Akgramps

    http://www.rockproofboats.com/home.html

    Should start a new thread on UHMW as this was ozak's sport jon thread which is very interesting!!!!

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    Default More pictures and update

    Hi guys, It takes me a few days between posts as I'm working like mad to be ready when the water is, at this point I've lost that race but gotta keep on. Boat is prepped and ready for primer/paint except for masking, ie scuff etched, alodined, it is drying right now. Will prime and Zolatone tomorrow after masking.

    As for the UHMW, see the Photobucket project album for the visual on the weld-on washers. They go on well and hold like crazy, the real proof will be on the river. There are right at 300 washers welded on this boat holding that UH on, all done with a Millermatic 252 and a 30' XR Edge push-pull gun with 5356 .035 wire. It took me a couple of practice tries on the bench to get it set for good running and then I got after it. The plastic is sealed to the bottom of the boat with 3M 5200 polyurethane sealant, not to glue it to the boat which it can't do, but to fill the voids between the plastic and the boat which are very minimal as the boat is new. Sticks to the guy applying it worse than anything. Goals for this week will be to get started bolting this beast back together after the paint cures for a day or two. I'll update as possible. Oz


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    Hey OzAK, you got me hanging on the edge of my seat. You promised updates. How is it comming?

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    I'm curious as to why you chose to attach the UHMW with the counter sunk washer method instead of screws? Was that your idea? Has it been tried before? Looks to be a great idea. Do you think it would work for an airboat application and running dry ground? I too am anxiously awaiting more photos. Looks like one hell of a rig your putting together. Thanks or sharing.

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    Default Outstanding job Oz!

    Is it wet yet? I'm glad to see you still went with plenty of the washers instead of skimping on them just because they look stronger than the screws.

    Our bottom is hanging in there still even after 3 seasons on it now, but we still have troubles with the strakes, (we wound up screwing them on) what size strake material did you start with? Are they double thickness? We used to rip the chines off on some of our boats until we switched to Riddles, he doubles up on the chine strakes, of course with the steel bottoms we have steel strakes and they seem to last forever. Our plug washerd UHMW boat like yours has been real durable for us, but we have our strakes made also of uhmw and screwed on as the plug washers weren't small enough to utilize for attaching them... they rip off continually! (trial and error I think you said?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK Troutbum View Post
    I'm curious as to why you chose to attach the UHMW with the counter sunk washer method instead of screws? Was that your idea? Has it been tried before? Looks to be a great idea. Do you think it would work for an airboat application and running dry ground? I too am anxiously awaiting more photos. Looks like one hell of a rig your putting together. Thanks or sharing.
    I was told that Leonard has put them on a couple airboats before out in the valley and that they worked well... We did a 22' big block v8 hamiltong powered boat that way and they hold up well... except for we still wound up using screws for the strakes and they dont stay on so well...

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