So I started a new project this week....like I needed one. Having just finished my Achilles it`s kind of a bummer to need to do it again but wanted more range, better ride, and more speed. Using some of the components from the existing to get the new up and running.
5.3m Zodiac Hurricane RHIB bare boat on worn trailier.
Move center console from Achilles
Swap 115 Merc from Achilles
Replace trailer lighting , tires, and replace a few bolts
Install (2) 20 gallon fuel tanks and plumb
Find a happy place for VHF antenna
Install dry storage (large cooler)
Patch a couple tube holes...looks to have been used commercially and has several patches.
Bend some tubing to duplicate the row frame from the Achilles
Install downrigger/rod holder mounts
Make an above-motor rack for gear/shrimp pots
All told it should be a decent boat for the $$ and should yield around 3-5 gallons/hr running between 30-50mph. Will likely get to the fishing grounds faster than any of the friends...unless they wake up waaaayyyy early.
The Achilles that is donating parts...
And the ugly duckling (before picture)...Already cleaned and 303`d...looks much, much better than this photo already.
I will update after the weekend...gonna spend the rest of today taking things out of the Achilles.