New life to an old 16' PolarKraft - Overhaul

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Postby fowllife08 » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:39 pm

I have a 52" floor and I ordered the 40x60 I believe. Leaving a 8" strip extra. The little bit I didn't use I covered the top of a icechest with it. My floor is 52x10'. I ordered three sheets. It was 209 to my door.
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Postby j.digiacomo » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:49 pm

i thought about running it cross wise, but it turns the grooves the wrong way. should drain to back of boat. i was very close to buying the gray diamond stuff and running it that way though.

my order will be here next week. 4 sheets and it was $360 shipped to MD.
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Postby fowllife08 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:41 am

My gooves run sideways but I have no problems getting it dry, it drys really quickly
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Postby j.digiacomo » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:45 pm

it looks great, but i can see that being a PITA when you have stuff to rinse out of it. blood/leaves/sand, etc. it wouldn't flow to the back, and i can see junk getting stuck in the grooves. i keep mine outside under trees... thanks for the pics!
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Postby fowllife08 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:38 pm

Ill let you know after this weekend. Should have it nice and dirty.
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Postby j.digiacomo » Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:37 am

let the fun begin... the sheets turf just showed up. i really like the gator boat brown color.

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i am planning on scuffing and painting the inside tomorrow. once the paint is dry, the turf is going in. any tips on cutting it? seems like it would cut with scissors if needed.
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Postby fowllife08 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:26 am

Scissors, its like cutting paper. Good luck!
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Postby Indaswamp » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:06 pm

j.digiacomo wrote:let the fun begin... the sheets turf just showed up. i really like the gator boat brown color.

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i am planning on scuffing and painting the inside tomorrow. once the paint is dry, the turf is going in. any tips on cutting it? seems like it would cut with scissors if needed.

take it from experience, the turf expands when you apply contact cement to it, and shrinks when it dries. keep that in mind when you put it down.
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Postby j.digiacomo » Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:50 am

i've made some serious headway. the inside has all been repainted and stenciled - i'm headed out to put the turf down this afternoon. luckily i dont have to worry about expansion too much, as the gator boat brown turf i ordered only comes w/ the 3M backing. a hefty pair of scissors and some fresh razor blades are ready to go. i'll post pics when it's down!
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Postby j.digiacomo » Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:52 pm

turf is in. ready for the water on the 4th.

it wasnt bad to put in. heavy scissors and a few razor blades did just fine. from start to finish (including acetone/alcohol prep) it was about 3 hours. i still have about half of my fourth sheet left.

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Postby fowllife08 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:32 am

Looks good man! Take ya left over and put it on top ya icechest. :thumbsup:
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Postby j.digiacomo » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:27 am

got the boat out over the long weekend. ran great - much stiffer now that the floor is in and riveted down. this turf is good stuff. did a little fishing and i was barefoot in the 90* sun the whole time - stayed cool, and was very pleasant to walk on. no slippage. happy customer.
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Postby j.digiacomo » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:09 am

icechest... nay. gun box :biggrin:

placing the order w/ backwoods today. blind from last year will be modified and on shortly as well. september teal season is quickly approaching.
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Postby fowlhabit4 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:34 am

I enjoyed this post!! I will be looking for a post season boat project now! Awesome job!!!
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Postby j.digiacomo » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:17 pm

gun box showed up yesterday. got it painted and put in today. much needed storage. bout time to start thinking about putting the blind on...

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Postby Black Deth » Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:09 am

How did you mount the gunbox?
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Postby Indaswamp » Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:29 am

you did a great job on the remodel! :thumbsup:
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Postby j.digiacomo » Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:53 pm

Black Deth wrote:How did you mount the gunbox?

stainless hex head screws to the ribs... 6 of them. that way if i end up wanting to take it out for fishing, it's quick. seems pretty strong. i only have a 20lb anchor in it now, but i was sitting on it last night so i think it'll do fine.

Indaswamp wrote:you did a great job on the remodel! :thumbsup:

thanks inda. now it's time to put it to use. blind should be going on in the next couple weeks. running dogs in the NAVHDA tests here soon then it's game time.
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Postby FullandFuller » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:00 pm

Is your build sponsored by nokia luma 1020 or something? something keeps popping up over the pics?
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Postby j.digiacomo » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:22 am

i wish... maybe it'd re-coup some of the coin i dropped into this thing.
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Postby FullandFuller » Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:23 pm

That is a nice boat; today I could actually see the pictures. I don't know what that was about. Something with the new ownership running ads?

Question about the transom. Were you very tempted to make it a full height transom since you had to have it rebuilt anyway? Or did you already have the motor and you knew it fit perfect?

Just wondering because if I had to redo that, I would have considered making it full height with maybe a jackplate.
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Postby VAduckhunter08 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:40 am

great job on the boat. Very impressed.
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Re: New life to an old 16' PolarKraft - Overhaul [pic heavy]

Postby j.digiacomo » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:54 am

FullandFuller wrote:Question about the transom. Were you very tempted to make it a full height transom since you had to have it rebuilt anyway? Or did you already have the motor and you knew it fit perfect?

Just wondering because if I had to redo that, I would have considered making it full height with maybe a jackplate.


I thought about it briefly, but i already had a short shaft motor that fit fine. i was happy w/ the performance, so i just went with what i had. i can always add a jack plate to the lower height transom if needed, but the short shaft motor was the driver. if i ever need to, i can just have him weld in a top brace and skin it.
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Postby woodysniper » Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:12 am

Bump, think we could see some pics of the blind? Boat looks real nice :thumbsup:
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Postby j.digiacomo » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:20 am

rough framing from last year is done and ready to go on. I just need to get a couple more things together for the top section i'm adding this year. all the grass and plastic fencing for the inside is here and in the garage.

one NAVHDA UT I dog done... the other is testing this weekend. should have some time here shortly to get it put together.
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