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2005 G3 1860 rebuild project **update** Finished Product

Postby lablover0929 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:40 pm

Picked up this rig mid spring, just now getting it ready. Rebuilt the front platform, installed toggle panel, 2 12volt outlets one in front and back, 1 24volt outlet, ran all wiring under floor, moved 2 yellow top optima batteries to the front, installed2 bank on board charger, skinned the sides and installed led interior lights. B grade dark grey hydroturf is ordered and 2 6000K HID running lights are ordered.
Real happy so far, this is my 8th build in 5 years, this one is staying in the fleet for awhile! Thought I would share the fun and experience. Blind is being built in August.
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 Make Over

Postby lablover0929 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:46 pm

Also installed a new custom storage hatch up front. Should be done with all stencil work Tuesday morning, do some minor trailer work, shoot the boat with 2 coats of matte clear on Wednesday and load it back up. Then she gets to bake in the sun for all next while im on vacation.
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 Make Over

Postby CountryRN » Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:38 am

Good looking work. Where did you get the aluminum for the rebuild of the front deck?
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 Make Over

Postby lablover0929 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:49 pm

All the painting is done! Not to bad for a Kentucky boy!!
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 Make Over

Postby lablover0929 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:49 pm

The aluminum deck was originally there when I got the boat. I rebuilt it to suit my needs, raised it flush to the smaller aluminum deck/step in the front bow. I did have some material here from previous projects. Did some welding, and ate up some sawzall blades!
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 Make Over

Postby talltimber » Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:45 am

Looks good!
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project

Postby teddysberna » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:02 pm

Dumb question, but how did you go about lifting it off the trailer?
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project

Postby lablover0929 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:33 pm

Getting it off the trailer is easy if you have some help, patience and a good size tree! Just back boat up to your support or tree, detach boat from all points on trailer, and attach a come a long to each transom eyelet and around the tree. Gather whatever you plan to support the boat in rear and the front and have ready. Place the rear supports in position, and the driver very slowly begin pulling forward allowing the boat to be pulled off the trailer. It will take a few feet for the boat to drop down on the rear supports. Find your points in the front where you want the boat to rest, and place the necessary items within reach. As the very end of the trailer gets to the front area support marks, stop and place these supports where they need to be. Have someone monitor the final unload ad the truck pulls the trailer out from underneath the boat, make sure that its sturdy and safe,and now store trailer as you wish. Ive always taken advantage of this time to do any trailer maintenance without the boat on it, much easier. Loading it back up is all of in reverse, and any help is needed. Good luck!
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project

Postby lablover0929 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:40 pm

Loaded and drying in the sunshine. Ordering hydroturf this week, fog lights should be here any day now, and be starting the blind after vacation with the family.
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project **update**

Postby lablover0929 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:30 am

Installed 2 55watt hid lights on the front. Got back from Florida and they were sitting on my front porch, nice surprise duck boat parts!!!! Waiting on the hydroturf, and just a few little odds and ends and she will be done. Blind is the next big objective.
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project **update**

Postby Boatman » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:01 am

Where is your trolling motor? You would not believe how easy a bow mounted trolling motor makes setting and picking up deaks.
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project **update**

Postby lablover0929 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:19 pm

Boatman, yes I do have a trolling motor, its a 70lb 24V motorGuide. Just picked up a new quick release mounting plate for re installing the TM. As far as using one for picking up blocks,thats not a good idea when your hunting the mighty Mississippi River or the Ohio River.
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project **update**

Postby Boatman » Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:30 pm

y not?

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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project **update**

Postby lablover0929 » Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:42 pm

Boatman, everybody has their own routine for various reasons. My style over the last 20 plus seasons doesn't include ever using a trolling motor. Besides the current of these mighty rivers, but hunting flooded timber and backwater it wouldn't be wise to use a TM. On average I hunt 3-4 people in my rig, 5-7 days a week during season. Using 2 decoy retrieving poles, we can pick up 8 dozen blocks and 6 mojos and swimmer in about 15 minutes and be heading back in.
The secret is a tiller motor, decoys being wound up the same way each and every time, working together and knowing what we are doing. All this handed down from my 40 plus year waterfowl veteran Dad, and I have taught these to my four kids, my wife, and in a few years be teaching my grandson the same ways.

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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project **update**

Postby lablover0929 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:12 am

Finished product!
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project **update** Finished Product

Postby canderso » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:12 am

That really turned out well. I really like the Hydroturf pattern you chose. Not too dark. Almost like you installed a wood floor in the boat. Also a big fan of the Natural Gear camo pattern on the boat.

What gauge aluminum did you use to smooth the inside walls of your boat hull? Did you do anything special to install them? Just rivet to the ribs? Did you install any foam behind the aluminum and between the ribs?

Nice job.
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project **update**

Postby t_baker » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:41 am

lablover0929 wrote:Finished product!


Boat looks awesome.

I have a buddy that goes down and hunts the Ohio river. I have never been brave enough. Heard to many horror stories and clueless as to where to even start scouting.
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project **update** Finished Product

Postby AnonymousDuck » Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:33 pm

Great looking boat! Where does your dog sit in the boat? I'm working on a dog ramp/sitting area for mine is why I ask.
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project **update** Finished Product

Postby Boatman » Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:31 am

Nice job. I see you put the trolling motor on, good move. Not just for picking up deks,but also for chasing the dog down stream or up, quietly when dog goes after a cripple. Also if your main motor quits you have a way to get back or at least back to shore where you can get some help. I deal with current also,susquehanna river, and have no trouble going up stream,not during high water, but normal pool elevation.
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Re: 2005 G3 1860 rebuild project **update** Finished Product

Postby lablover0929 » Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:12 pm

Boatman wrote:Nice job. I see you put the trolling motor on, good move. Not just for picking up deks,but also for chasing the dog down stream or up, quietly when dog goes after a cripple. Also if your main motor quits you have a way to get back or at least back to shore where you can get some help. I deal with current also,susquehanna river, and have no trouble going up stream,not during high water, but normal pool elevation.

Boatman, that photo was taken with the boat in crappie fishing mode. I don't use a trolling motor for duck hunting. Never have and never will. I've hunted the Susquehanna river and its no comparison to the Mississippi river, its more like a creek!

Thanks tho for your concern...
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