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2003 Alumacraft 1860 AW Build

Postby KillerKowalski » Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:25 pm

Finally, after some patience I purchased a 2003 Alumacraft MV 1860 AW with a matching 2004 Reliance trailer along with a 2007 Mercury 50HP tiller that was purchased brand new in 2010 from Bass Pro Shops. I have the original receipt that came with it. Previous owner already put Herculiner down on almost everything and upgraded all the trailer lights to LED last month. The purchase included an almost new Minn Kota 55 TM and a Hummingbird 597ci w/GPS that "didn't work". I modified his power cord and fired right up in my Jeep when I got home. Previous owner was in financial trouble and needed the cash. I strongly believe that I got the deal I was looking for.

So, this will be my build thread. Attached are the pictures I am starting with. With the extreme help of GearHead80 the list of To-Dos is as follows:

1. Beavertail medium floatation pods
2. Remove the rear bench and fabricate it to a rear removable fishing deck
3. Remove the battery and gas tank storage area. Fabricate two split open bottom rear seating pods
4. Remove the side wall covers
5. Beavertail boat blind or build a boat blind out of EMT (I already have Cordura and 25 pounds of raffia)
6. Trade or sell the tiller for a higher HP (60-75)
7. Install a bow gas tank (19 gallons)
8. Gun box (5'-8')
9. LED interior lighting (White)
10. Relocate the TM and FF
11. Fix the trailer lighting (bad grounds and 4-way flat is corroded beyond belief)
12. Grind and repaint the trailer (black)
13. Repaint the hull and camo stencil (Redleg Camo Timber HD)
14. Reupholster the existing two seats
15. Replace the aluminum prop
16. Jack plate
17. Maybe a tunnel if I have enough time
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby Engine2josh » Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:44 pm

I have this boat in a 2014. How are the bases secured in the floor?
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby blackrock » Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:46 pm

Looks like a great find! It's going to be a nice rig, heck it's already a nice rig........
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby KillerKowalski » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:05 pm

Engine2josh wrote:I have this boat in a 2014. How are the bases secured in the floor?


Previous owner didn't like the flex in the floor, so he added another sheet of .100 on top and then bolted the seat bases to the center sheet into the ribs. Actually, he did an okay job with that. One of the main lakes I hunt we are only allowed three hunters per boat. Those three seat bases will work well as an alternative.

blackrock wrote:Looks like a great find! It's going to be a nice rig, heck it's already a nice rig........


It is a very nice rig already. Just needs a little modification and TLC. Only problem I have with it right now is the weight of the hull. It's 790 pounds. A tad too heavy for my liking.
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2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby KillerKowalski » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:04 pm

Pods got delivered. Aluminum ordered. Replaced the 4-way with heat sink and cut excess wire from the tongue. Fixed a taillight ground and a side marker ground. I need to replace a red side marker light as it was bashed into pieces. Trailer registered and titled. Pulled the blind frame off the hull.
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby QuackerSmacker498 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:08 am

Nice rig. Judging by the rust on that blind frame, I will assume its steel. May want to consider making out of alluminum or cutting off the bottom section of the blind and only using the swing arm section of the blind. Then attach the bottom of your netting to the funnel with a 1/4" by 3/4" wood strip. They are super durable and by getting rid of the lower blind section, you should free up about ten lbs. I can send pics if needed.
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby KillerKowalski » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:29 am

It is steel. I would keep it, but the frame style isn't for me. Send me the pictures you have.
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby QuackerSmacker498 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:01 pm

Killer, here is the half blind like I was talking about. It mounts the same as yours. Mine is on a piece of heavy guage angle stock, with one bolt for the pivot point. The netting or backing attaches the same to the top swing arm. The wood strip is laced tjrought the bottom of the net the same as the swing arm. Use stainless tech screws to attach the wood strip to the top of your gunnel. Its easy, light, and just as strong as a steel bottom piece. Reason being the nett is still the weakest part of the blind. I use a couple of black rubber bungee cords to bring the tops together. Set time is about 15 seconds. You could always add a cross bar if you wanted to stiffen it up, so the top doesn't move. I took a few of the screw out, so you could see the bow in the wood. Otherwise its somewhat hard to see the thin piece of wood.
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2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby KillerKowalski » Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:55 pm

Someone asked me what 4-way I used. It is a Wesbar 4-Way Flat Trailer End with Jacketed Cable. The original was some after market piece of China crap that had a roll of electrical tape on it for insulation, a corroded 4-way and exposed wires at the tongue from rubbing. I spent the money and did the rewiring right. I shouldn't have to worry about it ever again.

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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby KillerKowalski » Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:12 pm

Making some progress.

Pods are attached and a few minor cosmetic holes filled. The rear bench is coming out next. The aluminum is ordered for split open rear seating pods with a removable fishing deck that will fall into place on 1" x 1" angle.

A few minor cosmetic holes to fill in the bow and relocate the TM mount.

Sold the Mercury and purchased a Yamaha 75HP. Thankfully, I didn't take the crappy, low ball offer from a member on here to buy it. I got full asking price for the Mercury as I expected I would. Lame buyers... :no:

I have a lot more to do before Early Season gets here. Next major task will be the boat blind and maybe spraying the hull.
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby berganser » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:46 pm

Looking Good Killer!
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby jmatura » Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:24 pm

That yamaha 75 is a great choice, I had a 1994 Pro50 I wish I would have never sold...

The hull is a little heavy but it should ride really nice. Be great for off season fishing.

Is that the max hp for the boat?
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby KillerKowalski » Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:11 pm

Thank you!

I'm cutting weight out of it. Hopefully lose 100-200 pounds overall. Hull is rated for 50.
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2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby KillerKowalski » Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:38 pm

Custom switch plate that will be mounted under the port side seating pod by rivnuts. Left some room on it for the Yamaha digital tach and gas gauge when I get to the bow gas tank.

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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby justinduckman7 » Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:46 pm

Looking good !!!! Bet that thing is gonna haul with that 75 !!!
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby KillerKowalski » Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:53 pm

Thank you, JD!
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby berganser » Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:51 am

The Split Seat will be nice. Gonna be an
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby Weedwacker » Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:49 pm

KillerKowalski wrote:Thank you!

I'm cutting weight out of it. Hopefully lose 100-200 pounds overall. Hull is rated for 50.



The hull is rated for a 50hp and your going with a 75?

Interesting.
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby KillerKowalski » Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:10 pm

Same hull with a console drive is rated for much higher. The choice isn't for speed. I have a few hunters who could use T25.
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby biscuitsandgravy » Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:32 pm

Gotta agree. That hull will handle a 75 all day. Never understood the whole console/tiller HP thing. Just because it's a console, that makes the transom sturdier?? :huh: :huh: :huh:
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby shoveler_shooter » Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:42 pm

Weedwacker wrote:The hull is rated for a 50hp and your going with a 75?

Interesting.

With remote steering most 1860s are rated at 90 or 115. IMO 90HP is pretty adequate all around, including on big lakes with heavy loads. I have been on a War Eagle 1860 with a 115 and that one will definitely get moving. The SeaArk 1860 I hunted out of regularly had a 90 on it and it seemed to be a little more than enough power, unless you put 5 large guys in it, a dog, hardside blind, and a bunch of gear.
I'd think a 75 would work pretty well, unless you put a running ton of weight in it like we did.
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2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby KillerKowalski » Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:48 pm

Well, usually there isn't a shortage of bacon and TP in the boat. That adds some poundage and justification for a 90 on the next tiller.
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Re: 2003 Alumaweld 1860 AW Build

Postby biscuitsandgravy » Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:32 pm

KillerKowalski wrote:Well, usually there isn't a shortage of bacon and TP in the boat. That adds some poundage and justification for a 90 on the next tiller.

Just man up and put the 115 on it and be done.
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