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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Bass Tracker Makeover

Got the itch to do it as a Spring Time project!

I have 17.5 Bass Tracker Deep V, aluminum hull, carpeting and the works inside.
It is a 1996 model and starting to show it's weathered wear.

Looking for Ideas and Recommendations Please:

Looking to respray/paint the outside hull.

Bottom half of the hull is bare aluminum. Top half of the hull is red painted surface, many scratches and scuffs.

Is it best to sand down to bare metal and then use a primer then paint?

or lightly sand and paint over existing paint?

What kind of paint or primer is needed?
Is a Primer needed?
Marine Paint?
or
Enamel Paint for Aluminum sufficient?
Clear Coat finishing layer?

Interior:

Looking to replace the existing carpeting.

What am I getting into?

Purchase precut carpet kit from factory? (expensive)
or
Purchase outdoor carpet/ Marine grade from Lowe's or carpet store and cut out patterns myself?

The gunwale looks to be the hardest part! Carpet is cut and tucked tightly under rubber moldings.

Ideas Please, Thanks....
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 02:45 PM
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Re: Bass Tracker Makeover

I can onlt speak on behalf of the carpet. Going from experience, as much as you don't want to hear it....buy the factory kit. It will have a much better end result. It is made for your boat, and it will fit correctly. Plus that part of the project will go much faster.

The kit might seem expensive, but it will come with everything you need. Don't forget to factor in the cost of adhesive, and other misc. stuff that adds up.

If you are handy you can just buy marine grade carpet. Trust me in that you get what you pay for. If you go this route buy the best you can afford. I have cheap marine grade carpet in my boat from cabelas. It works OK, but it's thin and quickly wears though in high traffic areas such as the edge of a step. I used a router to round the edges of the plywood I used, and double layered the carpet in those spots. After a few years it wears through.

Keep in mind that if you buy any type of carpet you will need more than just the surface area. Carpet wraps around door opening, decks, and other transitions. You will need more than you think, and there will be a lot of waste.

NEVER use indoor/outdoor carpet. It's made to use on a porch floor. Not in boat.

All in all if you buy carpet that is of less quality that you have in your boat now you will not be happy with it. My Dad has a bass tracker, and they use a mid grade carpet.

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Re: Bass Tracker Makeover

Here's 2 sites that will help you.

http://WWW.tinboat.com there is a lot of good info on how to do it and what to use.
http://www.iboats.com You'll have to go into the forms and scroll down to restoration form to get some good ideas.
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I second Spunky's comments. I'm doing a rebuild myself, and really appreciate the fine detail some of those guys share.

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Be sure to get Marine grade carpet and any adhesive you buy. It is not subject to disolving with gas.

A friend did his in commerical indoor/outdoor carpeting, a lot of hard work. 2 years later he spilled a small gas can in the boat;the carpet rolled and crinkled to the point it was dangerous to stand upon.
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CowDawg,

Spunky's website for tinboats.com doesn't work.

It's tinboats.net

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CowDawg,

Spunky's website for tinboats.com doesn't work.

It's tinboats.net

As others have said you really get what you pay for with marine carpet and adhesive. We bought an old pontoon boat for a dock. Stripped it down to the frame and replaced the plywood, and bought the best adhesive and carpet. The carpet is in great shape but after about 8 years the glue started to let loose due to baking in the sun. We might take the rails off this year and lift the carpet and reglue it.

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Re: Bass Tracker Makeover

okay, Thanks guys!!!
I'll be checking out these sites soon and hopefully starting the project in a couple weeks after family vacation and this rain stops.
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Re: Bass Tracker Makeover

I had a 17' Tracker Tournament V-17 that I re-did about 15 years ago. It may not be the quickest way, but I stripped mine down to bare metal inside and out. I ended up spraying it with an appliance epoxy, and bought roll carpeting and used the old carpet as a template. Not a problem getting it right if you take your time. The appliance epoxy held up great, lots of ventilation needed while doing it. Might as well do it all the way, as you will be glad you did. Have fun!

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I plugged my bro aluminum live bait well, as it drained the overflow of minows into the floor and the bildge.

It now is the place he stores his rain gear, etc.
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