Last fall I bought an 1987 Smoker Craft 17' bass boat with a 1987 Johnson 60 hp outboard. I was pretty much looking for a project boat when I bought it, and I ended up with a nice boat and one big education.
I didn't get any photos of work in progress, but I have taken some end results(at the end of this post).
I pulled up the double floor, removed the saturated floatation foam, rotten stringers, all wiring, about 300 rivets, and rotten transom. With an empty hull, I scrubbed the nastyness that formed under it for days. In the off time, I studied on different designs, and alternatives to 2 part pour in floatation foam(messy and very expensive), and electrical systems.
After the cleaning, I laid out the basic wiring, transom, controls, steering, and re plumbed the bilge and livewell pumps, inserted my new floatation foam(combination of closed cell foam house insulation and pool noodles...I did research,lol). Then I measured out the new decking, and treated the underside with as much water sealant as it would hold, and then some. I used a marine grade carpet glue on the top and edges, and used marine grade carpeting with about a million stainless steel staples.
Up until now I thought expenses would taper off...HA! I started buying stainless steel screws, bolts, nuts, hinges, ect. That is where most of the expense came from.
After the decking was installed, I was able to finish the wiring, plumbing, steering, controls, trolling motor, and wood working for the console and kicker mount.
As far as the engine goes, it was pretty solid, even compression over all 3 cylinders, no water or milky oil in the lower unit. After my initial run(with a 50:1 mix to be safe), it was throwing a "no oil alarm". The older VRO system was pretty easy to disable, so now I just run it with a premix.
The trailer was in good shape, except the lights. I ended up running new wiring with LED lights, new bearrings and races, and a new tounge jack.
All in all, it was a fun project, but not one I want to do again for a long time. It's alot more than my last boat, which was a 12' jon with a 6 hp.
I've had it out quite a bit so far, and my wife and son love going with me.
All I had were cell phone pictures...