2006 Tracker Targa V165 WT restoration

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grunt32

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Just started to tear my new to me boat apart
Looks like a 2 year part time project
Everything is coming out and getting repaired or replaced
It leaks and has some cracks in the hull...needs some rewelding first
A retired master carpenter, I can't believe the poor workmanship and bad design assemblies in these boats
I'll attach a few pictures of the restoration as time goes on
 

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Unfortunately Trackers of that era had build quality issues that resulted in a bad reputation for many years. The good thing is your breaking it down to it's bones for the rebuild. When you have the cracks welded do the repair on both sides. Throw all your wiring away and rewire with Tinned Marine wiring. Get a Blue Sea fuse block. Use named brand water/re circulation pumps. I've done many re builds over the years, do it right the 1st time and you'll never regret it. Post pictures of your re build in progress. When you look at the prices of the 2022's in similar brands/models, a properly done rebuild will save you thousands of dollars and give many years of service.
 

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Thanx for your advice...I just needed a new project for something to do in my spare time nowadays
This will be my 4th boat restoration and 6th boat project

My previous completed projects
1950 Peterborough Aquaflyer
1970 Tempest
1985 Trophy 2359
2003 Tracker V16 superguide
2007 Grady White 208 adventure

Did a few British sportscars also
1954 MGTF
1962 Austin Healey 3000 mk 2
1972 MGB
 

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Got sidetracked working on the trailer the past few weeks
Finally got the inside of the boat stripped out
Next step remove some foam and get all of the cracks repaired and rewelded
And remove the gas tank to get it cleaned
 

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Went to see the welder today...too many cracks in the hull and some more may appear afterwards
It looks like I'll have to epoxy and fiberglass the hull from the splash rail down to the keel to resolve these issues now
 

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Thanks for the pictures of the inside of the boat stripped down. Sorry to hear that the cracks can't be welded. Glassing the bottom of the hull should not add too much weight. Got any pictures of the hull cracks?
 

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I sent the fellas at Gougeon Bros Inc. an email to get their advice on West System epoxy for use on aluminum boats. He said I'd need 2 gallons of the Gflex 650 kit. Use 10 oz. glass cloth over the cracks and use 3 coats of epoxy. First coat over the entire aluminum bottom right after sanding before the surface oxidizes. Then place the glass over the cracks and wet it out with the second coat. Then a final coat. Then sand it out just like I did on my cedar strip boat and get it ready for paint
 

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Got a little more work done on my project boat
Fixed all of the lights on the trailer
Removed the decals from the sides
Picked up a motor for it yesterday, a 2006 75 hp Mercury 4 stroke EFI
 

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