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 on: September 15, 2014, 03:50:01 PM 
Started by BillW - Last post by Dave
I built an O'brien Headwater 18 back in 1990.  I remodeled it in 2003, gutted it, took out the inboard motor well, rebuilt the transom, put in a splashwell, etc.  When I had it upside down I was really close to attempting the very thing you are considering,  I had a long batten fastened to the stem running back to the transom and was in the process of figuring out plywood "web stringers" and a 1/2" plywood vee bottom when we sold the vacant building that the shop was in.  I abandoned the idea but always wondered how it would have turned out. 

Not converting that hull is partly what led me to build the GA - I was tired of getting the fillings knocked out of my teeth dory-pounding.

If you do this it would be interesting to follow in this forum.  Best of luck whichever way you go.

Regards,

Dave in Homer

 42 
 on: September 15, 2014, 03:35:16 PM 
Started by NSchlee - Last post by Dave
Alaskan Tuna, anyone?

 43 
 on: September 15, 2014, 03:32:50 PM 
Started by NSchlee - Last post by NSchlee
http://www.adn.com/article/20140914/unusual-species-alaska-waters-indicate-parts-pacific-warming-dramatically

Neal

 44 
 on: September 15, 2014, 03:16:04 PM 
Started by BillW - Last post by cgrfish
Seems like a lot of work to effectivly have a new boat , me I would build a new one and use your old engine and kit on the new one , sell the old one to recoup a bit more and in the meantime you can still be oot fushin . But that's just my humble opinion .


Thats my vote to.  The hull is not hard to build, and you end up with a brand new hull that you know will perform well.  The unknowns of putting the two together would seem to outweight the cost savings.


 45 
 on: September 15, 2014, 02:59:24 PM 
Started by David Nolan - Last post by David Nolan
23 foot long (22'10").   Hardtop taken off to flip her and stitched back on.  lots of pictures of that work on here.   She still has some scars so needs to be cleaned up.

Motor is off.  Likely need carbs cleaned which is $100 in parts and a few hours.  For sure she will need a new control box.  Helm and steering cable is OK.

Motor is a Honda BF 90 HP with 1200 hrs bought in 2000 installed 2001..  Runs strong good compression.

no deck.  i took it up to inspect the hull and flipped the hull last winter to remove strakes and regraphite the bottom

23 single axle Loar Rite galvanized trailer.   2500 for boat and trailer 3000 for all.      Im not going to have time to complete this refurb any time soon

email for pictures and to discuss   North East Md (Cecil County)

I built a bigger skiff last year so cant have two.    I have a tohatsu 9.8 hp (2 cycle also) sitting on the ground in my garage.   58 lbs.   cant buy them anymore in the US.   $500   almost never used.   the honda always got us home.

sad day indeed for me....  Hopefully can find a young kid around here that needs a good bay boat cheap.  if not, Im planting asparagus roots next spring so Ill use the hull as a giant planter


DavidNolan600@gmail.com
443-945-6049

 46 
 on: September 15, 2014, 02:22:36 PM 
Started by Kiwi Jon - Last post by Kiwi Jon
Thought that was possible, but I had never seen it

 47 
 on: September 15, 2014, 02:03:12 PM 
Started by BillW - Last post by captainfogfish
Seems like a lot of work to effectivly have a new boat , me I would build a new one and use your old engine and kit on the new one , sell the old one to recoup a bit more and in the meantime you can still be oot fushin . But that's just my humble opinion .

 Eddie

 48 
 on: September 15, 2014, 02:01:10 PM 
Started by BillW - Last post by Dave Wright
Thanks for those pictures Bill. The flat bottom drove you to those saddle gas tanks, and I think they demonstrate the simplicity and ease of access with saddle tanks as opposed to under deck tanks. It would be interesting to get O'Brien's thoughts on the old V20 design. He stopped selling those plans when he came out with the Predator plans. However, he came up with the 18 foot "Wide Guide Skiff" which is quite similar to your boat, with flat bottom and small forward vee. I think he does good work with simple to follow instructions and plans.

 49 
 on: September 15, 2014, 01:55:39 PM 
Started by BillW - Last post by David Nolan
Looking at the relatively narrow forward end of the Predator, Im now re thinking how this will work as a vee.  A tolman is a lot more full forward or so it seems.  I guess you'd have to compare the bottom in a plan view   (eg looking at the area of the bottom)


 50 
 on: September 15, 2014, 01:53:43 PM 
Started by BillW - Last post by David Nolan
I remember it too.  Ive seen that boat a dozen times.  Especially when i could not source tolman plans and at that time, several people suggested the Predator was close in form but not in the build.  I have the study plans somewhere I bought in 94-5 or so.  I got my Tolman bug bad in I think 95-96 or so when Bob Casler put up his website, mocha madness and the article on Renns boat.  I think I got the book in 98 and sat on it for two years and then started in Feb 2000.   And now its 2014.




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