Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby Mahtzo Lou » June 25th, 2017, 10:03 pm

Pretty darn impressive Todd! Your work is impressive....to say the least!
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby gringo sushi » June 29th, 2017, 12:44 am

Thanks Lou

Since the last post I backed off on making headway to take a break and put some time in on getting the garden into shape. A couple of things happened to get me fired back up to get her done...


Last week I picked up the new motor (5.7 liter V8 DPI from Marine Power):


Then Monday the pilot house windows delivered:


With my new found motivation I have jumped back into it and am about half done with the paint prep of the hull and cap:



Decided to sand off the deck surface and re-texture with non skid treatment and also patched old anchor line pass through and horizontal windlass hole to prep for installation of new vertical windlass (pro-fish free fall):


Plan from here is to complete gel coating (inside) and paint (outside), reinstall pilot house and furniture, install motor, and then jump into installation of electrical, plumbing and electronics. No telling when all of that will be done. Still enjoying the process but really ready to be finished.
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby 32juan » July 5th, 2017, 11:43 am

I really enjoyed talking about this project with you at the BWM. Glad to see that it's coming along, and be careful with those fumes!!!!
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby gringo sushi » July 22nd, 2017, 10:09 pm

32juan wrote:I really enjoyed talking about this project with you at the BWM. Glad to see that it's coming along, and be careful with those fumes!!!!


Good to catch up with you and likewise, It was good hearing about the details of your skippy project after seeing the photos.
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby VangysWay » July 24th, 2017, 10:09 am

Looks great Todd!
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby Westbury » July 24th, 2017, 11:41 am

Looking good!
Looks like you have a Catamaran project to do next!
Whats the story on that boat?
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby gringo sushi » August 11th, 2017, 9:48 pm

Westbury wrote:Looking good!
Looks like you have a Catamaran project to do next!
Whats the story on that boat?


That is a 14' Livingston. I finished going through that one about a year ago and it has gotten me by while I'm working on the skipjack.

It amazes me how well that little cat handles the chop. I've taken it to clemente, overnighters to cat and chased tuna logging 150 miles in a day. I love that little boat!
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby gringo sushi » August 11th, 2017, 10:18 pm

I've fortunately had the chance to really focus on the project lately and been rewarded with some progress:

Final cut for pilot house windows:




Finished floor supports with flange around openings to keep below deck dry and channel water to scuppers:


Inside of hull gel coated:


Floorboards and Deck Hatches gel coated:


Next comes finish body work, exterior paint, and then assembly Hoping to have all of that done in the next 2 months
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby malibujohn » August 12th, 2017, 4:49 am

Looks beautiful! you've done a hell of a job Todd!! :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby woody » August 14th, 2017, 7:27 pm

Unreal !!! Good job
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby gringo sushi » September 1st, 2017, 2:33 pm

Unable to work on the boat due to the heat, I retreated to the AC and decided it was time for another update

Deck masked off to apply no-slip treatment:


Primer:


Paint:


While painting I had a nonstop incoming of Japanese beetles that made things interesting. There had to be something about the smell that they couldn't resist.


Pilot House lifted on gantry and backed boat underneath:


Side view of PH on:


So glad to have the painting behind me. Now its assembly time.
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby Bamz » September 1st, 2017, 4:42 pm

DAMN!!!
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby woody » September 24th, 2017, 8:50 pm

You guys would not believe what he has done to this boat . This is the most amazing rig I've ever seen hands-down !good job Todd
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby rhyne » September 25th, 2017, 7:12 am

oh man, she is looking purrrrty. can't wait to see some finished pics
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby Hookin » September 25th, 2017, 7:19 pm

This is a great thread! Love watching it all come together. Looking forward to seeing some fish on it soon as I am sure you are too.
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby Schwaman » September 26th, 2017, 10:18 am

Amazing, this is going to be an awesome boat
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby gringo sushi » October 24th, 2017, 4:54 pm

Hard to believe that last update was Sept 1. Biggest development since then has been getting back to work full time and that has sure puts a wet blanket on progress. With one last push (this weekend and next) I am hoping to be ready for the first dunk on a shakedown trip.


Pilot house window installation was good for some quick gratification. The boys held windows from outside while I tightened clamp rings from inside. They have been a huge help on this project for those tasks that can't be done with one set of hands. Also got the radar, antennas, lights, etc in place:





With window sealant cleaned up and set, only one thing to do before going to bed...tag this girl:



Dropping the engine went well. Got the whole family involved to guide it into the outdrive shield and onto motor mounts. It's a tight fit but just how I wanted it to maximize deck space.



One of the most arduous tasks has been to test the fish box to see how well it keeps ice. Without a dead fish on hand I had to find something to keep cold, haha. These three blocks lasted 7 days so I was pretty stoked with that. It has 4 inches of rigid foam insulation on all sides and volume equal to two large igloo coolers.


Part 2 in next post
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby gringo sushi » October 24th, 2017, 5:00 pm

Upholstery guy finished his work and I couldn't be happier. Ended up with a new friend in Jose at JC Customer Upholstery (Fullerton). Super Great Guy!!!





To maximize deck space and keep gear organized, I came up with the idea of making the engine cover into what I'm calling a "Multi-Box". Spearguns in the front, floats in the back. I also plan to run a raw water spay in the rear box to use it as a kill/bleed out box or to keep lobsters wet. The removable arch supports guns from front and float lines/fish tail for bleeding on back. Handles on sides will hold fins. Hooks/bungees on front will handle misc stuff like dive knife, gloves, etc. The goal is to handle 4 divers and gear and have no clutter/crap on the floor:



Wiring is about half done. One of my favorite parts of a project like this :)
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby Bamz » October 25th, 2017, 5:42 am

Looks fantastic Todd!
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby chris oak » October 27th, 2017, 6:16 pm

MAN, I am blown away at the build of this boat. I really love that hull color too Todd, bitchen. You always will have boat building skills on hand if you ever decide to switch careers!
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby John Hughes » November 9th, 2017, 3:57 pm

WOW Todd, I'm blown away. I didn't realize you were so close. I can't wait to get a ride on that beauty!! It's going to feel unbelievable getting some blood on the deck for you.
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby Trace » November 12th, 2017, 9:07 am

Great rebuild! That is a very roomy pilothouse and the deck box, nice touch.
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby gringo sushi » November 13th, 2017, 10:49 am

Thanks guys.

I just got a survey completed this morning in order to get insurance in place. Once that is done I am on the water for first shakedown. Hopefully this Wednesday.
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Re: Skipjack 24 Open Restoration Project

Postby rhyne » November 13th, 2017, 3:59 pm

so awesome! Can't wait to see some pics of the maiden voyage. best of luck!
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