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    My thoughts exactly. This is going to see some long idle times and lots of part throttle cruising. I can always drop a power head on for a season and go for the big numbers.
    '78 Hydrostream Viking/2.0 175, restoration https://www.screamandfly.com/showthr...Viking-rebuild

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    This thread is just priceless. I absolutely love it!


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    The work on the hull has been completed!

    Battery and throttle mounts got a layer of CSM on the bottom side before being bedded into a resin putty mix and tabbed in with 2" CSM, 4" 1708, and completely covered with CSM.

    Drainage holes were drilled into the transom knees and the forward bulkhead to drain the foot well.

    I had to spend a bit of time with a carbide burr, drill bits, a bottoming tap, and thread chase to clean out the resin in the threads of the T nuts after all the glass went over them. I went and picked up some cheap hardware and threaded bolts into each T nut to keep gel coat from getting in the threads.

    The entire hull got a thorough wash down with acetone and wiped down with a tack cloth before gel coat went on. I taped off the top 4" of hull to keep gel coat off so the glass will have better bite to hold the deck/hull together. I applied the gel coat by mixing each batch and dumping it in the hull and spreading it with a brush and roller. Looking back I really should've picked up a spray gun and sprayed it. It would've looked much better considering the amount of time and effort I spent getting the glass nice and smooth. I admit I felt a bit rushed to get the gel finished so I could get the deck in the garage before it became completely buried in snow. 18" this season so far. Overall it doesn't look bad, but could be better.

    I found the best blue match I could to the flake I'll be using on the exterior. Once the gel cured for a day I applied the splatter pattern using a 3" brush that I cut four "fingers" into and just flung it around. I'm not aware of Howard doing this to any original boats, but I feel like it fits the 70's era well. Plus is does a great job hiding the brush finish of the underlaying gel.

    A good tip I picked up from my fiberglass supplier. When mixing in wax for the top coat of gel, go pick up an empty gallon paint can and wax an entire gallon at a time. That will save time while mixing in catalyst when keeping a wet edge.

    Once all the gel coat was finished I covered the hull with some 3mil poly sheeting I had laying around tp keep any resin drips off the fresh gel and added some supports to my cradle to hold the deck.

    The deck is in the garage and thawed out. I removed all the wood from it last night. That didn't take long as there wasn't much holding it together. Lots of dry mat. I'll be replacing all wood as well as adding core to the bow.
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    Last edited by tnelsmn; Yesterday at 11:33 PM.
    '78 Hydrostream Viking/2.0 175, restoration https://www.screamandfly.com/showthr...Viking-rebuild

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    Looks great! I will certainly refer back to this when I move on to my Vector for a few ideas.
    -Kevin
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    What a excellent turn out. U did a fantastic job on this especially ur 1st go around. My hats off to u sir!! Cant wait to see deck on it. Let me know when ur ready for me send u mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merc 2.5 View Post
    What a excellent turn out. U did a fantastic job on this especially ur 1st go around. My hats off to u sir!! Cant wait to see deck on it. Let me know when ur ready for me send u mine.
    x2

    Awesome thread
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merc 2.5 View Post
    What a excellent turn out. U did a fantastic job on this especially ur 1st go around. My hats off to u sir!! Cant wait to see deck on it. Let me know when ur ready for me send u mine.
    Thank you, Merc! I'm sure I'll do another one in the future now that I kinda get how this stuff works. But it won't be until I have a separate shop. Not being able to park in my garage is getting pretty old.
    '78 Hydrostream Viking/2.0 175, restoration https://www.screamandfly.com/showthr...Viking-rebuild

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