Old Aluminum Boat Restoration




About: Just a normal guy who enjoys the water and outdoors. Grew up on the water in the Panhandle of Florida fishing and boating, still live on the gulf today just a little further Southwest.

So I was sitting around the house one day and a buddy called me to tell me his neighbor was selling a 22 foot aluminum cuddy cabin.  So after years of using a flat bottomed boat for diving in the Gulf of Mexico my back finally decided to upgrade to a larger smoother running boat.  So one phone call to my sister and we decided to partner on this boat and brought it home for $1200.  The boat is a Sylvan 22' Offshore model powered by a 3 liter Mercruiser inboard outboard.   

So began a full tune up of the engine, plugs, points, carb rebuild, new water pump kit, wires, bilge pump, oil, filters, and much more.  After the tune up the engine was purring like a kitten.

Me and a buddy also pulled out all the carpet in the floor and replaced it with fiberglass reinforced panels to give the floor a white textured fiberglass finish, much more durable than carpet and easier to keep clean.  Unfortunately I did not take any pictures of the floor replacement so here we are.

As you can see from the photos the boat is  little bit cosmetically challenged, we used it over the fall and early this spring and I finally decided to dry dock it and really clean this thing up.

Here is a list of what I am planning/doing to the boat and there will be an instructable for each step:

1.  Strip the hull and deck of the boat and paint it with white marine paint.
2.  Insulate the back compartment to make a cooler/fishbox.
3.  Replace all the vinyl on the boat with fresh marine vinyl.
4.  Sew a new bimini top and cover for the boat out of marine canvas.
5.  Replace the tachometer and fuel gauge that are currently broken.
6.  Replace the poor chewed up propellar.

So the objective of all these projects is to do them as cheaply as possible hence the reason I am going to sew my own vinyl and canvas.  Stay tuned of the progress, the painting should be finished in the coming week and I will have good pictures and instructions.



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    7 years ago on Introduction

    the boat definately has a lot of potential...more work & money than I can afford tho....8(

    I admire you for what you're doing tho! :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Big work coming this weekend so stay tuned! I will be doing upholstry and painting.