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    58 Skagit express 20' Restore (up north edition)

    As a few of you know, i recently discovered what my dad has had sitting in his yard for 20 or so years. And i managed to get it out of the dirt with bottle jacks and on to a dilapidated trailer for transport to my house. Many projects around the house and life have really allowed me to get going on it like i have wanted but i by snowfall it should be in my garage where i can get going on it for the winter. Plan is to have it done by late spring (when all the ice is gone and it has warmed up for some enjoyable cruising. This first post is going to be a baseline for what i plan on and mostly bullet points.

    What we know
    -its a skagit
    -its 20'
    -its got shades of seafoam green,white, and blue (pretty sure it was originally blue and white judging on the some sanding and wear spots.
    -it has had an inboard, inboard/outboard, and a kicker but never an outboard as a main engine.
    -it has the short keel
    -it had a rudder port

    What we think
    Its a 58 (no id tag yet)
    the merc turns over so we think it still runs
    the outdrive works but may be seized up

    What we have in store for it.
    Hull
    -Getting everything smoothed out
    -patching holes fixing cracks
    -a fresh lay up of mat-roving-mat on the keel
    -fresh paint (may goto the red with white trim)
    -fixing the upper glass cowl
    -replace the glass/plexiglass
    -smooth inside of hull and paint
    -beef up transom
    -beef up engine stringers
    -raise deck to a self bailing level
    -build a hard top
    -redo cuddy bulkhead


    Electronics
    -VHF with short whip-NMEA2000 compatable
    -Shore power and generator hook up for honda 2000i
    -Simrad 7'' touch screen gps/radar/sounder (with implements for guages, ais, autopilot, nmea2000 comp)
    -bluetooth stereo for 3'' guage slot with 2- 6.5'' speakers
    -inface mercuiser 3.7l to nmea 2000
    -all in one nav light led (has the anchor, port, stbd, and aft all in one for mast mount)
    -engine blower
    -cabin lights (led)
    -switch panel
    -wiring for 2 batteries(one for start, one for house)


    Motor, propulsion, and steering
    -Mercuiser I-4 3.7L 170HP
    -replace starter
    -replace broken shifter bracket (if anyone has one i'll buy it)
    -r and r outdrive(transom gasket) new ujoints at the very least)
    -convert to altenator
    -tune up(points, plugs, wires, coil, cap)
    -order up some kind of nmea 2000 steering since i don't have any.(reason being i can make it autopilot, but mainly because drive by wire doesn't rob power or weigh as much.)

    The other stuff
    -Make the hard top (as close to original, but it will be removable)
    -suspension pedestal seats (because cushions aren't enough)
    -6'' cushions for V berth/toilet cover/table
    -loose lay laminate for table (its slightly softer and has a little texture to it for a non slip effect)
    -cuddy cabin curtains
    -implements for engine coolant heater.
    -semi fixed propane bbq that can be used for any type cooking, and heat in a pinch
    -storage cubbys under v berth for anchor line, tools, parts, gear, clothing, bedding.
    -8'' cleats on aft corners, spring, and 1 on bow.
    -open top chocks on bow
    -maybe a windlass
    -build a console from scratch for both sides
    -bigger than stock fuel tanks (converting to aluminum, and going further forward)
    -Motor cowling
    -refinish bifold door original to boat
    -NEW TRAILER


    Safety
    -2 10# abc extinguishers
    -flare kit
    -3 PFD's (will swap between immersion suits and life jackets depending on trip)
    -life sling
    -epirb
    -horn

    And its really late and that took alot longer to type up than i though.

    now i'll post up some pics for ya.
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    Gabe Williamson
    Soldotna, Alaska

    Work - 2001 Bollinger Mini OSV 150' 2 Cat 3516c hd
    Side job - 1978 Bruno Stilman 35' Rebuilt in 1993 (38') Ford Lehman SP135

    Play/projects - and works in progress between Dad and I
    1958 Skagit 20' Express - projected Mercruiser MCM170 or 4stroke 115 outboard
    1964 Reinell 18' - 85hp Mercury Almost ready for seatrial
    197? Glassply 24' - Ford V8 I/O

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwilliamson View Post
    As a few of you know, i recently discovered what my dad has had sitting in his yard for 20 or so years. And i managed to get it out of the dirt with bottle jacks and on to a dilapidated trailer for transport to my house. Many projects around the house and life have really allowed me to get going on it like i have wanted but i by snowfall it should be in my garage where i can get going on it for the winter. Plan is to have it done by late spring (when all the ice is gone and it has warmed up for some enjoyable cruising. This first post is going to be a baseline for what i plan on and mostly bullet points.

    What we know
    -its a skagit
    -its 20'
    -its got shades of seafoam green,white, and blue (pretty sure it was originally blue and white judging on the some sanding and wear spots.
    -it has had an inboard, inboard/outboard, and a kicker but never an outboard as a main engine.
    -it has the short keel
    -it had a rudder port

    What we think
    Its a 58 (no id tag yet)
    the merc turns over so we think it still runs
    the outdrive works but may be seized up

    What we have in store for it.
    Hull
    -Getting everything smoothed out
    -patching holes fixing cracks
    -a fresh lay up of mat-roving-mat on the keel
    -fresh paint (may goto the red with white trim)
    -fixing the upper glass cowl
    -replace the glass/plexiglass
    -smooth inside of hull and paint
    -beef up transom
    -beef up engine stringers
    -raise deck to a self bailing level
    -build a hard top
    -redo cuddy bulkhead


    Electronics
    -VHF with short whip-NMEA2000 compatable
    -Shore power and generator hook up for honda 2000i
    -Simrad 7'' touch screen gps/radar/sounder (with implements for guages, ais, autopilot, nmea2000 comp)
    -bluetooth stereo for 3'' guage slot with 2- 6.5'' speakers
    -inface mercuiser 3.7l to nmea 2000
    -all in one nav light led (has the anchor, port, stbd, and aft all in one for mast mount)
    -engine blower
    -cabin lights (led)
    -switch panel
    -wiring for 2 batteries(one for start, one for house)


    Motor, propulsion, and steering
    -Mercuiser I-4 3.7L 170HP
    -replace starter
    -replace broken shifter bracket (if anyone has one i'll buy it)
    -r and r outdrive(transom gasket) new ujoints at the very least)
    -convert to altenator
    -tune up(points, plugs, wires, coil, cap)
    -order up some kind of nmea 2000 steering since i don't have any.(reason being i can make it autopilot, but mainly because drive by wire doesn't rob power or weigh as much.)

    The other stuff
    -Make the hard top (as close to original, but it will be removable)
    -suspension pedestal seats (because cushions aren't enough)
    -6'' cushions for V berth/toilet cover/table
    -loose lay laminate for table (its slightly softer and has a little texture to it for a non slip effect)
    -cuddy cabin curtains
    -implements for engine coolant heater.
    -semi fixed propane bbq that can be used for any type cooking, and heat in a pinch
    -storage cubbys under v berth for anchor line, tools, parts, gear, clothing, bedding.
    -8'' cleats on aft corners, spring, and 1 on bow.
    -open top chocks on bow
    -maybe a windlass
    -build a console from scratch for both sides
    -bigger than stock fuel tanks (converting to aluminum, and going further forward)
    -Motor cowling
    -refinish bifold door original to boat
    -NEW TRAILER


    Safety
    -2 10# abc extinguishers
    -flare kit
    -3 PFD's (will swap between immersion suits and life jackets depending on trip)
    -life sling
    -epirb
    -horn

    And its really late and that took alot longer to type up than i though.

    now i'll post up some pics for ya.
    Great Plan !!.

    Everyone has there own way of doing things, as you can see here on the Forum
    I am a foam nut. I have had one big what I call Blow's of foam were I had put in a little too much so I have this mushroom looking thing about 5" tall and more than a foot around that I have been letting float in the rain barrel since 2007. It still has not taken in any water, sets out in the Sun and all the possible weather you can think off.
    Its even been frozen in place in the winters. I use the Fiberlay closed cell flotation Adhesive foam. I will simple green, scrub and pressure wash the hull, run drain tubes from the cabin to the bilge pump area for any water that happens to make into the cabin.
    It also make her a Lot quieter when running on choppy water.

    Not sure about your plans on the helm windshield, but thanks to Bruce Bridwell (Bruceb) and others, its a 1956 Ford Sedan or station windshield that they cut the center out and made it two pieces.
    I have seen people try to put those in and have even broken them. The suggestion is when repairing (I even Cut the windshield frame to relax it and fiberglass while beefing it up.) so you get a Great fit. We or some get our rubber product from Wefco in California and they have on there website a PDF of the rubber products they sell. I can print that out, cut out the pattern to use as a perfect fit. Same with the side rail rubber.
    The reason I do this is because that frame will get altered over the years and well, I have been in several 20's and she will take one over the bow.
    Mine also has the Hard top (1959 and I think its the same as the 1958).

    I never quite figured out what windshield is in mine as its one piece. I have been told it was a 56 to 59 ford Pickup truck but not sure.

    Anyway, opinions are like arm pits, we all have them so by asking questions to get enough opinions, you will be able to form your own.

    Looken good and like I said, Great Plan !! That boat will outlast the grand kids

    Helmar
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    2 40hp Johnsons, several smaller Old kickers for a total of 12

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    love the plan Gabe, glad to know another 58 20 will come back from the land of the dead and forgotten. We share the same eye that sees the potential versus the pile of old fiberglass. Looking forward to watching your progress.
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