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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV Sportfish IV: 1977 24' Skipjack. The dual frequency transducer and the speed-temp unit have both been fitted to the stern. I used white, marine-grade silicone sealant-adhesive. Both cables from the sending units were wrapped in black plastic spiral-wrap for additional protection and neatness... I still need to clean up the extra black pen mqarks... 
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV Sportfish IV: 1977 24' Skipjack. Transducer and Speed-Temp cables are both enclosed in spiral wrap all the way up the stern, under the chrome fitting and through the back of the boat. Also, two of the proposed 5 Perko rod holders have been bolted to the corners of the stern grab rail... There will be another one in the center and one on each side of the boat...    Bob Fisher's SportfishWorld ©
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV Sportfish IV: 1977 24' Skipjack. This is just the wiring setup for the Lowrance LC X-17 Fish Finder. As per the manufacturer's recommendation the power source is directly from the (Port) Battery. The rest of the boat's wiring is on the starboard side. This is to eliminate electrical interference that could affect the display on the screen.  Because it is a direct connection they recommend a cutoff switch. I mounted a simple 2 position toggle switch through a piece of aluminum flat bar. There's also an inline 3-amp fuse between the switch and the terminal block. I also put marine, adhesive sealant around the mounting screw holes behind the terminal block so that the screws will never work loose and I'm now also putting a heat-shrink cover behind all of the connectors on all of my wires... This stuff is really simple to do and requires few tools, it just takes a plan, care and some time... Do it once, do it right...   Bob Fisher's SportfishWorld ©
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV Sportfish IV: 1977 24' Skipjack. Master fuse panel for the auxilliary terminal buses and ammeter.    Bob Fisher's SportfishWorld ©
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV Sportfish IV: 1977 24' Skipjack. I had to add some additional terminal blocks and busses for auxilliary equipment that was not on the ignition bus, i.e. nav lights, bilge pump and blower. There will be EVEN MORE when I install the VHF radio, Stereo-CD, and 12 volt power outlets. I want everything separate, no stealing power from existing connections or circuits!   Bob Fisher's SportfishWorld ©
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV Sportfish IV: 1977 24' Skipjack. The GPS Map of the United States is the first thing that popped up when I powered her up for the first time. I didn't get the GPS module (as I am going to buy a separate standalone GPS) so I have to exit out of this screen and 'page' to 'Sonar'... But at least it works!  - Spiral wrap protects all of the cables that are exposed on the dash... (It's really cheap, something like $1.90 for 6' at Home Depot) Bob Fisher's SportfishWorld ©
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV Sportfish IV's Maiden Voyage was short-lived (the alternator cooked both batteries) but at least she got wet. I was happy to have fifteen minutes of fun cruising up the river and to see her sitting in the water at the dock.... Bob Fisher's SportfishWorld ©
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV Sportfish IV's Maiden Voyage was short-lived (the alternator cooked both batteries) but at least she got wet. I was happy to have fifteen minutes of fun cruising up the river and to see her sitting in the water at the dock.... Bob Fisher's SportfishWorld ©
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV Sportfish IV's Maiden Voyage was short-lived (the alternator cooked both batteries) but at least she got wet. I was happy to have fifteen minutes of fun cruising up the river and to see her sitting in the water at the dock.... Bob Fisher's SportfishWorld ©
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV Sportfish IV's Maiden Voyage was short-lived (the alternator cooked both batteries) but at least she got wet. I was happy to have fifteen minutes of fun cruising up the river and to see her sitting in the water at the dock.... Bob Fisher's SportfishWorld ©
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV The old engine cover was rotted out and couldn't hold the hinges so I've removed it and I'm in the process of fabricating a new one - with fiberglass reinforcing...   Bob Fisher's SportfishWorld ©
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV I'm on a budget you know...I picked up the stainless steel steering wheel, two gauges (one is brand new) and two aluminum boat cleats at a boat 'recycling' place near Sacramento, Ca. all for just $40.00!  Bob Fisher's SportfishWorld ©
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV The new fuel sending unit came with a bunch of instructions and a table with two columns with precalculated measurements for cutting the support bracket and float arm, based upon your tank depth. You also need to allow for cover plate and gasket thickness. There is an easy way to verify the length of the float arm and support bracket after you have marked them and before you cut them to size. Sit the cover plate and gasket at the top of a straight piece of plywood. Imagine that the plywood is the top of the tank. With the support bracket at right angles to the top edge of the wood, raise the float arm. The end of the plastic float should be just under the top edge of the wood. (The same principal applies for the bottom of the tank)          Bob Fisher's SportfishWorld ©
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV The motor is back in! We had trouble sourcing the original OMC manifolds, elbows and hoses. Randy at Napa Valley Camper came up with the idea to convert the OMC motor to brand new Mercruiser manifolds, risers, thermostat housing and water pump. The new exhaust system is 3 inches and didn't match up to the OMC's existing 2 inch exhaust outlets on the transom. Randy knew this so part of his plan was to fit an aftermarket fiberglass exhaust elbow 'reducer'. (3inch to 2 inch) There are a couple of other elbows required in this system but all in all it looks pretty darn good and the first test (in the driveway) proved to be successful.       Bob Fisher's SportfishWorld ©
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Project Fishing Boats Project Boat Sportfish IV   Sportfish IV The new gauges are in and the wiring for the gauges is complete. Previously there were a bunch of wires attached to the 'Accessories' terminal on the ignition switch and the power and ground to each gauge was provided by a 'jumper' system from gauge to gauge...I CHANGED this to a single a wire from the 'accessories' terminal to a common bus for ignition and another one for ground. Now each gauge and it's wiring can be  removed or tested totally independent of the other gauges...I also installed a terminal block to connect the 'switch' or 'sender' wire from each gauge back to the corresponding wire coming out of the wiring harness...All of the wiring has been labeled using a book of 'stickers' that I purchased from Home Depot. Remarkably when I started the engine for the first time after completing this phase, EVERYTHING worked!
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