13ft Livingston Refit

Discussion in 'Check Out My Boat Customization' started by nik olson, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. nik olson

    nik olson Newbie

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    You guys with your rad compact skiffs have inspired me to get off my ass and build one. I have a bigger boat but was interested in getting a little 12-15 ft skiff for crabbing in the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. Up here in the NW, Livingston's are pretty common( and cheap), so I picked up a 13fter yesterday. I like the stability that a cat hull provides in such a small boat. Ill start by cleaning it, drying it out, removing all the crap on it, flipping it and getting to work on the outer hull.

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  2. garlicsalt

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    Very cool Nik, keep us in the loop.
     
  3. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Member

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    Interested in what you do. keep us posted.

    Thanks,
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  4. nik olson

    nik olson Newbie

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    Not much fun stuff to report. I have just been sanding off all the old paint and most of the primer. I'm thinking of going with a narrow center console, center storage/fish compartment on the middle bow, stern- storage box on one side-fuel tank on the other with an engine well, battery in the steering console. Also want to add some floor boards so I'm not standing on a wet floor all the time maybe teak. If I had any skills with the photo editor I could draw it. But I don't. So I can't.

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  5. nik olson

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    More sanding...

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  6. rydawg

    rydawg Newbie

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    Livingston boats are great platforms for a custom build... keep up the good work!
     
  7. nik olson

    nik olson Newbie

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    Actually been working hard on this thing but not much visual progress. Sanded all the bottom paint off and removed a lot of the previous gelcoat, paint, whatever old finishes were on it. Finally found a new pad for the 8 inch DA which made the job much quicker. There is quite a bit more damage to the keels than I anticipated so this is gonna take longer than I thought, but it's all good! Going to be glassing and repairing damage this week.

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  8. mikedynp

    mikedynp Newbie

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    Nice work. I have a similar project that I am getting ready to start as soon as it warms up a bit. Are you planning on using gelcoat or paint on the hull?
     
  9. nik olson

    nik olson Newbie

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    I'm thinking gelcoat but I haven't made my mind up yet. I think it's a little more durable than paint- for beach launching, crabbing, and general banging around?
     
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  10. stella marina

    stella marina Well-Known "Member"

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    Nice job bud!
    Isn't sanding fun??
    I learned long sleeves are a must, and a resperator, rather than a dust mask..
    Can't wait to see it all done.
    I just received my tuff epoxy primer, hopefully it makes my first fiberglass attempt look better.
    What are you going to use on the bottom after glassing?
     
  11. nik olson

    nik olson Newbie

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    Oh yeah sanding fiberglass is the best lol. Yes sleeves, respirator, hat, all that. I don't know yet what I want to do for the bottom. I'm liking this project because it's like a blank canvas-can do pretty much anything I want as long as it's within 13ft... any suggestions? It will not be kept in the water for more than a few days at a time. Would prefer no bottom paint...
     
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  12. stella marina

    stella marina Well-Known "Member"

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    I'm planning on making a larger casting platform in the front, like the other livingston on here, check out the seahawk tuff stuff for the bottom. It's suppose to be a water barrier, comes in white or grey., I'll let you know how it goes once the weather warms back up.
     
  13. gunnyslinger

    gunnyslinger I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Take a look at VC Performance Epoxy. I just painted the bottom of my skiff with it. Easy stuff to work with.
     
  14. nik olson

    nik olson Newbie

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    Ok thanks for the replies. I will check them out.
     
  15. mikedynp

    mikedynp Newbie

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    That's the way I am leaning as well. Seems like people have pretty strong opinions on the matter in both sides. Have you done a project like this before?
     
  16. Mo Betta

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    Ah another Livingston boat project! Looking good!
     
  17. sawyerjones

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    Cool project. I love livingstons! Can't wait to see how it turns out
     
  18. nik olson

    nik olson Newbie

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    Yes- done a few whalers, Glasplys...I kinda plan as I go and see how it turns out.

    Wish progress was faster but...
     
  19. Aliikai17

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    Just go home depot and pick up a sander outside. Way better and you don't get any fiberglass on you!! Thought about doing that on my next project to subcontract it out at home depot.
     
  20. dmrides

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    You should look into getting the stainless steel keel guards from Livingston as long as you’re doing all that bottom work.
     

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