In Half 2 of overhauling an older bass boat to a totally fashionable rig, Thomas Allen implements a couple of inside repairs which have been lengthy overdue.

In Half 2 of Outdated to Up to date, I’ll stroll you thru a couple of inside repairs which have been wanted for a while. To be sincere, I’ve uncared for a number of of those to the purpose that they’ve created extra issues. Take it from me, it’s simpler to repair one downside early than a number of in a while.

Make amends for the sequence:

Half 1: Bass Boat Breakdown

Gen 2 humminbird transducer

This was the prevailing transducer mounted on the base of the transom, and it functioned completely. It fed a Humminbird G2N Helix 10 on the sprint, and since I used to be upgrading the items to Humminbird G4N Helix 10s outfitted with Mega know-how, I wanted to improve the transducer to a Mega enabled model.

New humminbird transducer

Right here’s the brand new transducer. It encompasses a barely completely different form, however the threaded bushings had been positioned in relation to the previous transducers so a swap like I used to be about to make was a chunk of cake.

new humminbird transducer rigging

Within the photograph above you’ll be able to see the rigging parts. I didn’t need to take away the prevailing bracket on the again of the boat for apparent causes—eradicating screws and placing new ones in stresses the fiberglass. What was there labored, and you understand what they are saying about not fixing one thing that ain’t broke. Happily, the brackets haven’t modified so it was a easy swippy-swap.

humminbird transducer rigged and ready to install

Right here’s the brand new transducer rigged with the identical bracket because the earlier. Straightforward.

rigging humminbird transducer on transom

Swapping the transducers was as quite simple improve that paid out plenty of information on the sprint. It was a simple no-brainer that took minutes.

new humminbird Transducer rigged on transom

Within the photograph above, you’ll be able to see the finished improve.

Humminbird new mega transducer installed

Right here’s a light mistake, one that would turn out to be a lot greater if I don’t continually take note of the jackplate place. The TH Marine Atlas Hydraulic Jack Plate does contact the transducer when it’s prolonged down to almost the underside of its movement. So, I’ve to cease on the “No. 2” setting. The excellent news is that if the jack plate does go too far down and hits the transducer, it received’t break it, it’ll merely reposition the transducer, which I can repair. However I’ll have been smarter to place the transducer in a brand new spot.

Transducer wire and wire snake

Subsequent, the method of operating the brand new Humminbird Mega Facet Imaging transducer wire was simply dealt with with an affordable wire snake. This can be a easy software that’s price its weight in gold. Saved me a bunch of cusswords …


I maintain rolls {of electrical} tape useful only for operating wires on a wire snake by means of the gunnels. Right here the wire is taped to the wire snake and able to run.

running wires

Having two units of palms all through this course of was essential. Tommy’s lengthy arms got here in very useful after we ran wires. Right here he’s beneath the driving force’s console as we fished the brand new Mega transducer by means of the boat. That mission obtained executed simply, and never all boat upgrades go straightforward … Belief me.

boat console

So, the console broke from the gunnel after hitting large waves over and over. I additionally inspired the issue through the use of the console as a assist to drag myself from the driving force’s seat. The final time I used to be in large water I may really feel it flexing and listen to it cracking with every large wave. Within the above image, you’ll be able to see how the console is drooping in comparison with the gunnel. These two traces must be flush. It needed to be fastened.


Right here’s an image of the aspect of the console newly connected to the gunnel. I used thick bolts and vast washers to totally safe it and never fear about it breaking once more. I needed to maintain this bolt shut the arm gap so I may get a wrench in behind the wall. A hex-head bolt was vital because it added even strain and didn’t dig into the thin-walled fiberglass.


Right here is the second bolt I added, in the direction of the entrance of the boat and on the alternative aspect of the arm gap that reaches into the gunnel.


On the alternative aspect of the driving force’s aspect console, there have been a pair low-cost screws holding the console on, close to the step up onto the entrance deck. I added a couple of new wider screws to raised safe the console. This all labored like a attraction and it’s as strong as its ever been.

finished repaired console

Right here is the totally repaired and completed driver’s console. It was a better job than I assumed it might be, really easy that I used to be mad at myself for letting it go for thus lengthy.

bass boat glovebox

Oh, this downside made me say loads of dangerous phrases. Each time I hit an enormous wave—or any wave for that matter—the glove field fell open. I attempted to tape it shut, that seemed horrible, I couldn’t discover the suitable dimension pin that will really keep within the hinge part.

bass boat glove box open

Right here is the glove field open, and the arrow is pointing at the place the bolt would ultimately go, however on the underside. I needed to maintain the door closed to insert the bolt, which took an additional set of palms—similar to each different half to this mission.

bass boat glove box hinge bolt

This can be a view beneath with the hinge bolt put in, and it’ll by no means come out. I’m very proud of the brand new performance, too. As a result of it’s a nut and a bolt, I tightened it a bit and firmed up the swing open. Straightforward.

Repaired storage lid carpet

This was a easy restore too, and I ought to have taken care of it sooner. The carpet is in first rate form throughout the boat, but it surely was developing on the port-side rod locker. It was a headache to try to shut the lid each time, and it took a couple of minutes to re-glue it and safe it appropriately to the lid. Piece of cake.

bad drain plug

I’ve had this boat for nearly 10 years, and I’ve by no means even thought-about altering the drain plug. And the O-ring and rotten silicone was junk. So, I took it out and changed it.

prepared drain plug hole

I ready the world with a brillo pad so the brand new marine-grade silicone would totally adhere to the fiberglass.

installing drain plug


I do know it doesn’t at all times look tremendous nice, however I used a bunch of silicone to totally waterproof the connetion.

installed drain plus

Right here is the completed job—new drain plug put in. Once more, straightforward and quick. And it saved the inside of the boat completely dry.


The following mission was to repair present holes on the again deck. I put in the Minn Kota heading sensor after I put the unique Ultrex on the boat, and I used to be changed it with a brand new heading sensor to go together with the brand new Ultrex we’ll be putting in down the road on this sequence. The outlet on the left was for an older unit that I by no means used; I left it there out of comfort. As soon as I discovered the TH Marine Screw Down Deck Plates, I knew the place I’d be utilizing them.

Gluing plates

Use loads of silicone. I had no intentions of ever pulling this plate off, so I glued the heck out of it!

installed plate and heading sensor

Right here’s the completed back-deck mission. Straightforward and clear.

transom plug open

This was a much bigger downside than I spotted early on, and admittedly I ignored it. The plugs had been previous, rotten, and so they simply fell aside. The outcome was plenty of water ending up within the backside of the boat. This downside mixed with the previous crappy drain plug was permitting an excessive amount of water into the purpose the place it was affecting general boat efficiency. One other easy downside that was uncared for.

New transom plug

Right here is the brand new plug put in. It was tremendous straightforward and low-cost, and it took a minute to repair it. Sure, a easy downside, however a bunch of easy issues stack up and it’s generally simpler to only overlook about it. I’ll not make that general mistake once more.

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