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Baitboat mods

Post by brian harrison » Mon Aug 14 2017 23:18

Been doing some mods to a AT standard baitboat,it's the best boat out there albeit having one flaw...not being able to change the battery.
Seems how I cut the boat open I thought I would upgrade it to digital electronics.I would like to say the Ali tig welding was my own but sadly not.
Just about to glue it back together & hope it doesn't sink.The mods have added slightly over a pound in weight but that said it should be the ultimate pike baitboat.

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Post by brian harrison » Mon Aug 14 2017 23:22

This the new front LED light,it's a DRL off eBay together with LED nav lights at the back.Its pretty god damn bright tbh.
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Post by Jason Skilton » Tue Aug 15 2017 08:56

I hope all the electronic's are marine spec Brian, that was the first think I sorted on the Japanese carrier I built.
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Re: Baitboat mods

Post by brian harrison » Tue Aug 15 2017 09:45

Jason Skilton wrote: โ†‘
I hope all the electronic's are marine spec Brian, that was the first think I sorted on the Japanese carrier I built.
All sourced from Action electronics,they are the boyos for this stuff I believe

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Re: Baitboat mods

Post by andrew_nagel » Sat Aug 19 2017 12:40

It looks good and strong that Brian. I opened my microcat up to change the worn charger socket. I was surprised how thin the hull walls were towards the top of the hoppers. Paper-thin, literally. The hulls are made from a vacuum form so the walls always get thinner the further they are thermo-stretched from the original plastic plate. I have not got round to re-sealing mine up yet. It's on my projects list. I'm planning on making a plaster mould from the hull and laying up a GRP hull then binning the original ABS one.

Here's a simple mod I did to stop wrigglers kicking the hopper covers off and jumping out. It's just two strips of black ABS sheet glued across the front and rear of the hoppers. The flex of the covers let's you bend them to fit under. Then the wriggler is held securely.


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Post by brian harrison » Sun Aug 20 2017 19:57

I tend to tow wrigglers out tbh Andrew but that does make perfect sense,keeping my microcat for a bit till I am happy with the standard boat.
Today's test didn't go well tbh,checked my connection plugs 3 times before I sealed it up & still managed to plug the reverse & starboard motors the wrong way round......the air was blue....
I do love tinkering with stuff though๐Ÿ˜Ž
Should be sealed & ready for a Wednesday evening distance test,dry land hopper test made 400 yds before I thought enough was enough๐Ÿ˜Ž

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Post by andrew_nagel » Mon Aug 21 2017 09:54

I was towing them out, but on one water the pike would hit them while being towed - which caused me a bit of panic!

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Re: Baitboat mods

Post by LB » Mon Aug 21 2017 11:35

what is the best way to reseal them? I need to change the transducer in mine.

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Re: Baitboat mods

Post by andrew_nagel » Wed Aug 23 2017 20:03

I use black sikaflex.

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