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    You could lift the deck yourself with an engine hoist.
    I had help removing my deck, but I reinstalled it by myself.
    It was Lenny's idea to make the 2x6 brace and it worked great. The brace was attached through the lifting ring holes.
    I attached the hoist to a 4x4 that I ran through the speaker holes, but it doesn't look as if you have that option, so you could attach the hoist directly to the 2x6 brace (but I'd also run a strap from the dash area to the brace as well)
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    Ahh...cool. I can do that...
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    I would guess, judging from your picture, that the boat is still on the trailer.
    I would strongly reccomend a set of dollies. It's great being able to stand along side the hull and being able to bend over the side and work in the bottom....and not to mention being able to spin the hull around in its own length.
    And it won't lose its shape if it sits on the dollies for a long time w/o the deck.
    My TR has been sitting on dollies w/o the deck for 5 years. I just put my deck back on and it dropped right in place.
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    George, it's on stands but I'm probably going to buy some dollies. I have a car bench/jig that I may use when it's upside down but will build braces.

    I appreciate your advice..
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    I've been thinking more about what to use on the bottom. I'd like to hear about the durability of paint on the hull where it sits on the trailer bunks. I think the original Awlgrip might be hard enough but how about other paints?

    Thanks again,
    Aaron
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    My orange boat is 100 % Painted. It sits on bunks and in 12 years I have not had an issue. Its like the day I finished it...perfect.

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    seeing how the black gel holds up on the chicken boat next to awlcraft black paint. I would not even consider gel on that color combo. the black cig looks like it just left the booth same with Pearson's 18 . the owner of the chicken boat is forever trying to keep the gel looking good.
    the cig is on bunks all year either on the lift or the trailer and the paint holds up well.


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    Good paint holds up very well for many years.
    I wouldn't even begin to consider again gelling a boat w/o some serious historical significance accompanying it.

    I think "provenance" is the word.
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    Thanks guys. I wasn't trying to open up that whole paint/gel debate again. But when I'm researching paint, it seems like there's nothing "officially" used on the bottom except anti-fouling crap.

    The longest the boat will sit in the water if for a weekend but then I started to wonder (worry) about trailer wear.

    Anyway...no need to beat a dead horse. I'm probably going to use the marine Imron MS600...

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    Aaron,
    Even the old Imron paints would hold up perfect on the bottoms unless they were left for 10 days or more in the pond - at that point the paint would start to loosen up and bubble, but if they were taken back out and left to dry they would be fine. Trailer it and you will be fine. My two cents, Bill

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    Yeah...used an air-saw and my 140 pound buddy...

    It's off. 5 guys and it was a little 'hairy"....will use mechanical objects to re-install....:/
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    Nice job. And the result is a "view" too many of us have seen.

    But, now the fun begins.

    Nice shop, by the way. Looks like a great place to work on the boat.
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    Looking good, something about old ford blue that just gets to me.
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    Yeah, it's in my "body" shop area...

    Here's a pic of the hull number written up front at the point...
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    Wow...looks great! I love threads like this. Its so nice to see a boat being torn down and rebuilt from ground up. Keep the pictures coming!

    Scott Pearson
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