Anyone interested in a FREE boat project? Yes, FREE!
The hull is a 1989 Skeeter SD-125.
The engine in a 1984 Johnson V4 115hp.
The trailer is a "Custom Classic" of some sort.
The titles are free and clear.
Registration expired in March.
I picked up the junker of a boat from a fellow TFF member and began restoring it. My wife had to leave her job due to Rheumatoid Arthritis so that lack of income has made me put the project on hold. To make matter worse, I also traded in the truck this week for a vehicle that can't tow it, so it is mothballed to the garage.
So what have I already done to the project? Here's the list:
- Installed NEW marine-grade plywood 1.5" transom
- Installed NEW marine-grade plywood 3/4" stringers (only the back 1/3 of the boat; up to the seats)
- Installed NEW flotation foam in the back 1/3 of boat, including sponsons
- Lined the entire back 1/3 of boat bilge area with truckbed liner
- Installed new garboard drain
- Dual livewell pumps and bilge pump came with boat, but are fairly new and confirmed working
- Engine is entirely disassembled. I mean ENTIRELY. It had 2 blown cylinders, bad headgasket, bad carbs, and bad thermostat
- I had the block machined by Plano Power Equipment to + .064" (it was too bad to bore and less and I didn't want to resleeve it)
- Bought a new head (one was pitted), new recirc valves, new fuel pump (VRO bypass), but nothing for the block rebuild
- Completely rebuild the lower unit, including a new water pump
- Sanded 90% of the boat (only remaining are under the bunks)
- Primed 50% of the boat (entire top cap is primed)
- Painted 45% of the boat (top cap, minus some areas that I have yet to get or need more coats)
*NOTE ON PAINT* - Because it is an old junker boat, I decided to just roll-and-tip Rustoleum oil-based enamel with Tractor Supply enamel hardener. It has been a few weeks since I last rolled a coat so it has dried super hard and I am impressed (even though this is the second boat I have done this way). The plan was red on the top and white on the bottom.
What is left to be done? Here's the list:
- Finish sanding the bottom of the hull (will have to find a way to lift it off the bunk boards)
- Finish priming the hull
- Finish painting the hull
- Cut, carpet, and install new bunk boards
- Install new carpet (I have the old carpet in-tact to use as templates)
- Reinstall the top cap hardware (gauges, hand rails, etc)
- Truck bed line the trailer (that was my intention. Not required by any means)
- Repack wheel bearings (again, not really required, but recommended)
- Repair items on trailer as needed (needs a new rear wheel roller for sure. The rest seems ok)
- Rebuild the engine (details below)
- Paint the engine block (again, it was my intentions, but not required)
- Install the block to the midsection and hang it on the boat
- Fill trim/tilt pump (it works perfectly, no leaks. I had just flushed it)
- Hook up all the wiring
- Install the lower unit
- New LU lube
- Install Trolling Motor and Fish Finder
- Set the timing, adjust the carbs, tune the engine, and begin break-in procedure
For rebuilding the engine, this is the list I had:*NOTE* I took detailed pictures of every piece and every nut/bolt/screw/wire before I took it apart. Every part or part group was individually bagged and labeled and then written down in a notebook for order of disassembly. I will provide the journal and the pictures (and all the parts bagged and labeled, of course).
- Wiseco 064 pistons x 4 - $400
- Wrist pin bearings x 4 - part 388595 - $72
- Retainer bearing x 4 - part 387787 - $32
- Powerhead gasket set - part 391300 - $70
- T-stat stainless kit - part 2658S or 18-3673 - $30
- Generic plug wires x 4 - $28
- Carb rebuild kit x 2 - part 393872 - $40
- Water intake screen - part 323466 - $7
- Gel seal
- Gasket sealer
- Assembly grease
My estimated total cost to completely finish the boat is between $1000-1500, give or take depending on preferences:
- $700 to finish building the engine
- $200 for new carpet/glue/trim
- $100 to finish up the sanding/priming/painting
- $500 for new seats (I do have the old seats, but they are in bad shape and don't match the color)
- $100 for small items needed, like the rear trailer roller and anything else that may come up.
The boat DOES come with an old 12V trolling motor and an older Lowrance graph. I also have a new Lowrance Elite-7, but if you want it as well then the price will be $500.
If you want to follow the progress of the restore and to see where it currently stands, you can find it by clicking below: SD-125 Restore
Again, everything I have is 100% FREE (except for the Elite-7 graph), but you have to haul it all away. It's a take-all deal, even if you just need/want a single bolt. I will throw in all the supplies that I bought (such as the extra fiberglass, resin, paint, bed liner) for it and anything else that may even resemble boating. I just want it gone.
Here's a couple pictures of where she sits right now: