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#11224957 - 11/15/15 11:27 AM Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202
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I wanted to post this to help anyone that might have a 202 they are wanting to install a recessed tray on. My biggest concern was what was under the deck if anything. I did cut through a pipe but all it was for was the center storage light wiring. I added a few inches of wire then laid it under tray. No harm done.






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#11224974 - 11/15/15 11:48 AM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: big21]
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Nice job and Im fixing to do the same thing on my 94 Champ.Is the deck top aluminum or fiberglass you cut through?I also didn't realize there was that much spray in foam there.Thats good to know.Thanks for posting pics.

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#11225072 - 11/15/15 12:52 PM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: big21]
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The deck is fiberglass. Cutting the foam is a task itself. Also, be sure to have some silicone on hand. When you cut the deck out rub a thin coat of silicone around the cut edge of plywood and fiberglass. Helps prevent rotting
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#11225314 - 11/15/15 02:24 PM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: big21]
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Nice work
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#11226132 - 11/15/15 09:03 PM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: big21]
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Nicely done! cheers
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#11228681 - 11/17/15 07:26 AM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: big21]
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good work!
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#11229282 - 11/17/15 11:52 AM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: big21]
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Very nice. Love that Champ, too!
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#11232480 - 11/18/15 10:39 PM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: big21]
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Originally Posted By: big21
The deck is fiberglass. Cutting the foam is a task itself. Also, be sure to have some silicone on hand. When you cut the deck out rub a thin coat of silicone around the cut edge of plywood and fiberglass. Helps prevent rotting


Nice! Beautiful Champ!! But please, do yourself a favor and coat the cut edges of the deck with three light coats of resin (wait about 30 min between coats). Silicone will not last. I know the directions say to use silicone, but don't. Also, I hope you cut the rest of the foam out directly below the tray...? It'll get water-logged if you don't. Make that beautiful boat last! cheers
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#11360114 - 01/21/16 07:42 AM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: DKennimer]
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Originally Posted By: DKennimer
Originally Posted By: big21
The deck is fiberglass. Cutting the foam is a task itself. Also, be sure to have some silicone on hand. When you cut the deck out rub a thin coat of silicone around the cut edge of plywood and fiberglass. Helps prevent rotting


Nice! Beautiful Champ!! But please, do yourself a favor and coat the cut edges of the deck with three light coats of resin (wait about 30 min between coats). Silicone will not last. I know the directions say to use silicone, but don't. Also, I hope you cut the rest of the foam out directly below the tray...? It'll get water-logged if you don't. Make that beautiful boat last! cheers


Glad you told me. I pulled the tray back out and sure enough the silicone was pulled from the edges. I did as you said and feel much better about that over the silicone
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#11360906 - 01/21/16 12:26 PM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: big21]
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nice
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#11361775 - 01/21/16 06:39 PM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: big21]
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Good job, did the same thing in 2015 to my 03 188DC Champion. I also did the resin coating. Sure does help my back out on a long days fishing.


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#11361915 - 01/21/16 07:26 PM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: big21]
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Great work
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#11364000 - 01/22/16 05:40 PM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: big21]
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What kind of resin coating are you referring to?

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#11364357 - 01/22/16 09:04 PM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: big21]
Oldrabbit Online   content
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The resin used in fiberglass. You can get it at auto part stores and several other places. I used BONDO brand. The smell sure brings back memories from when my dad and I put stick steering in our 14' Terry Bass Boat in the late 60's or early 70's.

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#11372083 - 01/26/16 04:00 PM Re: Recessed tray installed on 98 champ 202 [Re: big21]
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Registered: 10/23/15
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Loc: Texas
Super install!!! I took notes... I will be doing the same for my 2002 Triton TR175 next month. Thanks for the post. You got a sweet ride there.

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