Dyer project continues.

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  1. Jbuck

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    I've been fishing my dyer off the west coast for salmon the last couple years. It's been a great little trailer troller. So far it has a new John Deere 4045, then new deck and fuel tanks last year. The rub rails were getting soft and a few cancer spots around the cab and gunnels needed cut out. Since I like the boat so much I figured I'd just do it all. I took out the small galley and head then extended the main cabin forward. Then going a little west coast with the forward slanted windows.

    I found a aluminum boat builder that could fit me into his schedule and made a deposit.

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    Did a 4" lift with aluminum and a 2" half pipe for the new rub rail.

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    Whoa. I thought I got into "projects." Keep it up. The Oldest Kid has been numbing the tuna pretty good in the last month out of Norcal. Reports of mahi and billfish as well.
     
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    Wow! You are certainly taking a different approach than most. I'm currently rebuilding a Dyer 29 as well and the JD 4045 was on my radar. Which version did you put in and do you have any performance numbers for it?
     
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    I have the 200hp 4045afm85. I weigh around 11-12,000lbs most of the time and cruise at 14-15kts most of the time. I have been worried about being able to keep the lines right on her. Since the dyer is such a good looking boat I didn't want to make it look like a wart that doesn't belong.
     
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    Couple more progress pics

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    I am seriously humbled by your talent. Wow.
     
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    Unfortunately my talent starts and stops at writing the check.
     
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    I like it! Great vision on your part. Nice combination of Down East and West Coast. Best of both worlds.
    Keep us posted.
     
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    All the exterior welding is pretty much done. Windows won't be in until December. So pretty much stalled for the next 2 months.


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    Going to paint this? Fantastic work though I have a Dyer obsessed friend that would have to shield his eyes lol. Still lots of wiring/steering/engine controls, to do looking forward to seeing it!
     
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    Too nice looking to paint.
     
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    Well. She is back home and waiting for windows to be made.

    Lots of work to do. Starting with modifying all the rigging to fit the new cab.

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    wow, I guess I'm not the only one refitting a Dyer 29. just dropped my bass boat off at the shop. planning to replace the wood pilothouse and deck. I'm looking for better ideas on the look of the pilothouse. like what you have done. IMG_2393[1].JPG IMG_1337[1].JPG IMG_1339[1].JPG
     
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    I fished my boat for 4 years or so and absolutely love the ride and versatility of the hull. If fishing is slow I can run out, 20miles, and fish all day on 6 gallons of fuel. On the other hand if the bite is on I can cuise at 16kts.

    Then found a builder that I thought had a good eye. And worked with him a little during the process. I dont think we ever sketched any plans, and I put a lot of faith in his work and ability to mate the two styles together.

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    How far are you taking it down before you rebuild? Full cabin or open pilot house? Since I went as far as I did, I raised the rails up 4" and I'm glad I did.
     
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    Im not one for form over function but yikes! I wonder wtf inspired that?

    #1 Id say needs a doghouse, #2 consider 3 windows this time. Maybe checkout 32 Holland pictures, hell if you found another boat with similar dimensions and you liked the top you could just buy a one piece molded dog & pilot house from the builder, adapt it to your flat top...

    A whole top for the size boat you've got is often like 15k installed, be a lot less just for part of one not installed. Add/edit: some tops even are built in multiple pieces normally, so you could get even just a windshield, sides, etc, all molded ready to be installed.
     
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    Did it save any weight by doing it in the aluminum great job
     
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    It did save a little weight. I won't know for sure until the windows get installed, but before the windows I'm 700 lbs lighter.
     
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    my plan is just to replace the deck and the house. the deck is the original and has been shedding and getting soft in a few spots. the pilothouse was built by a prior owner and is all mahogany, which I'm sure added a lot of weight. the wood has served its purpose but has to go. it's a pain to maintain. the guy I brought it to commented that the house must have been built by a house builder since he used 2x6 framing 16" on center for the overhead. I should be looking at a new boat by the time I'm done.
     
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    So badass!!! I was wanting to do the same with my Dyer29. I want a traditional New England lobster boat style. It's like you picked my brain and knew exactly what I was thinking. I like the look of the Pacific NW design. Please post more when you can!!!
     

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