I recently traded my 16FT Leisure-Time Canoe for a 1976 Shell Lake - Lund 315 Fiberglass Tri-Hull boat. This webpage documents the restoration project of this rare little vintage boat.
|This is a photo of the boat in all of it's original splendor in the garage of the fellow I traded with.|
|Bad news for him and good luck for me. I see potential here beneath all of the Astro-Turf, dirt and oxidation. There's definitely a kick-ass fishing boat under all that dirt and grime!|
|It seems that the wife of the fellow I traded with wanted to get the “eyesore” out of the garage. That's a 1989 Johnson 25 HP Outboard and it runs GREAT!|
|Step 1 - I replaced all of that old, ugly worn out green Astroturf stuff with a nice gray marine quality carpet. In order to do this I had to remove the old carpet and carpet glue. After a proper scraping and cleaning I installed the new carpet. I then cleaned, lubricated and re-installed the captain's chairs.|
|Step 2 - I removed the old Astroturf from the casting platform as before and glued some modern marine carpet in it's place. I still need to install some T-Molding to cover the exposed staples.|
|Step 3 - I installed some fishing pole hangers and a hanger for my net. I hope to be using that net soon!|
|Step 4 - Here's where "El Capitan" sits, a nice new cushy, padded seat at the rear of the bus.|
|Step 5 - Here's my "ghetto custom" bow rail. It will do nicely until I can source the fittings to build a real one. This one is strong and functional and what the heck, I built it from crap laying around my yard.|
|Step 6 - The hull shined up pretty well so far. I used bathroom soap scum cleaner to remove the oxidation and the black stains. I still need to polish the gel coat to a hi gloss. Also, check it out! The lights are now working!|
Step 7 - I hooked up my Eagle locator and installed the sensor on the stern. Hopefully I can figure this thing out better than my Blackberry!
Install T-Molding around Casting Deck
A nice walleye and a good trout caught at Pathfinder Reservoir.
New carpet floor
Newly re-carpeted casting deck
Electric bilge pump
Rear-mount fish locator (Eagle)
Bow-mount electric anchor
Front and rear navigation lights
Three main seats and casting deck chair
One new 750 CCA deep-cycle marine battery
Two 6-gallon gas tanks
Storage compartment under casting deck
My Lund 315 at the Weiss Ramp, Pathfinder Reservoir, Wyoming.
Pathfinder Dam, Wyoming
Beach near Pathfinder Canyon
Pathfinder Canyon Granite
Here's my little Lund after a great day fishing at Pathfinder.
My 9 year old son fishing at Alcova Reservoir.
My Buddy Al with a nice trout at Boysen Reservoir.