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Probably, it is not a difficult project.panga_tampa wrote:This past summer I acquired a 22 foot Imemsa Panga boat. The boat came from the factory without a sole and has exposed ribs, and I'm wanting to install a sole and everything else to make it a functional center console boat. I have a 90 hp 2 stroke evinrude that I plan on installing on it. I have slew of questions about this type of project since I've never done anything close to this type of refurb. But, I'll start out with just a few questions:
1. Has anyone done this type of mod (ie. installing sole on factory Panga22)?
Leave them in
2. Do I have to remove the ribs or can they be incorporated into a stringer system?
CG you can measure on the trailer, somebody posted the method last year but trial and error works well: balance the boat on the axis.
3. Is there any shareware software that I can use to determine CG, LWL, CB, and all those other importan variables?
4. If project is too complex, any recommendations on reputable fiberglass shop in the Tampa Bay area that could do these mods?
5. How do I attach photos to a message on this website? I have tons of photos of the boat.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
"Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made." -Robert N. Rose
If you fill with foam, you can go light. A frame work of stringers and floor frames made from 1/2" plywood with plenty of lightening holes, small cleats on each side, welded to hull and to each other with biaxial tape 6 oz and epoxy, spaced 3' lengthwise, 2' across approximately or just put them on the existing stringers and frames. Top with max. 1/2" plywood, 3/8 is fine, taped with fiberglass to the sides (biaxial 12 oz.) then covered with 6 or 9 oz. woven overlapping the sides.panga_tampa wrote:Thanks for the replies. I built the 2x4 frames as a temporary setup to be able to float test the boat, but I'm not sure how I should build the permanent frame since I don't want this boat to weigh too much.
If starting from scratch how would you recommend the sole should be installed (i.e plywood bulkheads, cleats along the inner hull to mount the plywood sole, etc.)?
Also, what are general rules of thumbs for bracing the floor, meaning how far apart can the supports be from each other, if the plywood sole is 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch thick?
Yes if you can get it at the right level but not need to fiberglass if you use our closed cell foam.
The person who I bought the hull from suggested that I add flotation foam, but to encapsulate it with fiberglass to completely seal it; then install the sole on top of it. Does that sound like a good idea?
Plastic (polyethylene) above is OK and you decide how much you want.
How large of gas tank should I install for 90 HP 2 stroke evinrude (circa early 1990's)?
Would it be okay to install the gas tank above the sole, or is it necessary to have under the sole?
For an above deck tank, do you recommend a plastic or aluminum tank?
Thanks so much for your help.
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