October 25, 2023
Make amends for the collection:
Half 1: Bass Boat Breakdown
Half 2: Bass Boat Inside Repairs
Half 3: Minn Kota Raptor Set up
Half 4: Bass Boat Repower
Half 5: BBT Customized Sprint Graph Mounts
Half 6: Electronics Full Repower
Half 7: Minn Kota Ultrex Set up
Half 8: 360 Mount and Ethernet Hub
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Half 9: Entrance Graph Set up
In Half 10, the ultimate installment of this collection, we’ll focus on and illustrate a number of last changes to make this rig absolutely up to date. The 2007 Ranger Z20 was not initially constructed to accommodate the equipment utilized to this boat, however with slightly creativity and a imaginative and prescient constructed out of necessity, we introduced this boat to a completely fashionable bass-fishing vessel. And it was a enjoyable mission for certain!
My hope on this collection of tales is to encourage you to take the DIY strategy, study the detailed intricacies contained in the stomach of your rig, and also you’ll discover it to be very useful to the way you troubleshoot and finally catch extra fish. Don’t be afraid to deal with some upgrades, and don’t overlook the worth of YouTube College, a lot of my questions had been answered as a result of somebody got here earlier than me and discovered the right way to navigate their means via it and shared their expertise.
This was an extremely rewarding expertise and course of. I’d extremely advocate studying the ropes of boat upkeep and enhancement. Thanks for following alongside.
Let’s wrap it up!
Certainly one of my solely complaints about this boat is the latch and locking units for the storage compartments, principally as a result of I’ve man-size palms and fingers. As this boat has aged, the latches do nonetheless work, however the lids don’t essentially simply pop up any longer and I must jam my finger in alongside the lid to get it to open. It’s a ache, so I considered including small loops to every lid.
The loops are comprised of 1-inch webbed strap. To create a clear gap for the bolt, I used a small soldering iron to create an ideal gap.
Right here you’ll be able to see the easy strategy of melting the holes throught the strap with the iron. Simple.
This was the unique plan …
My Boston Terrier was skeptical, and since she will’t speak, I wasn’t certain what her downside was. However I used to be quickly to seek out out. A problem I ought to have anticipated. Learn on.
Right here the deck straps are put in. Principally, I ought to have identified the straps would rip across the bolt, however I went forward anyhow and as anticipated they promptly ripped proper off. My aim was to maintain them as low profile as potential so I might stay barefoot on the boat. However, to make this idea work, and since I put new holes within the boat, I needed to make an adjustment. Do higher than me and assume forward.
My answer was so as to add a washer. This supplied the wanted safety to maintain the strap from ripping across the bolt. And to be trustworthy, it doesn’t hassle my toes in any respect. Turned out fairly good in the long run.
The following step was to scrub up the cables up entrance and across the trolling motor. I purchased some woven cable wrap from Amazon for just a few bucks, and you’ll decide the colours you want greatest. This kinda sorta matched the colour scheme on my boat. And I like the way it appears to be like.
Right here’s the completed view of the wrapped cables. I used electrical tape to safe it.
I did the identical factor with the cables that got here out of the bow into the graphs. The cable wrap is straightforward to work with and customise to the size of cables you want to cowl.
The following step was to totally replace all the Humminbird models. I maintain all of the boats at In-Fish headquarters, and meaning I replace the models as software program updates are made accessible. That is simply a part of ensuring you get essentially the most out of every graph and transducer.
Right here is the cleaned up entrance deck of my Ranger. Seems to be good!
Right here’s a view of your entire system, wires cleaned up and able to run.
The graphs turned on throughout the check when the boat was nonetheless within the storage, they usually labored on the water too, precisely how I deliberate for them to work. It’s satisfying to have your gear perform on the finish of a mission like this, sorta signifies you took the right steps to perform every process.
I’ve taken excellent care of my motor through the years, and an enormous a part of that’s protecting gas additive within the fuel tank. Not only for the uncommon instances ethanol will get put in, however simply to maintain the traces clear and moisture free. Star brite’s Star Tron Enzyme Gas Therapy is a good selection. I put the stuff in with each different tank of gas. It is best to too.
Right here is one other look of the 2007 Ranger Z20 bass boat earlier than the transformation.
The Minn Kota Raptors are superior. They work wonders, and I’ll by no means personal one other boat with out them
Right here is the ultimate view of the completed boat. A view I take pleasure in very a lot. I spend an excessive amount of time on this seat and I’m grateful for a ship that works as exhausting as I do to catch extra fish.
Thanks for following alongside!