Everything Has to be Difficult.

I know that in the PlayOutdoors household, we don’t typically do things the easy way. And given how easily I was able to find content to put in those links just now, I shouldn’t really be surprised at how anything yesterday went down.

While I did manage to get the wiring straightened out a little bit, I was still completely unable to find an owner’s manual for this boat, much less a wiring diagram that would have been any kind of useful. I even scoured iBoats, as recommended by both dear old Dad, and by the sales department of Reinell’s new ownership (they finally answered that email I sent). That at least got done though.

Matt got home surprisingly early yesterday. Normally, he’s home anywhere between 8pm and 10. Yesterday he pulled up around 6, just as I was making dinner and saving him a plate. We hung out for a bit, but I’m really itching to get out and fish, damnit, so I’ve been pestering him like nothing else to get the boat trailer fixed. We trekked on down to Farm and Fleet as more thunderstorms rolled in, wheel hub in hand so we can try to match up a replacement part.

Ideally, we'll find both the hub and the drum to cover it.

Ideally, we’ll find both the hub and the drum to cover it. You can also see the flat spot we ground into the rim.

If I had a dollar for every time we’d gone into a retail store this year, and caused the poor service clerk to go “…Hmmm…Uhhhh.”. Unfortunately, this isn’t like finding parts for a car or truck. You can’t just tell them it’s a 1996 Chevy whatever. This is just an old, homely little boat trailer. To top it off, the entire trailer had been spray painted a number of times, and any marking on the hub to indicate size has long since been hidden. The initial clerk we talked to even chuckled how this thing had been red, then black, then red again.

Our nearest Farm and Fleet had a trailer parts section, but no hubs that would fit the spindle on our axle. The truck and trailer parts store next door was closed already, so we might give that a go today. We tried the O’Reilly up the road. They had some that were close matches, but nothing that fit what we needed. They, however, pulled out the micrometers to measure exactly. They also recommended two more truck/hauling/trailer specialty stores in town that either might have something we need, or could order it more easily. So they were at least helpful in that regard. Matt says that if these places can’t help us, he’s already found a similarly sized trailer at a place near his office, and that we’re dropping the $250 to just get a new one, rather than continuing to hassle with this thing.

While still at Farm and Fleet though, we found that they carry fiberglass cloth and resin at about half the price as Home Depot. And they also sell a number of specialty paints and enamel, made for engines and whatnot. Matt got a bunch of resin and cloth to begin patching the hole he put into the boat, as well as the crack near the stern.

In further we-do-things-the-hard-way news, we took the wire brushes to the gas tank for a little while last night.  Matt was telling me he’d seen gas tanks half the size of ours for almost $300. Theoretically having to pay $600 for the kind of tank we need, when we still haven’t even found a tandem axle trailer for the thing? Ugh. I set to wire brushing with a vengeance.  Fortunately, all of the rust on the outside seems to be on the top of the gas tank, even though it was sitting in that grody wet foam. I got a lot of the bubbling, peeling old enamel off my end, and I brushed a lot of the rust off, too. Next time we do this, we’re wearing masks, though. I’m still sneezing black.

You can see all the rust powder on the floor.

You can see all the rust powder on the floor.


8 thoughts on “Everything Has to be Difficult.

  1. Wow- sounds like like you all are really busy! It’s amazing all the things that come our way every week! I’m wanting to get out n do some more scouting/stand prep but so many things to do! I think I may just decide to be independently wealthy n hire all this stuff done! Appreciate your blog and your real life down to earth content – keep up the good work! ( do u all do Craigslist up there?)

  2. There’s an old chinese proverb: All things are difficult before they are easy. I have it written on a notecard and up on my ‘frig as a gentle reminder of life. As if I need one – right. Yet life would be dull w/out all our little bumps & hiccups. Have a great weekend and hope it is more peaceful.

  3. If that tank will be out of sight, you can forego the scraping and brush it with “Ospho” (Phosphoric acid) let it dry to a powder, wipe with a cloth and go to paint. If you cant find that, Coke A Cola works too. (Scary) The acid chemically arrests and converts the rust. Eliminating its travel and further corrosion.

    There is another product (Corroseal) which combines Ospho and liquid latex. If the rust is not deep, paint this on, let dry and you are done.

    Both can be found at your local hardware store.

    Keep me in mind if you guys need any tips. My mind is a scrap heap of marine projects done; the right way, the wrong way and almost always, the hard way!

    • sorry it took me so long to get to your comment! This tank is certainly be out of sight. My of the rust on it is under some enamel, though, so getting that off is a big part of what we’re doing. I told Matt about these options to get the rust off. We’re already looking at something that sounds similar to Corroseal for the inside of the tank. So far, most of the rust doesn’t look too deep, except for two small rust holes on the top, near where the hoses all connect. That we’re going to grind out and probably solder something on. Thanks for all the ideas, and I’m sure we’ll come up with questions. We’ve still got a ways to go on this thing.

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