Midland 19 Rebuild

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  1. Roboteer

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    So four years ago I stood on the dock of my marina and watched member Waypoint pilot his 19 Midland down the channel with a few dock buddies and thought it was the best looking skiff hull I had ever seen. The other guys on the dock thought so also because they all bought Midlands over the next three years. We have six Midland owners at our marina now (not all water ready but getting there).

    I got a phone call around New Years Eve three years ago from Waypoint asking me if I was still looking for a Midland. Next day Rampage (another member) took a ride up to Mystic with me and I bought a hull. Well most of a hull (I don't think the holes in the hull count).

    She had the floors removed and the remnant of what used to be stringers. Transom seemed solid so for a few hundred bucks I sold my sole to the fiberglass devil.

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    Over the past couple years I've Ripped out the rest of the stringers. Cleaned up the hull (OK, so i love it when you read things like this "I cleaned up the hull". The truth is I spent countless hours whith a grinder wrapped in a Tyvec suit whith fiberglass dust everywhere in every crevasse of my body doing the worst job that you could imagine. Do yourselves a favor SEND IT OUT AND HAVE IT SANDBLASTED. Its well worth the time and money.




    1.JPG IThe first thing I noticed about the Midland hull is that there is very little of it. Average thicknesses are about 1/8 to 3/16. Im guessing it was a cross between cost and performance (lighter hulls cost less to push). I doubled the hull thickness and redesigned the stringers. Midland 17 (3).JPG Midland 16 (2).JPG
    Fabricated a belly tank 1.JPG 8.JPG


    I bought the Midland because the transom was solid..... It wasn't. Someone had glassed right over the paint and rotted transom. Of course I saw this after everything was prepped and the stringers were cut so I had to go ahead and replace the transom. No turning back at that point. Midland 19 (5).JPG .
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    The whole boat was covered with what appeared to be a two part epoxy with non skid in the paint. Hull topside gunnels. It was sanding rock. Over a week, two guys sanding

    Midland 5 (5).JPG

    Transom and sides are primed, bottom painted, plumbing is done and floors are ready for glass . I also have console and leaning post just about finished . Ill post those when done......any comments or suggestions greatly appreciated. Midland 13 (4).JPG
     
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  2. Eastporter

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    Well done! Enjoy her!
     
  3. Roboteer

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    Thanks.......just realized I posted this in the wrong spot. I guess comes with the newbie title.
     
  4. Keelboater

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    Well, it's about time :rolleyes:...... Welcome to the forum! We all love to see other people suffer for a change. :D Very nice job! Seeing that I'm the only one without a Midland at the marina, I'll have to function as the committee boat during the races. Don't skimp on the high performance modifications while you're at it, because there are no rules in this new up and coming division!
     
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    Nice work. You will be very happy when your done
     
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    Couple hundred bucks and a few more hours and you will be there! ;)

    Keep the pics coming! Best of luck.
     
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    Is there enough room under the deck for fish boxes or storage? Or are you just gonna leave it closed up.
     
  8. Roboteer

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    Keelboater, I cant talk about secret Riverside Basin Midland Club racing rules with non members, sorry.

    fordy I thought about putting in hatches but don't have the room. I picked up a leaning post that has a live well built into it and center console (enclosed some pics of those refurbished). I fabricated an upper console out of aluminum with a hand rail and safety glass windows. Between the both they took up a lot of floor space but gave me quite a bit of storage.
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    Console was pretty bad , leaning post just needed finish bodywork
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    Upper console mocked up out of corigated
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    Upper console fitted
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    Glass and components installed
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  9. Roboteer

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    Installed door , cutting board and recessed electrical panel last night. Only took three beers. photo 1.JPG photo 2.JPG 10.JPG
     
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    Nice work! I'm contemplating some rework on my closed outboard bracket but I'm only set up for steel welding. I've done mig on aluminum before but even with a really good mig machine my welds didn't look anywhere as nice as that. Since then all my aluminum work has been done with a brake and rivets.
     
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    Thanks!......Yeah, MIG is tough for aluminum. Its very hard to pick up stops and starts and have it look uniform, even with the best pulse Mig welders. Everything shown I did with TIG.
     
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    what kind of paint on the console/leaning post?
    sprayed?
     
  13. Roboteer

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    Just used Brightside. Three coats roll and tip. First time I did it. I was amazed as to how easy it was and how good it came out. I did a test panel first, came out perfect so I kept going. I was going to spray it , but glad I didn't. I wanted to use a two part epoxy but didn't know what was on the console for paint and didn't have a fresh air system. Its an old console and leaning post ,after sanding there were several colors. Everything I read said that you cant paint two part over one? After all that prep work I didn't want to see everything peel up. I'm definitely a little weak on knowing all the finishing math..
     
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    looks great for roll and tip
    whats your plan for layers of glass on the deck?
     
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    LBI makes a "Bi-Ply" which is mat and roven in one. I was going to go that direction? Floors are all cut and most of the under deck plumbing and wiring is done, so that's coming pretty soon.
     
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    Great work
     
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    Thank you
     
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    thats some nice work, wow
     
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    Certainly no shortage of Midlands at RBM & Roboteer is certainly setting the bar high for us hackers
     

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    Sounds like its almost time to plan the 2017 Midland rendezvous.
     
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