TIBF Release Boat Upgrade

The TIBF release boat was starting to look pretty ragged again, so the TIBF Board decided to upgrade / repair the release boat for the Federation's 2012 conservation project. Scyler Hill set it up so that we could work on the release boat indoors at the new Freightliner shop in Twin Falls.

Donations

A big thanks to the people and companies that donated time and/or material to the upgrade and repair of the TIBF release boat.

Volunteers

Thanks to the TIBF members that gave up their time to help with the boat upgrade:

Scyler Hill, Hunter Hill, Kurt Campbell, Brandon Craner, Dale Jarrell, Kevin Osborne, Steve Paulsen, Jim Woods(Woody), Brett Rue, Larry Luper, Bruce Flesher and Steve Day

TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Rails removed, getting ready to unbolt the water tanks.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture New gas tank sitting on old tanks, preparing to remove water tanks.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture

Ummm...

Nice carpet and floooring.

TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Water tanks unbolted and ready to remove.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Old carpet removed, preparing to remove old flooring.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Old carpet foreground, new carpet in roll in background.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture The fiberglas covering the old flooring made it difficult to remove the mounting screws.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Water tanks removed for the upgrades.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture

Making plans for floor removal....

Where's the forklift?

TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Nice flooring.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Removing trashed floor.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Floor gone, removing screws and cleaning rails.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Floor gone, removing screws and cleaning rails.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Floor gone, removing screws and cleaning rails.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Floor gone, removing screws and cleaning rails.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture New wiring cable laid out ready to install.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Adding aluminum strapping to strengthen floor.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Adding aluminum strapping to add strength to floor.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture New decking material, ready to install.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Side view of new decking material.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Installing first of two layers of flooring.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Another sheet of plywood going on.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Second layer of plywood going on.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Second layer of flooring on.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Lining up the supports for screw holes.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Looking good.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Drilling and counter-sinking screw holes.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Installing screws.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Hunter showing us how it's done.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture

Shiny new console...

very nice!

TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Positioning new console on deck.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Drilling console mounting holes in deck.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Positioning rails on new deck.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture The guy running the glue trowel has an audience.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Applying carpet glue to the rear deck.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Rolling out the new carpet.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Scyler showing off his log rolling skills in flattening the carpet.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Applying glue to front deck.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Flattening the rest of the carpet.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Cutting out the new carpet over pre-cut holes in deck.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Positioning water tanks in holes in new deck.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Water tanks installed, lining up rails.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Locations for new decals being determined.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Adding the rest of the rear rails to new deck.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Rails re-installed on rear of boat.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Rails being re-installed on front of boat.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Almost done; needs new fuel tank installed, wiring finished and decals installed.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture New decals on side.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture New decals on back.
TIBF Release Boat Upgrade Picture Under the new cover and ready to go!


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