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Rebel 440 Repairs and Mods

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#1
Hey guys,

I have been on a little mission recently fixing up my boat, and making a few changes. It is a Rebel 440 centre console with a 75 Mariner on the back.

When I was drilling holes for the transducers about six months ago, a whole lot of siff smelling brown water poured out of the transom - which was rotting. I'm currently in the process of replacing the transom, and since I was going to have some fibreglass work done, I figured I would make a few changes: Rod boxes needed to be longer, and rear deck bigger - seats were a waste of space. Also wanted to recess the trolling motor foot control.

I'm busy getting all the photos together, then will upload once I'm done. Build is coming along nicely though.
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#2
Nice...looking forward to see the end result!

... and when you're done I have a Raker X16 that is need of a mod or two as well :blue-lol:
Regards Robert Jacobs
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#3
Hi John

I also own a 440 and made some modifications.

1st
I removed the trolling motor batteries from the back and placed them under the seat.
This brought more stability to the boat but the main reason was safety as its next to the fuel tank...

2nd
We removed the foam and added bottles... the boat wasn't buoyant!! I urge all 440 owners to have theirs checked!!

3rd
Removed the back panel of the rod locker and fibre glasses it close to create a extra air pocket & simultaneously extended the length... the locker can now take 7,4" rods.

The 440 is a wonderful boat and generally well made, fits into a garage & tows like a dream.

Good Luck with your project!!
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#4
Ok lads, here are the fruits of my labour:

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#5
Awesome stuff, well done.
What foam underlay did you use? Did you come right with the transom.
BIG FISH EAT LITTLE FISH....
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#7
Riprap Wrote:Awesome stuff, well done.
What foam underlay did you use? Did you come right with the transom.

Used 12mm EVA Foam
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#8
Very nice.

The 12mm must feel great underfoot.

I used 5mm and that was already very nice!
Regards Robert Jacobs
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#9
Awesome John!
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#10
Morning John, you have done an amazing job with the boat.I am also busy with a complete rebuild on my boat which is now nearing the finish, but I am having a problem sourcing the trim ( I think they call it "O - boat trim" ). Do you maybe know where I can get some, Escape Boating Jhb have some but the couriers want nearly R3000 to get it to me in Cape Town !

Regards, Pieter
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