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Thanks guys. We built that boat from the ground up. Even the trailer. We barrowed the mold from Bullet. Sprayed the gel, hand laid and rolled the glass. Cut, drilled every hole and installed all the carpet, gauges, steering, and all. Done the trailer the same way. It pay's to work for a boat company. Where the boat wasn't built through the Bullet plant they wouldn't let me registor it as a Bullet. So Mr. Orr of East Coast Customs who used to built some boats and sell as Rebels. Let me registor it as a Rebel. Trust me the mark up on any boat is crazy. The ski boats I drive every day start at $22,500 and go up to $75,000. The company it self has $10,000 up to $20,000 invested in these boats. Trust me it crazy. I looked into buying a new bass boat. There was no way. I have $9,500 invested in my boat and trailer with me building it. And that includes motor, trolling motor, and electronics. Thank you guys for liking it. It means alot to me to hear people ask and talk about it.
 

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Thanks guys. We built that boat from the ground up. Even the trailer. We barrowed the mold from Bullet. Sprayed the gel, hand laid and rolled the glass. Cut, drilled every hole and installed all the carpet, gauges, steering, and all. Done the trailer the same way. It pay's to work for a boat company. Where the boat wasn't built through the Bullet plant they wouldn't let me registor it as a Bullet. So Mr. Orr of East Coast Customs who used to built some boats and sell as Rebels. Let me registor it as a Rebel. Trust me the mark up on any boat is crazy. The ski boats I drive every day start at $22,500 and go up to $75,000. The company it self has $10,000 up to $20,000 invested in these boats. Trust me it crazy. I looked into buying a new bass boat. There was no way. I have $9,500 invested in my boat and trailer with me building it. And that includes motor, trolling motor, and electronics. Thank you guys for liking it. It means alot to me to hear people ask and talk about it.


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How long did it take you from start to finish?



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The trailer was ready to paint in 2 days. Once I started it took right at 2 months. The hard part was saving the money to buy the materials and parts. A peice here and a peice there. The boat has 3 different sparkle gels on it. You have to tape it off for each color and spray 1 color at a time allowing each color to cure witch takes 4 1/2 hours per color depending on how hot you kick the gel. And sparkle is very hard to spray and get right. The glass process took 4 days. I added more here and there for reinforcement. Bullet's were built light and had several stress area's on that model. So far mine has done it's job. Well worth the extra weight. Rigging and capping the boat took 1 day. I done several add on's there as well. Took up a little time. There again well worth it. A friend of mine knew a guy that worked at a Mercury dealer and cut him a killer deal. He even came to the shop and installed the jackplate and engine to the boat and done all the fine tuneing. We then took it to the lake and the same guy had 4 different props. We installed each prop and tested them with a radar. He tuned it to it's best performance pass and thats where we left it. I fish out of it alot in the summer and in tournaments when my partner can't make it. Most tournaments I fish out the back of kennys Ranger. I can't complane about my Rebel. It dones it's job and the family loves it. The very first fish I cought in it went 5 pounds.

 

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Thanks Rebel. I think that is awesome to build your own boat from scratch. You did a good job. Nice pic too. Looks like the little Rebel is well on his way.




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Thanks guys. I had a lot of help and some real good hook ups from some of there friends. The family and I have cought several good bas out of it. I love watching the kids and wife catch fish. My daughter cought her first bass out of it. She will be 10 next month. She's coming along, and starting to make the swap to artifical bait. She's hard to beat when it comes to the crappie and blue gills. My son still has that short attection span. He fishes for a while then wants to sit in the boat and plays with the worms. Theres days he just wants to see how fast the boat will go and don't want ya to stop.



That was her first bass. Check out the rod. She has upgraded to a nice spinning set up now.
 

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Neat ride, didn't know they even had those molds anymore. That is awesome that you built it from the ground up, makes you appreciate it even more. I like!!
 

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Our plant superviser knows the guy that had them. Mine was built off of a 1981 model trihull. What most people remember as the old Brooks Bullet. Mine is registured as a 2001 Rebel. Thanks for the replys everyone!
 
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