Here it is, all put back together.
Here's are some photos of all the pitch on the bow of the boat...not pretty.
So, I finally decided to look up ways to get rid of pine pitch from boats and several methods came up: paint thinner, lacquer thinner (which is much more expensive than paint thinner), and isopropyl alcohol. I decided to start with one of the cheaper options...paint thinner. We happen to have about 5 containers of it (I have no idea why), so I figured it would be a good place to start.
When we first got the boat out of storage, I had cleaned it up a bit using a paste of baking soda and water with a scrubbie (which worked nicely to make the top look white again). Using the same scrubbie, I dumped some paint thinner on it and got to work on the pitch. It took some scrubbing, but it softened it up enough I was able to get it off. Just for fun, I decided to also try isopropyl alcohol (I used 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol), and what do you know, it worked even better! So I finished up by using the alcohol. I was surprised how much better it worked, but I won't argue with results! I found that if I poured a little on the pitch and let it sit for about 30 seconds, it took almost zero scrubbing to get it off! If anyone ever needs to get pine pitch off a fiberglass boat, USE ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL!!! That made me feel accomplished. :)
And here's how it looks now...note: NO PITCH! Now the boat will look nice when we go out on the lake. :)
I still have to make some cushions for the bow (the previous owner had replaced the front cushions with wood and a seat for fishing). I bought the foam last year, now I just have to find some suitable marine vinyl. But, we're not in a big hurry on that since it's surprisingly pretty comfortable without cushions.