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Old 02-20-2008, 05:25 PM
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Default 26' Pacemaker /Wahoo

I am looking at a 26' Pacemaker Cuddy Cabin to possibly restore. Looking for Pro's and Con's of the 26' Packmaker/Wahoo Hull. I have always thought that hull was a good hull and a decent ocean boat cutting throught the water with a sharp entry. If Anyone has any info and opinions about that hull respond

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Old 02-20-2008, 05:33 PM
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The older ones with the soft/round chine will roll your guts out. Otherwise, check it over and go for it, it's a lot of boat!
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THanks shark..... the one i am looking for is a Hard chine up fron then gets soft at the stern. but i am coming from an old 233 formula w/24 degrees dead rise so she can't be worse than that for rollin..
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What year? The real rollers were pre 82 or so as I recall.

My buddy had one , 1969, and it would almost roll out of control on 'ya.
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she is a 1970... with soft chines . but rolling don't really bother me so, as long as the ride into a Head sea is decent
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Different strokes I guess... Theres one of the older softchine models restored (gorgeous) around O.C, NJ, I have watched that boat many times trolling our non-navigatable inlet. Trolling (and catching) bass where no other boat would even consider going. Full keel bouncing off the sand... Probably the one restoration project I would still consider having done.... So many boats, so little time
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i am from jersey, by O.C. do you mean ocean county or Ocean city... i would imagine ocean city, maybe corsons inlet>......
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Bingo... 'Wild Thing'
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I got hooked on inboards because of that boat. The Wahoo hull is a hoss'. I was fishing with a buddy off Ft. Lauderdale in the 1970's when a storm came up and the seas got nasty. We ran back into Port Everglades through 4-6 (THT 10-12s) and it ran like a train. The outboards were getting the heck beat out of them.
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i am a huge fan of inboards, that is why i am considerint restoring this bad boy.. is that bottom pic a 23-24ft Fish Nautique???? must be.... i was looking at one of them alittle while ago
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My friend's had a tower and that added to the rolling.
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Yes it is a 1985 Fish Nautique. I bought it from THT'er "Michigan Dave" last year. I looked at a So Fla Wahoo but the stringers and tank were in bad shape and I did not want to have another major project going. The Fish was nearly perfect by the time Dave was through with it. I upgraded the electronics and will add radar this spring before heading down to Fla. We will probably run over to the Bahamas this summer with it.
Best ever restoration of a little inboard was this guy I saw in the Keys who took an old 23 Seacraft and put in a volvo diesel jackshafted to a duoprop.
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well it looks like a nice fish nautique. i would look for one of them again but i want to get out of the weather. The packmaker i am considering is a cuddy cabin w/half tower and full enclosure. Need to get inside something when trolling for stripped bass in december off the jersey shore, or running my crazy ass to the Canyon in a small boat
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Another hull you might want to look at is the old Chris Craft 25 Tournament Fisherman. Dual console, cuddy, a lot had the twin 4cyl inboards. Very stable but slow with that power. I just missed out on one with a half tower that was sweet.
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Lol we have simular taste, i have looked at a few of them, i like the hulls and the twin screws.... but the Packmaker is just the right price... you know how that goes. i am selling my formula 233 to fund my "new" project
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I think you are right on similar tastes in boats. You are wise...LOL. Best of luck on your project Brian. If there is anything I can do to help you let me know. Laird
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I've seen CC "tournament fishermen" repowered with both small block and BIG BLOCK Chevies. They are essentially the same hull as the CC Cavalier Cabin cruiser. Flat bottom tanks...a quality hull.
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Billinstuart is right. There is not a lot of deadrise in that Chris Craft hull. My Dad had a similar hull when I was little. He named that boat the "Slapass" because in a 2 foot chop it would beat you up...LOL. Big blocks in that relatively flat hull would be a lot of power. 660 ponies in a 25 foot inboard with that flat a hull form would be overkill IMO. The twin 4 cyl 140's gave it a 30'ish cruise with great range. It had a big beam and clean transom for fishing and well laid out. There was a well with opposite facing seating just aft of the cuddy cabin. With a small windshield this provided a dry area for passengers when running.
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I had that 25 Chris hull in a Catalina version a 1973. Wind blew it around like it had a sail. Carried 50 gallons of fuel, surely meant for inshore/bay boating (note, I didn't say fishing). Had a 200hp 305 when I got it, put a 260hp 350 in it, it became pretty quick. Being in my late 20s and single at the time, the boat definately had an upside!

I would rather have the soft chine, keel bottomed Wahoo over the Chris Crafts nearly flat bottom.
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I owned a 26', soft-chined, '69 Wahoo for over 15 years, from the early-80's to the late '90's. It was heavy, wet (without spray rails or curtains), and slow by today's standards, and had small fuel tanks coupled with a pretty hefty thirst - but man, do I miss that boat! It was a fish-catching fool, and handled nasty conditions very well. There was enough space behind the console for a full-sized leaning post/rocket launcher, and a fighting chair (without the footrest).
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