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Old 03-06-2008, 08:51 PM
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I own a 1972' 23'3'' formula. Looking for info from other owners of the same boat. i am restoring mine right now with new a motor, new fuel tank(cause the original is Fiberglass and the ethanol is eating it). Mine is the short deck version with a hard-top that looks pretty factory... dont know if anyone has seen one with a factory hard top or not? thinking of painting her fighting lady yellow, with green bottom paint (i love that combo). It has a small block chevy in it now good for about... 35kts wide open, trimmed up. Someone told me a big block runs good with this hull.. let me know, maybe just a hot small block might work or a stock big block i would imagine would go good in her. Anyone with do's and don't do's for the 233 let me know. I use the boat mainly for fishing, or passing those expensive regulators, contenders, or even seacrafts when the weather gets crappy off the jersey shore and loving every moment of it!!!
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I currently am searching for a FORMULA 233 to do a refit on. I already have the power and a BRAVO 1 to back it up in the garage, just need a good hull. I went and looked at one WEDNESDAY and fell in love(or lust, one of the 2), now I REALLY want one. And also remember, alot of those fancy boats you mention were based off of that old 233 design. Ever wonder why the ALBEMARLE 245 looks so similiar, or why the early contenders bear a striking resemblance? And it is also rumored that the REGULATOR is based largely off of it as well.

You may try these guys for some info on the hull as well. There's been a few refits on 233's over there, as well as some links to restored 233's.

http://www.formulaboatsforum.com/forumtest/
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You might enjoy this.


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Old 03-07-2008, 07:18 AM
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Brian - post up some pics if you get a chance - we all like some boat porn - especially rebuilds. There was a thread on the Formula site about a guy doing a rebuild & dropping in twin big blocks but not sure what came of it. I think he reshaped the running surface as well.

Here's another example (& a project hull for sale fermanator):
http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t...189884&start=1

As for yellow & green, here are a couple pics I saved from a random one for sale a while back:




The tank size & dimensions are a little different on the cuddy vs the CC. Cuddy was longer and more narrow and I think 95 gal.

You can also download some of the old brochures here:
http://www.formulaboats.com/content/...px?type=0&ag=1
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:34 AM
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I currently am searching for a FORMULA 233 to do a refit on. I already have the power and a BRAVO 1 to back it up in the garage, just need a good hull. I went and looked at one WEDNESDAY and fell in love(or lust, one of the 2), now I REALLY want one. And also remember, alot of those fancy boats you mention were based off of that old 233 design. Ever wonder why the ALBEMARLE 245 looks so similiar, or why the early contenders bear a striking resemblance? And it is also rumored that the REGULATOR is based largely off of it as well.

You may try these guys for some info on the hull as well. There's been a few refits on 233's over there, as well as some links to restored 233's.

http://www.formulaboatsforum.com/forumtest/
there is one on the trading dock for $2,800.
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:06 AM
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I'm with you on this, in the middle myself. If I was going with an IO I would check out te 383 stroker engins by mercruser. Great power to weight ratio and the price is right. Check out Big Guns Marine in TX, or michigan motorz. Both can be googled for there sites. Should be able to get engine and drive package for $12,000.00.

I decided to go with outboards and just purchased two 250 yamahas used. Price was right speed should be outta-sight.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:04 AM
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lol as soon as i figure out how to add pics i will.......
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:15 AM
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ok..... still trying to figure out how to add a picture of my boat
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:07 PM
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Here she is.... i bought her 1-1/2 years ago, cleaned her up slightly and used it for a good two months before i forced myself to put it up so i can re-do her. Caught a 48'' stripper that day in the picture, trolling w/spoons. Worth every bit of the $1,500 i bought her for. lol or should i say stoll her for?........







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Old 03-07-2008, 01:10 PM
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Hey you can buy a "Regulator" this size for $100,000 and still get wet when it rains. ....
I can stay dry and go below and take a crap
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Brian, why do you want to repower? Did it blow?
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Hey you can buy a "Regulator" this size for $100,000 and still get wet when it rains. ....
I can stay dry and go below and take a crap

You can stay dry in a Regulator, also I wouldn'y plan on staying to dry in your 233 when it rains without curtains. There is nothing wrong with a Regulator, just for a 100,000 you get a newer boat and not one that is 34yrs old.
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:01 PM
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well.. sure, i quess you could stay dry with a regulator, with a full enclosure and a t-top. Center consoles just aren't my thing, been there done that... i drive boats for a living i want to get out of the weather. I could completely restore my 233 formula, with diesel in it, professionaly sprayed awlgrip, new 1/2 tower, plus all the gagets ands frills i wanted, and not spend 1/2 of what a regulator cost. And the 23' regulator came from a damn 23 formula anyway......(atleast that is 1 rumor) $100,000 i could re-do 2 formula's. Only time will tell what a regulator will look like in 36 years. Dont get me wrong, i love regulators. i grew up loveing them with dealer in my town as a kid. i think they are beutiful boats, just, "to much for not enough"
I am repowering cause the motor did go. it was a 85' mercruiser 260 raw water cooled. it was just a time bomb.
here is my old 1983' 23' sea ox i once had a guy with a regulator fishing next to me compliment it, lol....


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Brian82 - 3/7/2008 5:01 PM............................ "to much for not enough" I am repowering cause the motor did go. it was a 85' mercruiser 260 raw water cooled. it was just a time bomb. here is my old 1983' 23' sea ox i once had a guy with a regulator fishing next to me compliment it, lol....
That old Sea Ox is probably as solid as a precious Regulator... I'd bolt another 350 chev (volvo/Merc/PM or whatever marine conversion) even raw water cooled and stick it in there! First one lasted 22 years, and I don't see any appreciable gains by jumping up the power without digging real deep into your pockets. That boat was a great deal, I would suggest youat least consider keeping it a good deal by not throwing waaay too much money in it for another 5mph or something..
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:02 PM
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As usual, the Formula is essentially the same hull as the 24' Blackfin. A good design never goes out of style.
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:19 PM
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well the repower option i am looking at right now is pretty simple: a rebuilt longblock from, rebuilt.com $1,250.00. the risers and manifolds from my old motor are brandy new, the distributor and carb are good. just need a new water pump, and intake, and some misc. parts and thats it for the motor. just a stock 350. i was turning about 27kts cruising.. and 35kts wot.. not bad for a fishing/sport boat. I am gonna use Interlux Perfection paint for the topsides, with Vivid Green for the bottom.
New mounting for the hard top cause the Stainless tubing isn't strong enough. the only other big thing is the fuel tank. ripping the old fiberglass one out, and getting a custom one made.

opinions.....???
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Brian82 - 3/7/2008 7:19 PM well the repower option i am looking at right now is pretty simple: a rebuilt longblock from, rebuilt.com $1,250.00. the risers and manifolds from my old motor are brandy new, the distributor and carb are good. just need a new water pump, and intake, and some misc. parts and thats it for the motor. just a stock 350. i was turning about 27kts cruising.. and 35kts wot.. not bad for a fishing/sport boat. I am gonna use Interlux Perfection paint for the topsides, with Vivid Green for the bottom. New mounting for the hard top cause the Stainless tubing isn't strong enough. the only other big thing is the fuel tank. ripping the old fiberglass one out, and getting a custom one made. opinions.....???
All sounds real good to me.... I would get some aluminum guys to look at making a support system for the top, the diameter of the stainless tubing always seems to small to do the job of holding a hardtop, allows it to move and stainless don't flex any better than aluminum. Bummer on the tank, but I'm sure you aren't the first to replace with aluminum, someone in the know will be along that's been there done that on a that hull.. Best of luck to you with her.

A ongoing thread in the photo forum detailing your project would be enjoyed by many here.
Not to mention there's some real experienced members on there every day
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How does one post pictures. I'd love to show you enthusiasts some pictures of my build up. I got a 1970 I'm going through top to bottom. I am female molding a fiberglass bracket to hold an outboard as a transom extension. Its a great project/boat love the way its going.
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How does one post pictures. I'd love to show you enthusiasts some pictures of my build up. I got a 1970 I'm going through top to bottom. I am female molding a fiberglass bracket to hold an outboard as a transom extension. Its a great project/boat love the way its going.
My 233 1967 has a full floatation fiberglass bracket with a 250 yam on the back. I started the bracket by cutting and rebuilding the engine box cover from the IO. Then I Glassed new stringers from along side the originals before they stopped at the old IO inboard engine mounts{were they water logged!} The only problem with mine is it so light that the chine is atleast 2 in. above water.But I could always ad weight like a regulator for a better ride in slop. I have never figured out how to express myself with pictures either!
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