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Old 04-08-2010, 03:11 AM
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Well, I just got a boat. 80s Power Skiff w/70 hp Johnson. Long story how I got it but its here. needs some TLC. Waiting on title. I plan on painting it, its a very nice color of puke red( more like pink due to fading!) Motor is actually in decent shape. Ive got the motor off to get the once over. Anybody know anything about this boat? I believe it was made in California only for a couple of years. Its extremely light and solid. Prefer a smaller motor. Any info would be appreciated.

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Well, I just got a boat. 80s Power Skiff w/70 hp Johnson. Long story how I got it but its here. needs some TLC. Waiting on title. I plan on painting it, its a very nice color of puke red( more like pink due to fading!) Motor is actually in decent shape. Ive got the motor off to get the once over. Anybody know anything about this boat? I believe it was made in California only for a couple of years. Its extremely light and solid. Prefer a smaller motor. Any info would be appreciated.
I think it would make the best 15 ft flats boat if you wanted to lean that way. With the 2 stroke 70 yam I think I was very close to flipping it back wards? It was that fast and light. One of my sons got his first striper on the hobie skiff
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Yes was built by the same Hobie Cat folks originally. Then the mold bounced around a little. I saw someone selling them in a flats version BTW down in the keys about 10-12 years ago. The original promo video back in the 80's showed them really carrying on, be cool to dig up, you'd enjoy watching it. Good friend had one with a 25 Evinrude tiller. I built a console similar to a 13 Whaler and put a new 50 Yam on it for him, perfect power. Great little boat. Another also friend had one with a 70, scary fast. Good luck with it.
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Good info! Yea I think the hull is only 500lbs est......I really would like to get a 40-50 hp for it. But hey the 70 runs!! I plan on modifying the console a little to get a flip flop style seat on it. Im up ion Tuckerton, NJ. I hope to have it back in the water in a week or so. I have to get it painted, I shake my head when i see it..maybe ill see if i can trade the motor out with somebody for a smaller one.
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Well, I just got a boat. 80s Power Skiff w/70 hp Johnson. Long story how I got it but its here. needs some TLC. Waiting on title. I plan on painting it, its a very nice color of puke red( more like pink due to fading!) Motor is actually in decent shape. Ive got the motor off to get the once over. Anybody know anything about this boat? I believe it was made in California only for a couple of years. Its extremely light and solid. Prefer a smaller motor. Any info would be appreciated.
There is a huge Hobie Power Skiff owner forum at www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/index.php
They have posted several pictures of there Hobie's before and after rehab. Alot of talk about correct power for the skiff. Many be helpful for you.
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Good info! Yea I think the hull is only 500lbs est......I really would like to get a 40-50 hp for it. But hey the 70 runs!! I plan on modifying the console a little to get a flip flop style seat on it. Im up ion Tuckerton, NJ. I hope to have it back in the water in a week or so. I have to get it painted, I shake my head when i see it..maybe ill see if i can trade the motor out with somebody for a smaller one.
1. Look at some of the threads here on sanding the hull, you may be able to bring it back believe it or not, certainly worth a try.
2. Leave the 70 on it if it runs! Great motor!
3. No Tuckerton mosquito or greenhead will ever catch that thing
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heres a pic....Already adjusted the trailer so it sits better. new light kit w/pvc guiders ect.
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Mike, I just hope i can outrun the greenheads!!!!....lol. im going to paint it white..the liner is white and looks good... just a few touch-ups on the hull needed. what the heck, guess ill be one of those guys to post some...."rebuild" pics.
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btug, please take a lot of pictures when you start working on the boat. I love these boats, and it seems that a lot of other folks do as well. I was the one to start the thread on the SOL website, and it's been around now for over four years. You can certainly ask questions on that thread as well.

Here is the direct link to it:
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I am looking to buy one myself, as soon as I sell my Robalo. I'm looking for something much smaller to fish the creeks and flats behind Margate. There are a few of them around southern NJ, so I keep my eye out for them to go up for sale.
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I had one w a 55 and it would fly. I would think a 70hp would be too heavy as my scuppers were always at the waterline. Go ahead and paint...no way that gelcoat is going to be rehabed
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well here is the pic of the new trailer lights. also adjusted the trailer so the boat sits right on it.
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I had one w a 55 and it would fly. I would think a 70hp would be too heavy as my scuppers were always at the waterline. Go ahead and paint...no way that gelcoat is going to be rehabed
yea i plan on painting the whole thing white. should be getting the paint today or tomorrow. the boat had a 70 on it. its currently at my friends house getting the once over. it cranks and doesnt smoke..........much. speaking of the scuppers, they are huge!!!!! Im already looking for a late model 40-50hp.
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btug, please take a lot of pictures when you start working on the boat. I love these boats, and it seems that a lot of other folks do as well. I was the one to start the thread on the SOL website, and it's been around now for over four years. You can certainly ask questions on that thread as well.

Here is the direct link to it:
http://www.stripersonline.com/surfta...d.php?t=409063

I am looking to buy one myself, as soon as I sell my Robalo. I'm looking for something much smaller to fish the creeks and flats behind Margate. There are a few of them around southern NJ, so I keep my eye out for them to go up for sale.
Thanks for the link....I work a weird schedule, 2weeks away then 2 weeks home...I work on a tugboat....so i can devote 14 days of "restoration" at a time...as long as my wallet can deal with it...and my wife....lol
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This boat with an etec would really be the best. Mine had the 13 whaler steering helm. just a little mahogany thing. I think when I trimmed my motor out I only had the back 1/4 touching the water. All those safety rails would go first.
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This boat with an etec would really be the best. Mine had the 13 whaler steering helm. just a little mahogany thing. I think when I trimmed my motor out I only had the back 1/4 touching the water. All those safety rails would go first.

Yea im thinking about removing those rails, I have a 7yo daughter so im probably just going to leave the fwd ones
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Yep, you got the super duper model... Have you tried to bring the color back? You could be pleasantly surprised
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They are being made again by Blazer Bay.

Blazer bought the molds from Wagner boats.

http://www.blazerboats.com/boats/bay/
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you will like the hobie power skiff, as far as outboard power, the later model hobie power skiffs were rated for 70hp motors. they are fairly fast boats and with the 70hp ( if it has tilt/trim) then you should be able to to reach 45mph+. we have an 85 hobie power skiff, with two adults on board full fuel and some gear we have seen 55mph on our gps. (our hobie is over powered with an 85hp 2t yahama outboard). the good news is that with the 70hp you can throttle back and economally cruise at 35 to 40 with reserve power to for moving through bigger waves. my advise is to keep the rails, we don't have them and wish we did. they are securely mounted with ss backing plates. there was even hobie ad that showed a power skiff being lifted by the bow rail.

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Mike, No im not a big fan of the red. i can paint the hull and console for about 100 bucks.Even though the boat will be trailered im thinking of a different color on the bottom.. "bottom" paint may be a bit to expensive, plus theres no reason for it. Im thinking a good urethane paint. Petit is on sale up at the hardware store.

Btw, you answered my thread a couple of months ago about wondering if I could tow a boat with my truck.....Let me say this boat/motor trailer is about 1000 lbs est. I used the ramp at the local marina to haul it...at low tide....not one slip it was/is a non-issue. And I appreciate your info on the subject. Where in Jersey are you?
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you will like the hobie power skiff, as far as outboard power, the later model hobie power skiffs were rated for 70hp motors. they are fairly fast boats and with the 70hp ( if it has tilt/trim) then you should be able to to reach 45mph+. we have an 85 hobie power skiff, with two adults on board full fuel and some gear we have seen 55mph on our gps. (our hobie is over powered with an 85hp 2t yahama outboard). the good news is that with the 70hp you can throttle back and economally cruise at 35 to 40 with reserve power to for moving through bigger waves. my advise is to keep the rails, we don't have them and wish we did. they are securely mounted with ss backing plates. there was even hobie ad that showed a power skiff being lifted by the bow rail.

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Wow, good info, Yea ive been looking up crap all day long...came across the ad with a spec sheet too. Engine cranked earlier, ran fine and throttled up. Probably going to change the plugs and impeller for the sake of argument. Is yours the original paint? it looks really good.
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