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Old 05-08-2021, 03:56 PM
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It's been a while since I sold my Sea Pro back in 2012. I had to, my brother-in-law had medical issues without medical coverage and glad I could help out. But I sure missed being on the water. I had a boat since I was 8 years old! In Gloucester, Ma most kids had boats like all kids have bikes. This was the longest stretch without one. The prices today are crazy but got lucky on this one. It needs new batteries, a bimini replacement or repair and a good cleaning. I just brought it home from New Hampshire and my 2020 Ford F-150 powered with a 2.7 eccoboost engine handled it as if I wasn't towing anything! I averaged 18.0 mpg on the 50 mile trip home! Here is my "new" 2000 Key West 20' W/A powered with a Honda 130hp 4 stroke.....



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Congratulations on your purchase. Hopefully it will reward you well for your sacrifices. Looking forward to seeing some new pictures from you on the water.
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Nice rig! Congrats and best of luck with her.
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See , good karma ! Looks like a great boat , use it in good health.
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Today I got the power washer out and sprayed down the interior, the hull exterior didn't need it. The Bimni is not as bad as I thought after installing the windshield and side panels, it didn't come with the aft panel. I did discover the VHF antenna needs to be replaced, the cable at its base is frayed and exposed so I ordered a new one. Here's some pics before I cleaned the interior but after the bimini was set up.





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Great to see you posting Jay.
All the best with the new ride.
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Nice boat! Good things come back to nice people. That was very kind of you to help your BIL.
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Another discovery, the previous owner had the boat bottom painted just before he sold it but there's a 1' x 1' bare patch at the aft keel! Strange since no stands would or should go there. Just got back from the boat store after buying a quart of blue bottom paint.
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Looks like a nice find Jay, good luck with it.
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Gunnel repair on the port side, evidently the previous owner hauled lobster pots! As you can see the rub rail has been worn. I'll probably leave the rub rail as is, in the meantime I epoxied the fiberglass and will sand later.

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Looks awesome!!
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We had the 23' WA version of that boat. One of three Key Wests that we have owned. All have been solid and reliable.

Good to see you back on the water. Hoping for fair winds and calm seas!
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I think my wife is more excited to get back on the water than I am. She spent time cleaning out the cabin. She sent out the cushions to be professionally cleaned then scrubbed and scrubbed. Her niece gave her a jar of "The Pink Stuff" a natural paste that works on fiberglass. She was so happy with it she's looking for more places to use it!

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Update: Received new dock lines, a 2nd anchor chain & line, Pulled out the old batteries and picking up new ones in the morning. Bumped into TJ Ott of "Wicked Tuna" at the parts store. Discovered the other day while raining out the Bimini canvas leaks and used a water proofing spray. I plan on replacing it next season.

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Just about there! The waterproofing spray I applied to the bimini worked well, It rained this afternoon and no leaks! Yesterday I removed the old batteries and today installed the new ones. It was a mess down there, lots of sand and a mini compost collection from years of foliage. I unclogged the bilge pump and cleared the float switch( Always check these before and after each trip). After the batteries were installed I checked all the systems, the raw water pump, bilge pump and live well pump all working. All electronics working. Power tilt working and the engine turned right over! All I'm waiting for is the boat registration. In Massachusetts all the offices are closed due to covid and the only way to register a boat is by mail. I can't even get anyone on the phone there! I send all the paperwork and payment over a week ago and the recorded message say I can expect the new registration in 15 - 18 days! Here's a pic of the old batteries in the battery compartment........

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They need some love..
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Originally Posted by crgach View Post
They need some love..
They are gone, replaced by 2 marine deep cycle batteries from NAPA.
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Cool! Congratulations!
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