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Old 06-08-2019, 10:07 PM
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This is a 1966 B20 that had been stored in a barn for the past 11 years and saw the light of day in late April. I brought her home two week ago and plan on a major restore. The word is the former owner was an engineer and boat builder. I'm going to try and do right by him and give it a well executed restoration. There are other pics I had inadvertently posted as a reply elsewhere on thehulltruth site, when I was trying to respond to member Romeomikehotel, but I plan on posting more as I progress. Also, FB has a site now for B20 owners, Check it out.

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Old 06-09-2019, 12:30 AM
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Nice boat. Keep the photos coming.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:14 AM
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More photos....power?
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:44 AM
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Come on. One picture!?

Your as as bad as my high school girlfriend
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Saw 1 yesterday in cape may harbor NJ

maroon color-sharp

Caught my eye immediately
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Old 06-09-2019, 06:41 PM
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Original frames I think

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thanks for posting watching this close
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Awesome! Were will this boat live when your done?
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:45 AM
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Like a time capsule.....
so cool
Hmmmmmm....convert to a CC with a bracket and a G2 300 on back??

Great day all!!!

genius idea!!!

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I have been looking for plans or good examples (photos) of a boat dolly I can build out of lumber. I need to have it on casters due to a small work space. I also want to lower the whole boat off the trailer while I work on it, so when it’s finally moved inside, I have more head room. I also needt the climbing in and out to be much easier. I see where a lot of guys use boat stands on the corners at the transom and block the keel. That would work if I was going to stay outside, but this is the NE. Any concerns about minimum support as I will be spending lots of time in there. Motor is being removed. Pulled the lower unit Friday. Thanks for help.
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:36 PM
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Nice find. That's a much newer engine in there, do your homework on that before going crazy.
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What a cool old boat!

What’s your plan for paint? Power?
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What a beauty!
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She sure has great lines. Personally I’d restore it to original. I’ll bet it was originally powered by a Buick V6, they were THE power to have in an I/O. Looking forward to your progress. It really shouldn’t be much of project to build a mobile cradle, some swivel castors from Harbor Freight, a couple of 4x4s some blocking and cross braces. Good luck. Keep the pics coming.
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Thanks Evan B. My first order of business is to remove motor and give the transom the attention I am sure it needs. Although it was a well cared for boat , I think when the owner passed the boat was just locked away (11 years in storage), which accounts for the barnacle build up on lower unit not being removed. The power decision is going to depend on whether I convert to cc or keep more original to the time I bought it. The motor is 1998 4.3 If the motor shows signs of life, it may become tempting to put some money into it, but since I boat almost exclusively out on ocean, six miles out on a typical day, I will need to be very surprised to the upside. Regarding paint? I will be looking for expert advice on that when the time is right. Once the transom, stringers, and sole is completed, I will prep the hull and have an expert shoot the paint. If at that point I am on the verge of bankruptcy, roll and tip.

Would you convert to center console? My current GW walkaround is a great boat, but if I had to do it again I would have bought a CC.

Thanks again and stay tuned.
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Originally Posted by smccormick View Post
Nice find. That's a much newer engine in there, do your homework on that before going crazy.
Thanks smccormick. The motor is a 1998 4.3 LH . I don't think its a keeper, but we will see shortly. When purchased, my main concern was, is the hull solid, which all indications are that it is. The transom will be replaced and the aft section of stringer on the port side are showing delam of the roving covering. Probably water intrusion, wet rot, or dry rot and or freeze thaw cycle. Regardless, we both know what that means. The motor beds are fine, but they were probably installed back in 98 with the new motor. They will come out. Other than that, I think its ready to go

Restore or convert to CC? What's your position?
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Not sure where this boat will live or type of waters it will see. For San Diego area light offshore use I’d keep that bow and windshield in place to throw water off the nose. Just my opine.
looking at the decks, dash and shift lever reminds me of a hot rod. I bet back when that was in service it scooted pretty darn good and light weight.
one if the things I like about my little boat, it jumps on plane super fast and cruises right along.
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I'm in for a look .

my work trolley is a very cheap and simple construction and it's portable ,i can take it apart and store when not in use, it with stands the weight of a V8 inboard boat , i will get some pics up shortly and post in my build thread below ,if you want.?.
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