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Old 08-28-2019, 02:18 PM
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Default New Boat upgrade, 35 Wellcraft Scarab CC rebuild & restore

So a couple weeks ago I was sitting in my office browsing through FaceBook, and notices a post on this day 6 years ago I purchased my previous boat Wellcraft Scarab 29 (the one in my signature). Now this boat was perfect, ran great, and I had made many amazing memories on it. We had also done and changed lots of things, raised the engines, it was fast, fuel efficient, and I had bought it at the time for what I thought was a stellar deal. So of course being curious I went to boat trader to see what she was currently worth, to my surprise she had retained a lot of her value. As usual that led to me looking to see what else was out there. Also it didn't help that my father recently parted with his 32 and bought a nice 35 that I'm in love with.

I noticed this 35 Scarab with trip 300 Yamaha Hpdis (yamahas are a no-no for me) located in Boston, the boat looked rough in the pictures and that's saying something, it had bottom paint (another no-no for me), and had high hrs. Never missing an opportunity to embarrass myself, I made the seller a what I thought was very low offer. Low and behold the seller accepted my offer and the next afternoon I was on my way to Boston with a change of clothes and compression tester in hand.

When I arrived I had a 1 hr drive to cape cod where the seller had the boat moored behind his house. Definitely a beautiful location









All 3 engines fired right up but the starboard motor wouldn't work with the key, it had to be started under the cowling.






The boat ran well, however the interior was rough to say the least, EVERY SIGNLE THING and I mean EVERYTHING wrattled. All the hinges where either missing screws or broken, nothing worked, no bilge pumps, macerators, lights, radio. About the only thing that did work was the yamahas and the GPS. So we hauled it out to have a better look and do a compression check on the motors. The gelcoat was severely oxidized, honestly some of the worst I have ever seen. And everything was in a state of disrepair, however she ran good, was solid, and had good compression and a good price so I just had to have it.










The trailer as you can see was even worse, every axle was rotten with the exception of 1, the brakes where gone, the bunks where collapsed, I mean if aluminum could rust the beams would have rusted, but again it was a great deal so I had to buy it.







Since the trailer would never had made the trip from Boston to Miami, I had to have it loaded on a semi and shipped down. It was definitely a sight to see.









And here she ease arriving at home making the other girl jealous, its only 6 feet longer but the size and scale is just on another level. More updates to come.





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Old 08-28-2019, 02:19 PM
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Agenda for now,

1. Completely redo the bilge where nothing works
2. Remove the bottom paint.
3. Get the boat in serviceable condition as to not waste the rest of the summer.
4. Update all electronics.
5. Restore the gelcoat.
6. You know what just basically go through the entire boat, everything needs attention.
Old 08-28-2019, 02:37 PM
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Mighty fine looking boat you got there
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Those are beautiful boats. Good luck on your project.
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So what did you pay? $2-3K
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Originally Posted by Hammerhead 6 View Post
So what did you pay? $2-3K
Harsh!!!!
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for a minute I thought that thing was going down 95 behind the Tahoe, , looks like a fun trip, cant wait to see what you do to it
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Originally Posted by Hammerhead 6 View Post
So what did you pay? $2-3K
It's a joke. It looks like it will be a nice looking boat once the OP is through.
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Excellent riding hull. Fished on the non stepped version many times. The hull will perform well with twin Suzuki 300s if you decide to repower.
Old 08-29-2019, 06:54 AM
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LOL thanks for the comments, I wish I would have paid that little, lets just say it was around half price of what they typically go for. I kind of saw it like I'm buying a hull, if the engines run for a season or 3 great. I'm actually farther along in this process as the boat has been here a few weeks, ive just been busy with it. But I wanted to make a thread to document everything as I know it can be helpful for others to see the kind of things you need to replace on a project. Ive done and am doing most all the work myself so it helps with ideas.

First step was seeing what I had to work with. Such as surveying the bottom paint issue. I'm in Miami, 15 minutes away from 2 boat ramps I can use, trailering is not an issue. To be honest I think bottom paint is ugly personally, and down here it kind of kills the resale value a bit so its coming off. Blasting is not an option as it wrecks the gelcoat, and since this paint didn't look like it was applied correctly anyway I figured it wouldn't be too hard. Its just a lot and I mean a lot of work. Also seeing if the gelcoat could be brought back to its former glory.

The process that worked best for me is two fold do it in pieces and when I start to get frustrated, move on to something else. Also these steps.

1. Aqua Strip remover, let sit for 1 hour then scrape excess off.
2. Pressure wash
3. Aqua Strip remover 2nd coat let sit for a few minutes and scuff off with a 3m green scotch pad
4. Pressure wash
5. Sand 320 on the big parts left 600 on everything else.

Finish sand and Polish the bottom, I have a guy that will block the boat and do this for a couple hundred bucks assuming I give it to him with all the paint removed.

Don't get scared by these pics its really not that bad, this was one afternoons work.







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sweet boat i wish i found that. whats the cabin look like?
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OK- just one question, what were you drinking when you were shopping boat trader
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Nice ride. Keep us updated, I'd be interesting to see what you do with it.
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Cabin, is really a head as its a Center Console.

What was I drinking, it was 11AM if I recall so tequila at that time lol.

Next step was check to see the hull sides to see if the gelcoat could be brought back, started on the Starboard Side. Like I said, the gel Coat was severely oxidized. Under the sticker on the hull side the gelcoat was raised at least 1/16 of an inch in relation the rest of the hull due to the oxidation, however I was able to bring it back to almost new.

The steps I took

1. 320 grit wet sand on the rough and raised
2. 600 grit wet sand on the whole thing
3. Followed by 1000, 1500, and then 3000.
4. 3m compound with white pad
5. 3m polish with grey pad

Ill have to wax it but I'm not there yet. I jump around a lot doing things so bare with me, when I feel myself get frustrated with some of these things, I take a break from that and move to something else as sometimes this stuff seems unending.









Here you can see after the last step of the polish the amount of shine that came back, I'm happy with the results thus far.






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Now that I saw that I would be able to make it look nice, I decided to start working on getting the systems working correctly. As nothing worked, and parts where starting to come in.








I decided to move on to the bilge where absolutely nothing worked, and the previous owner must have spilled at least 3 gallons of yamalube inside. I'm not exaggerating when I say it took about 50 gallons of degreaser and ultimitaly drivng the boat around the neighborhood on the trailer to get this to clean up where its at now.

Things that needed changing
1. Both Bilge pumps , replaced the original 1500gph with 2000 gph, and all wiring to them
2. Both float switches, replaced with wiring as well.
3. Wiring to freshwater washdown pump which was new but not working.
4. Salt water wash down pump which was missing and wiring as well.
5. Both macerator pumps and associated wiring.
6. Every single rubber hose and seacock as they where a disaster and coming apart, I replaced this all with Trident 149 which is great to work with.

Note in some pictures there is only one hose clamp but I went back and double clamped everything before I finished.


Some of the dirt and degreaser.






A little cleaner and begin disassembly. Can you say rats nest of crap.







Now I'm not the tallest guy out there but I still had to remove one oil tank to get in there to be able to work, it was nastier and nastier the more I removed.








Here you can see the general condition of everything I removed, pumps, floats, macerators , and some things I found like ratchets, disaster to say the least.










After removing the pumps the fishboxes still wouldn't drain as they where plugged with leaves and oil sludge so I had to remove the hoses under the floor which was a royal pain due to access and blow all the sludge into my freshly cleaned bilge. Also at this point all my hoses came in.







My new bilge harness, started installing pumps, I relocated some of the macerator pumps as they where impossible to get to. I replaced the hoses, I added a nice lumitec light to the bilge.










Everything is now clean, installed, and working. I can take the boat now to the marina to swap trailers so that I can begin on rebuilding the trailer which needs major attention.





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What year is it?
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Out of curiosity, what did shopping via semi run you if you don’t mind me asking
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What year is it?
Its a 2005

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Out of curiosity, what did shopping via semi run you if you don’t mind me asking
2600 boston to Miami, but I shopped around a lot all quotes where in the 2800 to 3500 with some at 5000


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So since we got everything in the bilge working and all systems seemed good, I decided to go drop her in the water for a sea trail and to swap trailers with my dads. He was nice enough to leave his boat in the water for a couple weeks while my trailer got rebuilt.

We decided to get a baseline test even though there was some growth on the hull, mostly I wanted to get a couple hours in her.

Performance was subpar to say the least with the 21 props the boat came with and the growth.

Cruise
4000rpm 40.8 MPH
WOT
5200rpm 51.0 MPH

I expect this boat to be in the 60s when I'm done with her.


My dads boat, all shiny and done but for all intent and purpose the same exact boat, just 1 year older









BLUEBYU ready for the maiden voyage, even though she was so slow she didn't blow by anything, but at least she ran well and everything worked.









Probably should have scraped all this stuff off first but hey I needed it off the trailer







So while the trailer is being rebuilt I went back to bottom paint removal. In the bilge I had left wiring for the under water lights so I went ahead and started at the transom.

After the first two coats of aquastrip and pressure washing.










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At this point I began sanding 320, 600, 1000, 1500, 3000 then compound and polish. I drilled out the holes to get clean glass, beveled the edges 45 degrees and filled with thickened epoxy. On the bigger holes I put a piece of 1708 on the inside for strength.








And my nice lumitec seablaze x on the freshly polished transom



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