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Old 01-20-2021, 08:44 PM
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Hi everyone name is Steve Iím from Australia. Iíve come across an old ski boat which is 17ft long water line beam is 5 ft with reverse chines actual beam is 7ft. That being said with the water line beam being only 5ft would it be stable at rest ?
I am thinking of turning it into a bay boat?
Any advice would be appreciated.
I have no clue as to what make the hull is, I have pictures but canít seem to post them
Old 01-20-2021, 09:02 PM
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The boat originally had a 135 2stroke Johnson on it
Old 01-22-2021, 12:06 AM
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Hey, you can only post pictures when you have 10 posts. Shouldn't bee too hard to get some.

I think a 7' beam on the reverse chine is pretty common for a boat of that size. How stable do you want it to be? It won't be a cat or a pontoon, but I haven't seen a very very tippy 17' boat so far. However, the deeper the V at the transom the more roll you'll typically get.

Do you have any option to take it to the water just to see how it behaves?
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No unfortunately the boat is in bad shape so no putting it on the water.
When I get 10 posts Iíll put up some pics. But itís saying I can only post 5 per day lol
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The boat flares out a lot from the chine to the gunwale also. Would really like to know what the boat is
Old 01-22-2021, 03:01 AM
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Originally Posted by harris1111 View Post
No unfortunately the boat is in bad shape so no putting it on the water.
When I get 10 posts I’ll put up some pics. But it’s saying I can only post 5 per day lol
There are a few ski boats that have found their hulls resurrected into a small fast fisher although this one is about a foot narrower than the general 17 x 6ft that most small fishing boats seem to be - from my experience the stability of ski boats varies tremendously and a lot will depend on how you distribute the weight in the build - get it as low as possible.

In my experience of ski boats, they vary tremendously in stability.

When you say you've come across it - is it already yours, or can you get it for free? If so, I'd simply patch it up enough to float, pop it on the water, add a bit of weight in the right places to represent as best you can the finished boat - eg some blocks for the fuel tank, a couple of mates to sit on the transom for the OB - and see what you think about the stability before investing a few thousand dollars in a build.
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I do have the boat and I also got it for nothing. Just trying to see where to go from here. A few people have already told me not to worry about stability ,they tend to think it will be ok. I think I will take your advice and float the boat
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Will need to source a trailer as I craned it onto my work truck and dropped it home
Old 01-22-2021, 03:54 AM
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I think you can post pictures now Curious to see the old lady.
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Originally Posted by Mangimi View Post
I think you can post pictures now Curious to see the old lady.
...and the boat too
Old 01-22-2021, 04:35 AM
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"Old Ski Boat" has my attention....waiting to see what she is ...pics, or...typing the year/make/model.

Ski Boats have hulls designed to minimize wake, keep any wake there is as centered/minimal as possible, for serious slalom skiing. Hence...narrower hulls are part of that formula.
Opposite of "wake board boats"...which have hull designs designed to create a good even peaked wave.
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Hey Steve, where abouts in Aus are you? If you are in SEQ I may have another boat for you if this one isn't what you want.
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Iím in Townsville mate
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Here is the old gal I think it has potential
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Looks very expensive OP.
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Originally Posted by Capt Easy View Post
Looks very expensive OP.
Yep. Only thing more expensive than a cheap boat is a free boat.
Old 01-23-2021, 04:54 AM
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That hull looks very similar to the UK built Fletchers of the 70ís and that was a range of boats with a great reputation for handling - my brother and I had a 15ft Fletcher and it took all sorts of abuse from teenagers who only had two throttle positions!
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Looks like good bottom lines. Should be ok for a fishing rig. Post if you go forward.
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I was thinking of maybe turning into kind of a bay boat. I have access to all the fibreglass it need for a good price as a good friend of mine is a distributor
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It certainly looks more stable than initially described and like it could work out- but at what cost? If you like projects (like myself) go for it! But on the surface it certainly does not look like a more affordable means to a fishing boat than finding something used. If you do undertake such a project- please create and update a thread! Lots of good advice here and even more guys (like myself) that love to follow along.
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