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Old 02-01-2021, 07:29 PM
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Default Professional Bracket Conversion Estimate

I’m curious if anyone has any idea what it would cost to have a bracket professionally installed on a boat that was built for inboards?

I’ve always loved the lines of the Luhrs. I know what you’re thinking, a Luhrs isn’t a great boat, but you can’t deny the lines.

The president of Luhrs had a 29 Express specially built for himself at the Luhrs factory. This build was with outboards.

I found a 32 Express with no engines for sale for a low price. My question is, does anyone have any idea what it would cost to have a conversation professionally done?

I know this is a weird question, but these conversions are getting more and more prevalent.

The yellow boat below is the factory conversion and the white boat is obviously the project.

I wonder if it’s worth it? The completed boat is for sale for 70 grand, would the conversion be considerably less?

Say the cost of the outboards are 20 grand. The hull is 9. How much could the conversion cost? 10 grand???

It’s a thought provoking question.

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interested in this too.
always wondered what a bracket conversion would cost.
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Start at 75K with some budget set aside for discoverables and you will be close....er.

Just getting the old bullets/running gear/controls out and glass work to the hull would eat up 10K before you started any work specific to the outboard conversion.

There is not a budget friendly path to such a process.

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New twin 300hp outboards are $50k sitting in the box
Figure bracket sitting in the box custom built for the boat is $7000.
Fiberglass work and install of bracket around $10k
Rigging, steering, harnesses and set up $8000

Just the basics is well over $75 with no other work for a Frankenstein boat.

Now if you did all the work yourself and put twin used 18 year old OX66 250hps on it, you could shop for parts and maybe get it done for $$22-25k.

Spitballing numbers but still in the ballpark.
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You should be asking how much it'll cost to fix that chunk that's missing out of the chine.
Old 02-02-2021, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Lifeislarge View Post
You should be asking how much it'll cost to fix that chunk that's missing out of the chine.
Crap, I didn't notice that. I thought at quick glance that it was where they missed power washing it...

Conversation over!
Old 02-02-2021, 08:51 PM
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I'm in the middle of such a build. My transom is strong enough to handle the weight and it's a cat so really it's like 2 seperate narrow hulls down where the bracket sits. I have 4k in a bracket that I had a local fab shop build to my specs. I found a good deal on used motors and had to buy rigging. Glass guy charged 3k to fill the holes. I could probably in it for about 40k NOT buying the boat or anything other than what it took to get up and running with OB. I'm spending a considerable amount more but it's a total refit. If it's just money you are trying to save buy the ready to go one. If you love that type of work and not on a strict budget go for it. You would top 75k most likely but you would have alot more new stuff on that boat. Im in the marine industry so I find deals on things but if you just hand a yard a checkbook you will appreciate the 75k
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went through a diesel inboard to an outboard on a bracket conversion myself. IMO, it is a loaded question. I could have just pulled the diesel, filled the hole, mounted it and cleaned and reused the tank. A single 300 with rigging is about 20k +/-. Bracket will be 3-6k depending on final details. figure a few grand to fill transom. To me, that is the short way to do it. If you are going to spend that kind of money, there is more you should address. I would add to the transom because they are already there. What about the fuel tank. considering the price of a new motor, why use an old tank? They are running new rigging for the motor, why not just get new wiring on the entire boat? Clean and paint the bilge? So many things that could be done easily now with the boat apart that will eliminate headaches when the project is done.

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