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Old 08-30-2010, 04:53 PM
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I/we (wife) just inherited a 1972 uniflite convertible. It has original cummins 300 hp diesels( 903 marine??). They are non turbo raw water cooled. The boat starts fine with no smoke. They only have 425 hours on them. My question is this boat going to be a money pit once I get it shipped to hawaii from Ca? Have not gone boatdiesel.com yet. I have a 26 grady that I just repowered. I am drooling over the possiblity of such a upgrade in size. Not much resale value in my Grady(tigercat). I really enjoy my Grady but nonetheless a 35000lb battle wagon will put me in an different catagory of fishing. Any input or advice would be apperciate. My spelling is already noticed.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:02 PM
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1972 wasn't a bad year for uniflite, it was, I believe a year or two before they started using the fire retardant fiberglass that put them out of business ultimately.

903's are dinosaurs, but the coast guard still uses them and bradley fighting vehicles, I believe, use them. They are capable of a lot of horsepower. Parts may be an issue, but a good cummins engine survey will answer that. If the power is in good shape, you may have yourself a slow sportfish that will last forever.

Uniflite made the pbrs used in viet-nam and, other than the fiberglass issue, was a well respected company. Be prepared to spend some bucks, but she's a good, garden variety offshore hull.
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Old 08-30-2010, 06:37 PM
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When I was a dockbuilder, for 20 years, we had a tug boat move all our steel barges with Cranes on them, it was a tank and an old coastguard boat. It was basically indestructible, slamming against the steel barges, it was finally retired about 6 years ago, it was a 1962 32' Uniflite

I am not totally positive about the year, but I think that was it.
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:16 PM
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Convertibles with age are generally all money pits -- but having non turbo engines is probably a plus. You won't get the speed you would with a turbo, but the engine will likely last longer.

Lots of other systems on a convertible that always need attention too. If your wife's family has had the boat for a long time, it could be well cared for and that's a big plus.
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:12 AM
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The engines have only 425 hours on them in 40 years. Should I get the oil tested before I get a the engines surveyed?
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by grady26 View Post
The engines have only 425 hours on them in 40 years. Should I get the oil tested before I get a the engines surveyed?
Is it in the water?
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:25 PM
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Yes the boat is in the water in Ca. I am in Hawaii and just trying to form a plan on see the reliablity of this boat. My issue is I have a perfectly running boat that suits me fine. This boat is teasing me with the chance of getting into a whole new level of fishing. Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:28 PM
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Check with Tony Athens at Seaboard Marine in Calif. I'd follow his advice on oil sample or engine survey, he's a Cummins guru.
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man, I hope this works out for you, I could use a good news story today....best of luck with it...keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes in your favor....

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I will give Tony at Seaboard marine a call tomorrow, thanks for tip.
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+ 1 on Tony Athens.

I had 1984 42' Uniflite (post blister) good, heavily built boat.
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Some history here: Uniflite made fiberglass boats for the Navy for many years--starting in 1965, and these all had a flame retardant in the resin called "Hetron" made by Dupont. There was no major problem with the boats until 1975, when Dupont stopped making "Hetron" and the fire retardant was acquired from another scource and contained Bromine--which formed into a gas under some circumstances and caused extensive blistering. The boat before 1972 should have no more blistering than expected than any boat that age--some will have none--some could have moderate superficial blistering. But the Uniflites were heavily built boats.

I would get a good marine survey--and an engine survey before putting up the dollars for shipping the boat to Hawaii. Also do you have a slip for the boat? Generally a boat about 40 years old will have some problems. You probably will have to opt for a paint job. You will also probably have to up date wiring, electronics and other systems. It can be expensive. I also would 'invest" in a plane ticket to Calif. and check out the boat personally if you have not done so--preferably during the marine survey.

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Ran across this website. I don't know if it helps you any, but interesting for a uniflite owner: http://unifliteworld.com
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