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Old 08-04-2014, 08:06 AM
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After looking for months we have finally found an Avenger for the right price to rebuild. These boats hold there value very well. After looking for the past 4 months we found one right here in our own back yard.

The boat is a 03 with a 03 opti max with 2000 hours on it. my first impressions of the boat were amazing! The ride is out of this world best riding 24 foot boat i have ever been on period.

We ran her this weekend for a little shakedown to see what she needed. The boat didn't come with tabs and that will def get changed. With 5 people on the boat it would be nice to adjust the list of the boat with out having to make people move. We will also be adding an extra set of lifting strakes like the new 24's.

We just put a deposit on the new 200 i4 Yamaha four stroke. Once we finish all of the cosmetic repairs and improvements we will be taking her out to Cannons Marine to get the motor mounted and installed.

The boat sat on a lift with out a cover its whole life so the paint is pretty far gone. We are going to try and salvage the cap and interior gel. The hull gel is to far gone to save so we will be painting it. If we can save the interior gel we will be painting the hull white with a Green boot stripe and red bottom paint. It will match our luzier 26 build thread here. http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...c-rebuild.html If we can not salvage the gel in the interior we will be going to paint all the gel aqua mist.

I will keep this thread updated as much as possible with pictures and descriptions.

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Old 08-04-2014, 09:45 AM
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Subscribed - Congrats on the new boat, best of luck with the retrofit!
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:53 AM
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Best of luck. I have an 04 and very interested on how it goes!
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Old 08-04-2014, 10:10 AM
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Congrats. but the Yamaha 200 I4 seems a little small for that boat. What size was the Opti. the Mercs are known to put out more than their rating, so if it was a 200 and you were satisfied, I'd go a least to a 225 for a Yamah 4 stroke or better yet a 250. A 250sx Opti would be perfect and will be my next motor on the Rampone.
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:00 AM
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Hull was designed around the concept of having a v6 Merc two stroke on it. 250 pro xs!
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:15 AM
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Thanks for all the replys guys. We have talked to Rodney and he was very happy with the preformance of the new 200. We are looking for great fuel Econ more than we are speed. From what we have heard from Rodney we think we will have a range of about 300 miles. Should have some more pictures up tonight.

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Old 08-04-2014, 06:01 PM
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Well the boat went into the shop today. Her rub rail was removed and will be replaced with white rubber and stainless insert after painting. Last time she will look like this.
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sanded and taped up.


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Good luck with the paint!
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:32 PM
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Sick boat. One of my favorites for sure. Congrats and good luck with the refurb.
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:13 PM
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congrats ...I've always wanted one myself. Love those boats and my .02, they are nearly perfect for west coast fishing. I do agree that the 200 i4 is light ...most of those set up are running w/ 250's. You got a full tower & heavy t-top...which add significant drag. I'm thinking the boat will be sluggish w/ a moderate load and the top end will be less than desired ...The other issue will be the resale at some point. My D23 w/ 200 hpdi...full tower & t-top does 37-38 knots and I'm getting mid 3's gpm's w/ running it over optimal crusie ...I know they are different boats but have similar tower set ups. Beautiful boat regardless and good luck.
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Originally Posted by mgrandu1 View Post
congrats ...I've always wanted one myself. Love those boats and my .02, they are nearly perfect for west coast fishing. I do agree that the 200 i4 is light ...most of those set up are running w/ 250's. You got a full tower & heavy t-top...which add significant drag. I'm thinking the boat will be sluggish w/ a moderate load and the top end will be less than desired ...The other issue will be the resale at some point. My D23 w/ 200 hpdi...full tower & t-top does 37-38 knots and I'm getting mid 3's gpm's w/ running it over optimal crusie ...I know they are different boats but have similar tower set ups. Beautiful boat regardless and good luck.
Tonight I got a hold of a owner that just repowered his 24 with a new 200. Identical boats tower and all, he is getting 30/32 mph at 4000rpm burning 3.5mpg. He said he tops out at 42mph. I don't think it gets much better than that. I am not worried about resale whatsoever i will run this motor till it dies and just put another one on. This boat is never leaving.
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I have 250 pro xs on my 24' bayboat, I get 3.5-4 mpg on a slow cruise. I do not have a tower which may hurt mpg. Best of luck hope it all works for you.
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Can't wait to see it progress. Love those Avengers
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I bit more work was done today. The motor was disconnected from the boat just have to take it off the porta bracket. I took these pics at lunch so it was probably taken off by the end of the day. The water line was also taped.

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She's been a great boat. that boat was mine when new. I sold it the day my oldest was born and bought a contender, fast forward almost 12 years and I have my 3rd of that design. It will be my last in its class, from this point on I will rebuild and improve when the time comes. I have quite a few ideas regarding weight distribution, center of gravity and overall balance all from several thousand hours on the water in these boats.
Her previous owner is a great guy and has been able to enjoy it for years.
It's been nice to see it in the drift the last couple of seasons.
Good luck with her, lots of good mojo on that hull.
If you ever need or want to discuss, feel free to PM.
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Great thread!!! Gotta go with the crowd though...needs 50 more horses
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Originally Posted by Dan Hicks 2 View Post
She's been a great boat. that boat was mine when new. I sold it the day my oldest was born and bought a contender, fast forward almost 12 years and I have my 3rd of that design. It will be my last in its class, from this point on I will rebuild and improve when the time comes. I have quite a few ideas regarding weight distribution, center of gravity and overall balance all from several thousand hours on the water in these boats.
Her previous owner is a great guy and has been able to enjoy it for years.
It's been nice to see it in the drift the last couple of seasons.
Good luck with her, lots of good mojo on that hull.
If you ever need or want to discuss, feel free to PM.
Thanks. We are very excited to get her back in the water and really start to fish her.
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This hull shines from 30-40 mph. The 200 should be just fine. Looking forward to see how she turns out, gotta love the original Avenger's.
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