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Gillikin Custom 32 Restoration- Twin Diesel Custom Carolina

Old 10-04-2014, 07:37 PM
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Default Gillikin Custom 32 Restoration- Twin Diesel Custom Carolina

2001 Gillikin Custom Carolina 32


This is our new project- the boat my father and I are partnering up on, just have to sell my Luhrs 320 now!!!


Built in 2001 by James Gillikin (from what I'm told Ricky and others assisted). This boat is fitted with twin Cummins 6CTA 450C original only 1100 hours. Cruises 30 kts from what I'm told. Boat looks to be built with no expense spared- three release helm chairs with footrests, release steering wheel with helm pod and shifters, etc. She's a real work of art. Spoke to James himself and he said she had a price tag of almost $450,000 new.

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Photo thanks to Bruce W. From back in 2004 when the seller I purchased the boat from bought her. Price then from what I'm told was around $250,000, but who knows. Doesn't matter to be, I think she's a beauty.

Anyway, the story goes the previous owner looks to have done minor minor maintenance, if any for the past few years. Supposedly the pervious owners wife untied the boat, she floated down the canal, striking bulk heading and pilings damaging the hull sides. Then the owner took the boat out of the water, whee she sat for over 2 years on the hard. In that time the owner attempted to do fiberglass work to make her look more like an express, but actually did more harm then good. He also had plans to make the cabin bigger, and removed two storage boxes on the bow before the cabin, and screwed up the deck.

My father began inquiring about this boat in 2013, and took well over a year to seal the deal. Traveled to florida to look at her,etc.

James Gillikin himself went to look at the boat, the previous owner had him come down to give an estimate on fixing the boat a few months back. James traveled down to Florida and the previous owner never hired him after he spent his time looking at the boat. We spoke to James on the phone, a treat guy! He says the boat is solid and with some work will be a great boat, and I truly believe him.

She was just shipped up to NY where we will take on the renovations.

We plan to completely go over the engines.
We are going to strip the hull down, repairing all fiberglass issues and re paint the hull.
We are going to remove teak deck, check all decking and reinstall teak decking with new cork/seal.
We are going to redo the cabin with 4 bunks (two flip up bunks) and a fresh head.
We will need to install new electronics.
Build a new hardtop or get a small marlin tower installed.
we will install a small Diesel Genset probably Next gen 3.5.
We are going to refurbished all the helm chairs, along with anything else she needs to make her beautiful again.

I'm missing a lot, but you all catch my drift. I will post pictures and update like I did with the Luhrs repower.

I know some builders don't like James' work, but I can honestly say this boat is built so well. Better than many other custom boats we've looked at. We've been in the market for a while, finally found the one we want.

Her new name will be "PAUPERS' YACHT" after my dads first boat he had that my grandfather bought him out if high school as a graduation present, a 1960s Ulrickson (definitely spelt wrong).

Anyway, again. I will post more.

PLEASE try and keep negativity to yourselves.

Thanks.

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Old 10-04-2014, 07:42 PM
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Default teak decking

can i have the teak decking?
will recycle and put it on another boat.

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Old 10-04-2014, 07:44 PM
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I'm in. Good luck.
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Old 10-04-2014, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris Elkins View Post
can i have the teak decking?
will recycle and put it on another boat.

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I'm keeping the teak deck, it's in great shape, gonna reinstall the same teak in this boat lol. Probably not taking it all up. The rear hatch needs some work.
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Whats the deadrise ?

Looks like it was designed to run in some pretty flat seas.

Does have a nice look to her though......(I like the wood, just don't like taking care of it)
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:08 PM
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Glad the rebuild has started, can't wait to see her finished
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:26 PM
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Can't wait for more pictures. In love with that thing
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:18 PM
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Thank you for using the word "restoration" instead of "restore."
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:53 PM
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Painful to see such neglect when the guys who built her put in so much effort. May be outside your budget, but you might look into dropping in a pair of "reman" QSB 5.9 380s or even 480s. They are very reasonably priced and you would get the benefits of common rail (quieter, smokeless) and reliability while taking close to 1,000 lbs of weight out of the boat. The 450Cs will have some value as running take-outs. Fuel economy,range, and speed should improve significantly with the lighter engines. If this boat were being built today, she would have the QSBs and not the heavy C series engines in all likelihood.
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Old 10-05-2014, 12:49 AM
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Originally Posted by sxracer View Post
Whats the deadrise ?

Looks like it was designed to run in some pretty flat seas.

Does have a nice look to her though......(I like the wood, just don't like taking care of it)
She'd be north of 50 degrees at the bow and looks like 12-14 at the transom. Very standard for a Carolina boat.

And no our seas are not flat--3-5' at 6-8 seconds is a standard forecast. Carolina boats are built like this for a reason--great head sea boats (like a Downeaster) that won't scare the sh*t out of when running down sea on the way back to the hill (unlike a Downeaster). Low dead rise at transom contributes to this.

Leaving aside any James vs Ricky debate, I doubt she'll pound
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Old 10-05-2014, 01:06 AM
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You have a lot of potential with that beauty! Very nice looking lines and bringing that teak back to life will really make her shine!
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Thanks for all the kind words. She really is a head turner!

And she's definitely NOT made for flat seas lol, these Carolina boats are probably arguably one of the best sea boats out there. YouTube them getting out if those inlets and you'll be amazed! I've done my homework on this boat before buying lol. We had a Downeast JC 31- dad loved it, I didn't. It was significantly slower, and following sea a lot of steering. My Luhrs is a carolina style- designed trying to mimic that of a Carolina design, but not nearly 100% and the ride is very nice.

It is sad the previous owner let this boat get like this, I don't get it... She'll be beautiful again soon!
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Great looking project. Can't wait to see the final product.
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Nice boat! I look forward to seeing the progress!!
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Beautiful boat. You' really giving her that name? I checked the dictionary to see if that indeed means what I thought it meant. I would give her a more glorious name but hey, it' you boat. Did I say already that it is a beauty?
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Originally Posted by Nomans View Post
Painful to see such neglect when the guys who built her put in so much effort. May be outside your budget, but you might look into dropping in a pair of "reman" QSB 5.9 380s or even 480s. They are very reasonably priced and you would get the benefits of common rail (quieter, smokeless) and reliability while taking close to 1,000 lbs of weight out of the boat. The 450Cs will have some value as running take-outs. Fuel economy,range, and speed should improve significantly with the lighter engines. If this boat were being built today, she would have the QSBs and not the heavy C series engines in all likelihood.
Why? If the motors are running fine leave them. The diamonds were awesome motors and very reliable. If they are propped right, they will run forever. I have a pair of the 480ces and never had a issue of smoking etc after 10 years. Most people who have these motors love them.
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BADASS!!!
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Old 10-05-2014, 08:29 AM
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Lots of potential there, and lots of work, but nothing unachievable by no means. If at all possible, get her under some sort of cover, that will help a lot and speed up the redo....
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This looks like it could be one hell of a boat when finished. I really kind of like the set up with that forward cabin, vs an express set up. Any pics of the cabin?

With that tower you are installing, this would be a perfect Pensacola boat if it has large tanks and decent fuel economy.
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That is one heck of a barn find. Please keep us updated on the progress and pay zero attention to the naysayers and jealous keyboard warriors. That boat is awesome !
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