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SeaCraft 23 CC Rebuild

Old 11-04-2014, 04:19 PM
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Bought this off my neighbor earlier this summer. It was left out in Hurricane Arthur and succumbed to the wind and waves. It is a post-classic era SeaCraft but is the 23' hull I've been wanting for years. It turtled in shallow enough water that the T-top and console ripped off and chaffed against the gunnels. The motor took the most abuse but saved the transom from rubbing on the harbor floor. Motor is toast, as is the console and top.

I have a 200 Optimax and an aftermarket console from C&M Marine ready to go. Most of the work, with the exception of the deck and gunnels is just cosmetic. Fuel tank has never been an issue, but I would like to pull it out and inspect. Would definitely be nice to coal tar epoxy it to ensure a long life. The boat will be kept fairly low key with only a few toys and a charter boat, minimal upkeep finish.

Step one was removing all the old rigging. Amazing how much sand was in every nook and cranny. I think I've managed to get all the water drained to the back and am able to vacuum it out of the aft corners.

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Old 11-04-2014, 04:29 PM
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Good luck. Looks good. Just as well go ahead and take out the whole floor and check the foam. Could be saturated with water.
Are you going to close in the transom?
We just started a 73 restoration. We got lucky and the transom is already done with a bracket already installed.
http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...-seacraft.html

This one actually has 2 tanks. A 160 and a 40 in front of it.
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Parrot- Thats the part I'm concerned about, outboard of the stringers. It doesn't have a true way to drain the water that got in there from the sinking, let alone the 20 years before.

Probably won't enclose the transom, going with a Conch style engine shroud instead.
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Originally Posted by tomharty View Post
Parrot- Thats the part I'm concerned about, outboard of the stringers. It doesn't have a true way to drain the water that got in there from the sinking, let alone the 20 years before.

Probably won't enclose the transom, going with a Conch style engine shroud instead.
Just cut it out and leave you a 4" lip all the way around. You put the floor back on top of the lip. Will not hurt to raise it some anyway. Best to pull the tank and check it also.
Ours had been changed at some point as it didn't have any foam around it.
I see in your pic the waterline is across the scuppers and you may want to repower later on with a 4 stroke.
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A new floor raised up would encounter problems at the transom. Don't know if anyone can tell from these pictures but there's a void where the two liners come together. I would have to glass them and design a new drainage and scupper situation

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You can leave the scuppers as is and create a small well area there. Or just move them up.
Are they connected with flexible hose or rigid pipe?
They can be angled from the floor back to the transom.
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Originally Posted by parrott View Post
You can leave the scuppers as is and create a small well area there. Or just move them up.
Are they connected with flexible hose or rigid pipe?
They can be angled from the floor back to the transom.
Plan would be to fill in the current well area to level. Then a shy cut on the added plywood of the new deck will create a new drain thats higher than water level.

Roger that on the 4" lip, if we do it that's the way we'll go.
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Back at it after a long winter up here in Boston. Experimental cut in the deck showed mulch and complete disintegration. So we went for it. Foam outboard of the stringers was actually dry and good enough to leave so I was pretty pumped about that. Tank was a tough one and after taking a tree branch saw around the perimeter I was able to work some short crow bars under the end. Wrapped them with chain, and after breaking two smaller sized chains was able to break it free with the floor jack. Soaked foam underneath and pitted spots was a relief to see after making the effort to pull the tank.

Also took off vinyl stripes and glassed underside of deck...

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Made some progress over the last few days. The extra room from the smaller fuel tank will make for a nice 30" x 30" space forward, gelcoated and ready for a hatch eventually. Next step was to get the deck in with a bead of thickend resin and fibers. Buckets were a super easy weight device as long as I didn't spill them! After that kicked a layer of mat and heavier roven went down. Was happy with the way the middle turned out but needed some more tabbing work around the edges and a cleaned up seam.


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Lookin good, subscribed
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nice progress! still a ways to go but looks good!
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Spent some time on the computer the other night and came up with this. Question for the pros: whats a reasonable circuit breaker amp rating? 60? 80? Also, do you have to fuse off the battery terminals? Any other problems in this schematic?

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Any insight on the wiring diagram?
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Nice?

Power plans? Full transom and a bracket makes a big difference.
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Looking good.
Have you subscribed to the classic Seacraft forum.
All the restores we have done, we moved the tanks all the way forward, especially if you plan to go 4 stroke later on.
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For now its a 200 Optimax so it'll be plenty light and won't notice the extra 30" forward of the tank. That space was too perfect for a storage option, didn't even consider sliding it up.


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Hit the water back in June and although not totally finished, it got the job done all summer long! We kept it right off Long Wharf on a mooring and I can honestly say we used it just about every single day. Beers and cruising around the harbor, the islands or the Charles. It just never got old.

Lots to do this winter- maybe new power but most likely save $, have it ready to go if this one says goodnight.

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Really nice looking boat! you did a real nice job... Congratulations.
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Resurrected, very nice job. Right side up or upside down she floats level.
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Don't skip a year on bottom paint!

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