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Old 01-06-2016, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by manitunc View Post
My god, man, are you insane! putting tens of thousands of dollars into a 20 year old boat? Whats the point? You'll never get your money out of it. And it has wood! Taboo! the Keys must have rotted your brain.

Oh, when you get ready to sell, let me know. I'll take that wreck off your hands.
Norm uses "special "hand-holding termites" in his rotten wood so the structure is a little stronger than what you'd see in a Bayliner.

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Old 01-06-2016, 05:33 AM
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Don't forget that the tanks are automatically going to be bad and the boat is going to sink because it wasn't designed for four strokes.
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Old 01-06-2016, 05:40 AM
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
Don't forget that the tanks are automatically going to be bad and the boat is going to sink because it wasn't designed for four strokes.
It's definitely going to walk upright looking at the sky. plus you will never get it insured because that year was not rated for 300's since they didn't have them then. Lol
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Old 01-06-2016, 06:29 AM
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Looks great man, I almost have mine back on the water. The fuel tank swap was not as bad as I thought it was going to be, def not fun but if you have issues down the road its nothing you can't swing on your own based off what I have seen you do before.
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Old 01-06-2016, 07:11 AM
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Coores- Thanks for doing this thread.

Love what you are doing with that boat.
Good luck and enjoy it.
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Old 01-06-2016, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by AUcary View Post
Looks great man, I almost have mine back on the water. The fuel tank swap was not as bad as I thought it was going to be, def not fun but if you have issues down the road its nothing you can't swing on your own based off what I have seen you do before.
That's precisely one of the main reasons I zeroed in on a whitewater. Everything is serviceable. Even on the venerated Conch27 you have to cut out the deck to get the gas tanks. One of my biggest issues with that boat and something I vowed to not subject myself to in the future.
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
yup, so I went with twin 300 Zukes. Much thanks to Mike at International Marine for getting me insane pricing on these things.

While the turkey was in the oven on Thanksgiving, Burningdaylight and I tackled the installation of the new engines.

You'll also noticed I touched up the bracket. Not that it really matters because most would be covered by the new engines, but I wanted it to look pretty for the few days when it was engine-less.



We were doing pretty well, but ultimately got stymied by the bolts that Suzuki sent combined with the fact that not a single store was open. We gave up and headed back to check on the turkey and start drinking.

The next day, it was me, Burningdaylight, and Trayder ready to get this thing done. After rummaging through Trayder's vast array of loose hardware of which only he could find anything, we were able to come up with the right sized bolts for what we needed. With bolts and beer in hand, we got busy.
By late morning we were finished with the mounting of the engines and steering. We took the boat back to my house and continued work on the wiring, fuel hoses, etc.

They look pretty mean on the boat, me thinks.
Coores;

Thanks for taking the time to correct the pictures in #18. Those Suzuki's are simply Stunning on that boat!! Good luck with the rest of the project. I know you don't need my endorsement, but I think you are on to something good here.
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:41 AM
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Nice boat and great job.
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:47 AM
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Can anyone tell me what the single most important item or items are on a boat?
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:51 AM
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Can anyone tell me what the single most important item or items are on a boat?
bilge pumps and running engines
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:58 AM
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Looking good. Thanks for posting.
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Raybo Marine NY View Post
bilge pumps and running engines
Close. I'll put those at two or three.
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
Close. I'll put those at two or three.
keeping your beer cold
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
Can anyone tell me what the single most important item or items are on a boat?
Beer for sure!!! Final answer.
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:10 AM
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Coming along nicely!
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:11 AM
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Look forward to watching this. Are you going to keep the original Ttop or go with a KW Style like your DV?Best of luck!
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
Can anyone tell me what the single most important item or items are on a boat?

Batteries.

BTW, great thread. I enjoyed the Conch build. And Whitewaters are a special breed. Good luck with the makeover and hope you get to enjoy her plenty.
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Old 01-06-2016, 11:02 AM
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1. Good batteries
2. Bilge pump(s)
3. Working motor(s)
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Old 01-06-2016, 11:06 AM
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Can anyone tell me what the single most important item or items are on a boat?
The plug....
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Old 01-06-2016, 11:32 AM
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I downsized to 28 WW from a 34 CV for financial reasons and never looked back! It's like my Yeti cup, I didn't believe the hype until I owned one.
It looks like you're doing it right and glad to see the refit thread.
You're going to love the boat! Best of luck with it. Also, thanks for the advice and info in the past through PM's......I passed on a boat that brought me to the Whitewater.
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