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Old 01-05-2016, 08:59 AM
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Ok, fine. Here's the darn thread that everyone seems to be asking for.

I've been reluctant to do it for many reasons. One, I wanted to wait until my Pathfinder sold before I jumped in totally on this project. The boat hasn't sold and the project needs to get done... Also, THT can get tiresome with all of the negativity and trolls. It's already frustrating enough sending pics to friends and family and having them question and pick apart every little move I do or do not make.

Do I really want to subject myself to that, again, on this site? The Conch thread I did a year or two ago was generally well received with only minor hiccups from a few members, so maybe this is worth a shot.

I genuinely appreciate THT for many of the knowledgeable people on here and the wealth of info that can be found once you sort through the...excrement. So I think it's important for people to post projects, rebuilds, makeovers, etc. as it gives the rest of us perhaps new ideas, it can often serve as a reference/resource for current/future owners of the same hull, and of course, everyone likes boat porn.

This project isn't as extensive as the Conch was mostly because I'm not needing to immediately redo the nonskid or build a custom water tank or fix water intrusion issues into the core.
So, let's ride ---

1994 28 Whitewater with 1992 Yamaha 200 carb'd engines. Everything is practically spotless and in almost perfect condition. The boat was essentially a time capsule from 1994. The only holes drilled into the boat after it left Norm were four speaker holes, three holes in the dash for electronics, and one transducer. She still has the original 4 rod holders only, for example. No more were ever added.









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I'll start Coores ...... Tryder said this is the same boat that was crashed onto the rock jetty in Bimini. Or was it crashed into the rocks in MA? Or was that a 42ft YF of Whosa a Good Girl? Anyway, I know that it was your boat that crashed because I saw it on the Internet.

Just kidding. Don't let the trolls and idiots get you down. The other 95% of us want to see what you are doing. Great job on the Conch. I'm sure you will make this one equally impressive.
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May I be the first to comment and say that I love the view from your backyard!

(Edit) Ok, so I wasn't the first. But a great view still!
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Originally Posted by Mooney6959 View Post
May I be the first to comment and say that I love the view from your backyard!

(Edit) Ok, so I wasn't the first. But a great view still!
trust me, I WISH that was my backyard!
Those pics are from the person I bought it from.
The only water in my backyard comes from the sky, the hose, or mixed in with my dog's urine.
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
trust me, I WISH that was my backyard!
Those pics are from the person I bought it from.
The only water in my backyard comes from the sky, the hose, or mixed in with my dog's urine.
Dammit. Not the first post and not your backyard.

Congrats on the boat, and good luck with the project anyway!
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I'm in on this one!
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First things first. Had to sell off the new engines. I had them advertised within a day or two of picking up the boat and had numerous bites, but nothing real serious until a Chinese gentleman from Central Florida contacted me. We settled on a price and figured out a time for him to come down and grab the engines. He was persistent, to say the least. We struck a deal at 5pm on a Saturday and he wanted to pick them up the next morning, despite the fact that the engines were still on the boat. I finally convinced him that I HAD to have the whole next day to acquire an engine hoist and what not and remove everything. Monday was the day for him to come. I repeatedly let him know that I worked until 3pm. He said he'd be there at 1. I repeated that I work until 3, but I'll see if I can leave a little early. He said "i'll see you at 11". Uh, what? English wasn't his first language, either.
Anyhoo, he showed up at 3 the next day in a Ford F150 with two more engines already in the bed that he bought in Key Largo on the way down. Thankfully, burningdaylight assisted me with the engine removal all day Sunday and left his engine hoist at my house because Chinese guy didn't show up with one despite saying that he would. We jammed in my two engines into the (short) bed of his truck (never would've believed it until I saw it), he handed me the money in crisp 100$ bills and he drove away. Very interesting man. Buh-bye







After some elbow grease, the bracket cleaned up decently well.

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Good looking boat in great condition. I'm sure you will do a good job getting her just how you want it. Thanks for some more winter reading material.
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Subscribed. Do you have a list of your planned changes? your boat is the only one I would consider changing to from mine. Small and light enough to tow easily and handle alone, big enough to take on any seas I'd be interested in going out in, great ride and economy. Are you going with twins or a big single. Love to see one with a single Verado 350, but twin 200+ probably has better resale.
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Originally Posted by manitunc View Post
Subscribed. Do you have a list of your planned changes? your boat is the only one I would consider changing to from mine. Small and light enough to tow easily and handle alone, big enough to take on any seas I'd be interested in going out in, great ride and economy. Are you going with twins or a big single. Love to see one with a single Verado 350, but twin 200+ probably has better resale.
back in late November, these showed up.

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Fkn sweet man

Are you powering with twin 300's? I see much larger tabs in your future!
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looks awesome
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New Twin 300's!!!! I need to get a job in the Keys.
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New Twin 300's!!!! I need good credit.
fixed it for ya.
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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.
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Those white Suzukis look perfect on the transom. Can't wait to see more pictures.

The 28 Whitewater is one of my favorite boats. The simplicity and layout combined with the rock solid construction is what makes it the perfect Florida boat IMO. Nothing flashy or unnecessary, just a solid fishing and diving machine that will outlast most boats on the market today.
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Originally Posted by rhysleo View Post
Those white Suzukis look perfect on the transom. Can't wait to see more pictures.

The 28 Whitewater is one of my favorite boats. The simplicity and layout combined with the rock solid construction is what makes it the perfect Florida boat IMO. Nothing flashy or unnecessary, just a solid fishing and diving machine that will outlast most boats on the market today.
I agree. The simplicity and layout. No extra bullshit on the boat unless I install it. Some might look negatively upon the fact that Norm builds the boat the exact same way as he did 25 years ago, but I love the fact that he got it right the first time and knows what works so why change it? That's why I wasn't concerned with purchasing a Whitewater of this vintage.

I also love the fact that you can call Whitewater and it's either him or his wife that answers.

For those on here that may have missed it, here's a thread I started back when I first purchased the boat. Gives a little more insight into the process.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...-new-ride.html

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