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Old 11-23-2017, 01:23 PM
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~~Conch Chronicles~~

Hard to believe my dad and I purchased our inboard Conch27 from THT about 6 years ago. Over 1,500 hours later, I thought I would share some of the upgrades and adventures over the years before cats officially take over

Hull: 1998 (Hull # 40 something I believe)
Engine: 2002 Yanmar 6lya-ste (350hp)

My dad and I are the 3rd owner and likely the last. It was originally built with a Cummins, was named “Python” and was built to catch Bluefin tuna up north. We bought it from the second owner who was a commercial diver in West Palm Beach.

Pictures below of how she looked before the many many upgrades over the years.

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Old 11-23-2017, 01:52 PM
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Looking forward to seeing more!
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Old 11-23-2017, 01:52 PM
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I love 'em! Congrats
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Old 11-23-2017, 07:32 PM
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Beautiful boat, didn't even know they did inboards. Hopefully the diesel makes it a real fish raiser. Good luck!
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Old 11-23-2017, 08:16 PM
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“Python” is one of my Buds...always wondered what happened to that hull. I remember when he had it built. And yes, he did catch a few tunys with that boat.

Looking good...

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Old 11-24-2017, 02:11 AM
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Leaving us in suspense.....more pics please!

P.S. Inboard = cool
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Old 11-24-2017, 05:11 AM
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In the mid 90's there was a brand new diesel Conch getting some of its final rigging done at Driftwood Marina in Marathon. It was called "Therapy" and I believe it had a Cummins in it.

Gorgeous boat and at the time I thought it was a game changer. If you recall, this is when you'd see many Sea Vees with diesels, Whitewaters, and a few other small hardcore fishing boats with straight inboards. I think the 4 stroke outboard innovation really shifted the market, you could go fast AND have reliability.
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Old 11-24-2017, 06:27 AM
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badass rig
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Nice!
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Nice. I was at the Seminole Yard in Palm Beach Gardens and saw an inboard diesel conch. I met the owner Capt Greg Bogden. Super nice, super knowledgeble guy. He said his was hull number 1. I didnt ask if he meant hull number 1 with an inboard or The hell number one, cool regardless. Said the hull had about 20,000 hours on it and was on its 4th motor and it was still all original, the decks everything except the nonskid has been redone a couple times given all the foot traffic
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First thing we did was have a custom trailer built by All-American Trailers. Kodiak breaks, 10,000+lb capacity. No Issues in 6 years.

According to truck scale boat weighs 8,500lbs and trailer weighs 1,300lbs

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Default Moved Batteries

Next thing we did was change and move the batteries. There were 2 big 8 D batteries on a shelf above the engine. To improve engine access, we built 2 shelves in front of the engine with 2 group 31's run in parallel as the house and a single group 31 below the leaning post on a shelf as the start battery. Thie required cutting the deck to open up access in front of the engine. All were wired through the BEP cluster.

You can also see the custom stainless riser we had built in the second picture so water can't get into the turbo (see right side in second picture)-- it was a tight fit and not cheap!

We also moved the Racor and added a macerator pump to the front floor box (see third picture). Also added bilge pumps for a total of 4.

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I killed a lot of fish on that Conch when Tony owned it. Great riding boat!
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In for more pictures, oddly enough I was googling diesel center console pictures this morning and the first picture in this thread from the original for sale ad came up.
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Conch’s are probably best known for having the highest rod holder quotient. I’ve added MANY over the years and YES they are all necessary for the types of fishing that I do. Various angles and sizes. The idea is to have several rod holders and at least 1 cup holder at arms reach at any location on the boat.

I literally can’t fit anymore rod holders. SO, IF SOMEONE CAN GUESS THE EXACT NUMBER OF RODHOLDERS THEY WIN A PRIZE!!!

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Awesome man. I too have an inboard conch. I am just north of you in Stuart. Mine is hull #69, a 2002 with a yanmar 6lp 315hp. They are great boats.
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Originally Posted by KongerUp View Post
Awesome man. I too have an inboard conch. I am just north of you in Stuart. Mine is hull #69, a 2002 with a yanmar 6lp 315hp. They are great boats.
Yes, I remember when you bought it. Lucky hull #
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37 RodHolders?

I hope my Whitewater looks like your conch one day. Excited for more photos
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6,969 rod holders. Am I close?
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Another picture of the transom rod holders to give those guessing a fighting chance. I also have 9 of the mate series rodholder/cup holder combos— highly recommend them.

First to nail the exact number of rodholders on the entire boat or closest by Friday 12/1 at 5:00 pm wins a pair of.... you guessed it... rod holders. NEW 30 deg GEMLUX screwless rodholders.
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