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Old 06-07-2018, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Locke N Load View Post
So, you live in Key West, have a 28' Whitewater and now have a 32 Blackfin? Please tell me you are short, fat, bald and have no family and friends.
sorry, can't tell you that. I could stand to lose some weight, yeah. But where's the fun in that?

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fat yes.
speaking of family, there he is ^^^^

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Dont forget he drives a scooter
hey now, I just upgraded.
I now have a 300cc Vespa. Does about 80.

only pic I have of it...

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Old 06-07-2018, 02:14 PM
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Subbed. After I get 4-5 seasons out of my current rig I think a 30-32ft Diesel is on store for me. I better start learning
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Old 06-10-2018, 07:27 AM
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surprise #1
this is the bulkhead separating the engine box from the interior.

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Old 06-10-2018, 08:24 AM
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That's some fine workmanship.
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Old 06-10-2018, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
surprise #1
this is the bulkhead separating the engine box from the interior.

That was an option to access the engines for service while lying in the Bunk!
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Old 06-10-2018, 09:19 AM
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Congrats godo luck with her, I love my 32 Luhrs, I’ve found diesels to be very easy to turn wrenches on especially that size
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Old 06-11-2018, 05:52 AM
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was definitely repaired before and is known to be a common area of rot on these boats. So I'm not terribly surprised, but of course I'd rather not have to deal with it. Will cut out until I get to good wood and then glass in divinycell. My main concern is fumes and heat getting into the cabin. I also found what I believe to be is the culprit and I'll be repairing that as well.
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
surprise #1
this is the bulkhead separating the engine box from the interior.

So watertight...
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
There's just nothing better in this world than the sound, smell, and feel of inboard diesels.
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:20 AM
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Vespa 300 with a Backfin 32 behind it... shit, makes the Rav4 seem like overkill!
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:25 AM
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Vespa 300 with a Backfin 32 behind it... shit, makes the Rav4 seem like overkill!
yanks the boat right out at the ramp. No problem. Don't even have two wheel drive.
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
yanks the boat right out at the ramp. No problem. Don't even have two wheel drive.
Limited slip diff though.
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:46 AM
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Limited slip diff though.
she has traction control. close enough.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:14 AM
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Congrats best of luck to you with what looks like a great boat!!
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:47 AM
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Old 06-11-2018, 10:08 AM
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Old 06-11-2018, 03:37 PM
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Awesome ride bro. Totally different than the whitewater. Those boats ride incredible. The bulkhead is a relatively simple fix.
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Old 06-11-2018, 03:46 PM
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BF 32 is one hell of a ride. Looking forward to reading stories about how you had the 28' WW in tow behind her and slayed the fish from here to Cay Sal.
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Old 06-15-2018, 06:24 AM
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the proverbial can of worms? yeah, I opened it.
Went to the boat yesterday to maybe start patching the hole and as I poked around more I discovered waayyy more rot. Termite damage mixed with wet wood makes for a sloppy mess.

I wanted to at least try to cut out as much as I could, but that meant having to remove a bunch of the teak trim. After a good while I had the engine box off, the trim removed, that corner panel removed, and had cut out a lot more bad stuff than I expected.
So, I'm left with what you see in the pics. A giant ass hole. I tried to leave some of the inner and outer skin where I could by scraping out the wet core. My thinking is that maybe I can then slide the new core back in between the skin and utilize them to help stabilize everything as I tie in new glass.

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1.) generally, I am of the opinion that whenever possible I should upgrade rather than merely replace. In regards to the core, that would mean I put in some divinycell or some other composite. 1/2" thick, slid in between the existing skins and then glassed over. Thoughts?
2.) is there something I should be doing for any of the existing wood that either I can't reach or that is only mildly compromised? Git Rot or something of the sort?
3.) that entire bulkhead around the window - you can see where I had to peel away some of the surface and now there is exposed wood. What I peeled away almost felt like something other than gelcoat/paint. Like a formica material or something. It snapped off in pieces as I started to pull on it. Maybe it's just old and brittle? Or is it something other than gelcoat/paint? The entire boat really should get repainted, particularly the deck area and engine boxes and what not. So should I just continue peeling that stuff off, sand the wood, and recoat with my paint of choice?


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Old 06-15-2018, 06:47 AM
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the 32 hull is one of the best ever built. i had the combi only because i'm more of an express guy, but the killer was she had the 8.2 detroits, and only one small access hole to climb in. it was mostly for checking/changing oil, tightening belts, etc. but you just about had to be a contortionist to get to anything. anything other than routine maintenance, all the deck furniture had to be unscrewed and removed, which took alot of dock space and a minimum of two strong guys to do it. back breaking labor for sure. i love the bridge version because of the raised motor boxes, engine access is much easier on the bridge boat. hind sight is always 20/20, if i were to ever get another 32, it would certainly be the flybridge version... the ride of these boats is second to none, and they handle and maneuver around the dock like no other., due to the spacing of the engines between each other, and their low slung profile, making it challenging for the wind to get to it. they were way ahead of their time, and truly "the standard by which all others are judged". i truly miss my 32 combi, but i'm just more of a sandbar guy these days and time is limited with maintenance, so i had to go back to a single outboard. i wish you nothing but the best of luck with her, these boats are truly gems in a world dominated by outboards these days in the 32' class... nice ride Coores, totally different feeling in the blackfin which i'm sure you have already seen. it's all about raw weight and mass with deadrise combined to make for a ride that must be experienced to understand, as opposed to flying over the tops of waves.. i would say it's comparable to driving a porsche, then getting of it and getting into a big bulldozer.. that's literally the contrast in my opinion, night and day different rides.. you truly are fortunate to have the best of both worlds, totally jealous!
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