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Old 09-14-2018, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by keezdisease View Post


Bypass surgery phase 1 ,,,,,,can,t beat a way an old wood boat rides
when you ride on certain boats you will understand why, boat is solid and have yet to find the nail in the coffin, but here on hull truthI would expect nothing less! engines are out and measured up today to buy the right transmissions, waiting to here availability of twin disc 5085a or 5085 straight drop.
The logic is this, I have less than a hundred in the boat, for less than 325k I'll be all in all done, new electronics, new engines, new paint, new auto pilot and new tower with new EZ4U2Sea enclosure. No rot in a 44' boat that does well over 30 knots at cruise at damn near a gallon a mile. Its the widest boat I can handle in my marina so it fit the bill. The guy i bought it from is a hack at best and so full of shit his eyes are brown, but it had some good bones and nothing near the speed or ride qualitry can be had for under 400k or 500k and when she is done she will be done like I would build one out. No fluff but AC on the bridge with sleeping bunks for 4 and set up as a no nonsense no expense shared battlewagon. I have no need to take a 3 bedroom condo out to the fishing grounds, I had this same style boat in a 40' Blackwell and she rode better than most 50.s and passed them on the way home.
Old engines are out and one pic of the engine room YUK!!!
Good luck on a great project! You describe the previous owner perfectly. I'm looking forward to your finished boat.
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Originally Posted by ed d View Post
wait till you see the Tillet finished..... She was far from done in this pic
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Old 09-15-2018, 12:37 AM
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Hello, that is totally sweet! I am a big fan of the Glenndinning controls, the Cummins engines should give few problems, if you want they are relatively easy to interface with MFD´s for digital representation. Ive seen a lot of photos of Jarrett Bay work, looks top notch. Subbed.
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Old 09-15-2018, 01:04 AM
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wait till you see the Tillet finished..... She was far from done in this pic
you guys have done an awesome job with her. I appreciate the help through this engine selection progress. I can’t wait to hear the true numbers when the props come in.
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Old 09-15-2018, 05:25 AM
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This is going to be awesome to watch. What a beaut!
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:52 AM
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Subscribed. Gotta love wood!
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Old 09-16-2018, 12:27 PM
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Old 09-16-2018, 03:48 PM
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hoping to have paint on by end of week if we can get it all sanded . Next step is to fab the engine beds. Last ride I think so gonna make them out of stainless steel.

Another 6 hours and ready to sand and repaint areas. I am amazed that there are no signs of rot in the engine room. Gotta be something somewhere!


8 hours of cleaning. Making progress


Ironically the wiring is ALL new. This pic has the 24 volt charger that is going away. The boat has both 24 and 12colt systems as the old engines were 24 volt start and so are all the bilge pumps. Old school bells are staying hopefully thru a relay. New bell is high boil he alarm. All the old copper water lines have been removed as well as side thru hulls for grey water and drains. Will be putting dual 2 1/2 or 3” pipes out the back as a main line for drains.
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:20 AM
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:23 AM
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Old 09-17-2018, 02:43 PM
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the drop offset was too short on the td 5082a and so was the zf 325a, so the choice was this trans with 7 degree offset flange or stright drop coupler. this allows me to set engines level or parallel to the engine bed.
I ordered engines today. I ended up having to go with a set of Twin Disc MGX 5096A so I could get a deeper offset to set the engines level. The good thing is they are rated for 900 hp on pleasure rating so I have a medium duty rating on that end which should provide some extra insurance
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:08 PM
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Very nice project and progress! Subd
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:23 PM
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Hell of a project! Going to be BA when done.
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goodluck with it. Awesome. subd
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Old 09-21-2018, 09:08 AM
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an item off the list. We fabricated and installed the EZ4U2SEA tinted enclosure. Love the clean lines and worth 15 degrees cooler temps inside with the tinted windows.

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Old 09-21-2018, 09:15 AM
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Love this project. Good friend of mine has a 1987 47' Buddy Davis, flybridge, but fiberglass and I've spent a lot of time on it.

Good luck, keep us posted.
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:44 AM
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So in!!! Don't cheat us on any pics of progress, you know we all need our fix..... Great resto project sir.
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:23 PM
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I’m in! Beautiful boat. “No floating condo” lol. Love it.
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Great project! Sounds like you've got a great plan for that classic. Sub'd!
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