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keezdisease 09-08-2018 09:36 AM

1977 44' Buddy Davis refit
a couple months ago I posted the miserable trip from Ft. Pierce Florida to MD in a Buddy Davis I purchased. After dealing with dirty filthy fuel, clogged supply lines, dirty bottom and a bullsh@! story on engine condition and one making three gallons of oil every three days I got her home and she is beginning her refit.
Boat history- She started out as one of two diagonally planked juniper plank on juniper frame 44' flybridge boat with 8v92 Detroit natural 400 hp engines. After it was converted to an express she cruised effortlessly at 17 knots at 1750 rpm and at 2200 would cruise 23 knots at 2200 with a tired port engine with half the compression as specified. fuel burn was only 25 gph The hull was damaged in a hurricane in the back starboard corner and was rebuilt by a previous owner.
The boat was stripped down to just the engines with new wiring and a water tank and that was about it.The interior had two heads until yesterday, when we stripped the one down to the bare hull (pics to come) to turn into a rod storage closet and a possible small freezer.
I purchased the Reaper, a 34' Phoenix for the 450C Cummins and although plrnty of power to push the 30,000 pound hull I felt the boat was worthy of an upgrade. I am keeping the Glendinning electronic controls (installed by old owner) and they will be coupled to QSM11 660 hp engines with electronic shift and troll valves. The projected cruise is in the 30 knot plus range at 65-70% range and will burn 33-36 gph.
When the boat was sea trialed she pushed effortlessly, rode soft and was very responsive to the trim tabs. In spite of her age she is relatively very sound.She is headed to get new helm, interior mods, paint and cockpit mods as soon as we have the new power in her. Leoanard Rigsbee will be doing the paint and mods at the Jarrett Bay Yard and we are shooting for her to be ready to go in time for the winter bluefinning. We will be leaving all the original cabinetry inside as she is being built as a serious battlewagon with no concern for condominium fluff.

Tortuga99 09-08-2018 09:47 AM


ed d 09-08-2018 09:59 AM

Nice , I'm in . Did you see the Tillet thread , a THT'er made one real pretty .

tad117 09-08-2018 11:24 AM

Nice find there look forward to seeing the restoration progress

dpdash 09-08-2018 11:26 AM

Wow that is quite a project, good luck!

jay brooks 09-08-2018 12:49 PM

looking forward to the refit! good luck!

Capt. Fred 09-08-2018 12:53 PM

Oh hell yes!

Burgmane 09-08-2018 12:54 PM

In! Beautiful boat...

DCSC 09-08-2018 12:58 PM

great boat, good luck, can't wait to see the finished product!

keezdisease 09-08-2018 03:44 PM

Originally Posted by ed d (Post 11791782)
Nice , I'm in . Did you see the Tillet thread , a THT'er made one real pretty .

I did not, how about a link

ed d 09-08-2018 04:05 PM

Originally Posted by keezdisease (Post 11792399)

I did not, how about a link

Here's a couple - Tillet turned out Pretty ( Pictured )

74lbSteve 09-09-2018 04:54 PM

Good luck with it. A 40 year old wooden wood boat with some amount of old hurricane damage.... This is one of those jobs that makes no financial sense. It has to be a labor of love.....

OKAZAY 09-09-2018 04:59 PM

Saw this for sale down here in Florida on the Craig's for a while. It's still a Buddy & the ride will be excellent:thumbsup:

rocksandblues 09-09-2018 05:13 PM

Bless you for saving a classic. Makes no sense, but then neither do 90% of our boating decisions

keezdisease 09-14-2018 03:59 PM

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!!!

sclancy 09-14-2018 04:04 PM


LongIslandFisherman 09-14-2018 04:59 PM

How's the fuel tanks?

keezdisease 09-14-2018 05:29 PM

from what I have seen they are good Fuel tanks appear to be good. No leaks and no corrosion noted. Will assess when we start the paint and wood work. Floor was out about a year ago and no signs of corrosion.

chot55 09-14-2018 06:16 PM

Good luck with the project Chris!!!

chot55 09-14-2018 06:17 PM

Good luck Chris

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