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2001 Scarab Sport 302 rebuild underway.

Old 10-25-2018, 04:20 AM
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Default 2001 Scarab Sport 302 rebuild underway.


Boat is finally in the barn and was able to spend a couple hours on it yesterday. Managed to get everything unbolted off the deck. Deck is completely shot as well as some small areas on the top deck. Itís amazing what work a little bit of laziness can cause. Planning to extend the deck to the haul sides. Thatís the bare minimum but if time and room allows I plan on moving the front fuel tank forward to add a well to step down in inside the console, building a new console and moving the head inside it. Also plan on building a new lean post/bait/bar station. Stay tuned for the carnage and if any scarab sport owners out there are interested in the arch and bait tank let me know. The console and lean post may be for sale too.

Iím new so they wonít allow me to post pictures? What kind of commie rule is that?
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Old 10-25-2018, 04:47 AM
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In for the rebuild.
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Old 10-25-2018, 05:25 AM
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Old 10-25-2018, 07:48 AM
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Thats a GREAT hull. I hope your stringers and transom are dry.

Are those Etecs ?

Wellcrafts factory wiring was always a rats nest. I Had a 91 Scarab Sportster and I loved the boat, hated the wiring.....

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If available, let me have first option on the 4 side compartment
hatches.
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:06 AM
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Did you just buy it?
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Enjoy the project. I have the same year Scarab and replaced my floor as well. In hindsight I wish I wouldíve done as you plan and take the floor all the way to the hull sides. Iíve got a few soft spots up on the cabin deck as well that Iíll need to address soon too. Post lots of pics!
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Taking the decks all the way to the sides will make her feel like a different boat, not only that, but sheíll be much stronger. Go ahead and plan on the stringers being shot.
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Originally Posted by krugger3 View Post
If available, let me have first option on the 4 side compartment
hatches.
They are 70% available. May utilize a couple of them. Iíll let you know when I know for sure


Motors are Johnson ocean pros(removed decals)

Just purchased the boat this season. Previous owner neglected it for sure. Took me two weeks to clean it, get it semi presentable, delete the vro system and do normal maintenance like water pumps etc. Then another couple weeks to work out the kinks in the motors. Hoping to repower with g2s in the next couple years.

I know one stringer will be wet since they hogged it out for a transducer, which has been leaking for who knows how long.

Today I was able to finish out getting dimensions and putting all the large parts in storage. Kicking around the idea of removing the forward tank and putting a large fresh water tank and waste holding tank in its place but weíll see once itís all cut out. Hoping to have it all out his weekend. Wish me luck.
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Old 10-27-2018, 06:24 PM
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Got the deck out today. Went pretty well considering itís my first time. At this point I still need to pull all the wiring out, get the stringers clean, do a lot of scrubbing and devise a plan.

Thinking of removing the foreward fuel tank all together. It hasnít been used in 3 years according to the old owner so that doesnít sit well with me in general. Doing so would give me plenty of room for the head in the console, holding tank and storage. I didnít use the front fuel tank all last summer since i didnít know the condition of it and it really wasnít bad, could get 3 weekends out of it running it pretty hard.



Used my track saw to cut the sides out to keep it strait.



Once the sides were out I made a rough pattern of the floor. I plan on making the deck in two pieces off site.


Wish I wouldíve weighed the boat before so I knew how much water weight itís shedding.





Canít believe Scarab let this kind of storage go to waste!



This is where they decided to put a transducer... inside was full of water when I cracked it open.



So thats about where it stands now. Any and all input/advice is appreciated.

Plan on cutting the compartment drain tubes flush so they donít hold water, adding more layers to glass in a few areas and incorporating some sort of flow through ventilation so the bilge gets some air flow.
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Wow. Great boat with a great design. But why change what the brilliant engineers already spent thousands of hours to design and test? I just redid my Scarab 34SS but saw no need to prove that I’m better in engineering than the good folks at Welcraft, although I might be. Keep posting, fun to see what others do on a project I did myself with a similar boat.

I ripped every piece of wood out, made the stringers glass over foam and the transom is fully composite Arjay as I had 1300HP on it. Now its being built to be the best rescue boat ever.
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Doesn't matter what boat it is, if it starts life as a 2 piece and gets changed to 3 piece it's for the better
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Originally Posted by HarvestTime View Post
Doesn't matter what boat it is, if it starts life as a 2 piece and gets changed to 3 piece it's for the better
Better for who? Anyone who doesnít want to go boating/fishing maybe..... I realize you worked on your boat for years, but some of us actually enjoy being on the water instead of spending years rebuilding. Nothing wrong with restoring, I've done it too and is still doing it....... Not sure if the OP wants years and years of work or just a repair that will last though...
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Originally Posted by HarvestTime View Post
Doesn't matter what boat it is, if it starts life as a 2 piece and gets changed to 3 piece it's for the better
this boat will definitely be stronger as a 3 piece, not to mention the huge increase in space, I thought the stringer system would be more like the 34, interesting.
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Whatís your plan for the unfinished fiberglass now exposed on the sides?
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Old 10-28-2018, 05:33 AM
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Whatís your plan for the unfinished fiberglass now exposed on the sides?
After the floor is in Iíll need to add some knees to tie the floor, hull and cap together as well as cover the fuel filler hoses. Then Iím going to gelcoat the sides and about 6 inches of the deck. The deck is getting teak to save me from a non skid hell. I know I could just do sand or a different kind of non skid but itíll drive me insane if the nonskid didnít match what is on the bow.

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Better for who? Anyone who doesnít want to go boating/fishing maybe..... I realize you worked on your boat for years, but some of us actually enjoy being on the water instead of spending years rebuilding. Nothing wrong with restoring, I've done it too and is still doing it....... Not sure if the OP wants years and years of work or just a repair that will last though...
Iím in Michigan so we have all winter to do projects like these. Should be wrapped up by spring or early summer.
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Put the moisture meter on the bulkheads and stringers today. Both stringers are wet and port is delaminated.

Cut one open and found it half filled and with water sitting inside it. Planning on cutting the tops off pulling the wood off inside but leaving the lamination in place. Replacing it with Coosa, filling them back up and glassing the top back on.

Started pulling the front tank today as well. Anyone have any tips to get it out? Went around it with a saw, put a come along on it and thing wonít budge. Left the pressure on it over night hoping itíll pop loose sometime between now and tomorrow.
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