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Old 12-16-2018, 03:34 PM
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So I wanted to share some of my progress on my new to me 2001 26 classic. Everyone can always go for some transformation pics of a boat
now this wonít be a fast and furious refit but over the course of the next few months i will be painting bracket, new Suzuki power, new switch panel and some fiberglass work

picked it up back in August and my plan was to have it fishing by fall striper season here in New Jersey my goal was end of October beginning of November, Most of things at this time were just going to be cosmetic
picked her up in Morehead city and managed to fit her on my 25 Seacraft trailer. It took some adjusting and a few times in and out of the water but me and a buddy managed to fit it on there for the 10 hour drive home to New Jersey





The boat had been rack kept but was in serious need of some tlc, the hull was probably the worst part it had been wet sanded at one point but it was very obvious who ever had done it did not know what they were doing and probably caused more harm then anything. From a distance it did not look horrible but from up close the scratches they left behind were to deep As if they never went to fiber paper and they just did not buff out







so after I got the boat home I jumped right into getting the hull looking good removed the ugly green boot strip ordered the new raised regulator decals and new boot stripe, wet sanded, compounded and polish hull
and it came out looking like new







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Old 12-16-2018, 03:46 PM
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The hull came up great!!
Pretty work
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Old 12-16-2018, 03:55 PM
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Nice bro. Should be a fun project. Know a bunch of guys that have redone them if you want some contacts.

I know there were some scupper issues.

Not that my opinion matters but if I were in your exact position I would put the new lightweight V8 normally aspirated 250 Verados on that boat. You will be able to turn a 4blade 23 pitch prop. You can plane super low speed. Plus you will not experience any lag when running hard down sea like they do significantly IMO with newer 200s

As you are probably well aware, off the NJ canyons coming home in a nasty SW in July you can plane her at 16-18 knots no problem with that power. Plus on those glass days sheíll cruise at 40knots easy.

Either way good luck man. Just my 2cents.
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I know that boat. I drystack at the same place. You've already turned it into a different boat with the cleaning and shine. What a great look with the black boot stripe. I have a 23 classic. Subscribed.

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Old 12-16-2018, 04:04 PM
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Swell I total agree with you on the new mercury motors and that was going to be my plan but after getting quotes and lead times I just don’t see that being an option for me at this time, my plan as of now is 200 Suzuki’s the quotes that I’ve gotten are about 18k less and that’s a substantial amount of money and that was for the V6 225hp not the v8. plus I’ve spoken with a bunch of guys that have gone the i4 200 route in the north east, like don “bear” and all have seemed very pleased with them

if money wasn’t an option I would have bought your north Rip lol

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Old 12-16-2018, 04:56 PM
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Nice, I do love the Fighting Lady Yellow. The Reg's pull it off nicely, especially w/a black boot stripe.
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Old 12-16-2018, 04:59 PM
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I like the black boot strip, looks very nice with the polished hull. Please give us a comparison vs your 25ft Seacraft when you get a chance to spend some time on her. Congratulations on your new ride!
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Old 12-16-2018, 05:00 PM
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After I finished with the hull I started on the top side of the boat. I removed the electronics that were on the boat and replaced some older style fuse holders and cleaned up a bunch of wiring behind the dash and in console and installed a nss12 evo3. During this time I actually had the interior professionally detailed by a local detailer. Most areas cleaned up with some cleaner wax some other areas like the hard top needed to be compounded and polished







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Old 12-16-2018, 05:18 PM
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Gotcha brother.

I fish my buds quite a bit. Itís pretty awesome with F200s. Itís not like they ďsuckĒ but IMO they dog pretty hard in following seas loaded down. Iíve been on that boat in the inlet with the throttles pinned an she struggles to climb the back of a wave.

The good news is that boat can do a day trip from BI to the Wilmy on 125 gallons. So either way itís going to be awesome.

Looking forward to seeing the progress.

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Gotcha brother.

I fish my buds quite a bit. Itís pretty awesome with F200s. Itís not like they ďsuckĒ but IMO they dog pretty hard in following seas loaded down. Iíve been on that boat in the inlet with the throttles pinned an she struggles to climb the back of a wave.

The good news is that boat can do a day trip from BI to the Wilmy on 125 gallons. So either way itís going to be awesome.

Looking forward to seeing the progress.

I hear ya, Iíve been reading every post on the internet regarding repower and power options and you can drive your self crazy
wondering if the higher gear ratio of the Suzuki 200s would change that at all?
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I hear ya, Iíve been reading every post on the internet regarding repower and power options and you can drive your self crazy
wondering if the higher gear ratio of the Suzuki 200s would change that at all?
You're good.
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:23 PM
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4 cilinder suzuki has 249 torque
f200 257
200 hpdi had 313
does not matter how you gear it (lower gear , bigger prop -still shooting for the same results) Suzuki will be weakest engine. ĎíTorque monstersíí- there is no other outboard manufacture with lower torque numbers


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I hear ya, Iíve been reading every post on the internet regarding repower and power options and you can drive your self crazy
wondering if the higher gear ratio of the Suzuki 200s would change that at all?
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:26 PM
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I’d love to have one of these. Congratulations.
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Looking Great. Gonna be an awesome boat, and gotta love the difference a little tlc can make!
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Lookin great! the black boot stripe is way better. I love that hull and think it is the single best candidate for the new mercs. Im really kind of shocked that Mercury is so much more money AND so far behind in production. That sucks because they are a match for your boat, 225s or 300s
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Lookin great! the black boot stripe is way better. I love that hull and think it is the single best candidate for the new mercs. Im really kind of shocked that Mercury is so much more money AND so far behind in production. That sucks because they are a match for your boat, 225s or 300s
I agree with the new mercs it would be an awsome set up. I called around more today for pricing on v6 225s and I got quotes from 47-52k and they only come with 3 year warranty and wonít be avaailble for 6-12 months. So they arenít going to be an option for me
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After the interior and exterior were all cleaned up of to the upholstery guy
I removed windshield and went with hard glass on the front 3 peices, since I removed the windshield we had to redo the track for the enclosure since it would not be attaching like the factory one does so using some 1/4 starboard to cover the old track holes and reattached the track
also had new console and leaning post cover made along with every coaming pad and seat cushions







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Originally Posted by Seacraft25 View Post

I agree with the new mercs it would be an awsome set up. I called around more today for pricing on v6 225s and I got quotes from 47-52k and they only come with 3 year warranty and won’t be avaailble for 6-12 months. So they aren’t going to be an option for me
Shop in Florida, there are dealers that have them in stock. Those quotes you received are crazy high, those sound like complete re-rigs with all new POWER steering, DTS, etc. and retail pricing on the engines. You can run cables, your existing hydraulic steering, and likely be in the $40k range out the door, need to shop around. The 200s would not be a bad option either, you really are only giving up some top end over the 225s. The boat looks great, nice job on the wet sand!
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