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Moxie: 1973 Formula 233F Rebuild

Old 04-08-2021, 01:32 PM
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I joined THT in '04, and bought my boat in '05. Since about the 2nd day of owning it, I have been thinking about the changes I would like to make to it, and have enjoyed reading about other member's projects here. I figure I'll add my project to the library of projects others have documented here. I've made some good friends here sharing information, and I hope you enjoy the ride.

With excessive transom flex noticed last summer, this winter was finally the time to start in on the structural repairs/modifications. At first I was thinking I should just deal with the transom, and I might as well mold in a full flotation bracket at the same time. I was also thinking about a dog house...but, all with the hopes of having it ready for our fishing season up here come May. Well, things, to a degree, changed. I'm no longer under the illusion I will be fishing it any time soon, if at all this year. The day we started cutting into the deck, it quickly turned into a stringers up job. Despite new stringers, tanks, and decks being installed by the previous owner in early 2000, everything was wet. The transom had been converted to a bracket well before then, and was falling apart. It's amazing things held together as well as they did considering how much of the structure was compromised.

Moxie came off the trailer mid-Dec. I had a good push with a week off between X-mas & New Years, but have slowed to maybe one day per week since. This project will go in fits & bursts. I am lucky in that I have a shop I can keep the boat in to do the work, and I've got one of my guys helping me with the project. I had a few people ask me if I considered just junking the boat, and finding something else, and, honestly, the thought never crossed my mind. We love the boat, & I don't ever intend to sell it. Logically, it really doesn't make sense, but I don't care. Knowing that, it makes the project fun.

Here's a dump of pics from the since the end of the year. I'll try to keep updated as I go from here, but it won't be moving super quickly. The transom has been recored, the aft stringers removed, and the tanks are out. The plan is to grind the entire inside hull surface, reskin it with 1708, new stringers & deck from Coosa/Penske, extend primary stringers out the transom and mold in a full flotation bracket with a swim platform. I can't see not doing a dog house at this point, new electronics, and will be adding a 87" Minn Kota trolling motor at the bow.

Just before X-mas:

It almost feels like cheating having the use of a forklift.

I got the rolling stands from Brownell Boat Stand so as to stay mobile but take up a lot less space than the trailer.

Ready


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Let the de-rigging begin!


I plan to bring the new bracket right out to the edge of the bump out.

It's a great feeling!

Not all the bolts cooperate.

Bracket off. You can see where I had a 4" wide SS plate bolted on the transom just above the bracket this summer to hold it all together.

And the cutting begins

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The transom bump out core mostly out


Transom remanents

Hull leveled


Forward tank

Console tub in

Console tub out

Aft tank is 40 gal (under leaning post) & forward tank is 105.
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Prepping transom

Stringer rot from deck hatch

Taping edges

Won't be able to reuse teak rubrail

Coosa 26 3/4" - 1" - 3/4" with a ply of 1708 between each layer = 2.75" thick.

1708 wet out on transom.

Coosa core vacuumed bag in place.

Bag over the transom cut-out from outdrive

Core bonded in.

Core is in.

It's meaty!
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Aft tank out

Forward tank popped


Forward tank was bedded in foam - which was all wet.


Got this pry bar at Harbor Freight & it has been a useful tool. The head articulates to set at different angles.

The joys of foam.

The boat has been inside for 3 months, yet there is still standing water left over after removing the foam.

Where she sits now.

We'll start surface prepping the aft part of the hull, reskin it, install aft stringers and run them out the transom. Technically, the transom is really not carrying the load any more as it will run in thru the stringers, so the core is complete over-kill. I like knowing it is bomb proof though.
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I'll be watching every step of the way. I have my 78 gutted and sitting on the trailer while I finish my other project. All the stringers and transom are out so I have a bit of a head start but probably won't get on it for a couple of months. From the looks of it the outside of your hull is still pretty clean unlike mine which will need a full on restoration and paint. Thanks for sharing!!!
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Originally Posted by Lifeislarge View Post
I'll be watching every step of the way. I have my 78 gutted and sitting on the trailer while I finish my other project. All the stringers and transom are out so I have a bit of a head start but probably won't get on it for a couple of months. From the looks of it the outside of your hull is still pretty clean unlike mine which will need a full on restoration and paint. Thanks for sharing!!!
Thanks, & good luck w/ your projects! My gelcoat has some areas of crazing. I'll grind it down, and will Awlgrip the boat inside & out. Planning on glassing over the cap & hull joint as well - after I take the Cap off & recore it.
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You know I'm in for this one Kite!


I was at Kite's shop last week. the pictures don't do the quality of work justice.
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Nice work so far! Such a great hull for BBay waters. I am curious where you sourced the Coosa? My HiLiner will be getting the same treatment in the fall.
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Originally Posted by MattyMMA02 View Post
You know I'm in for this one Kite!


I was at Kite's shop last week. the pictures don't do the quality of work justice.
Thanks, Matt! Good seeing you.

Originally Posted by ccmontauk View Post
Nice work so far! Such a great hull for BBay waters. I am curious where you sourced the Coosa? My HiLiner will be getting the same treatment in the fall.
Thank you! It is a great hull, and I am looking forward to launching her again. You can get it under the Penske brand (might be 24 lb density) from Comp 1 - pretty much the same thing as Coosa.
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awesome work!
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It's been slow as she goes, but making progress...

Stringers are now mostly all out. Next up will be a grind fest prepping the inside skin. I am going to fill the chine indents with high density, and put at least one layer of 1708 on the entire inside bottom of the hull. That will give us a nice fresh surface to build up from, with some added stiffness to the hull.


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WOW! I am just seeing this massive undertaking. Keep up the good work and updates. I love seeing classic hulls reborn, and have no doubt this is going to be amazing. I can tell you from experience, boats in project mode during the summer make for a long summer.
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Looking good Kite. I like the idea of making the inner hull surface flat. Will save time in the long run.

Don't envy you on the grinding. Any sandblasters in the area?
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Thanks, guys.

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WOW! I am just seeing this massive undertaking. Keep up the good work and updates. I love seeing classic hulls reborn, and have no doubt this is going to be amazing. I can tell you from experience, boats in project mode during the summer make for a long summer.
Yeh, I've decided the soonest it might be done is late season up here at best, so I'm just going to enjoy the process. I've got two other boat projects - 1 with my son & 1 with my dad that I am also working on. Those are looking good for a June splash, and neither of them are getting any younger so I will enjoy spending time with them on their boats this summer.

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Looking good Kite. I like the idea of making the inner hull surface flat. Will save time in the long run.

Don't envy you on the grinding. Any sandblasters in the area?
There is a small sand blaster about 20' away in the shop... not sure it will do what I need it to though, which is to expose any of the tabbing laminate from the last refit that did not properly adhere to the original laminate.

We've been using an air chisel to get thru the solid resin that pooled up at the base of the stringers and the center of the hull from over wet out laminate from the last round as well. Feels good to get the crap out, and know that I am going to be building up on nothing but quality laminate.

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Awesome project and a worthy hull for it. I’ve used an air chisel with an angled bit for ripping up dry poorly laminated tabbing. It beats the hell out of grinding it out.
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Sub'ed . Looks like it's gonna be good.
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Nice work. I helped gut a 233 for a friend...the stringers and tanks were exactly as yours...his was leaking fuel that was getting into the foam...it was not noticeable till we got to the bottom then you could smell the fumes. My friend never finished the project and the boat I believe is still sitting

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Kite....I don't know how I missed this. Seems like only yesterday you were replacing the old 4 cylinder Johnny-Rudes with the Etecs. Looks like a great start. I'm totally envious of the shop you have to work in. Planning to stay with the same power?

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