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Old 05-01-2013, 05:53 PM
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I haven't found too much information on these boats so I figured I'd make a thread to document the progress. Right now I'm 23 and ever since I can remember when I was a little kid this boat was sitting in a yard just down the street from my house. Long story short the original owner passed away and the boat just sat in a slip until it sank in the late nineties. Someone I know bought the house where it was sitting about a year I ago and he finally decided to sell it.

The boat needs a complete makeover with all new wiring, a new ceiling, a new engine, etc. it's 25' long and 9'4" wide. The plan is to convert to dual station hydraulic steering and to move the front station into the cabin.

Here's a picture from when I picked it up and with the cabin roof removed.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:28 PM
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Awesome project, cool to see another young dude take on something like this. I got a project I'm working on myself.. Post tons of pics and ask questions..does it have power now?
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kencraft is still built in Wilson NC great people to talk to have fun!
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subscribed as Im bout to start on my kencraft soon
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I haven't found too much information on these boats so I figured I'd make a thread to document the progress. Right now I'm 23 and ever since I can remember when I was a little kid this boat was sitting in a yard just down the street from my house. Long story short the original owner passed away and the boat just sat in a slip until it sank in the late nineties. Someone I know bought the house where it was sitting about a year I ago and he finally decided to sell it.

The boat needs a complete makeover with all new wiring, a new ceiling, a new engine, etc. it's 25' long and 9'4" wide. The plan is to convert to dual station hydraulic steering and to move the front station into the cabin.

Here's a picture from when I picked it up and with the cabin roof removed.

I'll be looking forward to updates on this one! I remember when I told one of my Florida buds that I bought a Kencraft and he told me about a pilot house version they had. I've never seen one until now. And as stated above, the Kencraft folks are GREAT to deal with if you need to!!
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It has an old 305 with a velvet drive but everything is pretty much shot where it sank and then just sat for so long. The end plan is for it to be used as a work boat with a fuel injected 350. This weekend ill get some pictures of the inside and the hull when I start pulling the engine and floor.

When I first got it it had a roof on the back of the cabin and here's a picture with that.
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More pics lets see the inside of this beast.
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Cool, I see MD registration don't I. Long way from home, good luck!

Wait are you in MD, for some reason I thought you where in NC, anyway it looks like a great start to an awesome project.
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I have a 87 Kencraft Buxton model with the complete pilot house that I recently completely restored. The hull is exactly the same as yours but with a different cap. I took every stringer out of mine and have redone everything from gas tanks, engine, wiring, steering, etc....... Here are a few pictures from the rebuild. I have many more pictures from various stages of the rebuild that may be of interest to you.
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Where are the fuel tanks in your boat? Mine was located across the bag of the stern and I plan on moving it under the floor between the engine and the cabin to keep all of that weight out of the back of the boat. Also does your boat throw water very bad? I'd be interested to see more pictures these seen to be a pretty rare hull and information is hard to come by. Also what engine set up is in your boat and are you happy with it? I'm planning on a 300ish hp fuel injected v8.
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I have two fuel tanks. They sit on either side of the motor stringers. THey are 10 ft. long and run from the stern up to close to the cabin. This is where they where located when I got the boat so I had new ones built and then installed them in the same location. Moving the fuel tank would be a good idea because if you have too much weight in the back of the boat, the boat wants to just kind of "stand" up and not run with the bow down real good.

It throws water out real good due to the nice flaired bow. It does seem to push a lot of water in a following sea but that depends on where the weight is distributed in the boat also. I do not have any trim tabs yet but they would be a good investment on the boat.

I bought a universal 350 with a two piece rear seal (GM Part number 10067353) from the internet for $1500 and added the marinized parts and heat exchanger to it and have been running it. It runs great, all that talk about marine motors is BS. It is carbureted with the Edelbrock 1409 and a velvet drive 1.52:1 transmission. I typically cruise it at 3300 wich is about 15 knots and wide open at 4500 it will run about 26 knots. The boat originally had a 302 in it and when I changed the motor to a 350 I did not change the prop. I might could get some more spped out of it if I did something with the prop on it.

Here are some pictures of how the gas tanks sit in between the stringers. I did not foam my fuel tanks in because I think the foam traps water and creates more problems (pitting and eventually holes) for the fuel tanks. I Glued Sheets of starboard like material all around my tanks and wedged them between the stingers and ends that I created to keep them tight and in place.
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Well well this is cool. I have an '88 Buxton. I removed the 10' tanks, replaced the stringers, replaced the deck and added a seawater strainer, mufflers and tweaked the interior of the cabin. My boat was a FD tow boat so it was beat up, banged up with a mushy deck and saturated stringers. Has the 305, 230hp FWC small block V8. Looking forward to your progress-good luck. If you have any questions for me feel free to PM me.

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Well I had some time this afternoon and is started roughly cutting out the ceiling so I could see what I was working with. Like I thought the stringers are shot so everything will be stripped.

I'm still contemplating whether or not I want to replace everything with coosa. I kind of plan on keeping this boat forever so I'm leaning towards fixing it to last the first time around. Now I'm lookin at fuel tanks and a hydraulic tank to put under the floor. I kind of want to build the gas tank out of steel and just glass it but I still have plenty if time to figure that out.

Pictures to follow I just can't get them to upload on my phone.
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Here's a link to an awesome Kencraft project thread that unfortunately, never reached fruition.

Good info, nonetheless.

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I picked up a plotter and radar today. The plotter is a garmin 2006 and the radar is a raymarine sl72.

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That cut deck pic is ugly.
Love them old ken crafts, I had a 84' buxton.
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Well I might have the worlds fastest kencraft. I have a line on a 420hp volvo gxi 8.1L. The horsepower isn't what I'm concerned with but the extra torque for being able to plane loads will be perfect for what I will be using the boat for.

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