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Old 04-19-2012, 03:10 PM
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Test run a success

Took the boat out for the "test run" yesterday and it went great. Invited my parents out to be "co-pilot's". They are super supportive of all my projects...especially this one...

It is quite rewarding to take something (like this boat) that had a bad engine, rotten floor and stringers, sloppy steering, etc. and bring it back to life.


Boat ran great. 1/2 crank fire up's all day. no hesitation durring acceleration, no vibrations, no engine noises...

Just a few minor issues:
  • Starter tends to stay engaged for a brief few seconds after key is returned to the "run" position..
  • At certain rpm's on occasion...didn't do it all the time...I experienced a "harmonics" sound that would come and go. With the engine out, I spun the propshaft by hand, and herd a similar sound comming form those rubber bushings/strut under the boat. I thought it might be because I was rotating the assembly (dry) with no water to lubricate bushings/shaft.
  • Going to pull the strut, and replace those bushings (should have done that when I had the strut off the first time!!!)
  • Noticed that when the boat was going over the choppy water, that the dash looked like it needed some additional support. Since the fiberglass back of the observers seat has been removed to allow access under the bow, I need to add some additional support and tie it into the floor.


Over all very impressed with the performance of the boat.

Was supprised how far forward it seems you are sitting (close to the nose of the boat) .

Also...how low the boat sits in the water.

The boat really does look "cool" out on the water.

And after seeing the boat behind the Dually, and out on the water....The origional brown/tan gel looks pretty damn good!!! I don't feel that I would be achieving much by changing the paint scheme on the boat. Planning on bringing the origional finnish back to life.

What next:
  • Got a short list of items to order from Skidim...
  • wire up a dual battery set up.
  • make some interior panels.
  • Install killer stereo
  • get some new upholstery,
  • buff that baby out,
  • order/install new graphics.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:15 PM
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Man, that is AWESOME!!! Great job! Love the pics of the boat and the rig. Make sure you document the interior and restoring the shine like you did the other stuff. Highly impressed. Just goes to show you, with the right tools and a little know how alot can be accomplished.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:27 PM
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:28 PM
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:02 PM
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Nothing better than first time out on the water going well. Boat looks great.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:23 PM
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My hats off to you Wishart - tremendous job!
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:09 PM
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:40 PM
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It sure looks great on the water. Love the way the S&S hull sets on the surface.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:14 PM
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:38 PM
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Is that Calero?
Yep....indeed it is...(South San Jose California if anyone is wondering what we are talking about)

Water level is pretty low....there is an "island" out there just past the launching area...pretty windy out there all day yesterday...

Good place for a "test run"...10 minutes from my house....


There were some young kids pulling in with their 2002 White Chevy Tahoe and matching mastercraft ready to do some wakeboarding while I was pulling out.....They stopped and came over to admire the S&S...
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