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Old 06-03-2015, 04:13 AM   #1
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Default 88 1700 I/O restoration

I just bought my first boat it's an 88 1700 openbow with a 3.0 mercruiser.

Engine was rebuilt two years ago amd the PO got MS so it only got about 10hrs of use over the last couple years. I had a mechanic check it over and all is good.

Hull is nice and clean with only one gouge that's not to bad and being fixed. It has a lot of sun fade in the gel coat bit it looks like it will buff out nicely.

Interior is rough. I thought I was gonna have to do a little work to the interior but once I started it quickly became obvious that the whe thing needed to be redone. So I started recovering some pieces and ended up saving only 5 of the original pieces of plywood, and all but 5 pieces of foam. The back to backs were garbage, but I found a set of nice Wize back to backs for $200 that match the new white perfectly. The interior has been a lot of work.

I knew the floor had a hole at the bow but once I started digging and stripping out all the carpet I found more. The floor and possibly the stringers is too much work for me so I dropped it off at a shop to get the floor redone while I finish the upholstery.

That's the basic intro I'll post up some pics later when I get photobucket sorted out.
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Old 06-03-2015, 11:12 AM   #2
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thanks for the run down and looking forward to the pictures.
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ImageUploadedByTapatalk1433334213.564110.jpg how it looked when I bought it.
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ImageUploadedByTapatalk1433336275.811198.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1433336307.063749.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1433336333.221117.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1433336354.306370.jpg

Rotten floor areas. I was a bit heart broken till I did some digging and it's pretty common for older boats and I knew there were areas of concern off the hop.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:19 PM   #6
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I started rebuilding the lower doghouse this week. I made ill get by just over and inch and moved the speaker location from the jump seats to the doghouse.

I'm going to enclose the back of the speakers from the engine and make the whole thing easily removable.

My goal with the interior is to make it so all the pieces can be dismounted for winter storage. I'll post up pictures of the setup once it's done in a couple weeks.
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Oh and you might notice the PO called it Fast Cash. Indeed it does suck up cash rather fast...
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Floor, stringers, transom. These are the three common places to look for rot. All three are fixable, however it can be costly.
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Thx. Transom looks good so far. The floor and stringers are being done.
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Oh and you might notice the PO called it Fast Cash. Indeed it does suck up cash rather fast...
I saw the name and thought yep that's what boats do. The sooner you can accept that the sooner you can enjoy boating.
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