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Old 02-03-2014
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I will be very jealous of you when it comes time to fill up. That 90 will sip fuel allllllllll day long.
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58evinrude,
thanks that sounds great! if i can get 50mph out of the 90 that would be great! i think i am most excited to see what the holeshot is going to be like as ive heard the etecs are great in that area.

Jersey,
thanks again man! yes bracing the hull and making sure it is all straight and true is one of my biggest concerns. The hull has some hook on both sides that i also need to take care of...ive got some ideas with that. I also am still debating whether i want to do the knee braces?????

as for getting the top back on.......ya thats gonna be the hardest part...but there was NO way i was taking on this project without pulling them apart.

i already sold the old merc...but thanks. i let it go for a pretty cheap as i just wanted it gone once i decided i was going to repower with a new outboard.

can you guys explain why i would need a jackplate if i am not going for speed? i will not be towing anybody with the boat, just running up and down the lake and taking friends out for cruises

Zaair, ya the fuel usage on that etec is CRAZY below 1000rpm...
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The knee braces won't take too much extra time to do and will make the boat much stronger... I'd put them in for sure.
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Got the transom laminated. Three pieces of 1/2in marine ply. Also picked up a nice straight grain Douglas fir 2 x 6 for the stringer. I am a little worried about knee braces taking up a lot of room behind the rear bench. Also I would be nervous about creating hard points.


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58evinrude,
thanks that sounds great! if i can get 50mph out of the 90 that would be great! i think i am most excited to see what the holeshot is going to be like as ive heard the etecs are great in that area.

Jersey,
thanks again man! yes bracing the hull and making sure it is all straight and true is one of my biggest concerns. The hull has some hook on both sides that i also need to take care of...ive got some ideas with that. I also am still debating whether i want to do the knee braces?????

as for getting the top back on.......ya thats gonna be the hardest part...but there was NO way i was taking on this project without pulling them apart.

i already sold the old merc...but thanks. i let it go for a pretty cheap as i just wanted it gone once i decided i was going to repower with a new outboard.

can you guys explain why i would need a jackplate if i am not going for speed? i will not be towing anybody with the boat, just running up and down the lake and taking friends out for cruises

Zaair, ya the fuel usage on that etec is CRAZY below 1000rpm...
Don't Debate on the knee braces. Just do it. It's better for your transom anyhow.

The jackplate will move your motor out into cleaner water and allow the horizontal adjustment. That way you can dial her in right where you want her to be. You'll have to adjust a bit to get her right where you want her anyhow, and this will aid in that adjustment. A manual jackplate is quite inexpensive seeing what you paid for a new Etec. And if you ever need to remove the motor from the boat, you won't have to "re-seal" the holes on the transom. You can just unbolt from the jackplate and wala! If you ever decide to re-power, so much easier than holes in your transom. Besides, they look awesome!

To each their own, if you decide not to get one.... So be it! Either way, excited to see this beast back on the water!

Any ideas on colors?
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The hull is the foundation...once you have it you can make it how you want.
Shit, look what someone did with my hull.
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My knee braces don't interfere with the rear bench at all. The only part above the floor is under the splashwell and makes up both sides of the bilge.







Ugly metal bracket has since been removed.
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Excuse the mess. You can see mine hidden behind the fuel tank (peeking between battery and tank). Mine are a slightly different shape than Zmans.

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The hull is the foundation...once you have it you can make it how you want.
Shit, look what someone did with my hull.
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Default Re: 73 lo pro full restoration

Hey thanks guys! Good info on the jack plate, I've been looking into it...

I will definitely do the knee braces now. Thanks for the pics

Color wise I am for sure doing white bottom paint and white deck. Hull might be gray with a red boot stripe. I'll photoshop up some ideas...

So I finished grinding the hull tonight...so much dust! But everything is ready, all the tape used to hold all the old structure in is gone. Boat is completely back down to the bare hull. I am cleaning up the top deck tomorrow, I'll shoot some before pictures and show all the new bracing I am going to put in.



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Holy fak thats a lot of work.
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Holy fak thats a lot of work.
You said it...they ONLY way I have made it through this was my 3m 403 full face respirator!
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