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Old 04 February 2011, 22:31   #31
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640 project

Great advise, got a hold of Lawrence today at Armstrong, lined up a shipper and my bracket will be on the road Monday. Thanks for your offer of help. Great experience dealing with Armstrong, truly a proffessional operation. Keep us posted on your build.
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Old 05 February 2011, 08:36   #32
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They are great.

No worries always glad to help a fellow riber. Armstrong is a great company. But we found that their brackets would not perform on 733's due to the weight difference in our engine requirements. We helped them out with some boats to test their new ladders on. Really slick way of adding a ladders to a rib.

http://www.armstrongnautical.com/rib_ladder.htm
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Old 18 March 2011, 07:27   #33
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This is the second 640 that I refurb'd, it started out with a 2-stroke 175 and ended up with a 4-stroke 150. I needed maximum deck space on the boats, so I completely did away with the old inboard engine boxes.

Armstrong brackets on both, but I like your fiberglass bracket idea also.
I know this an older thread, but I'm about to do the same, do you have any info on how you did the transom refit?
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Old 18 March 2011, 12:11   #34
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Ok, sorry i have been focusing on the Willard 730 for a while but im back on the 640. I made a new starboard insert today to cover the old cutouts in the dash. Dash layout in the days to come.
I'm about to start the same project on a 640, I like your method of adding to the waterline / making an extension rather then a pod (i.e armstrong), although the armstrong "method" seems to have worked for others.

I'm wondering if you have specs for that extension you built or are willing to build more, or have any tips you might be willing to share.

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Old 18 March 2011, 14:41   #35
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Just be aware that the Lucas Hurricane(U.S. built) hull shape differs to the zodiac hurricane Technologies(Delta, Canada). The design of the tubes are also different with the Lucas hurricane bow section of the tubes being a little more pointed than the Z.H.T. squared off bow. The tubes are also fastgened to the hull in a different way...
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Old 22 April 2011, 20:16   #36
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Tubes are Done!

We had to make some modifications to the tubes and repaint but.... It was worth the wait! Will 303 and run life lines in 72 hrs. Then see how long it takes us to put them back on the boat!!!
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Old 22 April 2011, 20:42   #37
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Nice work!

Where did you get the wear patches / black strips of material (not sure what they are called) on top of the tubes?
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Hydroturf

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Old 23 April 2011, 18:16   #39
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hydro turf

The project looks great. How long have you guys been using the hydro turf on your tubes? Any issues?

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6 Months no issues. And we use our boats 12+ hrs a day commercially.
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