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Old 10 July 2012, 12:05   #21
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Finally some progress!

Finally having some fun with this boat, conversion is under way after a long hiatus.

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Old 10 July 2012, 12:08   #22
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more pics

A couple more, sorry some of the "in progress" are missing. We re gelcoated the entire deck, cleaned out all the old parts left over from when the CG ripped out the inboard, filled in the whole in the transom (you see part of that process in the second pic), gelcoated transom, added alumn plates on both sides of transom, then the armstrong bracket.

Still lots to go, including putting the tubes back on, but almost at a usable state!
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Old 14 July 2012, 19:37   #23
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Just came accross your thread, great looking project, just finishing up a similar 640 rebuild. Just getting the rigging finished, used a similar Armstrong bracket. Keep the photos coming.
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Old 15 July 2012, 16:23   #24
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Whats wrong with your Transome?

Why such a large plate on your transom? Do you have a soft transom?
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Old 15 July 2012, 16:45   #25
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Why such a large plate on your transom? Do you have a soft transom?
He's just pulled an outdrive out of it - maybe he wants to bolt into original transom with a safety margin??
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Old 15 July 2012, 17:04   #26
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Thank you so much for the info! Right in line with what I was thinking (although I might keep the old inboard "box" for dry storage in the boat, it will be a coach boat primarily, need a place for parts and kit).

Some pics of the state of the boat right now, lots of cleaning needing to be done. Anyone have thoughts on cutting down the height of transom?

Pics: Stern, Inside motor box (needs cleaning), gas tank (will replace), inside stern, outside shot + random dog
Random dog looks over inflated.
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Old 17 July 2012, 15:11   #27
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He's just pulled an outdrive out of it - maybe he wants to bolt into original transom with a safety margin??
Yup, you hit it spot on. We were recommended to do some reinforcement of some kind by zodiac and a few other "experts" as they transom of this particular build wasn't designed to handle the load of an outboard (the inboard would have transferred the load directly down to the stringers). Also, we were looking to not have the armstrong bracket directly put force onto the repair job, as is the bottom of the bracket lined up perfectly with the seem of the plug, the plate will disperse this load to the old transom (in theory).

We have a friend who was able to source us the plates pretty cheap so it was an easy decision. We have also thought of having some sort of strut from the inside plate down to the stringers (at the same attachment point as the inboard), but given the "beefyness" of the transom, we feel okay with it (but might change our minds).

Any input would be appreciated, we are no experts by any means, just two avid sailors who are very very comfortable with fiberglass, gelcoat, boats, etc. We are re-attaching the tubes today, splashing tonight or tomorrow for some light "sea" trails (okay, flat water lake trials). Lots of little things left to do, like hook up "extra" electronics (bilge pump, nav lights, etc etc), but we want to see how she floats at this point.
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Still need to clean the tubes, maybe paint them? Anyone have any suggestions on cleaning / painting? How do I know what these tubes are made out of?
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Old 18 July 2012, 13:22   #29
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Still need to clean the tubes, maybe paint them? Anyone have any suggestions on cleaning / painting? How do I know what these tubes are made out of?
Because they are hypalon, you should be able to clean them pretty well. Search the threads. Some people have had amazing results.

I ended up painting mine because they are polyurethane and some weave was showing (and the "paint" that I used was actually a factory option by the tube maker).
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Old 16 March 2013, 15:28   #30
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quick update

Just a quick update, this machine is just pure fun. Although the tubes have a slight leak in a couple places (working on that right now, anyone know where to order older zodiac valves?), this boat simply hauls ass when the throttle is put down. We have clocked it in the 45 knot range (with a velocitek speed puck). Now... to find a less overpowered engine (that is a 200hp 2 stroke on the back) that might be a bit more economical on fuel!
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