All good questions and ones in which I still don't have all the answers:
Right now I am going to leave the deck configuration as is.
The boat came with a Yanmar 6 cylinder diesel and a Bravo drive with a 4 bladed prop. I am a diesel kind of guy and the engine and out-drive checked out good so it will be reinstalled. Diversified Yacht Services of Ft Myers are my diesel mechanics. www.dysinc.com
and they will reinstall the machinery when the fiberglass work is finished.
The hull had some significant de-lamination issues which Alligator Marine www.alligatormarine.com
discovered. I have a whole story planned for that part of the project but briefly Alligator didn't want to do any fiberglass work. Alligator has some great people and are very knowledgeable about RIBS and I would recommend they highly. Basically they handled the recovery from GL part of the initial project and did a survey of the hull and basic machinery. Island Boat Works www.theboatfixer.com
is doing a great job with the fiberglass. The boat is now in Cape Coral FL.
The Coast Guard cut the tubes in order to remove their name. What a shame but I found a great tube shop who patched the tubes expertly. Again that will be another story with pictures but basically 84 Inflatables of Ft Lauderdale are the experts in this area. They did things I didn't think could be done. www.84boatworks.com
I did find a spare set of tubes just in case if anyone needs a set.
My goal is to use the boat in my boat business which is crewed and bare-boat charters here in South West Florida. My web site is www.managementmarineservice.com
I have tried to get a history of the boat from the Coast Guard but no one seems to have any information. Does anyone know how to get any data/history? The boats number was CG 23105.