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Old 24 July 2007, 22:33   #1
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The US$3,500 Novurania

Hi all -

I am new to ribbing and to this forum. Just bought a 15' 1994 Novurania off Craigslist for US$3,500. I know I was taking a chance but at that price, I was willing to take the risk.

I plan to get it back in shipshape (hate to use the term "restore"). This is the condition that it is in as I bought it -

Tubes -
- seems to be holding air
- 3 or 4 sizable patches, some of the edges are peeling off a bit
- a couple of the seam tapes are peeling off or missing

Fiberglass -
- no minor chip or cracks
- some minor scrapes on the bottom

Upholstery -
- no rips in fabrics

Motor -
- it has a 2-stroke, 90HP OMC jet drive. Funny thing is that this "seems" to be a replacement - being that some of the fiberglass around the engine bay has been "chipped/filed off" to accommodate the motor (like the motor is a wee bit too large). Cannot believe that it comes out of the factory like that?
- i plugged in a water hose and ran the motor, it seems to run OK, yet to see how it does on the water
- bilge seems dry and relatively clean (for as old as it is)
- some small barnacles stuck to some of the metal parts (e.g. jet diverter)
- fuel filter has a "1995" date written on it by a sharpie :P

Electrical -
- the functions work sporatically, meaning that they would work sometimes and not sometimes. Like, for example, the deck lights would come on with a delay of a second :P

Anyway, here are some pictures and I will keep posting new ones as I get something done. I am sure I will need lots of advices
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Old 24 July 2007, 22:41   #2
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welcome to the fold... or flock... or fleet...

looks like a pretty good deal to me, good luck, restorations can be fun... and sometimes very trying. I had one of those with a yamaha outboard about 12 years ago, sixteen foot. Sold it to a friend of mine, had a lot of fun with that boat..
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Old 25 July 2007, 00:17   #3
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Clarification...

BTW, it is $3,500 WITH the trailer
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Old 25 July 2007, 02:34   #4
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that's a good buy. post a report when you get to spend some time on the water with it. i'm curious how fast it is as well as how it handles.

have fun.

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by the way, it may have had a mercury sportjet on it before then replaced with that turbo jet.
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by the way, it may have had a mercury sportjet on it before then replaced with that turbo jet.
I am trying to research this to see what a '94 Novuraina originally came in, in contact with their factory in Vero Beach to ask some questions. I see that the motor was probably replaced back in 1995 (by the date mark on the fuel filter). And I find it interesting that someone would go to the length of replacing the entire motor for a relatively new (one-year old) boat.

Also I see that the engine control is also a replacement (from the photo posted earlier) next to the wheel there is an aftermarket 2-lever teleflex control there not enough to cover the original opening on the dash.
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Old 29 July 2007, 12:02   #7
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It floats!!!!

Finally splashed it yesterday for the first time (under my ownership). Took my son out for a test run on Lake Washington.

- the integrity of the patches/tubes seems good - holding air. I did not feel any topping off was necessary.
- the motor started, idled and ran fine. Lots of smoke but inherently that is the character of a 2-stroke motor?
- it planed fairly quickly - about 2,500 rpm, at about 20 mph (slightly choppy water)
- top speed was maybe 30 mph (again, somewhat choppy water) at plane, but the motor only got about 3,000 rpm at full throttle???
- we were out on the lake about 4 hours and burned about 11 gal of fuel (about US$35) so it is a gas hog.

It was not steller performance but I was not disappointed considered how little I paid for it.
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Old 30 July 2007, 15:39   #8
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You had a serious bargain there!!!
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Old 01 August 2007, 09:59   #9
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Here are the patches on the tubes. Looks like some amateur did it. I am trying to decide whether to take them off and re-do them with new patches (well... I am also a amateur at this point...) or simply glue the peels/seams down and call it quits. Your opinion??
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That is one heck of a good deal! I am looking for a larger RIB and that would have been perfect. Especially a jet for the rivers that I fish!

Nice ride!
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