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Old 10 February 2012, 16:57   #91
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Done, Done, Done And man does she rides oh so smooth!
Ryan, I noticed in one of your pics that you had some slight wrinkling on the inner skirt of your tubes. Where you ever able to get rid of it? Did it work it's way out?

I also have wrinkling but only along the last 4 bolts near the bow. Any tips?

It was a pain getting the tubes on! I ended up pinning the bow with a couple of bolts, backed the trailer up to a tree, and then stretched the tubes back with large ratchet straps. I had to re-drill a bunch of holes and ended up short by about 1 1/2 inches at the back end (I plan on just moving the transom straps back).

Second question: When you tapped the deck to mount the t-top/etc., were you able to get under the deck outside of the main centerline channel? I'm thinking t-top or radar arch but haven't figured out how to get underneath.

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Old 10 February 2012, 17:46   #92
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my 2c

I did not get the wrinkle out. I chose to let it be it is not a big deal to me as it is a work boat and i did not want to punch new holes in the skirt. I did have a heck of a time getting the tubes all the way on so they aligned back up with the stern straps but after about 2 1/2 hrs and a lot of pulling we did it.

I'm assuming you mean outboard of the two stringers. We did all our work on the inside of the stringers and mounted 3x3 angle under the floor and drilled and taped into those for our strength.

Hope that helps. any more questions ask.

You going with outboards or you keeping the I/O?
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Old 11 February 2012, 09:50   #93
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Thanks.

I had attached a pic of my front wrinkle and don't feel so bad that my myself and a 14 year old weren't able to get it wrinkle free either!

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As for drilling holes and stretching, I think that I had to. I talked Willard and Wing and it turns out that they changed the bolt pattern on the hull sometime 97/98 (I have a 94 hull and separately purchased 99 tubes). I wish it had only taken me 2 1/2 hours!

3 separate ratchets to get it tight and still 1 1/2 inches short!
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Thanks for the info on mounting to the deck. Because I'm keeping the i/o, I think I'll need to figure out how to deck mount outside of that easily accessable middle 1/3 because I still need to be able to flip up the console to access the engine.

If I had the money (an extra $20,000!), I'd consider switching to outboards. The increase in the performance would be worth it! But I'll just have to live with 30 mph (in almost any sea state) and the cost savings of diesel (~4mpg). I'll be dreaming of the ob conversion, someday!

Thanks again!
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Looking good.

Yeah if the year changes you can run into issues as you have found with your tube set. Good luck and enjoy! You picked a great boat!
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