1970 Grand Raid MK!!
Hello Ribnet, a first post by a new member.
I have been reading posts on here for about a year following various adventures and learning a great deal in the process. Inspired, I purchased a 1970 grand raid when the opportunity arose. Although almost as old as me, it is in mint shape and looks like it might have a few more years left in her. I got it for dirt cheap from the Government auction., the Canadian version of Mod sales.
I have hauled it out of my living room (Yes I'm single and can get away with this sort of thing.) on to the deck to do some measurements as the transom is too low for my Evinrude 25 Hp. In total I need to raise the motor 4" to sit correctly. The existing cut out is 2" deep so I will effectively raise it 2" from the top of the transom. To counter associated dynamics, I am presently fitting transom support. Just makes me feel better considering the age of the boat.
The floor boards have been dissembled as they were beginning to delaminate, I fibreglassed them back together and applied 1/8 thick rubber sheet on top to deal with rough use. Great stuff, its made from recycled tires and reasonably priced. The same material was used as wear patches on top of the tubes and glued down with Z Marine 2 part glue. Time will tell if they stay in place....
I also lined the bottom of the tubes with a second layer of hypalon followed by rub strakes on both side, again all glued down with Z Marine 2 part glue.
2 additional D ring were also installed on the bow of the boat.
The glueing process went well as I used every tip I learned from this site, had a helper for the bigger pieces, had the house up to temperature and proper humidity, plenty of snacks and appropriate refreshments at hand.
I still need to build the console and rig the remote steering, throttle control.
Updates to come...
Lastly, thank you Ribnet for existing and freely sharing information. I do get much enjoyment from this forum, you all seem to be just the right amount of daft and helpful to boot. A great combination.
Best regards from Vancouver Island, BC Canada.