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Old 14 April 2016, 16:38   #1
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First Refurb - Osprey Viper

Hi all, so a month or so ago i was searching for a project in the wanted section, and boy did i end up with one. An Osprey Viper that was used as an dive rig. I was planning on something with a little cosmetic tidy up, after getting a little carried away....heres what happened......
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Old 14 April 2016, 16:49   #2
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Doesn't look too bad in the photos, but its rather tired. Tubes have a leak in a rather tricky place on the rear cone seam and are abraded all the way along from what i can only assume is numerous years of dive bottles and rolling over the tubes. Through to the fabric most of the way. Current deck set-up isnt what i'm looking for either so that needs to be changed. Over all, needs a full strip down and repaint.
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Old 14 April 2016, 16:53   #3
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So tubes removed and new ones ordered. Tubes are been produced at SIT, and fitting is to be done by Crosshouse Boats and Trailers, who kindly let me make a mess of their workshop to do the first stage of the rebuild. (Cheers Guys)


Next step, what console, and what to do with the fuel tank ...........
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Tank wouldnt fit under the new side by side console so i decided it should come out. That was terrifying and a nightmare all in one......

Cut around the tank after flushing it with water expecting it to pop out, no such luck.

Next approach was a bit of brute force, didn't budge.

Decided to hook the lifting blocks through the tank and yank the thing clear.....it just lifted the whole boat

Lots more cutting and i now have half a sunken tank and some rather springy deck.

I plan on removing the remainder, glassing in some supports and then fitting a plastic tank from JayMetal to go under the double console. Only thing is i cant get bigger than 62l under the console which i don't think will last very long with the engine......may need to rethink this...


Anyhow lots of sanding, aching hands and grinding discs later, all the gel is almost keyed and sanded back, lips removed from around the old console. IF anyones got any tips on keying the black deck i'm all ears, looks like its had some kind of coating with sand in it, and it was eating 50grit sanding discs in seconds.
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In the interest of time we decided to leave the deck there for now and take a look at the hull whilst we had lifting equipment. So over the hull goes, first time to a little while but flipping it back once we knew how was easy. Again thanks to Crosshouse.

Antifoul in blue - Yuk - time to remove - I bought 5l of interstrip but had a quick go with the scraper and it was just flaking off, it appears it wasnt very well keys when applied the first time around

................about 3 hrs later and its almost gone


Whats next..... time to get the sanders out, over all the hulls in pretty tidy condition, few little nicks but by far nothing major....
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That was last weekends work after which i've towed the hull back home to get some more hours in before it goes back to Southampton for the retube. Fingers crossed for some decent weather this weekend. Really want to get the new tank in and deck sealed back up.

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Hi Tom, looks like you are doing a great job... and yes a 62 litre tank with that V6 Evinrude on the back will not last long ! Depending on what console you are fitting you really need at least 100 litres that should give you 75 miles range in average conditions.
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Nice progress keep,pics coming
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Witham glass fibre Osprey

Drop tank in deck slightly I got 130 ltrs in this one same rig
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The console footprint is 76 depth by 97 wide (new money), but there's a suicide seat intrusion which limits the options. I have thought this morning though, i could get two 62l side by side.....hmmmmm
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