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Old 03-07-2011, 10:38 PM
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Thought I would add a thread entailing the first major revamp of my 2001 23 Regulator Classic.

I have owned her for over 5 years , and she has truly been a great boat. We use her for everything from the back bays to the 500 line. We trailer her from Cape Cod to Cape May and Ive always said she has made up for my lack of common sense on more then one occassion.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:55 PM
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Welcome Chris,tell us more.



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Old 03-07-2011, 11:11 PM
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Now , I started this project about 2 years ago.....

Ive been threatening my wife with a new boat purchase for the last 2 seasons , so when I told her I would "only" be working on the Regulator , it was money in the bank ! (BTW , who was I kidding , Ive 2 little ones with braces , college and wedding on the way ).

I did however fly into the Miami Boat show this year with my partner in crime , Matt , to finalize our plans.

Here is what we have planned.

1) We are having the deck modified. Anyone who has a pre 2002 23 knows that bilge access is through 2 or 3 10 inch oval plates in the splashwell. Everything from pump replacement , to fuel filters have to attacked through the splashwell. We are having the holes sealed and access will be through a 24" x 24" hatch forward the splashwell. All new pumps, and rerouting of fuel filters will be done.

2) A wave gate will be made , to seal off the open transome. It will be similar to the newer 23s , but to our design. Ive never had a problem fishing offshore with an open transome. However Matts young children could have an issue when we have the kids and wives out for a little relaxing and tubing.

3) A tackle center will be designed using some of the existing pieces of the original leaning post. Although it will hold some tackle , its primarily will be designed to be a dry storage area for the life raft , and jackets.

4) New electronics . We will be replacing a Lowrance LCX111C , 8200C , LRA5000 open array and possibly Furuno FCV 585. We are choosing a MFD system that will do everything including audio from a 12 inch display.

5) Welds in the hardtop framing need to be fixed. The frame will be powdercoated. This is more of a temporary fix , as a new frame will be needed in the future.

6) Sealing the opening in the Helm. All electronics will be flush mounted , and we plan to "open up" the center console , by removing the wood.

7) We are having "knees" added to the transome.

Those are major points of interest , with smaller things not mentioned planned.


We have planned a budget of around $8000. With the sale of our current electronics and the ability to do alot of this work ourselves , we are hoping to be out of pocket around $6K.

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Old 03-07-2011, 11:25 PM
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Billfishnfool , I guess you know who is addressing the deck project for me .

Jay has been great to work with. Ive been occuppied the last 2 weeks with one more major weekend still planned , then am hoping to pick her up. Either way , Ive alot to do if he is still working on her.

The deck along with the welding , is the two parts of this project I didnt feel comfortable addressing myself.

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Chris,Jay is definitely the go to guy for modifying boats.He's got years of experience and loves his work.I took some pics of the deck after he cut out the livewell.Glad you've signed on to the site,lots of great people here to answer questions or locate items needed in your rebuild.Let me know when you're picking the boat up,it'll be great to meet you and get some completion pics. Do you mind if I post some pics of your modifications?
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With the Hardtop off , we set to work rewiring and building a box to flush mount electronics.

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We also started working on the tackle center. It is actually a bit farther along then when this picture was taken.
For all of our projects we are using Penske board as a core material. It is closed cell , very light and very strong. Water should prove no problem as long as I get our laminates right.
Our plan is a layer of glass , filler , then sand , sand, and more sanding.
We will be finishing by either spraying Awlgrip or Interlux Perfection.


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Old 03-08-2011, 12:16 AM
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And the reason this project will get finished on time

The poster boy for OCD..... my bud Matt

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Chris,Jay is definitely the go to guy for modifying boats.He's got years of experience and loves his work.I took some pics of the deck after he cut out the livewell.Glad you've signed on to the site,lots of great people here to answer questions or locate items needed in your rebuild.Let me know when you're picking the boat up,it'll be great to meet you and get some completion pics. Do you mind if I post some pics of your modifications?
I will be giving Jay a call this weekend ( I didnt want to be up his ass, as I told him from the get go I wouldnt be able to pick her up until March ) and hopefully picking her up the following week if he is done. I will certainly let you know when Im down there.
Feel free to post any of the pictures you took.
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Chris,here are some pics I took after Bly cut the deck open.






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