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Old 08-28-2020, 10:59 AM
danedecks danedecks is offline
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To close in the floor section that was removed for the transom replacement, I have used 3/4 in piece of coosa that was glassed with 1 layer 1708 on the bottom and 3 layers on top. The section was glued with epoxy and tabbed with 6 in tape underneath to the stringers and transom. The fairing is something i'll need to work on and I don't have much expierence with it yet. Will see when I get frustrated and call it good enough.

Also realizing how much room will be in the back of this 23 with the boxes and splash well gone. The lady has requested a fold out bench in the back, think I can make that happen.

In the process of building the cap section now from cut pieces of the old sections and new coosa.

Have tons of pictures and more details but this site is PITA to upload, so keeping it general.
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Old 08-28-2020, 01:45 PM
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Wow...what a project. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the finished product!
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Old 08-28-2020, 08:04 PM
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Considering adding a Armstrong flotation bracket when I repower next month to F200s. I will add structural support to the transom to support the bracket if I end up going this route. How did your 23 ride with a bracket?
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Old 08-29-2020, 10:29 PM
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Purchased the boat wit the bracket so I can't compare how the ride was without it. But we have always been impressed with the ride and how quick it gets to plane. With the twin ox66 and flotation Armstrong bracket we never had any problems with how it sat in the water. Only problems were during drifts with following sea, with full live well and couple guys in the back, waves would break over the bracket and end up flooding splash well and deck.
The benefit of the added space and performance in my opinion was great, believe the bracket is a good addition to the 23. My only concern would be how to beef up the transom. Anything you attach to the back transom wall in the bilge is really just attaching to the liner. My transom was still solid when I cut it out, was the liner (grid structure) that includes the stringers and knees that had separated and allowed the transom to bow out. This is only glued and minimal tabbing on outside of stringers to the transom.
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Old 12-18-2020, 06:04 PM
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BTW, I just completed my '96 23 Renovation. I added F200s, no bracket. I can tell you, that she has never performed better in every aspect. I had 150s Yam SW Series II. Great 2 strokes, but these have better punch out of the hole and speed. Almost too much, to be honest! Handles great, too.
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Old 01-08-2021, 04:20 PM
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Thanks for the info GulfRegulator! I can only imagine 400hp on the back of the 23 is a performer, glad your happy with the decision.
Have not finalized the decision on the repower, the twin 200's would be on the top of the list, but with price in mind I'm heavily leaning towards Merc 4 cylinder 150's. I'll just be happy to double the range / mpg going from the SWS II to the new 4 strokes.

Did you end up with the mechanical or fly by wire throttles on the Yamahas?
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Old 01-08-2021, 04:49 PM
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Have not posted in some time, the project is still going and I have not quit just yet. Painting this thing could change my mind though. Really has been a fun project, just wish I had more time on my hands to get this done faster.

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Cap is on, created from leftover pieces of the original cap and 1/2 in coosa. Glassed into the boat now, still needs lots of fairing.
Re-cored then glasses sections of the cc, T-top and hatches. Working on paint now and this is my first attempt. Going with the roll and tip approach, not expecting the boat show finish, but more of the 26 year old boat looks great from 26ft away.
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Old 01-08-2021, 04:58 PM
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Paint on the t-top and cc. Decided to wet sand the cc after 3 coats of paint and apply 1 more top coat attempting to remove some of the orange peel. Bugs seem to always be attracted to a fresh paint job.
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