Thanks for the info. I've looked at all of the MAG'S you've mentioned. They've been for sale for a long, long time. They're not what I'm looking for, or anybody else is looking for, for that matter, otherwise they would have been sold a long time ago. Their decks have either been modified or they are not SPORTS or STARFIRES.
Magnums or any other boat of this era stay on the market for a longe time due to the fact that there is an infintecimally small market for them. This is probly due to many reasons.
1. They are old and heavy. Most people in the market today
want a newer lighter weight boat that they can get the
maximum speed out of the engine/hull combination.
2. They have been raced and are beat to death.
3. They have been through many owners and have been
neglected or not upgraded with the proper materials.
4. Someone has bought one with the intentions of
restoration and didn't have a clue of what the actual
cost invovled were going to be, These boats usally sit
dismanteled an rot.
5. Financing is difficult for a boat of this era.
I could go on and on.........
My opinion is that you buy one of these boats for the design of the hull and a bit of nostalgia.
Most of the money that I have put into mine is in the things that you don't really see, such as new beefed up transom, engines, transmissions, wiring, plumbing, upholstery, fasteners, replating etc. These are the costs that are always required for a boat of this era and most people do not want to be bothered with.
As far as keeping the boat totally original that is of course left up to the individual. Personally, I don't believe these or any boat of this era is a national treasure. The parts that were available back in the 70's were nowhere near the sophistication that we have today and I also believe the aesthetic design was not paid too much thought.
That being said, I also don't think that the boats should be totally bastardized.
This is what my boat looked like when I first got it.
Paint was not great and the inlay in the front deck was peeling up. I spoke to Richie Powers, at that time he was still with Magnum, and asked him if they still had the pieces for the inlay or design drawings. They didn't and still do not. In actuality the inlay was a piece of laminate that was poorly done. So I decided to delete it. Since I do use the cabin on occasion , i wanted to add some ventilation.
These are the only changes I made to the deck
On my particular boat there was a modified hatch that I have seen on many Magnum Sports. Basically they are a raised box that is either painted or upholstered. At the first go around I just redid the upholstery.
This always bothered me because it ruined the lines of the boat. So I decided to redesign the hatch that would follow the rear profile and not look like the hatch was an afterthought or just a necessity.
continued Magum pt 2