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Old 12-26-2020, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by madbouyz View Post
To be honest it would be highly unlikely that even the transom was 4" thick , (on any boat) .
The studs for the transom plate are only made to accommodate 2" thick transoms , if that .
I would have no idea for sure, but for whatever it's worth, I've read two or three threads (in various boat forums) on the Eleganza 255 & 310 models where previous owners raved about how well behaved these boats are in rough waters, and they attributed that behavior to their weight. They also went on to say that the transom was 4 inches thick in certain spots.

Now.......is that true, is that accurate, who knows for sure unless one of us can locate some pics of the transom cut away, or actually saw that data in a build sheet or print somewhere.
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Old 01-08-2021, 05:56 PM
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Well, made it home from vacation, transom on mine is swollen, so on its way to rotting. Guess I'll be doing that while there is still snow on the ground. I guess the inner liner won't be surviving any longer. Guess that means the stringers are up for replacement also. Will hope to get some pictures up soon.
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Old 01-08-2021, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by 2nd hand speed View Post
Well, made it home from vacation, transom on mine is swollen, so on its way to rotting. Guess I'll be doing that while there is still snow on the ground. I guess the inner liner won't be surviving any longer. Guess that means the stringers are up for replacement also. Will hope to get some pictures up soon.
Sorry to hear about the work that's in front of you, but on the plus side when you get it all replaced you shouldn't have to ever address those items again.

I wound up finding a company (by accident) that still sells brochures for these boats. They're expensive ($25.00 for a tri-fold brochure) but the good thing is that they list all of the options that the IMP boats came with, including the manufacturer names of the gages, seats, electronics, and engines.

I gave the boat storage place that has mine for the winter the green light to yank the engines out to thoroughly see what they need. If they need to be rebuilt, then so-be-it.

I'm a big believer in just spending the money, get it done right, enjoy the reliability, and not deal with the headaches, rather than trying to guess at what's wrong or nickel & dime it to death.

Once I get enough posts to start posting pics, I'll post pics of my girl.

Why do all of these boat forums make you wait?

All of the car & motorcycle forums I belong to allow you to start posting pics right away.........odd.......

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Old 01-09-2021, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Helmwurst View Post
You might try calling Raymonds Boats and Motors in Gravois Mills, MO. They are still around but I am not sure in what capacity. It was my understanding, that the Raymond's was a part owner in the IMP Boat Company. Good Luck.
raymonds owned imp at one time but that place is done/! its a shame its a dump and they dont even do any service . i have a friend who has a 47 stored there and we had to winteize it because they couldnt its done!
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Thanks Helmwust, much appreciated and I will definitely give this place a call to see if they're still around....
good luck there isnt anyone left to help you there.. if you call see if they can put you in contact with Preston hes the only one alive that knows anything
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good luck there isnt anyone left to help you there.. if you call see if they can put you in contact with Preston hes the only one alive that knows anything
Too bad, I had not been over there in a long time. They were good people, and if you can find Preston, he was pretty sharp guy, no BS from him.
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:10 PM
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Guess I can't post pics yet
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Old 01-12-2021, 12:18 AM
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Originally Posted by 2nd hand speed View Post
Guess I can't post pics yet
Once you hit ten posts, I believe that's when you can start.

So let's just say hi to each other a few more times within this thread until we each officially hit ten posts......😂😂😂😂

Then we can post pics.....

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Originally Posted by 2nd hand speed View Post
Well, made it home from vacation, transom on mine is swollen, so on its way to rotting. Guess I'll be doing that while there is still snow on the ground. I guess the inner liner won't be surviving any longer. Guess that means the stringers are up for replacement also. Will hope to get some pictures up soon.
You need to cut your losses and run. Part the boat out and be done. Its worth 10k in decent shape. Based on your descriptions, to get it into any kind decent condition is going to cost 30-40k.
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Old 01-21-2021, 10:58 PM
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So got to work for a while today and got the first stringer out. The stringers are 4 pieces of 2x4 bonded to the inner liner then the inner liner is bonded to the hull. The bottom of my liner is no longer bonded to the hull so once I got the fiberglass off from over the stringer, the aft end of the stringer lifted right out and the front came out without much more effort, I guess thats why the liner is cracking, For the time being I am going to continue working toward replacing the stringers and transom, learning and experimenting with designing and modifying the hull. At this point what do I have to loose. I like the ride and cockpit space of this hull.
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