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Old 01-14-2008, 04:16 PM
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Besides buying a new boat?

As few of you may remember I bought a 42' Excalibur.
I have stripped all of the cabin interior.
(replacing as we speak)
installing new Trailer rims/tires rebuilding brakes.
Pulling motors in 3 weeks, bought 8-71's.
I think the drives are ok, I will not know untill I get her in the water.( I have no clue here, never had outdrive before)
Pulling the generator once motors are done
and rebuilding.
I do not know if I will have time to paint her.

What else would you do to be sure It would be a fun and reliable boat?????????


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Old 01-14-2008, 04:24 PM
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Service the outdrives if it has not been done already. Maybe have a marine electrician inspect the wiring if its been awhile since it ran. Maybe buy some new bilge pumps and blowers for some cheap insurance depending on how old they are.
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Old 01-14-2008, 04:34 PM
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replace the bellows.
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Inspect the gimbals for slop.
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Old 01-14-2008, 05:19 PM
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I'd have the drives gone thru. They will probably need seals and maybe a bearing or two. Assuming they're TRS drives, the lower parts are getting scarce & pricey. Filling one with water or running it out of spec could tear up a hard-to-find gear or shaft. The bellows don't last forever and that's probably the #1 cause of boats visiting the bottom. Ditto on the electrics. Issues there are a very common cause of breakdowns. I'd also double-check that the starters and alternators are marine units. It never ceases to amaze me how common it is that you find auto parts substituted here.
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