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Old 02-18-2018, 10:35 PM
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After buying the Mrs a 36' Mainship aft cabin so she had a door to the toilet and a place to plug in her curling iron......., I got to missing our old twin O/B 24' Sonic that many of you know from my "5 days and 4 nights on a 24' cuddy in the keys" story.
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She also got sick of my whining and watching me lust after every go fast boat I saw on Lake Erie by our cruiser
I started half ass shopping a yr ago and was looking at everything (O/B or I/O) up to 30'-ish.

During my shopping I was reminded of what drew me to the O/B vees from the start. Most are huge compared to a similar sized I/O.
So to get a twin I/O vee that was any bigger than my old Sonic, I was looking at 32/33' boats which my ole faithful, paid for, 220,000 mile 1/2 ton pickup would not enjoy towing.
Adding a new tow pigg to the equation did not compute.

That took me back to the smaller O/B's.

Had enough of the 24' Sonics and one other design I always wanted was a mid/late '80's 25' Checkmate Convincor.
They offerd them in twin O/B back in the day but in doing so, they added a splashwell for the motors which eliminated the sun lounge which I want.
The sun lounge for hanging at/on the boat and for its copious storage under it once the car motor is gone.
So my plan has always been to buy an I/O boat and convert it to O/B.

So step one of the plan is under way.
Bought a '86 25' Convincor w/a popped stroker 454 and Bravo.

I will either order or build a swim platform/bracket or have one built and screw to the transom and hang two motors on it.

We recently moved and lost my shop in doing so and am a month out on the new one being built so collecting parts for now.

Haven't bought motors yet but am close. Probably starting w/old school, low budget carbed, OMC V-6's in the 225 - 250 hp range.
Should put the boat in the 80 MPH range on pump gas w/bullet proof motors and be a screaming orgasm to drive.
Once its dialed Ill probably go shopping for a pair of used 300 E-Tecs which Im a huge fan of.

Ill post updates for those interested once they start happening.

Feels good to be back.

Think Spring!

Gary
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Old 02-18-2018, 10:54 PM
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I really like the colors on that boat. Let the build thread begin
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Old 02-19-2018, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by justintocars View Post
I really like the colors on that boat. Let the build thread begin
The colors and the aluminum trailer sold me.

Headed to Fla in a few wks w/an empty utility trailer and some $$, to go parts/power huntin.

Most fun I ever had boating was anchoring off the beach, steaks on the grill, bon fire, shooting stars then a night on the hook.

Night #2 to dock and unload the folding bikes and head out.

Killer winery on far side of Pelee and nice one on Kelley's too.

And of course Scudder Beach Bar on Pelee.
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Nice platform to start with, although I cant wrap my head around pulling the big block

Look forward to watching the progress!
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I cant wrap my head around pulling the big block
Thought about it until crawling in to winterize it.

Crawled out and said Fk that 😎
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Should look something like this.
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Great idea. I'd do the same to my 27ZR except if OSO found out, I'd probably be assassinated.
Nice laid back writing style too, thanks for taking the time.

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Great to have you back man!!!! Looks great. Time for a trailer up to Georgian Bay!
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Love this a man with a plan, can't wait to see how this unfolds, always loved your adventures.
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You should have told her there`s a door to a toilet and an outlet for your curling iron at the marina bathroom, NEXT!
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