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Old 04-02-2024, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Tim G.
Don't do it. Boats engineered to be sterndrives really should stay that way.... CG/Step Placement, etc are a huge factor.. Hanging OBs off a bracket will drastically change the fore/aft CG, but what alot of people don't thing about is the vertical CG... Its a real factor.. Buy a nice boat like an Active thunder 37 or Cig 38... If needed just put some nice engines in it. You'll be way ahead with the $ that way.
Interesting that you bring up Active Thunder, Tim. In actuality, the step "insert" in the mold of the AT is adjustable, and Pat consults with the DDC bottom designer/patent holder; Harry Schoell when he builds a outboard model. Pat has built several boats for Mercury to use for their outboard testing at Lake X/X-Lake location(s), including a 37' with a monster thick transom. He dared them to break it, and they haven't brought it back yet.
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Old 04-02-2024, 03:55 PM
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Here's a nice OB conversion!!!

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That’s an abomination on the 43 NT.
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These are hard to find boats and can understand not wanting to wait to find one and convert to outboards yourself, but there are more and more builders out there. That 28 Saber is pretty sweet too. Velocity is building a lot of their boats with outboards. Ocean Hawk 33 probably one of my favorites.
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Like others have said, unless you just have money and time to burn, don’t do it. I haven’t seen a single one that looked right ascetically after being done either.
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I think it all depends on the boat you want to convert. I’m currently doing it on a 35 Motion cat . It is definitely a ton of work, and more costly than u think it is gonna be. I will tell you when I’m done in the next month or so if it was worth it…. If you can’t do it yourself, forget it . It will cost a fortune..
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Very cool to see 600s.
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Funny how many of these you see that say "Needs someone to complete".
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i do lots of custom restorations and yes when done correctly it gets expensive,,,,,,but is still way cheaper than brand new prices,,,all in what u want as stated,,,this is 1 of the last 32 hustlers that fiore made,,,,5 stringer boat and all foam cored with minimum birth with just cushions so is one of the lighter made as race/pleasure even had the built in stand up bolsters,,,,i cut up dashes and redesigned for 2 garmins,seperate lathem shift/throttles,pop ups and raised and angled the helm to make it sit down all new upholsty ,all new tank and floors,sea deck,awlgrip paint blueprinted and regelcoated bottom,custom transom ,custom made motor boxes,tripple 300 mercs,12 jl speakers,3 ampms with fusion on nema,,,ect,,,,boat is light and fast as the 32 was a fast snotty water boat to begin with,,,34pitch props,,,,70-75 at only 35-3800rpm cruising all day,,,,,100+ at 55-5800 and goes past 110 with ease ,,,i set it up for snotty water not max speed,,,all in wanbt u want,,,,and just got on water last summer,,,,love it ,,will sale to start another resto

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