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Old 07-03-2020, 08:19 AM
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the dog box is shaped to fit snug to the pylon, before the old inner stringers got cut out, the front most and rear most lags for the engine mounts got marked with the multi tool in the new outer stringers by spanning a straight edge across the boat.

common on the older nautiques is what i found out, the prop sticks out of the strut 2 inches, the engine/pylon mount locates everything without putting the engine in, so line it up slide forward an inch and a half, cut in some marks and the floor can get fit, the dog box will get glassed to a piece of ply that fits the big hole in the middle, no more engine stuffed in were it barely fits.
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Old 07-03-2020, 09:48 AM
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You do nice work everything looks really good, but man you must love to torture yourself.
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Originally Posted by resurrected View Post
Incredible work!

How long did that take to date?

i got it frst week of feb but it sits sometimes a week at a time. Something like 2-3 days of progress then a week off.


Originally Posted by Helmwurst View Post
That is going to be a very nice boat when you are finished !! I really like seeing these older boat restorations. If I had a shop with spare room, I would try to tackle one myself.

10 x 12 shed, 8 x 16 slab, and an easy up is all you need.


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I'm always curious when I see these threads....what is your background? Are you a marine mechanic by trade? Heck of an undertaking by you again!

And yes...I was going to say $80k won't hardly touch a new one.

background, well as a kid i took all my toys apart and played wth the box, now im just trying to put them all back together so they don't get taken away and end up "on the garbage barge to china" (direct qoute from mom)


Originally Posted by Ratty206ls View Post
At least you got the skill to back up the stupidity (I actually refer to it as curiosity &#128521

no skill, overprep overthink aim low. The guys who know the resin chemically and know material orientation, type, number of layers where and why, that's some serious smarts and skills


Originally Posted by CDShack View Post
Great work, but.......I can't believe you're letting that 1/2 MPH get away from you!

im not giving up, theres 1 or 2 in the prop but trying an adjustment in the next week or so first.


Originally Posted by Craney View Post
You do nice work everything looks really good, but man you must love to torture yourself.

thanks, yes torture, it goes way back to the whole toy thing, it could be a case study.

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Old 07-04-2020, 05:02 PM
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Seen how most of us are into a boats history, i think this boat is going to be factory correct restoration, it sounds like he's in the finding everything phase of it. Really only the first page is the story, its a good read

Leo Bentz, Ski Nautique and Boat #1 - CorrectCraftFan.com Forums - Page 1

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Before I even saw the first pic I thought to myself 'oh no , those things rot like all hell' , but then I realized that I had no worries after all.

If this was America's Got Talent' you'd get 5 solid yeses . The 5th one would be Terry Crews . .

I can't wait to see what it looks like when all the finishing details are done .
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Madbouyz, they start rotting from day 1, this pic is what sold me on the nautique. It looked like it would cut open easy enough. Theu hull is pretty nice, real thick woven laid down nice, but after it went to rigging it was all down hill. Thanks for the compliment but i dont know how pretty its gonna be.

quick google search 1979 ski nautique will lead you to the above pic, the guy made a really nice bar out of the port side and transom

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The great thing about a project Nautique of that vintage and size is it's so manageable due to its size and simplicity , especially once you get the old flooring out .
This should come out really well .
When I was a kid I had an uncle who had a wooden bullet nosed Chris Craft ski boat that we used to go out on once in a while. Not to mention a number of other old (back then) Centurys and similar glam ski boats.
Never got to drive one though . Then some years ago my then neighbors bought in a new fiberglass Supra , must have been about 20' max , 351 ski motor . The first time I took the wheel I was blown away . Rocket like acceleration , smooth as silk power delivery and turn (oh so easily) on a dime. What an eye opener it was . I wish I had been able to learn how to ski behind one of those things .
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Footrest with bumpstop, thought i'd be clever, glass it first bed it down and tab it in. Then all it needs is quick grind and boom it'll be awesome.
first time tabbing in with a flashlight kneeling down head under the dash covered in resin up to the elbows, what a mess.










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Originally Posted by madbouyz View Post
The great thing about a project Nautique of that vintage and size is it's so manageable due to its size and simplicity , especially once you get the old flooring out .
This should come out really well .
When I was a kid I had an uncle who had a wooden bullet nosed Chris Craft ski boat that we used to go out on once in a while. Not to mention a number of other old (back then) Centurys and similar glam ski boats.
Never got to drive one though . Then some years ago my then neighbors bought in a new fiberglass Supra , must have been about 20' max , 351 ski motor . The first time I took the wheel I was blown away . Rocket like acceleration , smooth as silk power delivery and turn (oh so easily) on a dime. What an eye opener it was . I wish I had been able to learn how to ski behind one of those things .
I learned behind a 1949 wooden Century we had restored!

These early Nautiques were performers with the 351 in them. Correct Craft used to give our ski club one every year to use as a DEMO boat. We would beat the hell out of them. One of the things I used to love to do is sit on the motor hatch holding the ski pull while we did wash outs,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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