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scarab377build 04-07-2019 11:23 AM

New Member and New Scarab Owner Here
 
Hey! Longtime lurker first time poster here. Excited to share my newest purchase and project boat. She is a 1982 Scarab 377 KV. Purchased down in FL a few weeks ago and it will be making its way to Michigan next weekend to get setup for the restoration process. I have followed Back From the Dead for a while now, so that thread and information there will be a big help and I'm sure I'll come across my own problems and situations as I go. I'll keep this first post short and sweet but I'm excited to get started on her. I also started an Instagram page to document the process as well so if any of you are on there, check it out, its also "scarab377build". Can't post pictures yet so ask me some questions so I can get some photos on here for you guys!!




larslindroth 04-07-2019 02:49 PM

Welcome, Brian.
As most Croatians, You got an excellent taste in boats. Looking forward to seeing You bring this great Scarab back to life. Living on 'The Left Coast' myself, and at one point even lived in the epicenter of Croatian culture here; the famous LA Harbor old town of San Pedro, CA. Posting one of Your Instagram photos that I found very cool. Cheers, Lars.
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.off...20bc944805.jpg

scarab377build 04-07-2019 02:56 PM

Appreciate you posting that pic for me! I wish I could have had an opportunity to spend more time in Croatia when I was there, beautiful place. But I look forward to the process of getting this old girl back to running condition and spending many years enjoying it!

hblair 04-07-2019 05:40 PM

Welcome! Look forward to seeing progress on your boat. Itís hard to beat the good looks and ride of an old straight bottom 38í scarab. (Or so I hear, I havenít ridden in mine yet)

scarab377build 04-07-2019 05:56 PM

The looks part you are definitely correct, that's why I went with this boat. Cannot beat the style and clean lines of these boats. I hope I can do the rest of the 377/38 flat deck guys proper justice with my build. I'm sure I will have a ton of questions and just idea making once i get going.

jeff32 04-07-2019 08:33 PM

Welcome aboard captain !

rak rua 04-07-2019 08:45 PM

I'm following.....
Heath has set the bar pretty high for Scarab resto's, hope all goes well with your new baby too.
Congratulations!

RR

payuppsucker 04-08-2019 11:45 AM


Originally Posted by rak rua (Post 4680801)
I'm following.....
Heath has set the bar pretty high for Scarab resto's, hope all goes well with your new baby too.
Congratulations!

RR

Yes he has Jon...........following this as well.

Topshelf38 04-08-2019 02:47 PM

Where about in Michigan are you located?

scarab377build 04-08-2019 03:27 PM


Originally Posted by Topshelf38 (Post 4680941)
Where about in Michigan are you located?

Grand Rapids/Grand Haven area.

Topshelf38 04-08-2019 07:53 PM

Looking forward to following this thread as well. Hope to see it out and about once it's finished. I own an 84 Scarab 380 located south of Detroit. It is basically a 377 with a raised deck and larger open cockpit, I believe it was only an option for two years.

scarab377build 04-15-2019 08:02 PM

Boat has arrived finally! I still canít post pictures I donít think, but Iím wondering if there is a possibility mine is Kevlar? I read somewhere on here that there would be some kind of identification by the HIN? There is something near there but the HIN and such is so worn itís hard to tell. I could text someone pics if they think they could help identify, and it looks like the HIN also says itís a 1983 377.

hblair 04-15-2019 09:33 PM

Email the photos to [email protected], Iíll post them up for you.

payuppsucker 04-15-2019 09:35 PM

Does KV not indicate Kevlar?

rak rua 04-15-2019 10:05 PM


Originally Posted by payuppsucker (Post 4682309)
Does KV not indicate Kevlar?

KV stands for Kaama Vesrion, a tribute to the original Kaama race boat. Some people think it's for Kaama Vice (Miami Vice) but not correct since the KV's came out before the TV show.
BTW, I'm not that smart, I just remember Dan (Archer Marine) posting this some time ago) :)

RR

hblair 04-15-2019 10:11 PM


limegreenstare28 04-15-2019 10:44 PM

Looking good bro! What's the plan, bare bones or pleasure boat?

payuppsucker 04-16-2019 07:51 AM


Originally Posted by rak rua (Post 4682315)


KV stands for Kaama Vesrion, a tribute to the original Kaama race boat. Some people think it's for Kaama Vice (Miami Vice) but not correct since the KV's came out before the TV show.
BTW, I'm not that smart, I just remember Dan (Archer Marine) posting this some time ago) :)

RR

10-4, thanks Jon.
And btw, I think youíre pretty dang smart. 😎

scarab377build 04-22-2019 07:45 AM

Morning gents!

Was pondering in drive options, even though I am a long ways off, still good to think about. I have always wanted a boat with surface drives so those are my first thought. I saw a set of the inline ASD6 models for sale a little bit ago, would I be able to mount the engines low enough to use those? I see most Arnesons mounted up with stand-off boxes, Iím assuming thatís the way to go. If I donít go surface drive route, Iíd really like to get a set of IMCOs, and I also like the looks of the Bravo Shop B-Max drives as well.

Iíd like to go bigger on the drives initially so I donít have to worry about what power I have down the road, and be able to drive it and not worry about whatís back there.

What are your thoughts?

272lsformula 04-23-2019 07:59 AM

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.off...a935ed059e.jpg
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.off...2ae6609783.jpg
Put on a set of imco scx drives or something bigger on the boat, if you are going to put more power to it. These big old heavy boats are not very drive friendly.

F-2 Speedy 04-23-2019 08:21 AM

pair of big shaft #3's in the swap shop

https://www.offshoreonly.com/forums/...master-3a.html

payuppsucker 04-23-2019 10:18 AM

Arnesons all the way. I've owned an Arneson boat and they are awesome. There's a deal on a set of 7s right now in swap shop.

Team Archer 04-23-2019 02:19 PM

Have some number 6s that would work great

flashgordon 04-24-2019 07:48 AM


Originally Posted by Team Archer (Post 4683565)
Have some number 6s that would work great

I am afraid to ask, but , how would you update to 6's , from trs??
motors out,,new transom plates etc..etc. $$$$$

scarab377build 04-24-2019 09:02 AM


Originally Posted by flashgordon (Post 4683628)
I am afraid to ask, but , how would you update to 6's , from trs??
motors out,,new transom plates etc..etc. $$$$$

haha funny. But this boat needs a full overhaul, new transom, stringers, cockpit floor, whole cabin etc. so Iíll have a blank canvas on the transom to work with.

Team Archer 04-24-2019 05:59 PM

Sounds like a good candidate for a staggered conversion.

scarab377build 04-24-2019 06:08 PM


Originally Posted by Team Archer (Post 4683719)
Sounds like a good candidate for a staggered conversion.

That is a great idea, Iím not really sure why I never thought about doing that, how much space would that eat up in the cockpit area and what not? Since I have to get race hatches anyway because my boat didnít come with them, wouldnít make much of a difference there.

Staggered setup with surface drives.......I like it

Team Archer 04-24-2019 06:16 PM

It all depends on the drive system how much room you will need but anting is possible .

scarab kv 04-29-2019 09:39 AM

Congrats on the purchase.
You can't beat the classic lines

scarab kv 04-29-2019 10:10 AM

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.off...c6cd6b3db1.jpg

KV stands for Kaama Vesrion, a tribute to the original Kaama race boat. Some people think it's for Kaama Vice (Miami Vice) but not correct since the KV's came out before the TV show.
BTW, I'm not that smart, I just remember Dan (Archer Marine) posting this some time ago) :)

RR
[/QUOTE]
Hey guys, KV does in deed stand for KAAMA Vice. in homage to Betty's KAAMA and the Vice program.
Bill Erickson came up with the name. The first KV models were built as early 86 models. The first two boats built for the show were 377 models, built in May of 85. They still had the old 377 cabin, wood lower cabin doors and the old location for the deck hatches. When the 377 was redesigned and designated as the KV, the cabin was replaced with the discontinued Raider cabin, lower cabin door was changed to a plexi slider and the deck hatches were replaced with the Bomar three bar and moved 10" forward, amongst other cosmetic changes.
We have the #2 boat built for the show and was the first to appear on screen in the season two premiere.
It was built in May of 85 and stamped as an 85 377 model

scarab kv 04-29-2019 10:18 AM


Originally Posted by payuppsucker (Post 4682309)
Does KV not indicate Kevlar?

Nothing in the HID # will state if the hull has Kevlar.
It was optional and according to employees of Wellcraft, due to cure time in a heavy production schedule, ir.was only a 13% mix. Pretty much a marketing ploy

flashgordon 05-02-2019 03:21 PM


Originally Posted by Team Archer (Post 4683719)
Sounds like a good candidate for a staggered conversion.

man..do i wish i had staggered motors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

as to the kevlar issue and does is boat have a layer of kevlar,,,,,,,there is actually a sticker on boat saying kevlar.
i will take pic and post.

scarab377build 05-25-2019 08:55 AM

Slow progress but finally was able to get the boat inside a couple weeks ago. Just waiting for the marina to get it off the trailer and on stands and blocked up and level so I can start cutting away!
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.off...e4d9b7fd9.jpeg

scarab377build 09-26-2019 08:53 PM

Well, after a long summer of screwing around with another boat project that I should have never bought in the first place, the Scarab will be heading back down to FL in a couple weeks. I shamefully haven't touched the boat since I put it in the storage facility, but I did stop by from time to time to say hi and stand at the helm and visualize what it will feel like when its all done :cool: . Anyhow, I'm moving to FL myself in about a week and a half and the boat will follow shortly after. If anyone has any leads on a good spot to put it indoors in SWFL let me know!

PARASAIL941 09-26-2019 10:12 PM

Good luck with the move. What area?

scarab377build 09-27-2019 05:11 PM


Originally Posted by PARASAIL941 (Post 4708112)
Good luck with the move. What area?

Ft Myers area, and thank you!


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