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    Quote Originally Posted by markcw View Post
    Con grats on your new purchase, what a great project, what a classic boat that deserves bring back from neglect.

    We had to collect our first boat a fletcher arrowstreak 17ft from kendel in cumbria had to stay over night and found on viewing, the windscreen was smashed up and the owner had not told us, ******

    You have your work cut out but winters on its way and plenty of time, very sure once back to her former glory a head turner she will be, if she is a she and not a he????

    will be watching this project for sure.
    Hi Mark, I see from another post that you did do Torquay yesterday - presumably without the boat? If you are sharp-eyed, you will spot the boat on your way home through Kingskerswell - we are on the left 100yrds past the Texaco garage. If the Land Rover's there, feel free to came and have a look and a coffee

    The vendor of the Arrowbolt was absolutely fair in his description and also advised on all that we needed to take with us to collect - like trailer wheels and trailerboard/extension etc. We also reached a deal much less than his original asking price, so no complaint whatsoever. I just hope I can do the project justice!
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    Hi rbcoomber.
    yeh did go minus the boat thing is due to weather change torquay harbour were letting people in to use slip way, but no available parking for trailers were permitied, not even dadyhole plane, that was locked up, have to admit the quay was full to breaking point with trailers and crane, just realy hope i get her in next weekend??

    Project looking good, shame you cant rig up a small coverd area to keep the both of you dry and snuggled up., next time we are passing minus boat will come and say hi if your in.

    mark

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    Looks like you will be doing a proper job of fixing her, glad she went to a good home.
    The engine was always keen to start as long as there was plenty voltage, put a wee bit of petrol down the carb and she started easily. oil pressure and temp gauge worked. Bilge blower and bilge pump were working but then so was the trim pump.
    Good luck!

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    Hi Gordon,

    I'll do my best!

    I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity and as I'm pretty resourceful, I can't see anything that can't be fixed. The bits that don't work like hydraulic pump probably won't take much - I'll remove, strip, clean and overhaul one by one. The boat is complete and there's plenty of space to work so in that sense, I've got a better starting point than I would have with many newer boats!

    I'll change oil and plugs etc before I fire her up, but will hopefully do this in the next couple of weeks.

    If you find yourself down this way anytime, I'll gladly take you for a spin in her when done. You'll be able to monitor progress here anyway.

    Thanks once again,

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbcoomer View Post
    General hull state - a selection to show various bits - good and bad plus many original fitments etc.


    ...more...



    Congratulations on having a happy day.

    You will really enjoy it when you have finished restoring it.

    BTW I think that my bow is (was) in a worse condition than yours.







    A 1/2" mooring line broke and the chap next door had a stainless steel prop on his trimmed up out board (NO! it was not running at the time.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rum_Pirate View Post



    Congratulations on having a happy day.

    You will really enjoy it when you have finished restoring it.

    BTW I think that my bow is (was) in a worse condition than yours.







    A 1/2" mooring line broke and the chap next door had a stainless steel prop on his trimmed up out board (NO! it was not running at the time.)
    Crikey! I thought the sharks had acquired a taste for GRP... I hope he's footing the the bill, you must be gutted?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbcoomer View Post
    Crikey! I thought the sharks had acquired a taste for GRP... I hope he's footing the the bill, you must be gutted?
    It was my line that broke. 900.00 including complete hull respray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rum_Pirate View Post
    It was my line that broke. 900.00 including complete hull respray.
    Even worse - no-one to blame!

    I reckon it would however cost more in UK... I hope it didn't wreck his prop too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbcoomer View Post
    Even worse - no-one to blame!

    I reckon it would however cost more in UK... I hope it didn't wreck his prop too.
    Yes there was someone to blame!.

    I was to blame. Did I just write that? ]
    I should have set another back up anchor as I normally do.

    The next boat is a friend of mine so no problems.
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    Sorry for lack of updates - new job and various time pressures have delayed proper start on this, but here's where I'm up to:-

    I fitted the canvas 'camper cover' but with no fixings for the frame and an obvious absence of one or two bits, had to botch with some cable ties etc for time being. Ultimately a new cover is very likely to be needed, but at least the old one now fits (having been well watered by the elements) and can be used as a template. Although she started to dry out, it's clear that canvas is no longer water-proof and a few large puddles reformed inside so a tarpaulin has now been put over entire boat with airflow maintained as much a practical to prevent mildew etc.

    I'm aiming to aid drying by running up the motor and winterising at the same time. I've still not be able to identify the V8 Penta for certain, but as of last week sourced a syphon, oil, filter and fogging oil. I hung upside-down again at the weekend and removed the four port-side plugs ready for some derv/wd40 and then a hand crank to ensure free turn over. Unfortunately couldn't turn a ring spanner on starboard plugs (no room) so had to abandon pending a 16mm plug spanner which I now have. Hopefully will find time this week to remove remaining plugs and then ensure free rotation. Next I'll check compressions and then, all being well, fire her up and run to check temperatures, water circulation etc and change the oil.

    Whilst doing the latest bat impersonation, I did check for id plate and there is definitely nothing on the port side. I wasn't able to get my head right down on starboard side (no comments please ), but have a plan to facilitate that now... I'm still working on the assumption of a 70's/80's 5.0L - so 500/501 or AQ231/211 or similar seem most likely candidates. carb appears to be a Rochester 4 barrel.

    Not much other progress yet, but have sourced a tacho to fill missing item in dash and also concluded that main floor, bulkheads between cockpit/fuel tank and fuel tank/engine bay plus the sides of engine bay will all need to be replaced. Originals are not glassed in, but I will both treat and glass in the new ones - hopefully before year-end.

    Will get some pictures for next update.
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