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    I am fairly new here, so i will start by introducing myself. My name is Matt. I am 16, and have been working at Schooner Cove Marina, on the east side of Vancouver Island since may 2006. During my time there i have gained alot of respect for boats, and have wanted one of my own. My dad recently rebuilt a 22ft 1973 searay. I thought i need to compete with that. So Me and a friend went in and bought a 1974 28' Carter Safari. It wasnt expensive and has alot of potential. Anyways here is its restoration journal.

    We bought the boat on Sept 21'st in Seattle.
    here are some pictures of it in seattle, how we bought it.
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    This is how it looks to date. We have got all of the electronics working, everything from running lights to flushing toilets. We have also purchased 2 new merc 350ci's in Seattle, and will be picking them up this saturday the 18th. The legs are removed and look good. They both spin freely, and are rust free. We are still going to take them apart and check everything. Hopefully we can pull the old engines next week sometime, and by the end of next weekend have the new engines in place.
    As you can imaging, money will come into play here, we pretty much have 0 after buying the boat and engines, so things may slow down



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    Matt, welcome to iboats, we have quite a few members your age, Baconbiscut, bassboy1, fuzzywiggler, are just a few.
    you have taken on a real project, but looks like you have it under control. keep us updated as to your progress.
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    Welcome !!!!

    Man you just want to kick dads butt dont you ??? hahaha

    Nice ride cant wait to see this one !!!! wish i had room to work on something that big !!!!

    How are the transom and the stringers ??

    Keep us post on how its going !! keep them pics comming also !! John
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    Default Re: 29' Carter Safari

    transom and stringers are solid, we beat on them with a screwdriver before purchasing, and they are good.

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    Default Re: 29' Carter Safari

    Welcome to iboats!!

    Look like a great project with plenty of potential! I think its the biggest boat on here right now should be very exciting.

    what are your plans for the boat? and can we see some pics of the interior!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by legoman67 View Post
    transom and stringers are solid, we beat on them with a screwdriver before purchasing, and they are good.
    OHHH man that doesnt mean that they are good !! you have to take core samples to check the wood !! by just beating on them mean that the glass is still in good shape , it doent mean that the wood core is in good shape !! I hate to be the one to tell you that , But i really wood take some core samples and go from there !!! John
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    i did it from the inside, and made sure i was not in the fibreglass. How do you take a core sample? i dont really want to drill into it and potentionall go right through?

    there is one pic of the interior in my first post, hasnt changed much, just ripped all the old curtains down, and taken out the upphosltry.

    Today i syphined out the old fuel, there wasnt alot in it, and it had an orangey color to it, but was still clear. Probably just abit of color from the copper pickup tube. or it was dyed.

    our plans arent too exciting. just local cruising and stuff for now, would like to visit the west coast at some point, and maybe make afew stops down by friday harbour and such. might do some diving off it, etc...

    We are hopeing to have it in the water for next summer.

    im off bright and early tomorrow(4am) to seattle to pickup our new engines(rebuilds)! Pics will follow.

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    Default Re: 29' Carter Safari

    afew more pics.





    of course, we needed a little music! the old ones above were just not good enough!

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    Default Re: 29' Carter Safari

    not the biggest boat on here. (biggest is a 30' i believe) but its deff the biggest of us really young guys. what do they have you doing at the marina. always wanted to work at one.. . that projects looking really good. keep us updated.. has your dad gotten a bigger one yet?
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    Default Re: 29' Carter Safari

    i do all kinds of stuff at the marina, in the summer i spend alot of time at the gas dock, and catching lines for guests. In the winter i spend more time in the office, and towing logs, and have actually had afew boats try to make it to the bottom too. Usually results in a day of excitement. Its a 364 slip marina, ranging 22-60' annual slips.. can accomidate up to 200' guests.

    My dad wont be beating me anytime soon, he spent all his $ on the last one

    ill see if i can dig up some before and after pics of it, he spent way more then we have though

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    Default Re: 29' Carter Safari

    the boat actually looks to be in better condition, than i originally thought. have you gotten your boating certificate?
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    hi matt....where is schooner cove????? are u up north?....cant be too far cause your goin to take the koho......or do you shoot across on the big ferries and drive down?

    thats a real cool boat perfect for the west coast.....(even the east side of the west coast)
    the twins will cost dollars in guzzoline

    to do a core sample....you use a drill bit......take a peice of tape and place the tape 1/2 inch from the tip of the bit....(minimum stringer thickness is 3/4 inch including the glass but i suspect in that boat it will be thicker)......drill a hole in the stringer and look at the shavings that come out.....are they totally dry?....are they wet or damp?.....drill into a few locations......

    fill each hole with 3m 5200 marine sealant.....(dont use sillycone)


    drill a few in the transom as well......have a really good look at the wood around the outdrive holes.........if you need to replace the transom ....do it now....with the engines and drives out.

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    i just noticed.....did you and your dad take the manifolds of the motors?....or did they come with the two inside ones missing?....

    and i also noticed that only one had a heat exchanger on it.....were they both working of the same system or is it just missing?

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    hey all, I'm the co-owner of the boat. As far as manifolds, risers, heat exchangers, etc. They were all on there but have been removed to allot for easier removal of the engines. Hopefully we will get them out next weekend and get the bilge cleaned out and ready for the new power. As we are only 16 and on a bit of a budget, we have to sell basically everything we don't need, does anyone know what we could get for those old engines as basically scrap, maybe someone with a lot of time could get them to run....

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    Default Re: 29' Carter Safari

    Schooner Cove is just north of Nanaimo. on the east side, sorta mid way up the island.( 49* 17.28' N, 124* 7.9' W ) We went the mainland and down route to get the engines, because the coho sched didnt work out.

    I will do afew cores tomorrow possibly.

    yes i have my Pleasure craft operator, and CPS(Canadian Power Sail)

    new engine pic


    its kinda bad because its dark out, will get afew better pics tomorrow, all the manifolds and stuff are there, but removed for transport

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    Navis, welcome to iboats also. i'm very interested in watching your progress.
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    Default Re: 29' Carter Safari

    anyone know where i can find a diagram that shows what each prong is on the mercruiser cannon plug? i need to make a converter to hook it into my current system.

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    Post your engine and outdrive question in the I/O forum. there is great help there specific to them.
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    Default Re: 29' Carter Safari

    Well, the transom is solid. Engines are unbolted, got a buddy who is bringing over his excavator this friday to do the engine swap. should make it fairly easy!

    Will get some more pics too

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    perfect tool for the job.....a back hoe is cats meow.


    congrats on the good core samples. that is a major thing.......dont forget to fill the holes with 5200

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    so.....directly across from qualicum? or farther north toward alberni?

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    just before Qualicum, and about 12nm south of French Creek.

    its just around the other side of Nanoose Bay, where Whiskey Gulf is(but NOT IN Nanoose Bay(common confusion)

    im rewiring all the drive systems according to Seloc manual, i was planning to try to mickey mouse the 2 systems together(the old bus system and weird guage wiring, to the cannon plug merc) but im going to make it all 1 system, which will be better in the long run. and since the boat is light up like a christmas tree, its something i can do at night. ive already got all the guages disconnected and 10 wires going from each engine up to the bridge, so its just a game of connect the dots. conect up the other end of the cannon plug to the wires at the engine, and connect to the according spot up on the bridge.

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    Default Re: 29' Carter Safari

    ok....now i know where ya are.....i love the island....but the ferries and the constant chill off the ocean got to me.....i need heat....thats why i moved to kelowna.....

    as far as your wiring goes....the seloc manual is ....ok,but...

    if you have a question at all...dont be afaraid to nip over to the puter and ask here.......our guys on this site are really really good, the electronics forum and the i/o forums move very fast.......so you could get the answer in just a few minits....

    we are all behind you guys rootin for ya......have atter and have fun !

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    Default Re: 29' Carter Safari

    well, we realized doing a full engine swap in one day was optimistic, so today we managed to get the old engines out, and we are probably going to spend a week or 2 getting the boat ready for the new engines. and service the leg housings as well.

    we tried with our tractor, and this is as far as they got


    You dont see 4 small blocks lined up everyday
    We borrowed our neighbours forklift, because the guy with the excavator wasnt availible, we will still use the excavator for the new ones to go in.


    Shortly after the engines came out, time for cleaning!


    tomorrow i plan to scrub down the hull and make it decent for working in, then i will remove the shrouds and go from there..

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