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  • new project, is it worth it ?

    Im shopping for a project boat, came across a 1984 conroy x 17. poor shape though, needs completely gutted and restored. merc 120/4cyl gm. the rudder? is broken off the out drive, otherwise that part seems fine. the motor doesnt run, the seller doesnt have any idea why. on the original trailer wich looks like its in fair shape. fiberglass is oxidized but solid. he wants 750 for it. im thinking of offering 600. im a mechanic, so the motorwork doesnt scare me too much. from what i can tell its a common i/o setup so im hoping parts are easy to find and cheap. is it worth the money, or does it sound like its a bad idea? im new to the boating world and im looking to the experienced for some good advice. thanks for the help.


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    Re: new project, is it worth it ?

    Originally posted by handy83 View Post
    Im shopping for a project boat, came across a 1984 conroy x 17. poor shape though, needs completely gutted and restored. merc 120/4cyl gm. the rudder? is broken off the out drive, otherwise that part seems fine. the motor doesnt run, the seller doesnt have any idea why. on the original trailer wich looks like its in fair shape. fiberglass is oxidized but solid. he wants 750 for it. im thinking of offering 600. im a mechanic, so the motorwork doesnt scare me too much. from what i can tell its a common i/o setup so im hoping parts are easy to find and cheap. is it worth the money, or does it sound like its a bad idea? im new to the boating world and im looking to the experienced for some good advice. thanks for the help.
    Ayuh,... Welcome Aboard,....

    I'd expect the hull to be rotted,...
    But the parts alone are worth 'is askin' price, if you're inta parting it out....

    If it turns out Any Better than that,.... You're Ahead...
    Any Grease is Better,..... Than No Grease at All.......

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      Re: new project, is it worth it ?

      about the out drive... the portion that im guessing is called the rudder (the verry bottom portion of the cast housing) is mostly broken off. he told me that it happens, and a proper weldment can be purchased for 80$, or a stainless bolt on replacement for 40$. does that sound right ? again, im new to this stuff, so pardon my ignorance. i just wanna be cautiouse before i make a bad purchase.

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      • #4
        Re: new project, is it worth it ?

        You're referring to the skeg.....and yes it's a commonly repaired item.
        1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
        Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767
        1966 16' Starcraft Jupiter 85HP Johnson
        Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=338633 sold

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        • #5
          Re: new project, is it worth it ?

          Sounds like a decent project, the inline fours are easy to work on, as far as the skeg, a little story, as long as I have been boating (20+years) I broke my first one this year, lake was down and hit a rock, ordered a replacement bolt on skeg from Cabela's (skeggard brand) for 109.00 plus tax, takes only 10 minutes to install.

          Check out my link in my signature and see what a 16 foot searay looks like tore apart.

          You can do it if you have the time, patience, and are only slightly handy. We all started with limited experience. The guys here are great.

          Good Luck.

          Sail on.....tink
          87 Sea Ray Seville Restore(Splashed)
          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357364

          Life's to short to worry about tomorrow. Dive in and take today by the horns.
          Bust Out Another Thousand
          Don't foget the plug!!!!!!!!

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