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  • I admit it...I have a Baretta

    Bought my Baretta last spring. It is a 1980 16ft tri-hull with a 4 bangin 140 mercruiser. Had to gut the whole thing down to the hull. New stringers, foam, floor, carpet, seats, bolsters and lots more. The power plant is solid but old and occasionally needs attention. It is very light for this engine and it will get up and go. Does 46mph wot when trimmed properly. The trihull gets a bid dicey at that speed. will post pics when can. Right now I am working on a snap cover for it as it is sittin in a slip and the rain clouds are threatening.
    Any one else out there that will own up to havin a Baretta?

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    Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

    Yeh I have one too! I own an '82 186 with the 470 Mercruiser stern drive. I have completely rebuilt the boat including new floor, inside upholstery ,seats and stipped and repainted the outside with two tone Imron. Turned out really nice.

    I am now attempting to change from manual to power steering and would sure welcome some help with anyone that has this combo with power steering. I have no idea where to mount the pump, overflow tank and the unit itself on the transom.

    Anyone out there that can help it would be most appreciated.

    Thanks

    Joe

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    • #3
      Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

      I have one in Texas. Bought several years ago at a bargain, I think.
      It's 21-foot open bow with 260 hp Mercruiser and runs like a dream, but had to refinish and varnish all the wood throughout. The upholstery had already been replaced with clean custom work. My question is: Why should I be reluctant to admit it? I've certainly owned worse, but haven't really had much time since I bought the Baretta to actually use it.

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      • #4
        Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

        No offense doubleM, but after tearing it down to the hull and rebuilding it, I found out what they skimped on. Like fiberglass on the floor and stringers, they only used resin. When the fuel tank was installed it was laid on top of the drain hose from the open bow. so any water that got in the bow went right onto those unglassed stringers and into the foam. I gues that unglassed floors are normal in some parts of the country and for that era.
        Any way, I shouldn't cry. It turned out pretty nice. Even skiied behind it last sunday. Named her "Blue-by-U". I know..... heard that one before. Was a family vote.
        Here is a picture of the fam. and one of my 10yr old and the 6.5lbs rainbow that she hooked into on opening day. Yep, that is blood on the new carpet.......I wouldn't have it any other way. Gonna try wake boarding this weekend.

        Shawn
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        • #5
          Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

          Originally posted by snlgraham View Post
          ....Does 46mph wot when trimmed properly. The trihull gets a bid dicey at that speed...

          46?? sounds pretty good, rather awesome for a 4 banger with a tri hull!!

          i have had the same issues with wood rotting. replaced almost all of the wood for the seats, motor box and mis. trim around the inside. got to love the steel staples that they used for every thing...should have atleast used stainless or galvanized so they wouldnt rust and completely dissappear there for holding nothing together.

          1989 20ft supersport with a 305 volvo penta. I cant complain too much except for the weight, a bit heavy, but for an older boat, she runs pretty well. would love to have feul injection or a better designed hull and or prop, but all and all, she is good to me.

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            Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

            Okay CM, maybe you caught me. It did do 46 before I put a timing light on it. Now it will do 42mph wot with only me in it and a little trim. but it is running better over all.
            Any one know where to find the plastic baretta logo that goes on the side of the hull? One of mine was missing when I got it and the other was smashed. Not sure that I want to put baretta on the side, but then again I wanted to name her the Blue Light Special(got the seats at kmart).

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            • #7
              Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

              I too have a Baretta. Its an '89 Phaser 230. Has v6 4.3 mercruiser. I like it. My second Baretta. Had a '91 2000cc 20' cuddy with a 4 cylinder volvo penta. Had it almost 10 years. Got the Phaser last August. Had it a year now.

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              • #8
                Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

                Originally posted by sweetcheeks View Post
                '89 Phaser 230. Has v6 4.3 mercruiser

                a 4.3 in a phaser? never heard of that. has it been repowered? how does it run with that smaller motor in it?

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                • #9
                  Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

                  It runs great with the 4.3. Its hitting 43 mph on the speedometer but how accurate is that after 18 years. As far as I know this is what it came with. My old 20' cc had a 4 cylinder and from any info I could find out the Phaser is a couple hundred pounds lighter.

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                  • #10
                    Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

                    a 2000cc' i think i am confussed. is that a 200ss?

                    i thought the same of my speedo and had to take a gps out one day. from 0 - 25 my boat speedo is junk but from 25 up it is dead on. interesting. well i did replace the pickup and tube line last year.

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                    • #11
                      Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

                      We have a 1988 Success 180 with a 4.3l 2bbl carb. We bought it a year ago. The boat is in geat shape and runs good. We like it for skiing and tubing. Yeah, I get more water in it than I think it should and I will be checking it out next season. I researched Baretta boats and came across a forum talking about the hull stress cracking by the motor mounts. I looked at mine and didn't see any. I guess this was problem at one time. Anyone running a 14 1/4x19 prop with this set up? What rpms are you running? I have a 23pitch on now and want to go down so I can pull two skiers.

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                      • #12
                        Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

                        I have the Baretta Phaser 230 with the 4.3l 2 barrel. For a 18 year old boat the hull is excellent. Bottom was never painted. This one I trailer. I had a 20' Baretta 2000 cc. Kept it in the water during the summer at a marina for 9 years. No hull or stringer problems. The Phaser with the 4.3l I have the SS mirage plus 19" pitch. Can't help you with the RPM. The tach is only hitting 3300 rpm. I think its wrong. Only got this boat end of 06. Used it the way it was in 07. At the start of this season, thats my top priority. Test the tach. Good luck with your baretta.

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                        • #13
                          Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

                          Hello-Iam also a fellow Baretta owner 1981 16' v hull 140.Have owned for 7years and redone floor and stringers.
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                          Floor 2002-

                          Waiting for spring

                          Nice to see a forum for us Baretta owners.
                          Last edited by sparky1309; September 10th, 2009, 10:57 PM.
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                          1981 Baretta 15' 140H.P

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                          • #14
                            Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

                            Yup I got one too AND LOVE IT
                            Its a 1980 16ft with a 120hp It has all the usual pros and cons....BUT>>> It only has 63 hrs on it total its been doing a lot of sittin be for I got it. I am going to go through the electrics for any age related signs of fatigue. I do have an issue with the alternator, which is about the only thing I have really had to deal with.

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                              Re: I admit it...I have a Baretta

                              More Baretta pics-

                              Last edited by sparky1309; September 10th, 2009, 10:59 PM.
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                              1981 Baretta 15' 140H.P

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