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  • 1985 Regal Ambassador 255 XL

    Some might remember me, some might not... I've had a few boats in the past, my most recent was chronicled here: https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...rade-pic-heavy

    Life changed, I sold the Silverton after many years of great use. Moved out of CT for my wife's schooling. I caught the itch and decided to grab another project.

    I was hell bent on a 1983-1989 Sea Ray 245, 250 or 260/268 (most desired). I looked at a ton of them, as well as some other boats. A few occasions I drove 2-3 hours, with expectations of towing the boat home. Almost all of them had their issues (mainly stronger/transom rot). One fresh water 268 was "the boat". Until I saw the cracked/hollow transom and the starboard stronger I could have broken apart with my hand. It was bummer after bummer.

    I stumbled on a 1985 Regal 255 on CL, with a brief description. It was only 45 minutes away. I drove down and was happy with what I initially saw. Good solid trailer (disc brake roller from early 2000s), messy dirty boat. Cabin layout was good, cockpit a mess, but seats were salvageable, mooring cover was there, but in a ball in the corner. Boat came with 4 stands, and not much else. Tapping around the bilge and transom and it sounded good. No major signs of concern. Put a wrench on the motor and it spun by hand (I've had a few completely locked up). Needless to say I paid less than the trailer is worth alone, and the boat itself actually seems to fit my wants/needs.

    This project won't be as intense as my Silverton was, but I still plan to get it looking presentable, running well and hopefully using it with the wife and kids often. I will upload photos in the next post, and show some of the work I have done in the few days I have owned it.
    Boat: 1987 29' Cruisers Inc 297 Elegante. T/270 Crusaders. (SOLD)
    Boat #2: 1984 34' Silverton 34C. T/270 Crusaders. Westerbeke Gen.
    Updating Thread: https://forums.iboats.com/boat-resto...vy-534493.html
    Race Car: 1989 Mustang LX 5.0. 12.5 on slicks, 12.9 on street tires.
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    Hopefully images will upload. These will be the before, from when I saw it originally and picked it up the next day:

    Boat: 1987 29' Cruisers Inc 297 Elegante. T/270 Crusaders. (SOLD)
    Boat #2: 1984 34' Silverton 34C. T/270 Crusaders. Westerbeke Gen.
    Updating Thread: https://forums.iboats.com/boat-resto...vy-534493.html
    Race Car: 1989 Mustang LX 5.0. 12.5 on slicks, 12.9 on street tires.
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    • #3
      Turns out there is a size limit and my phone takes photos at too large of a size. Hopefully I can figure it out and keep them coming.
      Boat: 1987 29' Cruisers Inc 297 Elegante. T/270 Crusaders. (SOLD)
      Boat #2: 1984 34' Silverton 34C. T/270 Crusaders. Westerbeke Gen.
      Updating Thread: https://forums.iboats.com/boat-resto...vy-534493.html
      Race Car: 1989 Mustang LX 5.0. 12.5 on slicks, 12.9 on street tires.
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      • #4
        I recommend the Compress Images App to reduce your pic sizes on your phone.
        1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
        Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
        Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint...Say What!!!

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        • #5
          I'll look into it, I have a ton of updated and before photos and can't share yet!
          Boat: 1987 29' Cruisers Inc 297 Elegante. T/270 Crusaders. (SOLD)
          Boat #2: 1984 34' Silverton 34C. T/270 Crusaders. Westerbeke Gen.
          Updating Thread: https://forums.iboats.com/boat-resto...vy-534493.html
          Race Car: 1989 Mustang LX 5.0. 12.5 on slicks, 12.9 on street tires.
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          • #6
            Fingers crossed the photos load and show now.
            Boat: 1987 29' Cruisers Inc 297 Elegante. T/270 Crusaders. (SOLD)
            Boat #2: 1984 34' Silverton 34C. T/270 Crusaders. Westerbeke Gen.
            Updating Thread: https://forums.iboats.com/boat-resto...vy-534493.html
            Race Car: 1989 Mustang LX 5.0. 12.5 on slicks, 12.9 on street tires.
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            • #7
              Started the cleaning process to see what I actually had to work with. The cabin came first, so the kids had a playhouse to jump around in. There are no cushions, however I most likely would have replaced them anyway. The rest of it came out fairly clean I still need to go after the hull liner on the ceiling.
              Boat: 1987 29' Cruisers Inc 297 Elegante. T/270 Crusaders. (SOLD)
              Boat #2: 1984 34' Silverton 34C. T/270 Crusaders. Westerbeke Gen.
              Updating Thread: https://forums.iboats.com/boat-resto...vy-534493.html
              Race Car: 1989 Mustang LX 5.0. 12.5 on slicks, 12.9 on street tires.
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              • #8
                Then the cockpit got scrubbed clean to see how good/bad that was. Seats are in ok shape. The rear bench is missing so I need to fabricate something there. Rear deck hatch is soft, but usable for now.
                Boat: 1987 29' Cruisers Inc 297 Elegante. T/270 Crusaders. (SOLD)
                Boat #2: 1984 34' Silverton 34C. T/270 Crusaders. Westerbeke Gen.
                Updating Thread: https://forums.iboats.com/boat-resto...vy-534493.html
                Race Car: 1989 Mustang LX 5.0. 12.5 on slicks, 12.9 on street tires.
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                • #9
                  Cleaned up the bilge as I started to test systems. Just grabbed new batteries, so don't mind the lone car battery in there. Bilge is very roomy, better than almost every Sea Ray I was on. However the engine hatch design is horrible... far too large and heavy.
                  Boat: 1987 29' Cruisers Inc 297 Elegante. T/270 Crusaders. (SOLD)
                  Boat #2: 1984 34' Silverton 34C. T/270 Crusaders. Westerbeke Gen.
                  Updating Thread: https://forums.iboats.com/boat-resto...vy-534493.html
                  Race Car: 1989 Mustang LX 5.0. 12.5 on slicks, 12.9 on street tires.
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                  • #10
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                    Even the mooring cover the PO thought was junk cleaned up well!
                    Boat: 1987 29' Cruisers Inc 297 Elegante. T/270 Crusaders. (SOLD)
                    Boat #2: 1984 34' Silverton 34C. T/270 Crusaders. Westerbeke Gen.
                    Updating Thread: https://forums.iboats.com/boat-resto...vy-534493.html
                    Race Car: 1989 Mustang LX 5.0. 12.5 on slicks, 12.9 on street tires.
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