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Anybody interested in seeing a build thread on my boat? Im well under way but have a ton of pictures of the process. About to start the assembly process this weekend.
Quit teasing! Post some pics. Nicest factory original boat I have seen!
 

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Late summer 2022 I bought this super clean all OG Hallett Vector, original owner boat, super clean and unmolested. This boat with these colors has been a dream boat for me for 20 years!!
 

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Within one day of owning it I already found myself at marine industries west buying the flush billet vent covers and gas caps lol
 

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So basically I used the boat until November 2022 until I brought it home for another round of upgrades. The plan was to replace all the gauges and have the interior redone over the winter. I decided to go with the Livorsi gauges and some new billet gauge bezels and new switch knobs from Marine Industries West. For the interior I decided to go with Arko/ Conquest.
 

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Once I got the boat home I stripped all the interior and began to remove the original carpet. Once I got all the carpet out, I noticed that the original ski locker cutout was never sealed with resin or glass and over the years it absorbed some a little moisture. It wasn’t too bad really, but it bothered me….

So next thing you know I have the floor pulled out and I’m picking up a few sheets of marine grade plywood. I used the old floor as a temple and started cutting. I got the two new pieces I and lined up perfect before I cut the ski locker hole. After that I flipped the new floor pieces over to sand and get a couple coats of resin on them. I decided to cut some tabs out of plywood and coat in resin so the new floor pieces had something to screw into on both ends of the new floor. Got everything back in the boat, screwed down and glassed down the whole new floor.
 

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I am a little late to the party here, but YES on a build thread. Looking like really nice work so far.

I want to know how you got on Conquest/Arko's schedule. I've been trying for over a year...
 

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I am a little late to the party here, but YES on a build thread. Looking like really nice work so far.

I want to know how you got on Conquest/Arko's schedule. I've been trying for over a year...
They actually did my interior last winter. I’m posting a little each day until I get caught up to where I’m at now with the project.
 

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They actually did my interior last winter. I’m posting a little each day until I get caught up to where I’m at now with the project.
So, what's the secret? I visited them a year ago in January, set up a date in March, and have got nothing but the run around since. Are you related somehow? Secret code ring? Is there a password I need to know about? Help a brother out here.

Looking forward to the next update in your build btw.
 

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Beautiful boat man! Vector is definitely on my bucket list of boat. Very nice.
 

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Please do it Gary. These guys deserve to see your craftsmanship. 👍
 

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So, what's the secret? I visited them a year ago in January, set up a date in March, and have got nothing but the run around since. Are you related somehow? Secret code ring? Is there a password I need to know about? Help a brother out here.

Looking forward to the next update in your build btw.
I guess I just walked in at the right time. But I will say this… I would never go there again. I paid a premium because I thought they were “The Guys” you wanted to go to for bitchin schiadas and vectors. I had a terrible experience. That place is not the same as it once was.
 

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Well, I feel better now. I got lucky and just didn't know it. Thanks.
 

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After I got the floor all wrapped up I decided to order a fresh set of gauges from Livorsi and some new straight billet bezels. I really wanted to keep the boat classy and clean. The angled gauge bezels date the boat in my opinion. The only problem with the Livorsi gauges is that it pretty much required a full dash rewire to do it right. Here’s what the original setup was.
 

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After the full dash rewire, gauge and bezel swap, and new switches, I decided I needed to upgrade the old stock steering wheel to the billet Eddie Marine wheel. I felt like it came together perfectly!
 

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The new gauges and wheel really update the boat. Looks great
 

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Now that all that stuff was completed, my appointment date was here for interior to be done. I dropped the boat off at Arko/ Conquest on 12/16/2022, they told me the job would take them 4-6 weeks max as they were doing full carpet job, two front buckets, a rear bench, side panels and three inserts for the original fiberglass hatch. The price was near double what I had been quoted from a few other reputable shops but I had seen their work on other Schiadas and Vectors and I knew they were on the same page with exactly what I wanted. We went over EXACTLY how I wanted the interior done and I had pictures of a previous boat that they had done to show the similarities and differences of what I wanted.
 

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My idea was to keep the seats as low as possible. The stock fiberglass Hallett seat bases were about 8” tall and gave you the feeling that you were sitting on top of the boat. The only issue with this is the lack of storage now under the new low seats. Worth the sacrifice in my opinion. Here are some shots of some of the wood work along the way.
 

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My idea was to keep the seats as low as possible. The stock fiberglass Hallett seat bases were about 8” tall and gave you the feeling that you were sitting on top of the boat. The only issue with this is the lack of storage now under the new low seats. Worth the sacrifice in my opinion. Here are some shots of some of the wood work along the way.
My seats are chopped and lowered in my 210. Worth it.
 

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Love it! I'm a huge fan of the closed bow look on these.
 

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Fast forward to 4/20/23 which was Desert Storm weekend, I picked up the boat from the interior shop. I wanted the clean all white look (less is more” type of look. We also retained the factory passenger seat swivel mechanism so the seat can be ran in either direction!

I also forgot that I replaced the old black anodized rub rail with polished stainless rub rail before the boat went to the interior shop. What a difference that made!!
 

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We made a ton of river/ lake trips from Desert Storm to Hallett’s in Havasu and had a blast. No issues at all, never had to break out the tool bag. Just good ol fashioned fun!
 

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Mid season I was able to score a triple axle dolly trailer built by Scott Kornowski. It was originally built for a Schiada V drive but the Vector fits perfect as well. Some people love it, some people hate it… but it’s not theirs lol. I’m a fan of it!
 

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Love the trailer! Saves so much garage space too. So the interior shop said 4-6 weeks but became 4 months? Why i'm so scared getting mine done.

very clean man.
 

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Hah! It was your boat at Conquest that bumped my promised March start date. They said they were slammed getting boats done for DS, call back in 6 weeks...and another 6 weeks...

By the looks of it you had a great summer and the restoration is beautiful. Well done sir.
 

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So, what's the secret? I visited them a year ago in January, set up a date in March, and have got nothing but the run around since. Are you related somehow? Secret code ring? Is there a password I need to know about? Help a brother out here.

Looking forward to the next update in your build btw.
Strange. I did not have any issues a few seasons ago. But someone else was in charge.
 

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Hah! It was your boat at Conquest that bumped my promised March start date. They said they were slammed getting boats done for DS, call back in 6 weeks...and another 6 weeks...

By the looks of it you had a great summer and the restoration is beautiful. Well done sir.
That and they were doing a few new 21’s for Maxed out, and a new boss cat. This was only the start of the project… stay tuned. It’s winter now so you know it’s completely tore apart lol!
 

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When things are going really smooth I get really bored. I always need to have a personal project and the Vector stays in storage in Havasu all summer. So one day I had the bright idea of heading up to Teague Custom Marine on an off lake weekend sometime in June. Next thing you know I’m buying engine parts lol. The idea was to build a nice solid N/A tall deck 565 with a single dominator. HERE COMES THE SNOWBALL!!
 

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It could be helpful if you could share some lessons learned on the interaction with the interior shop and what you would do different today. My boat is headed to a shop up here in NorCal for interior in a couple of weeks. Like you, I have pics of what I expect, written instructions, etc. If there are any lessons to share I would appreciate it.
 

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It could be helpful if you could share some lessons learned on the interaction with the interior shop and what you would do different today. My boat is headed to a shop up here in NorCal for interior in a couple of weeks. Like you, I have pics of what I expect, written instructions, etc. If there are any lessons to share I would appreciate it.
Feel free to shoot me a call
562-322-7163
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Boat looks amazing!!! Might have been right near you during the start at Halletts in Havasu.

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My boat is extremely similar to both of those vectors gel coat wise. I pulled up and we all took off right off from the buoy line at HIH. I think we had 4 vectors that were all similar colors.
 

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My boat is extremely similar to both of those vectors gel coat wise. I pulled up and we all took off right off from the buoy line at HIH. I think we had 4 vectors that were all similar colors.
Yeah there were three at the time that you all were near us. I was trying to get all three lined up for one image but that never happened. Then going up river there were one or two near but the wife struggles with taking photos while I drive.


;););)
 

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Little by little I kept stacking parts and before you know it we had a short block. Stoked would be an understatement!! The guys at Teague are top notch!!
 

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Before you know it I had a long block! But during this whole engine build process I was still boating through the whole summer using the heck out of the Vector. The decision to build a completely new engine was an awesome idea. Just kept gathering more goodies for my winter project…
 

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After the long block was completed, my next step was dressing the engine. I already had made my mind up that I was not using one single part off my stock 454 mag cuz my plan was to sell it 100% complete in the winter to try to recoup some funds to help keep the project going through the winter. When it come to accessory bracketry is hard to say no to all that beautiful billet stuff from Teague. I chose to have my accessories powder coated black cuz I didn’t want to deal with the fading of anodize over time being in the sun as I will be losing my engine hatch after the new motor goes in. I also was able to score a set of used CMI E Tops off marketplace for a great deal. Pressure tested them, then had them repolished. So stoked on the new engine!!
 

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Are you planning to have Teague dyno the motor before you drop it in the Vector? Curious what kind of numbers this package will produce.

My buddy had Teague build a 1050 HP (kind of their package motor for lack of a better term) and install in his 28' Daytona. I was there when they ran it on a test stand and asked the same question, they said they build them to a standard spec that has been on the dyno and fully tested extensively, hence no need to dyno the clones.

What's driving the choice to go open engine? I am guessing this motor is taller than the old one? It's certainly much prettier!
 

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Are you planning to have Teague dyno the motor before you drop it in the Vector? Curious what kind of numbers this package will produce.

My buddy had Teague build a 1050 HP (kind of their package motor for lack of a better term) and install in his 28' Daytona. I was there when they ran it on a test stand and asked the same question, they said they build them to a standard spec that has been on the dyno and fully tested extensively, hence no need to dyno the clones.

What's driving the choice to go open engine? I am guessing this motor is taller than the old one? It's certainly much prettier!
Thanks Len!! The guys at Teague have been nothing short of amazing to work with and are more than capable of handling the dyno tuning. I do have a very good relationship with John Moreland at C&J Engineering so I did opt to have him work his magic on the brand new Gen 3 1050cfm dominator that I bought for this engine and decided to have the dyno tuning done by the wizard himself Steve Brule of Westech Peformance Group. In the high horsepower carbureted world I believe those two gentlemen are some of the best as far as tuning is concerned and are more than capable of dialing in that killer engine package that Teague put together for me!

As far as the engine hatch is concerned, the new motor and headers are a significant amount taller and my boat is an earlier vector which had an 18 degree transom which naturally puts the engine much taller in an outdrive configuration. There's nothing that looks worse than a sexy boat with a really tall hatch. I'll opt for the hotrod no hatch look lol, but its gonna come with a price tag cuz there needs to be a significant amount of inside gel coat work done to really let that engine shine inside the boat. Exposed motor really puts you under scrutiny when your parked on the dock at Fox's lol
 
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Awesome project! Can't wait to see how it runs with the new motor. I might have missed it, but I assume you have hydraulic steering?
 
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