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Made a trip down south to pick this up.
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It was probably 20 to 22 years ago I went out on havasu with my uncle on his baja 38 special. I fell in love with that boat. The size, sound, and even speed. At the same time I fell in love with boats. Since that time life has gone by and I have had a few project boats here and there, only one of which made it on the water.

But as I was working on one boat or the other, I still thought about th 38. Fast forward to now, a wife and two kids later I found myself in a position to pull the trigger. But finances only allowed for somewhat of a project. Found the advantage cotation, wife said do it so I did. Plan is to use it for the rest of the summer, and then this winter put an interior in it. It's pretty rough.

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I will either attempt to cut and polish or hire someone to make the exterior a little more presentable. The wife doesnt like the colors so she wants it changed. I would love a repaint but I am scared of the cost. So we were looking into vinyl wraps.

I am excited and just want to share with anyone willing to listen. This is my first outdrive boat so I'm sure I will be on here with lots of questions.

Thanks guys!
 

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Welcome to the board! Always fun to take on a new project. Please keep sharing your progess!
 

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Short update.

Changed the drive oil and was happy to see that it was very clean. Still the bright blue color.

Called around to get a few estimate for the interior. Holy smokes, havasu prices are a bit high. Found a guy here somewhat locally. He used to work for Malibu and his work looks top notch. Got myself on his waiting list. First available will be april. And less than half of the quote I was given from Havasu.
 

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Anyone on here have any experience with vinyl wraps? I have been doing a lot of research and have been getting conflicting info. I am mainly curious how the hold up and its life span. I have read a year and up to 10.

Thanks!
 

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Anyone on here have any experience with vinyl wraps? I have been doing a lot of research and have been getting conflicting info. I am mainly curious how the hold up and its life span. I have read a year and up to 10.

Thanks!
My Ultra is currently in the shop getting a full rub rail down wrap right now. I should have it back in a couple weeks and will keep you posted as to how it turns out.
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I'm likely gonna be in it for somewhere around $2500 but I also did most of the surface prep myself and removed the rubrail and running lights before handing it over to him. My guy is also on the pricier side but I'm extremely familiar with his work and know my OCD will be satisfied. It also still beats a 12k respray.
 

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2500 is cheaper than I was expecting. And that includes a rub rail. Not bad.
 

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Took the boat out for the first time yesterday. Boy, I cannot be happier. I was expecting the worst. To be stranded out in the middle of the lake waiting for some one to pass so I can get a tow in. But the boat did not let us down.

Found a few issues with the boat that will need to be fixed. Prior to leaving, I found a leak from the line that goes from the outdrive oil reservoir to the outdrive. Looks to me it is leaking from where the line connects to the transom. I dont think I can get to it with out pulling the drive but I'll need to do some research.

The prior owner had told me there was about a half of a tank of fuel and that's what the gauge said. Go to the pumps, put 36 gallons in it. It wasnt full but that is the maximum purchase per card use. Check the gauge and it said full. All in all we put about 3 hours on the meter and the gauge didnt move. So I am guessing either the gauge is bad or the sending unit is.

But, as I said earlier, couldnt be happier. And the wife loves it too!
 

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Took the boat out for the first time yesterday. Boy, I cannot be happier. I was expecting the worst. To be stranded out in the middle of the lake waiting for some one to pass so I can get a tow in. But the boat did not let us down.

Found a few issues with the boat that will need to be fixed. Prior to leaving, I found a leak from the line that goes from the outdrive oil reservoir to the outdrive. Looks to me it is leaking from where the line connects to the transom. I dont think I can get to it with out pulling the drive but I'll need to do some research.

The prior owner had told me there was about a half of a tank of fuel and that's what the gauge said. Go to the pumps, put 36 gallons in it. It wasnt full but that is the maximum purchase per card use. Check the gauge and it said full. All in all we put about 3 hours on the meter and the gauge didnt move. So I am guessing either the gauge is bad or the sending unit is.

But, as I said earlier, couldnt be happier. And the wife loves it too!
You can reach that line but it's a tight fit. There is a small 90 degree fitting that clips into the outdrive which could be cracked or have a bad o-ring
 

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2500 is cheaper than I was expecting. And that includes a rub rail. Not bad.
It does not include the rubrail. I took it off to hide the seam. And it was beat to shit so I was replacing it anyway.
 

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You can reach that line but it's a tight fit. There is a small 90 degree fitting that clips into the outdrive which could be cracked or have a bad o-ring
I saw the small 90 degree fitting and the line is zip tied to it. Maybe I'll attempt to replace it first. It looks to me like 3/8 fuel line. Is that correct?
 

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Not the best picture but it's all the wife took. No cell service at the lake so I couldnt use the gps speedometer on my phone, but the boat speedo said 50 mph at 4500 rpm. Pretty happy about that.

It has a 22p prop, I feel I could add a little more pitch but not 100 percent sure. Still a newbie.
 

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Its oil resistant thick wall 1/4" line made by parker/racor. There is also a mercruiser part number I can get for you if you desire, just let me know. We replace these pos plastic fittings with the original style brass ones at my shop by the dozens. They are a pain in the ass.
 

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Its oil resistant thick wall 1/4" line made by parker/racor. There is also a mercruiser part number I can get for you if you desire, just let me know. We replace these pos plastic fittings with the original style brass ones at my shop by the dozens. They are a pain in the ass.
It looks like a pain in the ass. If it's not too mu h trouble I would appreciate the part number. Do you recommend changing the fitting and the line?
 

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Had a couple of beers tonight and got a wild hair. Decided to try some cutting compound. Not bad for 5 min worth of work.
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Never mind the keystone, the neighbor brought them.
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But not too bad. I look forward to the hours I have ahead of me.
 

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If its leaking between the drive and the boat I would say yes. If not, I'd say let it lie.

I'll get you the part number for the hose and the quick disconnect plastic 90 on the inside in the morning when I get into the shop.
 

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Hose # 32-8m0040618
90 degree fitting # 22-861163
Oring # 25-627021
 

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What did you use for cutting compound?
I had a turtle wax fine cutting and polishing compound. But my success was short lived. I went out this morning and the fading had returned. Not as bad but returned. I may try using that stuff a few more times or go for something new.

I was looking at this stuff called padxpress nautic. The videos of it look pretty good. I'll let you know what happens.
 

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Rubrail up is the original gelcoat. Rubrail down is the wrap. He struggled a bit to line up the lines on the blue up front but in fairness warned me ahead of time that may be the case. All in all he got it pretty close.
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Rubrail up is the original gelcoat. Rubrail down is the wrap. He struggled a bit to line up the lines on the blue up front but in fairness warned me ahead of time that may be the case. All in all he got it pretty close. View attachment 792776 View attachment 792777
It looks really good! Are you happy with it? The wife was thinking a full color change but I am leaning towards going over the existing graphics with different colors. I wish I had photoshop so i could play with it and see how it looks.

Speaking of which, anyone on here good with photoshop?
 

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Quality is great. I wish the front line tied in a little better with the front but it is what it is and I knew it going in. Im sure I'll get used to it tho. My advice would be if you're going full wrap, dont try and tie into any existing lines. Other than that, use colors that match your upholstery and just go with it!
 
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