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Old 02-25-2019, 06:26 PM   #61
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Met a drunken Fountain owner last weekend that upon learning of my project
he proceeded to tell me what pc's of **** Checkmates are.
I tried several times to defend/explain them but couldnt get a word in edgewise.

Couple of funny things that I couldnt interject:

He told me he spent $10K to replace the stringers and transom in his '06 47' Fountain.
My '86 pc of ****e had orig, rock solid stringers and transom.
And was 20 yrs older

Also kept to myself that Kunkles used to have a Fountain (15 yrs ago) they took on trade and used as a sales aid.
They parked it beside a new 270 Convincor in their shop.
You could stand in the cockpit of the Convincor and compare it to the Fountain right beside it.

The difference in mold and gel work was night and day.
I was shocked.

Anyhow, kept to myself and retained my opinion of large offshore go fast owners
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:58 PM   #62
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Yeh, that gets me. What no one at that boat manufacturer knows how to form a radius or gentle curve in a deck mold or elsewhere? And while Iím here, when your paying up to $5000 a foot for a boat why would pay for 4 ft of useless bow?

Do plan on getting it on the water this Summer?
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Old 02-26-2019, 10:45 AM   #63
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Marketing, marketing, marketing.......

To me, Fountain did to performance offshore boating what Bayliner and Searay did to pleasure boating.

Bayliner = the most footage per dollar, and one of the first to package everything. Power, trailer, cover etc.
Before them you had to pick these options at the dealer level.

Searay = "perceived" luxury and exclusivity.
By buying a Searay you could buy/wear a sweater, jacket, shirt, hat w/the Seayray logo.

Fountain = both of the above plus performance.
The hull design is basically a giant Allison w/a beak.
Notched transom, pad bottom + increased speed and w/the beak, made the boat several hundred lbs lighter than competitions of similar size, and lower weight also = more performance.

A 27' Fountain is tiny compared to a 27' Formula etc.

On my project, yes wet this summer.
I had a good head of steam last fall but have lost it now.
Trying to stay motivated when I have the time.

New LH gear case is due today. That will complete my pair of '2000 225 HP counter rotaters.

I have four sets of wheels to test and need 3 more singles to complete three more sets.
Once the weather warms Ill get way more done.
My shop is heated but to do glass or paint (both of which on the list) it needs to be warm before, during and after and Im having trouble coming up w/that much time to dedicate.
I keep it at 45 - 50 at night so it takes an hr to heat it up in morning.

Once the brackets done/installed, that will motivate me and go fast from there.
Planned to have that done to test float before local lakes froze.
Oop's.

I am going to reconfigure the cabin entrance next and that will take some time also.

Ordering silver paint today for the motors and also to respray the faded silver gel on the decks.


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Yeh, that gets me. What no one at that boat manufacturer knows how to form a radius or gentle curve in a deck mold or elsewhere? And while I’m here, when your paying up to $5000 a foot for a boat why would pay for 4 ft of useless bow?

Do plan on getting it on the water this Summer?
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Old 02-28-2019, 06:51 PM   #64
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2 steps forward, one step backwards.

Cut out for the large Bomar hatch the replaces the orig and old one (and its cut out) is an inch wider than the new/e-bay Bomar so I’ll have to build up those edges.
No biggy though as I have to build up the dam/base around/under the front corners anyhow.

Unless........Knarloid doesn’t have his heart set on the free/old one ��

The small/forward dropped right in but will have to build a matching dam for that one too.
Which I didn’t think of ��

Also dropped off the sun lounge cushion at the factory for them to remake w/o the hole for scoop.

Went through and got some shots of the new twin O/B 26’.
The deck and gunnel lines remind me of an old Baja Sport but the interior is very nice.
Asked Dean about speed and he thinks it’ll run 90 once dialed!
He thought $140k.
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2 steps forward, one step backwards.

Cut out for the large Bomar hatch the replaces the orig and old one (and its cut out) is an inch wider than the new/e-bay Bomar so Iíll have to build up those edges.
No biggy though as I have to build up the dam/base around/under the front corners anyhow.

Unless........Knarloid doesnít have his heart set on the free/old one ��

The small/forward dropped right in but will have to build a matching dam for that one too.
Which I didnít think of ��

Also dropped off the sun lounge cushion at the factory for them to remake w/o the hole for scoop.

Went through and got some shots of the new twin O/B 26í.
The deck and gunnel lines remind me of an old Baja Sport but the interior is very nice.
Asked Dean about speed and he thinks itíll run 90 once dialed!
He thought $140k.
It just arrived 2 days ago - thanks for sending!
I wasn't planning to install it until Spring (boat is outside under covers).

As you didn't send me the shipping cost yet, I still consider it yours, and would send it back to you if it makes your life easier.
If you decide you want it back - just let me know.
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That was a joke.
Itís yours.

Shipping was $9.
You owe me beers when we cross paths.

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Shipping was $9.
You owe me beers when we cross paths.
LOL - thanks man.
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Pulled the motors down to prep for paint.

Also found 48" slides for the bimini top that Ill be adding.
Did this on the old Sonic and loved it but they werent 48".
This will allow me to slide it far enough forward to cover the cabin entry for dew/rain when we're staying on the boat, driver and copilot seats.
Slide it aft and cover the bench seat and the sun lounge.

Ill paint it silver to match deck and cut down the foot pad to make it fit.
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I want to give a ‘shout out’ to Instigator (Gary) and his central OH marine business. I’ve known Gary since the early days of S&F and he loves his 2 strokes, old school boats and the Great Lakes! He’s a good and honest guy. If you need any type of boat restoration work...... look him up!

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