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Old 01-27-2021, 08:18 PM   #1
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A few days ago I picked up a 93 stratos 285 pro xl! It was suppose to be good to go and everything in working condition! Me and a buddy drove 2 hours away to pick it up. It was at a boat shop so I honestly didnít question what I was told by the mechanic and owner. We arrived just a little after dark inspected what we could and hurried back with it. The next day we decided to take it to the lake for a little test run. Motor Just gave us problems. We loaded it back up and brought it to my shop; ran a compression test 110 on starboard side and 95 100 105 on port side. Called a boat place down here and Was pretty much told it was worthless now!! (93 intruder 150) I decided to do a de carb and just see if that did anything, I let it sit over night with seafoam and ran compression again got 105 across the board on the port side. I then put muffs on it and it cranked right up sounded good until it caught on fire at the kill switch and burned up few wires and dash piece! I started to take dash apart and noticed rotted wood up under the dash, from there I went ahead and ripped all the carpet out to replace it and noticed rotted wood on the floor. Long story short the cap should be coming off tomorrow!! My plan is to fix replace floor, stringers, and transom if needed, maybe a re wire (not that great at it) new carpet, and seats. This project will cost me more then what itís worth but for some reason Iím bound and determined to get it back on the water. I currently have the motor off and will be taken it to a shop to be inspected, hoping itís good to go!! This is my first time doing glass work so feel free to give advice!!!


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Old 01-27-2021, 08:20 PM   #2
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Old 01-27-2021, 08:21 PM   #3
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Good luck. I already learned that lesson. Better off just cutting your losses. Lol
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Old 01-27-2021, 08:34 PM   #4
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Yank all those switches out, put in a marine fuse box and run power to each new switch for lites, fish finder, etc. The way the factory wires all those switches in series makes it almost impossible to trouble shoot when you lose a circuit.
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Old 01-27-2021, 08:48 PM   #5
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Well, it's a lot of work.... I had well over 100 hours in just the rewiring alone. As somebody who just completed a total renovation I'd advise the following....

- Write down your goals...in other words, figure out exactly what you want to accomplish.

- Sketch out your plan.... I had 2, electrical and deck plans. I built a substantial deck extension.

- Do your due diligence/research....read, read, read....Google images is your friend.

- Be VERY patient.... this'll wear on you at times.

- REMEMBER, once you're in, you. ARE in.....so be careful what you tear into....

- Expect the unexpected and don't get mad when you find it....

- Don't give up..... A LOT do give up....you'll probably end up buying some of their stuff to finish yours.....

It's very rewarding when things work...hehehe....super cool when it's finished.



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Old 01-27-2021, 08:58 PM   #6
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That is some work!
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Old 01-27-2021, 10:25 PM   #7
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Well, it's a lot of work.... I had well over 100 hours in just the rewiring alone. As somebody who just completed a total renovation I'd advise the following....

- Write down your goals...in other words, figure out exactly what you want to accomplish.

- Sketch out your plan.... I had 2, electrical and deck plans. I built a substantial deck extension.

- Do your due diligence/research....read, read, read....Google images is your friend.

- Be VERY patient.... this'll wear on you at times.

- REMEMBER, once you're in, you. ARE in.....so be careful what you tear into....

- Expect the unexpected and don't get mad when you find it....

- Don't give up..... A LOT do give up....you'll probably end up buying some of their stuff to finish yours.....

It's very rewarding when things work...hehehe....super cool when it's finished.



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Man that looks good!! Iíll definitely take the advice!! I go did you run your electrical?


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Old 01-27-2021, 10:27 PM   #8
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Yank all those switches out, put in a marine fuse box and run power to each new switch for lites, fish finder, etc. The way the factory wires all those switches in series makes it almost impossible to trouble shoot when you lose a circuit.

I think I agree with ya! Looks like previous owner change a bunch of wiring around and tied stuff in at random places!


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Old 01-27-2021, 10:39 PM   #9
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Man that looks good!! Iíll definitely take the advice!! I go did you run your electrical?


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Literally did it all myself and if I can do it ANYbody can....hehehe
I've just been one of those people that figures trying and flopping is better than sitting on my arse and talking about it. Given er' a go is how ya learn new things.

It's not that big of a deal IF you'll draw it out....get organized and TRY and stay organized. Once you draw it all out you can then figure out a plan of attack. Figure out the order you'll do things. It's cool to start checking things off your list....knocking em out one at a time. Pretty soon you start seeing real progress.

One other piece of advice, take a lil video of where you are in the current process before you shut er down for the night. Organize your tools, bolts, screws or whatever you're currently using.
It's REALLY easy to get lazy at the end of a long night.

Also, when you start disassembling stuff that you're going to reuse, put everything in a freezer bags, label, and store em. That way you don't end up with a box full of stuff to try and figure out what's what....

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Old 01-28-2021, 12:04 AM   #10
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good luck brotha
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Old 01-28-2021, 08:28 AM   #11
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Get it done man and stick with it. I'm sure the are some guys close by that would help you out when needed. Good luck!
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Old 01-28-2021, 06:29 PM   #12
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Well today didnít go as planned spent all day cutting the splash well from transom and still canít get it to break loose!! Good news is transom is solid, debated On keeping cap on and just redo the floor with the cap on, but I guess Iím already commented and give me a chance to really see the damage!


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Old 01-28-2021, 07:55 PM   #13
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Hehehe.....a LOT of stuff most likely won't go as planned.....hang in and carry on! 👍

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Old 01-30-2021, 10:36 PM   #14
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Finally was able to break loose from the transom!! Tomorrow should be a productive day


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Old 01-31-2021, 06:52 AM   #15
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That's gonna be a chore

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Old 01-31-2021, 08:00 AM   #16
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Keep at it!

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Old 01-31-2021, 06:26 PM   #17
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Well finally got it split! Now the real fun starts! I had a injury, stuck a scrap piece of wood under the top cap trying to get a spot that was glued to the floor it broke and hit me right between the eyes. Got a big goose egg looking like the guy off the goonies! The next few days are gonna just be cleaning sanding and removing and wet foam out!


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Old 02-01-2021, 11:00 AM   #18
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Very impressed with the progress and its amazing to think of the possibilities. Just being able to get all of your wires run properly and sized right the first time without having to fishtape and engineer solutions will be worthwhile, plus the accomplishment when that dude finally floats again will be amazing.
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Old 02-04-2021, 06:57 PM   #19
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Impressive
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Old 02-04-2021, 08:43 PM   #20
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Thanks guys!!! Just little update havenít been able to work on it much. I finished cutting out the rotted wood and pulled about 50 pounds of wet foam! Luckily the stringers are solid! Iíve got my supplies for the glass work. Trying to find some replacement flooring! I wanna go with coosa board, but the cheapest I can find is 600 to ship. May try to find some marine grade plywood!


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Old 02-06-2021, 07:07 PM   #21
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Impressive!

However, I personally have never wanted a boat that bad. I have rebuilt one, and wish I just bought a new one lol.

Keep it up, your pot committed now.
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Old 02-06-2021, 07:25 PM   #22
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You're braver than me! Good luck! I'm in to watch
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Old 02-14-2021, 04:04 PM   #23
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Good luck
I'm looking at your pics and telling myself thank goodness I didn't do the gut job I was thinking about. Its alot of work but should be rewarding to get it just how you want it in the end
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Old 02-14-2021, 07:51 PM   #24
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Good luck with this project!
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Old 02-17-2021, 09:49 PM   #25
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I’m having flashbacks to all the pain, sweat, and frustration of a rebuild I did on an aluminum boat 10 years ago. It will feel good when you slime the deck for the first time!
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:28 AM   #26
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So you've jumped in with both feet..... It'll be cool to watch it come back to life. I hope you called the seller and gave him a piece of your mind on the "solid, ready to go" boat he sold you. I cannot stand dishonest people that take advantage of others.

Of course, that's why my ol' man always said, "Never make deals on things in the dark. There's always something you won't see that the seller don't want you to know about."

Good luck with the work, and don't compromise for "it'll do" when it's not what you want.
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Old 02-18-2021, 10:04 AM   #27
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I love this, good on you for jumping right in. Hope you are rewarded with a badarse bass boat when completed.
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Old 02-18-2021, 02:19 PM   #28
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How can one not want to follow this. Looking forward to see what you do with her. By the time you finish, you might be wanting to name her Pain In My ***.
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Old 02-18-2021, 02:27 PM   #29
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You must love misery. Sell it to another tbher now
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Old 02-18-2021, 02:32 PM   #30
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Good luck with this, I’m in for the on going project
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