Davis Bahia Outboard Conversion

Wantofish

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Just finished converting a inboard 23 c/c parker to a 300 suzuki and it turned out amazing !!! Rides like a whole new boat and getting 2.7 miles to the gallon .
i also have a 26 Davis with a diesel and was considering this conversion but having the transom open is so comfortable I will probably repower with a larger diesel in the future .
currently in the process of converting a 22 ft Precision from a inboard diesel to a 300 or 350 suzuki...decisions decisions
here’s a few pictures of the parker and a current picture of the precision
anyone know about these precision boats ? Can’t find anything online but this is one of the best riding c/c I have ever ridden In....can’t wait for its return to the water ....
i fabricate my own brackets here in loreto bcs !!!!!
 

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oceanski

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Just finished converting a inboard 23 c/c parker to a 300 suzuki and it turned out amazing !!! Rides like a whole new boat and getting 2.7 miles to the gallon .
i also have a 26 Davis with a diesel and was considering this conversion but having the transom open is so comfortable I will probably repower with a larger diesel in the future .
currently in the process of converting a 22 ft Precision from a inboard diesel to a 300 or 350 suzuki...decisions decisions
here’s a few pictures of the parker and a current picture of the precision
anyone know about these precision boats ? Can’t find anything online but this is one of the best riding c/c I have ever ridden In....can’t wait for its return to the water ....
i fabricate my own brackets here in loreto bcs !!!!!
Nice boats and beautiful work!! I love the Davis. If mine had a diesel I probably would’ve stuck with the I/O.
 
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Fishbones

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Are you still going to have a Doghouse?
Looks like your trim tab pump will be exposed if not
 
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oceanski

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I’m glad people like you documented things way more in depth! It’s been a big help. When I’m completed with my project I may go through when I have free time and update the posts. I apologize for the vague descriptions but pictures tell the story.
 
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Installed Halo Radar and new antenna today. Can’t paint the transom until the weather clears up so I’m on hold for a little bit which made time for some electronics work.
 

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This is where I’m at on the deck hatch. Still needs work, obviously. Reinforced with 3 braces and glassed them on. Super strong.
 

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Are you glassing the 2 pieces together? Hinged in front?
It would be sweet for fast access.
I’m not going to hinge it. It will have two pull handles, one on each side. I’d like to have the ability to fully remove it in case I need to do a repair on the water. That way it won’t be in the way.
 
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Had to make a custom mounting bracket for the new AP pump so cut up the old I/O hatch some more and went to work.

NAC2 AP computer also installed.

getting a lot done during quarantine.
 

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bajabills

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Almost there...what happen on the transom glass lamination? It's all white glass? Meaning the resin did not saturate the cloth. Yikes.
Well you must know somthing I don't , but mine turns transparent when saturated...
Safety first....350 hp pushing on unsaturated cloth can mean big issues.
 
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Mike Simjack

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Hey Taylor. Just checked your thread awesome job on documenting your progress. Any ideas on the dash for electronics? I sure would like to get my screen down lower. I saw what Ranger805 did, but i don't think its large enough for my 7612 screen. Keep up the good work.
 
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Mike, I have a 7" MDF for the dash and a 10" MDF in the relocated electronics locker. I moved the locker forward 10" from where it was at. With the windows going forward it gave me the extra room needed to move the locker. I probably should post a build thread of the pilothouse addition.
 

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Sorry I’ve been a little behind on the updates. Still working on the boat slowly as my schedule allows. I think the whole virus will push the finish date back a little.

did a little more prep work on the dash. I’m not going to flush mount the GO7 as it’s too hard to see when flush mounted. So I’ll be using the bracket. Drilled holes so now it’s almost ready for gel coat. I’m ordering Davis white gel coat from Harold.

Scraped out all of the silicone and added new in the seem on the pilothouse.

All electronics are done and tested. Had to find a new mount for the light because it was in the way of the radar.

also am almost done with the deck hatch but don’t have pics on my phone.

I ordered new Bahia graphics from Harold but they are on backorder due to the graphics shop closing for the virus.
 

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Jsc4361

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Are you still going forward with the Suzuki dual prop? saw it at FHS, sounds like great technology
 
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Are you still going forward with the Suzuki dual prop? saw it at FHS, sounds like great technology
That’s the plan. Suzuki didn’t do any new specials for April so I’m not in a huge rush since I still have a good amount of work to do. I have a feeling since sales are dropping off quick they’ll offer a better deal come May. Or at least the dealer pricing will come down a little (Hopefully)
 
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Awesome, seems like so many benefits of that dual prop running single engine, , good luck with the rest of the build
 
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Also installed a new radio that’s BT compatible. I installed new speakers when I bought the boat. It sounds great.
 

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