You probably know this but you keep saying "90's" and "Tees". You want to use sweeps for your wiring routes.Howdy y'all. I bought my first boat this week after living at the beach in NE Florida for 11 years. I've always had access to OPB's and was hesitant to buy one until now. And it's a doozy. Not sure why I always end up with weird stuff but having looked at boats and Googling the heck out of every model that caught my eye (and lurking on here) I saw this one come up and went for it. It's a 1987 Cabo 216 Cuddycon. I always liked the idea of a CC but with a wife who's reticent about boating and young grand children I figured a small cuddy was the way to go.
These boats seem to have a good reputation on the West Coast and have a lot of space to get around the console. I like the 110 gallon tank for going offshore and the rear deck space is ample with plenty of storage and baitwells. Boat came with a running 94 Evinrude 200, hydraulic steering and a Si-Tex SP-70 auto-pilot. I don't know how any of this works. I was a mechanic for the first 10 years of my work life and have done a bunch of carpentry so at least I'm tooled up and have some idea of how to use them.
This week I managed to bring it home on shoddy tires, build a sturdy gantry, and remove the middle console and fuel tank. Boat needs to be rewired so I'll try to tackle that while the new tank is being built. The wiring at the helm is a mess and all the switches and gauges need to be replaced. Most of everything below deck needs to be replaced. But it should clean up nicely and be a good boat to learn some stuff on.
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Not sure when I said that but I can assure you that I've learned a lot in the last year. Probably spent enough time studying wiring how to's to earn a college credit. This whole experience has been amazing and if I never build another boat, at least I'll speak boat fluently.You probably know this but you keep saying "90's" and "Tees". You want to use sweeps for your wiring routes.
Went and picked up some teak this morning and mocked up my removable splashwell platform. There's four drains going into it so enclosing it to make storage wasn't going to work. I think this will be an awesome addition for lounging, casting, or even a large cooler if the stern can handle the weight. Next I'll weld up the frames and finish the planks with nonskid.
I find the splash well a great area to bleed fish after I have spiked them. When the bleed out in the splash well it cleans itself and I have no blood on the deck. I have had (3) 50 LB tuna inside the well at once while they bled out.
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Definitely. Having climbed over the splashwell umpty-nine times since enclosing the transom I can see it being a hazard if left open. Having the extra teak there will also add to the overall character of the boat. There's been a departure from it in the last decade or so but I still dig it.That would be an easy way to get back on board the boat from the swimstep also
Lol more likely stubborn and cheap but I like the way "gifted" soundsYou are a gifted person. I look forward to all the future updates...As far as the repower goes, I'd rather have the extra power on reserve as well.. Your theory sounds correct to me. It's like 4wd vs 2wd...