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    Default 18' ADVANTAGE Bubledeck Project

    Well here we go again. I picked this project up at the beginning of the summer. It is an 18' Advantage bubledeck,which is the exact same hull as a Rogers Bonneville 18.
    The boat is in pretty good codition. The Gell coat is in pretty good shape,with the exception of a sun faded spot on the deck of the transom. It is a solid boat and it did come with some decent hardware, which i probobly will not use any of it. The plan is to use every thing out of the Kona, which is all brand new hardware.
    Although I won't be thrashing on this untill the fall and winter, I have started cleaning it up and stripping it down.

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    THE GOOD

    The good things about the boat are, The Gelcoat is in decent shape.

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    The stringers are solid.

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    It came with some good dash hardware.

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    Has a decent tandem trailer.

    THE BAD

    The transom deck has a real bad faded spot that I will have to figure a fix for.

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    The deck and transom have holes where there were deck hardware, thru transom exhaust, and swim steps.
    I do not plan on disturbing the gelcoat to fill these holes, so I will have to get creative with some cover plates.

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    The trailer has a broken fiberglass fender and needs to be rebunked and repainted.

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    I think I will need to replace the front bulk head, because Ifound a little rot in one of the corners of the bow opening.

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    All in all I think this will be a fun project.......Hal

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    Good luck Hal. Love the color of the gel. Knowing how great you did on the last one, you'll do a awesome job .
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    Good lookin' "starting point"

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    What year is that boat. I rigged alot of those boats for Harry but most of them had e pumps in them. It was a very popular boat on the stetch river from below the Parker strip all the way to Yuma. Harry and Debbie had a trailer at Shaggy Tree which Debbie still has to this day. Great boat for that part of the river espically in the open bow .

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    Great looking boat Hal. Look forward to the progress this winter.

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    First thing I'd do is fix the bunks. It looks like it isn't sitting right

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg shoemaker View Post
    What year is that boat. I rigged alot of those boats for Harry but most of them had e pumps in them. It was a very popular boat on the stetch river from below the Parker strip all the way to Yuma. Harry and Debbie had a trailer at Shaggy Tree which Debbie still has to this day. Great boat for that part of the river espically in the open bow .
    Hey Greg. The boat is an '86. It is funny You mention the open bow and Debbie. I have a 83 Advantage openbow ( same hull as the blue one) that I baught at the beginning of summer. We had it out at the CP regatta and Debbie was out at the sandbar, She saw the boat and was talking about how clean it was and how they did not make that boat any more and how much She lked it and would like to have it.
    I got numbers from 3 different people that were begging Me to call them if I decided to sell the openbow. Here is a picture of it. The open bow does have an E pump in it.

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    Last edited by holorinhal; 08-20-2012 at 02:58 PM.

    I'm not here for a long time, I'm just here for a good time!
    If your not on the edge.......your taking up too much room......Drive it like you stole it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandeggo View Post
    First thing I'd do is fix the bunks. It looks like it isn't sitting right
    Hey Kevin,Yes the trailer does need to be rebunked. The boat will be comming off and put on a dolly and the bunks cut off and moved to propperly fit the hull, before any real weight ( engine) is put in it.
    I need to find out where I can get the weld on bunk brackets.

    I'm not here for a long time, I'm just here for a good time!
    If your not on the edge.......your taking up too much room......Drive it like you stole it!

    73 KONA Restoration http://www.performanceboats.com//showthread.php?t=10678
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    Sweet looking boat! Love the colors.....except why does every '80's boat have those kinda "stripes" on the deck? It'd look SOOO much better without them.
    Good luck on the build....not like you need it though....
    RIP Kona.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by holorinhal View Post
    Hey Greg. The boat is an '86. It is funny You mention the open bow and Debbie. I have a 83 Advantage openbow ( same hull as the blue one) that I baught at the beginning of summer. We had it out at the CP regatta and Debbie was out at the sandbar, She saw the boat and was talking about how clean it was and how they did not make that boat any more and how much She lked it and would like to have it.
    I got numbers from 3 different people that were begging Me to call them if I decided to sell the openbow. Here is a picture of it. The open bow does have an E pump in it.

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    Saw that boat at the regatta and commented how clean it was and told a few people I'm sure I put that boat together originally. Harry really loved that little boat and beleive it or not we actually built quite a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holorinhal View Post
    Hey Kevin,Yes the trailer does need to be rebunked. The boat will be comming off and put on a dolly and the bunks cut off and moved to propperly fit the hull, before any real weight ( engine) is put in it.
    I need to find out where I can get the weld on bunk brackets.
    Cut them off flush with a cutting wheel on a grinder, wire wheel them, weld them in the right place. They should be plenty tall. That's what I had to do when I fit my Schiada on a trailer for an 18'. Even lowered it on the trailer so the boat didn't sit so high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandeggo View Post
    Cut them off flush with a cutting wheel on a grinder, wire wheel them, weld them in the right place. They should be plenty tall. That's what I had to do when I fit my Schiada on a trailer for an 18'. Even lowered it on the trailer so the boat didn't sit so high.
    Hey Kevin, Thanks for that tip. I dont know why, I just did not occur to me to do that.

    I got the boat cleaned up a bit.

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    I'm not here for a long time, I'm just here for a good time!
    If your not on the edge.......your taking up too much room......Drive it like you stole it!

    73 KONA Restoration http://www.performanceboats.com//showthread.php?t=10678
    '81 Spectra 20 Facelift http://www.performanceboats.com/user...-facelift.html

    18' Advantage http://www.performanceboats.com/jet-...k-project.html

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    I'm excited to see how you work this boat. I have a matching yellow and blue advantage, closed bow. Have fun with it Hal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke View Post
    I'm excited to see how you work this boat. I have a matching yellow and blue advantage, closed bow. Have fun with it Hal!
    With the awesome job you did on the Kona, boat and thread, I think everyone is looking foward to this thread.

    I hope that isn't too much pressure

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