Well figured i would start a thread on my new project. Hopfully this forum doesnt do what hotboat did and ditch all that good info!
To Start i bought this mini boat, the pink says it's a 1985 SPCNS 10'6" boat. Not sure what a SPCNS is maybe sombody can shed some light on that. The boat came with a 25 horse evinrude wacker on the back. The boat needs some work, the dash is seperating from what i guess would be the first bulk head. The back of the boat has had some glass work done on it, looks like the wacker that was on the boat cracked/broke the top of the transom and sombody fixed it... THey did a poor job. The motor runs good, it's electric start and i think i can sell it and get some $$$, nothing close to what i'm going to need i'm sure.
Here's some pics of the boat in it's original condition.
I know the boat looks in good shape in the pics but it really didnt look that good.
Ya, i'm ghetto i got this thing up on blocks right now. First think i noticed when towing it home was that i started to hear and feel the bearings. Pulled them off and of course it's some odd ball hub to the races and bearings are expensive as shit. Then the shaft is not a 1" shaft... i mean it probably once was but it's between .010 and .020 smaller than 1" here and there... basically the shaft junk. Now i'm trying to find a axle but finding one thats 52" long is not easy. Also one of the tires the tread was seperating from the sidewall, the tire was about to blow... luckly i got home.
Next it was time to pull the motor, steering, cables, windshield, bow rails, plates, eye hooks, electrical, battery and gas tank. I also ripped out the carpet and some plywood that was glassed down. (again poor glass work). The result, a boat thats starting to look like it should and for what i'm going for.
I ended up finding a seadoo in my area, got it cheap and i'm hopping it's going to work out for me. The seadoo (which has no motor) is pretty much the same weight as the boat stripped so i think the seadoo pump should push this little boat fine. One concern is that i though the intake would be shorter, it's still about 16" long from the back of the boat which doenst give me alot of room for the engine. I'm thinking i may have to set it back somehow, a idea of cutting the seado area that houses the pump flipping it around and makign the boat look kinda like the southwind dragster poped into my head but that may be out of my skill level, hell i'm probably already out of my skill level. I cut the area out of hte seadoo i needed so i can get ride of the rest of it. Anybody need a front half to a seadoo
you may have do a set back like a place craft the Kiwis are great kooblers I have seen a few boats with jet ski transplants.
They are good with advice http://www.nzjetboating.com/yabbse/index.php they can give you a better way to get it together Cheers Steve
Cool project, 'cept even with the set back I think the engine's going to end up where your seat is.
There's a guy over on the fiberglassic site that took an old outboard and did the same thing. I also saw one done to an aluminum fishing boat. But here's the guys glass boat and a link to a thread over there where they are talking about it. Do a search for the member Franchini and you'll find a bunch of pictures of what it took to do the swap. He lost a ton of room with his, but it's a pretty easy project.
Old Rigger, ya i'm concerned a bit about it. One thing about those guys is they all used inline motors which i dont plan on doing. I want to try to squeeze a V-Twin in there which shouldnt be quiet so long. My glass skills are very basic, and there's going to be a decient amount of work to be done if i want this to turn out like i'm picturing it in my head. I'm pretty sure i'm going to have to set the pump way back and give it a southwind dragster look.