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    My buddy has been trying to sell me his boat for a few years now. He's owned it for 15 years always stored inside. 70hrs on new engine. Supposed to go low 80's. Way faster than my shit box ever went. He's lived in Iowa for 6 years and the boats been sitting for 10. He got it running last weekend, lights on trailer fixed today. I have to work today so will probably go get it Friday. I will get to a meet soon to introduce myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 65BEAVER View Post
    My buddy has been trying to sell me his boat for a few years now. He's owned it for 15 years always stored inside. 70hrs on new engine. Supposed to go low 80's. Way faster than my shit box ever went. He's lived in Iowa for 6 years and the boats been sitting for 10. He got it running last weekend, lights on trailer fixed today. I have to work today so will probably go get it Friday. I will get to a meet soon to introduce myself.
    Sweet, what year and model? And take it to a good glass shop and have them check the core in the hull for rot, 88-90 you may be okay. Anything older it's not a matter if the core is bad, but how bad it is.
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    Its a 88 Vegas XT. 20' long. 89 or 90 engine that was built/dynoed. 30 more HP than stock and 1,000 more rpm. It looks exactly like the guy on this forum that's a photographer. Its in his signature at bottom of all his post. My buddy is coming by Sunday to wheel it out. There's a bunch of us going to silver lake sand dunes next weekend. I'm taking the boat and a few 500cc dirt bikes with paddles. Should be fun.
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    Don't ignore HST4ME's advice about the core.


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    Sweet, what year and model? And take it to a good glass shop and have them check the core in the hull for rot, 88-90 you may be okay. Anything older it's not a matter if the core is bad, but how bad it is.
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    Default thanks for the advice

    I called him, its a 89 with 90 engine. He's owned since 93 always stored indoors. Are you talking about rotten/floors and stringers? Thanks again
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    Hydrostreams were hauled in open car carriers to the dealerships, and many were left outside at the dealerships uncovered.

    They were built with a layer of balsa core that wasn't always encapsulated due to poor workmanship at the factory, and rots after getting wet.
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    I'm back from Iowa with the boat. We are rubbing it out tomorrow and I'll get some pics up. It might take a few days. I don't get my laptop back for a few days and I'm not smart enough to figure out how to do it on my phone. The boat seems much nicer than I was expecting.
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    Congrats !! I love those boats.
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    Gotta tell you that most Hydro's require a whole lot of work that will often need stringers , core , transom , and floors , and if i can be of any assistance feel free to ask because on the average over the last 10 years i have been doing 2 to 3 , a year .
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    Speak of the devil... I actually had my boat on Silver Lake this past weekend. WAY too much boat traffic for a lake of that size! Took my 12-year old 225,000-mile Ford Escape on the dunes for some off-road action after the long tow trip. I tow the boat 80 mph at 3800 RPM with the A/C running for most of the trip. This vehicle doesn't owe me a dime.

    Post some photos... Does your Vegas have a white base? Or silver flake base like mine?
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    Okay so far we got it wheeled out and waxed. I got the interior scrubbed pretty good. My buddy just got here from home depot with a machine to clean the carpet. I had one steering cable that wouldn't move. I took it out the other day tied it up in my shop with a funnel taped to it full of trans fluid. I don't think my afro engineering trick is working so I'll order cable tomorrow and will have Friday. The boat is black 3 colors of gray red and black. My laptop is down in Virginia with my bike getting dynoed. I won't have laptop back till Friday. I can text someone pics to put on forum. My # is 248-444-8819. The plan is get it to whitmore lake Friday. It hasn't been in water in ten years. Don't think we're going to silver lake till I take it out locally a bit. I've never been into outboards but now that this bitch is wheeled out its giving me wood!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 65BEAVER View Post
    Okay so far we got it wheeled out and waxed. I got the interior scrubbed pretty good. My buddy just got here from home depot with a machine to clean the carpet. I had one steering cable that wouldn't move. I took it out the other day tied it up in my shop with a funnel taped to it full of trans fluid. I don't think my afro engineering trick is working so I'll order cable tomorrow and will have Friday. The boat is black 3 colors of gray red and black. My laptop is down in Virginia with my bike getting dynoed. I won't have laptop back till Friday. I can text someone pics to put on forum. My # is 248-444-8819. The plan is get it to whitmore lake Friday. It hasn't been in water in ten years. Don't think we're going to silver lake till I take it out locally a bit. I've never been into outboards but now that this bitch is wheeled out its giving me wood!!
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