Hello everyone! I'm new to the board and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Rob, I live in Holland, MI, and I am in the early stages of completely rebuilding a 1979 CanAm Carerra 2600. I got this from my parents who had it stored under a deck for the last 15 years. The engine was brand new when they put it away, but I couldn't get it to fire due to the distributor not being operable. The floors, stringers, and transom were completely rotted with the transom being partially saturated with gasoline from what I assume is a leaky gas filler hose (dry rot).
The transom and stringers will be installed over the next two weeks at which point I'll take over the project from my structural guy. I am doing the floors, moving the bulkhead forward to increase the cockpit space, completely redoing the interior, and if the gods are playing nice, I'd like to make this an open bow (very front section). I'm a little concerned about the potential of adding a lot of weight THAT far forward so I'm looking for input on that if anyone here knows hull design. The concern is over how the boat will respond to waves with people sitting that far forward. I know that people could be laying on the bed where the open bow may go, but it isn't likely that as many people would be up there while under way.
The picture below shows how it sits right now. Be nice! I stripped everything off from it and didn't even wash it before the guy came to pick it up for the structural work. I will be completely repainting it over the winter if everything goes perfectly. All new wiring, new outdrive, possibly a new engine (454 may be tempting versus the 350), new paint top and bottom, new trim, new windows, new audio system (trivial, but new none-the-less).
I'm going this route instead of just buying a newer boat because I've never seen another one of these on the Great Lakes and it has a charisma/style all its own. It's extremely light which is why the 350 can push it up to speeds rivaling those of much higher powered boats. It isn't the fastest thing out there, but without the seats in it, we were able to run either just over, or just under 60MPH crossing Muskegon Lake.
Anyway, that's my introduction. I hope this site turns out to be a great resource! I plan to be here often if it does.
Hi STRider. Im guessing you also have a Honda ST bike? Anyway, welcome to the PB Board. I found this site while looking at a Sleekcraft resto, it was a 26 footer still in process of being completed today. I'm a big fan of older glass like your Can-Am. I have a 1989 Sleekcraft with a Bravo1 package.
This can be a great place for advice, tips or just getting your ass handed to you depending on what the soup of the day is.
Post pics of your progress, good luck!
LOL - No Honda for me. I am looking, but no bike just yet.
I have no problem getting my ass handed to me, as long as the hander isn't some punk kid who saw a boat race once on TV and now thinks he's an expert. I'm into moderate off roading in a 74 Bronco and the punks who throw blocks under an old piece of shit YJ or Blazer drive me nuts with their "advice" which is usually recycled from some other website and reported as their own expert analysis.
Thanks for the reply! I hope to have the boat in my driveway after next weekend. At least long enough to evaluate what I'm going to do with it - open bow, expanded cockpit area,,,