Hi All, new glassic owner here on Cape Cod. Long story short is we have a nice recent Chaparral that is a wonderful boat....make that appliance. I wanted something with character and style, but am not at the wood boat stage yet; retired:-) Found this Resorter and giving it a fluff and buff over the Winter as well as some moderate r&m; electrical, hoses, etc. She runs fine and I am looking forward to the project and getting her in the water next Spring.
My first boat project, so i expect to be here looking for advice. Happy Holidays all!
Well may I say welcome aboard, glad you're here and very nice choice!!! Don't know if you know it but there's a Century Boat Club. They're on facebook, if you have an account. I'm a member there as well as here. Post any questions you have and we'll be glad to answer as best we can. There's a lot of smart people on here that can help.
Some progress. I have all of the gauges working, new horns, led bow light (identical in appearance to the original) and replaced the only really soft wood on the boat; the vinyl covered plywood panels on the fore and aft decks. I went for a teak laminate, but kept all of the original panels.
These are pics of the test fits, so not perfect when I took the pics.
Hmmm.... I posted then ran out to dinner, just rechecked.
These were final test fits, so trim isn't perfect and boat is dirty. better now.
Also, the original wiper motors aren't available, and the ones currently available move down a fair amount from park before they reverse their sweep and they must be mounted so they park as I have them. Luckily, they don't really obstruct vision anywhere near as much as you would expect....not that I have much choice.
Well, I think I am just about done...only abut 4 mos late, but we had some illness (parents) and life get in the way, plus finding some rot in the seat frames, tank sleepers, etc,. but thankfully none in the floors or structure.
Plan to splash her over the next two weeks to get some end of season use.
Runs great, fast and a lot of fun. One riser runs hotter than the other....not excessive, but something I will deal with in the off season. Bit fast at idle speed, the long no wake zone and canal will be a slight hallenge, but part of learning an inboard.
Wife took this long distance pic as we navigated the narrow canal home.
So, I am very new to inboards and am still somewhat new to boating, though I have done my homework. . The vast majority of my boating experience is in our Chaparral i/o. I am pretty mechanically experienced with silly old cars and other mechanical time sinks though...
At speed, the Resorter becomes very hard to steer beyond say 1.5-2 turns of the wheel, making for wide sweeping turns. I guess that this is normal as of the rudder's control surface is all behind the shaft so there is no 'balance'; I am steering completely against the propwash. Steering is fine at lower speeds and power settings. I can see this as a benefit in that it keeps you out of trouble...high speed, high power and light steering seems dicey. Do I have this right?
I was warned by a friend to never give full power from a stop w/ full rudder deflection in an inboard...not that I would, but this all seems related to my novice mind.