The guy I bought the prop from is my boat mechanic. I think the prop is fine, it has great bite in the chop with the 4 blades. and I picked up about 3-4 knots with it, compared to the aluminum 3 blade prop I had on there before.
Now, here is some of my thoughts on my full restoration over this winter. My boat guy is also a fiberglass guy and is fully capable of doing the resto with me as a laborer, lol. So, my thoughts were that his engine, a 225 Johnson Oceanrunner, has a bad cylinder. I was planning to give him my engine, in exchange for his time and labor. The question I have for the repower of my boat, as I said, a 1978 23' CC, is which engine do I buy? my local Evinrude yard says a new Gen 2 etec, at an approx cost of 21,000+$. Thats alot of money. I priced 4 strokes online and can pick up a 2016 leftover 225 yammie or Suzuki for less than $9,000, plus rigging extra. Maybe a Honda 225 for about the same price. probably a total of 12-13,000 with rigging and gauges etc.
the question is these 4 strokes weigh about 580 lbs. My ficht weighs about 500 and so does the Gen2 etec. I do have a support attached to the transom which provides additional support. My 2 batteries on on the starboard side stern box and i am thinking to move them under the console and that will free up about 40-50 lbs of weight to allow me to install a 4 stroke. I would also install trim tabs, although the evinrude yard says the Gen2 sits back away from the transom a bit and to see how it runs before tabs (if I went with the Gen2). Frankly, I can't see spending that kind of money when I can get a 4 stroke for half the cost.
That is point 1. Point 2, is i need to replace the wood floor, and I saw this composite material being installed on a Mako. I was thinking forget using wood to replace the floor and to go with a composite floor, for two reasons, one less weight and two, no rot later. I would replace the 2 chairs with a leaning post.
Point 3-the fuel tank, I would replace it with a poly tank. probably try for at least 80 gallon tank. I am unsure of the current size of my tank, but it is probably 80 gallons.
Point 4, the transom gets replaced, the hull and topsides gelcoated. the wood trim is basically finished already.
Can you give me some input on the engine choices, and the flooring. Since I can't post pics anymore, at least not yet, if you pm me your cell phone, I can take a pic of the transom bracket for you. and any recommendations on a poly tank company I can use.
Oh, one last thing, I need to replace the windshield. I contacted a company before but could not get a windshield for a 1978 23' CC. so any input on that would be great. Thanks very much
ps if there is a restore thread for a 1978 23' CC, please let me know.