From Ribs where he copied me on the emails between him and Mr Robalo...
Wouldn't think of doing anything less, Sir...and here's yesterday's exchange, which I'd appreciate any networking possibilities to folks on the interweb who know the ups and downs of 2003 EFI Zuki EFI outboards
Date: 11/17/17 10:03 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: "Mike R." <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: 2-N-TOW Robaloholic referral
Mike the single motor will work but it will be as thirsty as hell not to mention NO low end torque and it would be a little white knuckled going out a nasty inlet ( or back in ). So if getting one is a priority I would lean towards the one with twins. Taking off the top 1/2. of the tower is easy the only tec part is removing the cables going to the at the binical in lower station. Pull the 2 pins and the tower folds right into the cockpit for towing. I could flip it up by myself ( always happens when no one around to help you.any way you could keep the top 1/2 in storage and when you sell the boat that is the iceing on top.
Good luck in your quest , and remember we all like BOAT PORN on the site.
Sammy Joe Quattry
4 Generations of Fishermen, 1 ROBALO
Your knowledge was of infinite value as I took a hard look at this single 250 Robalo 2660 today.
Seeing the proportions of this Hull and seeing the single motor on the back it was quick to see how the operating experience would be just as you described.
I would have enjoyed sharing with you some boat porn of my encounter, but I wonder who would have wound up more sad to see what I saw in reviewing this boat up close. Maybe I will close that thought with what I saw was not for the Young in heart and mind! In short, a very unloved and disused and uncared-for rig requiring an extreme renovation. Nevermind the transom was
braced and reinforced, d-u-n.
But I did accomplish one thing, which is being interested in looking at the next 2660 in Shelton Connecticut with the collapsible Tower and twin 200 EFI Suzuki's.
In that I am going to look at that rig a week from this Sunday I have a question for you to ponder and I wonder if there are other folks that could come to my aid in answering this somewhat elementary question. The yard hand that I spoke to about the next 2660 said that the boat has been in the yard unshrink-wrapped for more than 10 years.
I asked him if the interior is a wreck and he said not really but it's a project. I asked him if the motors have always been pickled he said yes and I asked him if he had pumped the fuel tank and he said yes. So now I understand why the motors are 2003 with only about 100 hours on them.
Propulsion having been addressed for the moment in terms of the motors being in a time capsule, my question for you is really about the hulll. What goes wrong with a hull sitting on yard stands for over a decade?
You can see I'm obviously intrigued by the concept of picking up a 1990 Hull that only has about 14 seasons of use. At the same time, I have to think that all of the through hullls need to be rebedd and then there's all the rubber lines in the boat to contend with whether that be fuel or water plumbing, ed anything under the water line needs to be reset and the motors need to come off and go back on the transom, Etc. For the same reasons of fresh sealant. And what about all the water piping and the like in the hulll?
I guess what I'm asking for is some sense for what I might be faced with that I'm not going to be able to figure out through my own inspection camera and flashlight efforts or that a surveyor isn't going to know about because he doesn't know the way a Robalo is constructed.
This aside everything else is cosmetic and is something I can see and touch and assess for myself as to whether I really want to take this boat and get her back afloat. Notwithstanding whatever I'm going to learn about the outboards sitting for over a decade, which is a whole nother universe.
Thanks very much,