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  • Birthday 12/17/1955

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    1969 ROBALO MARINE 19'

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  1. So happy for you! I took a little over a year to do the R190 and didn’t cut into the floor except the stern and changed it to be like my 1969 R190. Just towed the travel trailer down to Biaha Honda on Monday . It was like a normal fiasco as I trailered the boat down to Nicks in Port St. Lucie with the Durango (190k on it) on Friday and swapped it out for a one owner 2005 GMC Yukon Denali with only 120k that looks well taken care of. All went well on return home ,wife was a lil Leary about the idea of taking a new to us suv . We started off at 8:00 Monday and had No AIR CONDITIONING. It was a long hot trip to PSL and Nick met us at his shop I was ready to hitch up the Durango but he was able to add Freon. I tried but my tool didn’t work before we left but with 2 cans freon and a hour later we were off again. Got here around 6:00 . Looks like my son was able to get into the Key West dialysis clinic so now he can drive the 25 miles when he goes. This vacation is one of many birthdays ,Nicks ,Jackie ,granddaughter Noelle. We have a Charter on Sunday that Nick does every year and am looking forward to it as it will help me find the fish for the following week.I know the feeling of the project coming to a end. This trip will be the real test of the boat and hopefully all my work will be worth it. Only thing I wish I had time to so was to put self adjusting Bennett trim tabs to help the hole shot but might be different with a loaded boat for fishing. Will keep you posted .
  2. A regular hand saw will work. LiL better if you sharpen the tip like a knife so you can rock it back and Ruth as you push it into the foam.. just make it into squares the size of the blade then I use a garden hoe ( sharpened ) after I get the first square out. It just takes time. Most try to chip it out ( been there done t got the T-Shirt) and it makes a mess and a lot of vacuuming..
  3. Wow sounds wonderful , I can imagine how excited you are. I can’t wait to see it . How long does it take to get to Homestead from where the boat is? My son is still waiting to hear back from the kidney coordinator about getting him in somewhere. As of now I’ll have to drive him a 100 miles each way ( were in Biaha Honda) and then I have 5 hours to kill before I pick him up. Still trying to get him in the Key west facility only 30 min away ). Ive been working away getting the boat ready to take down to Nicks ( he’s trailering the boat down for us and swap out vehicles ) My restoration wasn’t al elaborate as yours and seems like it’s taken me forever but she’s almost ready. Bought another prop but she still doesn’t come out of the hole as fast as I like but will see soon how she does fully loaded. i cant wait until you get the hull painted as I’m sure I’m going to repaint the hull sides next winter the total boat paint just doesn’t seem as durable as it should be. Oh well I have to get off the cyber docks here and organize all the fishing tackle were are going to take..
  4. What about making some wedges out of starboard. They look like they might match the light casting material ? Where are you planning using her mostly ?
  5. The pipe work looks SICK ? So fresh ,beefy and sexy in a way. I made a forward shade cover from the console to the bow using bow rail mounted rod holders for our trip to the Keys at the end of the month. Its not a thing of beauty but I need the shade for my son who’s on Dialysis and with his meds he can’t be in the sun. However food for thought make some provisions for a couple 0* rod holders so you can stick polls in to hold the front canvas. I made a stern mount one years ago on a 38” I captained and it slipped into the hard top channel and 2 rods at the back. It was great always had it up at the dock and some when fishing offshore. SCUPPERS. Errrrr I put the 1” hole ping pong ones back in the deck where they were before the restoration thinking that’s done. Well the extra weight of the 4 stroke and my weight they were under water most the time and sucked. So I tool them out plugged the holes and troughs up and put 2” ping pong ball ones at floor level which raised them 1 1/2 “ higher so I will water test them when my new prop comes in this week. Live well will be a 35 gal ( or my 10 gal inshore ) deck mount .I have a custom transom mounted high speed pickup with 1100gph rule pump. I know the weight isn’t going to help bu it is the only way these older boats can do it. The biggest thing about floor model live wells must be rinsed of all soap and other things we clean the boats with so use only biodegradable boat soap and flush out tank good on your way to get bait. I can’t wait to see how the paint comes out!
  6. MACERATOR PUMPS have ALWAYS been a problematic once when we first put them in our boats.we sent out 4-5 to every boat we built that had one. They are not worth the hassles. Personally I would put screens over the drains and just pick up the mess verses having to keep replacing them. Just my 2 cents worth.
  7. I don’t know how much room you have in the bilge but you could plum all the floor boxs to go directly into a collection box and use a through hull bilge pump with a screen on it ( like bass boats have for there live wells) to pump overboard . Even put a automatic switch and a screw-in inspection plate on top to allow access to remove any large pieces of debris / scales that make there way out of floor boxs. We used in line macerator pump and totally didn’t work I sent out more replacement pumps on warranty than boats with them. just some food for thought.?
  8. I agree on the scuppers . We built a R2520 with a full tower and Armstrong bracket for the Miami show and sold it to a captain who was going to charter out of Mexico. He loved the bracket but feared what would happen if he took a Big Wave over the bow with only 2 2’ scuppers. I told him to buy a pair of large rectangular ones and put them 4-6” above the stock ones just for water relief if it were to happen. He wrote me back and said they did work ,they got in a bad storm and took 3 big waves over the bow and the water went out the back quickly and the stock took over once water was below the rectangular ones. Just some food for thought.
  9. Definitely sitting right. The extra flotation in bracket really help. Can't wait to see hardtop on. Is there going to be a Sight tower on top ( D frame )? Im really curious in how the paint is going to come out, the admiral even said if it is as good as the pic looked nows the time to change. Told her I will wait because too close to us heading down to the Keys in late June for 2 weeks with the camper. My oldest will be bringing the boat down for us and coming back down to bring it back to his house for me . He will be there for 5 days and has a charter while we’re there . ( He does it every year ) and my younger son and my granddaughters will be there for a week ( he has his Dialysis days already booked in Key West ) so it will be fun for everyone I hope. Anyway I look forward to seeing your post .
  10. “ FOLLOW ROBALO “. Was the catch phrase of U S Marine .so it would be in there cataloged starting in 1993. Look through the catalogues to see if you recognize him in them.
  11. o Hacks On removing the gunnel.The rubber is easy to deal with. When removing it mark the middle of rope and rubber with blue masking tape to help in the reinstall. I’d just re-attached it after it has been in the sun all day to make easy to pull. You can use masking tape to make a strait line above the rubber placement along the gunnel. While it is off you can caulk or use filler to fill in all the holes along the gunnel to make it waterproof. I would also ( with help of a fishing buddy) drill new mounting holes and then shoot the screw in aligning it up to the blue tape. On replacing the rope there are a couple tricks. Use a rag around a dowel and apply Vaseline along the rubber edges . You can stretch the rope out starting starting with putting the center in first then using a rubber mallet covered with a couple socks (won’t leave black marks on the rope you just bleached and used fabric softener overnight) You need someone pulling on it while you are pounding in. I make a common whipping knot on both ends. This way I can pull it until the end. I Have a 1” S/S piece bow rail with a 90*cut on the end that goes in between the rubber and you pull it around the boat while someone feeds it into the pipe. ( a lil more Vaseline will help) lil awkward at first but it gets easier as you go along. I have had to tie the whipping knot end to a reattach strap to pull the rope if needed ( that’s why I tie that knot after it’s inside the pipe or with mallet method. JUST SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
  12. I used a lot of them in my restoration but still put on shrink tubing over them as a lot of them really melted. I used different methods to shrink them and a lighter worked better than a heat gun. The lighter I was more able to direct the heat versus the gun doing too large of a area. I found they definitely make a better wire to wire connection but the jacket melts too much so that’s why I use the extra shrink tubing even if it’s only for self satisfaction.lol just my 2 cents worth.
  13. Food for thought , Back then the R2320 and the R2520 were called R236 and R256 . They have always been the same hulls and most changes over the years were the console, liner and fuel capacity.
  14. Welcome to the forum . As old as your boat is sometimes it’s hard to understand but previous owners have made a lot of modifications over the years since when we built it . Back then ROBALOS were built different from most other production boats. However I’ve seen this before and there were new transducers out there and they were through hulls but with the totally foam filled and with the tubs installed they were able to instal them . And how do I know I had one in mine but it has been removed for 45 years now. Crawl under there and see if they are still there or have they been removed. If they haven’t keep checking to see if there leaking if they are you might need to remove them and patch the holes. If you haven’t done fiberglass repairs you might want to have someone who knows how as if it’s not done right id could do a lot of damage. Not trying to scare you but it is in a very vulnerable area. So check it out and get back . As for the other area who knows could have been used to hide things like lobster lol
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