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Old 12-01-2015, 07:37 PM   #1
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74 Fales navigator clean up

Finally able to bring the 1974 32ft Fales to a yard for repower an some paint. Decided to sand blast bottom to check for blisters and only found 3 active. Seems that quite a few at least 10 year old patches are still good. I noticed that a prior owner I think that I am the 3rd made a fiberglass extension to the rudder. Next will be bottom coat paint and Perkins repower. I want to thank Larry of Boomarang for loads of information regarding Fales line.

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Old 12-01-2015, 08:09 PM   #2
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Looks like you got a good one . These are cool boats .You went to the right guy for help . Larry is the man and Boomarang is beautiful . Good luck with your project .
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Old 12-01-2015, 11:13 PM   #3
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Rivertrader,
She cleaned up rather well. Sure wish I had that extra 2'. I only need to deal w blisters about every 3 years. Have 50 or so like in the pic. I grind them out (down about 2/32 to 1/8") and but on some heavy epoxy.
So you're repowering w a Perkins? What's the power and displacement? Seen a lot of little Perkeys in Albin 25's. Owners like them.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:12 AM   #4
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John,

Congrats on your new project. It's almost like starting with a blank canvas. With enough time and money, you can turn it into just about anything you want it to be . . . well, within reason

I was fortunate in that the prior owner had accomplished a significant amount of the improvement project. I picked up where he left off by completing the interior and galley, but didn't stop there. I replaced or upgraded the air conditioning, controls, engine room sound proofing, generator, plumbing and electronics. I added a bow thruster and will have a bow pulpit and full railings installed by year end.

I found the hardest part of the project has been knowing where to stop Thankfully I like to USE my boat too, so there is at least some balance in my nautical obsession.

Just as an example, here is a "before" and "after" of Boomarang.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:18 AM   #5
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Very nice Larry!

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Old 12-02-2015, 11:37 AM   #6
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Man...that's a nice looking boat. Balanced, curvy, salty, one of my favorites.
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Old 12-02-2015, 04:05 PM   #7
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Many Boats, It is a 4-108 50hp. Reason for using is it came with the boat. Larry thank you and thanks for your help. Larry HH thank you also, saw it and had to try it. 7mph will take getting use to though. Although I am on the ICW between Charleston and Oriental and there are lots of places to go.

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Old 12-16-2015, 02:02 PM   #8
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Still painting

The bottom is about done and they cut a hole in the rudder to get shaft out. Now waiting for England to send a couple small parts for Perkins.
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Looks good, like a new boat. She'll look good cruising around your waters.
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Old 12-17-2015, 03:38 PM   #10
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Thanks Mike, Probably won't be going real far til I get used to it.

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John,
I kept the cutout of my rudder shaft hole and re-installed it w three carriage bolts and short nuts. Did'nt try to fill the kerf.
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Old 12-17-2015, 09:58 PM   #12
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I kept the cutout of my rudder shaft hole and re-installed it w three carriage bolts and short nuts. Did'nt try to fill the kerf.
Why?
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I decided if there were 17 holes in the rudder a large loss of rudder response would result. A clear indication that fewer holes were better .. so I eliminated my one hole .. kinda sorta.
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I decided if there were 17 holes in the rudder a large loss of rudder response would result. A clear indication that fewer holes were better .. so I eliminated my one hole .. kinda sorta.
Are you having to compensate for the asymmetric drag created?
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Are you having to compensate for the asymmetric drag created?
That would require more holes preferably not in the leading edge/balance part of the rudder.
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:03 PM   #16
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Finally relived of old Perky.
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Old 02-27-2016, 03:21 PM   #17
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Finally

Finally got her out of boat yard and made it 20 miles south in 30mph wind under new power. It took 3+ hrs and went between 4.3 and 8 kts. Engine sounded good when kept under 2300 rpm. Still lots of work to do.

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John, she's looking great. I love the lines of those salty little trawlers.
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Yeah....sweet. Hard to find a more balanced looking vessel to my eye.
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She looks great John . Love the color you chose for the bottom . Sweet ride .
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