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    I am a new MC guy... I have been looking for a 230 vrs as a good family boat to start out with as our young kids are starting to learn water sports. The old boat we've got is great, it's just not a mc. Searching and searching I finally found one (02' with the LTR), of course it had SOME issues. But I was hoping I could make it work for the price. So, last fall I made the purchase and have been working on it ever since. Good thing we still have the old boat to play with! I just can not figure out how someone can own such a wonderful boat and [B]completely[B] destroy it! Motor was junk (oil pump failed as it was a JASPER REMAIN and had a brass pump drive gear). The transmission was puking oil everywhere (ZF 63 IV). That was a nightmare all in itself to rebuild. I think ZF purposely designed this transmission to be not serviceable. Anyway that is now done. The engine compartment was full of "nastyness". All rigging was in terrible shape inside of the sump/engine area. Exhaust boots and flaps are junk, couldn't find the flaps so I've made a set (which I now have available for sale, just PM me if you are interested in purchasing a set). Engine and transmission mounts were totally junk and needed to be rebuild/machined. Upholstery is original and should all be done. BOTTOM paint was on the hull. WOW, that stuff sucks. Finally after 2 months of picking away, that is all off. Now time for gelcoat patching, filling of the air voids (in the hull layup), sanding, sanding, sanding, then buffing. Trailer (Reliable with no parts available)... Bunks: junk, lights and wiring: junk, rollers: junk, brakes: all junk, swing out tongue: frozen, front bow stow guide plates: bent, bow winch safety lock, smashed. Teak swim platform needed rebuilding/restoration along with the aluminum mounts (which all got powder coated along with the pylon supports). It just feels good to vent about this because it feels like the project that never ends. I must be crazy for taking this on. Am I crazy? Not sure when it will be ready for the water, just have to keep making progress.
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  • #2
    There's no accounting for the carelessness of some people

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    • #3
      Yes, you are so right " Some people should NOT own a boat" LOL
      I say that every time I see a boat day after day sitting in a yard uncovered.
      You must of got that 02 Cheap, To bring it home.
      Good luck, ya got lots to do on it.

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      • #4
        They abused and neglected it, and you bought it? It kills me to see a boat neglected like that, but why did you pursue it? Good on you if you can resurrect it.
        Prior boats - (3) X14's, (3) Prostars, and a Tristar.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JohnE View Post
          They abused and neglected it, and you bought it? It kills me to see a boat neglected like that, but why did you pursue it? Good on you if you can resurrect it.
          Hopefully it was next to free!
          Aric


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          • #6
            I thought mine was rough! Wow, my hat is off to you! Your hard work will pay off and you will have a beautiful boat. Keep your chin up!

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            • #7
              Wow, that’s quite a list!

              Was it a saltwater boat?


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              • #8
                Surprisingly no, this just happens after years of neglect and all summers sitting in the water as well as having water in the bilge. These boats are good but not built to handle the water like a commercial vessel which never comes out of the water!

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                • #9
                  Well it has been a while so I should update things here... We finally had a great summer with this boat. After going through the ZF 63IV 2 separate times I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a brand new ZF 68IV and install it along with a new damper plate. Just had too many problems with the old one! What a difference it makes. Now this sucker will PULL! Such a difference between this and our old stern drive boat.
                  Now winter is here and more items to check off the list: rub rail replacement, fix cracked gel coat above the upper hull joint, remove and paint the windshield, removal and update the dash panels, new decals and upholstery desperately needs done. Not sure how much the off-season (and budget) will allow.

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                  • #10
                    Wow, great job!

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                    • #11
                      Looks great. Words cannot describe what is in a restoration of this sort. Good job with diligence and desire. Nice looking machine indeed.

                      3.5 years later...

                      She's a beaut Clark....a keeper.


                      Best part of it right here.

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                      • #12
                        Whatta update! Awesome
                        -Tolman
                        '22 XT23 "Big Kahuna"
                        '06 X30 (Sold)

                        "Sometimes my genius, it's almost frightening" -JC

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                        • #13
                          Great job on the restoration, looks like you and the family are really enjoying it. Priceless

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                          • #14
                            wow, great job so far!

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                            • #15
                              Outstanding! Nice to see the family enjoying all that hard work.

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