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My Varmint build

Restoring your Hydrostream or just giving it a small makeover? What better place than to show off your project. Big or small.
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My Varmint build

Post by gregpro50 » May 18, 2010 8:59 pm

I bought this boat as a shell out of someone's back yard over a year ago. It looked like crap and had a clearcoat job that was faded and falling off it. I found a trailer for it and stripped it down to the bare shell. I've been picking away at it but I entered a bass tournament at the end of July so now I have to get moving on this thing.

So far I've found a trailer for it and removed the old clearcoat. The gelcoat was faded but there were no stress cracks or anything in it so I just re-cleared it.

I've got a 200hp Merc with a CLE lower for it and a rapid jack with a 6" setback. The steering is going to be a dual cable setup with the original Hydrostream steering wheel.

Now I just have to get carpet for it and figure out how I am going to do the interior.

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After the clear coat. I put on 3 coats. Now I just have to buff it out. Looks like a new boat again.

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Hung the mota with the sleeper stickers today and got the emblems back on.

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Re: My Varmint build

Post by 77viper » May 18, 2010 9:08 pm

That looks great. I love those colors.

The thought of one of those hulls has crossed my mind once I sell my bass boat. It would be nice to have a fast fishing boat.

I'm assuming you checked the core since you're into it that far, I would hate to see someone go through all that work twice.
But again great work!
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Re: My Varmint build

Post by gregpro50 » May 18, 2010 9:13 pm

I checked it out. I had to replace a 2x2 section of the floor where the batteries had leaked in the past. I drilled into the stringers, transom, and core and amazingly it was all fresh wood. I figure if it was going to rot then towards the stern would be where it would start.

I just got done doing the core and stringers on my '76 Vector and the construction on that thing was horrible. The construction on this is different and seems to be much better. This one is an '83.

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Re: My Varmint build

Post by 77viper » May 18, 2010 9:51 pm

Good to hear, lets see the vector. I think my next stream might be a vector.
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Re: My Varmint build

Post by frogII » May 19, 2010 8:20 am

[quote="77viper"]That looks great. I love those colors.

The thought of one of those hulls has crossed my mind once I sell my bass boat. It would be nice to have a fast fishing boat.

I know where there is one :mrgreen:
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Re: My Varmint build

Post by Hippie459MN » May 19, 2010 8:28 am

That thing looks great. I always did like the blue and black flake. Can't wait to see it all done.

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Re: My Varmint build

Post by gregpro50 » May 19, 2010 8:30 am

This is my Vector.

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Re: My Varmint build

Post by frogII » May 19, 2010 8:34 am

I like the color on both of them :up: :up:
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Re: My Varmint build

Post by Hippie459MN » May 19, 2010 8:35 am

I almost bought that vector but you beat me to it by 2 days. I have a few pictures of it on my computer I had got from the previous owner. I really wanted too. LOL

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Re: My Varmint build

Post by gregpro50 » May 20, 2010 4:24 pm

Steering and controls mounted. I went with a dual cable ride guide setup. I had to bring both cables out on the starboard side. I had a dual cable teleflex setup but the steering wheel mount was different and I really wanted to use the original wheel. I have to cut a hole for the tachometer. There isn't much room to mount a hotfoot either. I still have to sand and clear the hatches before I install them.

I'm still waiting on my carpet kit. This thing is going to look awesome with carpet.

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