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New Year Fireworks-- Viking resto started

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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New Year Fireworks-- Viking resto started

Post: # 12403Post silkeysak »

Well, took the plunge today and opened up part of the deck. Some interesting things under there done by previous owners. Lots of CPVC foam that you could wring water out of like a sponge! Wet balsa that had been glassed over, and of course, ROTTEN stringers. I almost s*it thinking I was just out in this thing last week. Anyone that thinks the rubber mallet test tells you anything about the condition of a core is full of-- well, you know. Chipped out enough to find the core areas, and to the bottom of the pad. The extra glass put over the core will make this job extra fun. Got some pics to document what the uninformed restoration artist might do. :oops: I have probably been hauling 50lbs. of water around with me. Can't wait to get it lightened up.
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Post: # 12404Post dehydrated »

wow! im going to check my valero out after i sober up just hoping it looks better than that i would have to start drinking more to ease the itching great start to the new year please keep posting pics
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Subscribed... :snack:

Its amazing hoiw wet these things can get and so many people will be in denial about it. Just ask Sonik. If you seen the boat before he started his resto you would think it was in mint pristine cond with zero rot and then he decided it was time to dig into it and that is all he found was rot. I dont care what you say, If it an original core job, Its wet and rotten no matter what year it is or how clean it looks.

Cants wait to see the progress. :)
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Post: # 12408Post silkeysak »

This thing had water standing in it and running out of everywhere. Don't know how it was holding up. Also looked completely original from 1979, 33yrs old. Glad for the posts on here and S&F that make you uncomfortable about what you're trusting you and your families lives to. I'm planning on some mods to the 225 this winter, and the hull and transom have to be up to it. Debating now on whether to go with straight 1708 matte, composite core, or balsa. The cost of materials doesn't look bad for any of them. After seeing the wet wood, the idea of something that could get soaked without damage sounds good. I only want to do this once!
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Post: # 12409Post RussF »

yup and I was looking at your vids and saying its GREAT ................. :boating:
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Post: # 12410Post silkeysak »

RussF wrote:yup and I was looking at your vids and saying its GREAT ................. :boating:
It's great as long as you "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" lol.
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silkeysak wrote: It's great as long as you "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" lol.
WHAT MAN ......................................WHAT CURTAIN.......................... :o
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Post: # 12412Post 77viper »

I can't say I'm glad to see it rotted under there but I'm glad to see you fixing it. The boat will be safer and lighter next year and for the coming years. As far as materials go whatever you use will be a lot better all the way around than what a factory could do back in the 70's. Keep at it and have fun doing it.
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I know mine will need it been running for 8 years since ive had it 1988 who knows if anything was done before makes me want to drill a couple holes now to take a look before its too late
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Post: # 12415Post RussF »

dehydrated wrote:I know mine will need it been running for 8 years since ive had it 1988 who knows if anything was done before makes me want to drill a couple holes now to take a look before its too late
after seein pic of people's boat here ,I 'd take a peek
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