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How to make your Carver go faster!

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How to make your Carver go faster!

Postby hardchines » July 14th, 2017, 9:49 pm

I have written a couple of posts on my conversion of a 26 Carver Santa Cruz with a V8 fully capable of getting on and maintaining a clean plane over to a baby long range cruiser capable of a cruise speed of 6.1 MPH! One of the projects I did not get to over the last 2 plus years of rebuilding this yacht was the removal of 37 years of bottom paint and adding one thin coat of new paint in its place. Two months ago I decided it was time to do this most disagreeable job I also wanted to replace all 64 rollers on my boat trailer as well as replacing the entire brake system plus a conversion to disc brakes.

After a incredible amount of work scrapping the bottom of the boat by hand with a 2.5 inch scrapper, I would vacuum up the old paint off my driveway with a shop vac., I could not believe how heavy the vacuum had become, I opened it up the first time to find it filled to the top, I repeated the filling and emptying 3 more times before the boat was cleaned off, I captured 128 lbs of old paint it is unknown how much paint I lost as I worked in front of a commercial floor fan blowing on me through out the scrapping process !!

I repainted the bottom of the boat and did all trailer work, the boat was actually capable of being winched 2 feet on the trailer with the new rollers, very happy as it would not move a inch before the rollers were changed! I now wonder if the removal of the very rough thick paint from the bottom will have any effect on my cruise speed, who knows maybe I can get her up to 6.2 MPH!
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Re: How to make your Carver go faster!

Postby Viper » July 15th, 2017, 8:37 am

Sweet :down:
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Re: How to make your Carver go faster!

Postby km1125 » July 16th, 2017, 9:08 am

The downside is that you removed all that weight below the CG, so your boat will now be more 'tippy'!!!



I know that's a lot of work. Several years ago I also chipped off all the old paint and repainted!!
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Re: How to make your Carver go faster!

Postby mjk1040 » July 16th, 2017, 3:53 pm

A job well done, hope the rewards are abound! Viper has used my sayin! SWEEET!
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Re: How to make your Carver go faster!

Postby tomschauer » July 17th, 2017, 2:43 pm

Maybe you should install a safety ignition cutoff lanyard incase you lose control at that speed!

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