Not often that I run into a guy that has some old memories of how his 10+ year old “wooden” 26 ft. Seaway used to be. Well, I met this gentleman, Don Pyne, and he had some memories….. and wanted a repower.
We did what we call a “typical” gas-to-diesel repower, but by the time we were done with the basics, Don wanted more, a whole lot more. The boat was then stripped from bow to stern of all glass and paint, windows, electronics etc, etc. .A few months later and we had a beauty as he really made our work look extra good! Yes, this was done in reverse as far as we are concerned, but who am I to argue. Actually it was kind of a “side job” for us anyway.
We sea trialed her last week and she was as quiet and smooth as they get and only reached 87% load while hitting 30K in totally crap conditions – was over 2 MPG at all speeds above 20K, and was he happy!
Some pics to share how she went and a few ideas that may help you with your project.
A few Specs: 26 x 10 Seaway made by Bob Stapp Plywood construction – about 8,500 Lbs loaded for bear Cummins QSB 380 w/ a ZF 220A – 1.5:1 19 x 23 C 4-Blade Nibral Dyna Quad 1 3/8″ shaft