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New Boat Owner 30 Sep 2020 00:53 #107831

Yes, Joe it was good to chat with you. Hope all the pics you took help with your build.

Larry
1952 Deluxe Runabout 1956 Johnson 30hp 1959 Deluxe Clipper 1973 Merc 500 50hp

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New Boat Owner 30 Sep 2020 00:50 #107830

I came to Arrowhead Thursday. Larry, The Art Doctor I think?, showed me your boats and answered a bunch of questions. It was great! I have disassembled my trailer and I am going to get the parts sandblasted. I have bearings and bushings for the trailer ordered. I'm aiming to be on the water by spring. I suppose I should start a restoration thread, -Joe

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New Boat Owner 21 Sep 2020 00:52 #107728

If you go to Arrowhead you will probably see Tohatsu and Suzuki on a few Vagabonds there. I have a 2015 Suzuki DF25ARS on my 1955 Deluxe Runabout, and I've been happy with it. When I bought mine, they offered it with or without Power Tilt/Trim. I got mine without, which saves about 20# weight. I believe Suzuki now offers only the PTT version in the U.S.. And as you've seen, they only offer the 30HP in a long shaft version, which is unfortunate.

I bought my motor at www.onlineoutboards.com , located in TN. Was happy dealing with them. I also surface-mounted a digital display on the dash of my DR to display speed, RPM, fuel used/remaining, and MPG. Nice to have.

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New Boat Owner 21 Sep 2020 00:18 #107727

So far, I have researched Tohatsu 30HP, Suzuki 25HP, and Yamaha 25HP. These have 15" shaft. The cost appears about the same for each, the Tohatsu and Suzuki have 3 cylinders, which I like. The Tohatsu weighs more but has more power. I have a Suzuki motorcycle, and it has an awesome engine. I would like some recommendations.

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New Boat Owner 20 Sep 2020 01:31 #107717

That year 35 had overheating issues, I would bet that’s what locked that one up.
Do you have an engine in mind?
Proud Owner of 1956 Vagabond, 1950 Flyer, 1956 Rocket, Co-owner 1952 Flash

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New Boat Owner 19 Sep 2020 21:58 #107708

Joe welcome!! I'd come in the afternoon that way we would have time to talk and show off the boats. Everyone always is getting stuff together to leave in the morning. Looks like you have a great boat.

Good luck have fun
Mid 50's to early 60's classic Mercury outboard restorations
1958 Hawk II, 1959 Mark 78A Super Marathon Six

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New Boat Owner 19 Sep 2020 21:23 #107707

Thank you for the welcoming response! My boat came with a seized motor, and I am not inclined to work on it. It is a Johnson Model 35EL77C, I think it is a 1977 35HP. I'll trade it for something, maybe one of those Feathercraft pennants for my boat.

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New Boat Owner 19 Sep 2020 20:11 #107702

Congratulations! we have a pretty good crew around Kingston, Oak Ridge, Knoxville, Maryville area, welcome!
Proud Owner of 1956 Vagabond, 1950 Flyer, 1956 Rocket, Co-owner 1952 Flash

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New Boat Owner 19 Sep 2020 18:55 #107695

Congrats on your new boat. FYI the typical daily routine at Arrowhead is for a group of boats to leave around 10 AM for a cruise somewhere on the lake. Typical return time might be around 3 PM, depending on where they go. So if you want to see and talk boats, it would be prudent to arrive around 8:30-9 AM - before everyone leaves - or arrive in the afternoon. In between you're likely to find a lot of empty slips and a few losers hanging around the place chatting up the staff. (This loser isn't even going to be there next week.)

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New Boat Owner 19 Sep 2020 17:07 #107694

Congratulations and good luck. I look forward to meeting you at Arrowhead.
Also, if its not too much to ask, please tell us when you begin looking for your next FC. ;)
We all know that it's just a matter of time. :)
"friends to the end."- Russ Cleaton

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