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    Vector Resurrection

    I saw this Vector in the neighbors back yard under a large bamboo stand for many years now and finally got him to give it up.
    This was a trade for a old shed I had in my yard.
    I will be posting the progress here and asking lots of question.
    Please feel free to give me advice as this will be my first boat rebuild project.
    Not really interested in the why bother or its not worth it speeches.
    This will be a project for sure not naive to think it will not be.
    Just always loved this boat as it reminds me of my child hood at the Jersey shore and the next store neighbors always trying to beat one with his 150 Merck powered 16' Baja.
    This is the first two hours of digging with a shovel. Going easy as it is all rotten to the core no grinding yet!
    Well jump forward 3 1/2 years
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    It will be a project for sure, but well worth it when done. It looks like it's been outside a long time.

    A lot of guys on here have successfully done what you're starting to do. Plenty of Hydrostream restoration threads on here to help along the way.

    I had a silver Vector "back in the day", before it needed a core and transom. It remains one of the favorite boats that I've owned. A 115 inline Merc, low 70's and an excellent ski boat as well. Lots of fun with that rig. Good luck with the resto.
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    Threads like these are great. Please post pics of your progress! My first Stream was also a Vector (silver and red metalflake). So much fun. It had a Mariner 140 inline-6. A very fun boat.

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    This where I am at after the first day.
    Looks like some one was in here before as there is a glass support down the keel of the boat. No wood here just a glass box down the center.
    The transom looks good also.
    The float box has bin removed from one side.

    Question?

    There are two float boxes in the back corners. the core goes under them and it is rotted for sure. If I remove them do I need to replace them for support of the transom?
    Also are the side float boxes need for support?

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    Well after day one here is where I am at.
    Will start on the rest of the demo today.

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    http://www.screamandfly.com/showthre...restore-thread


    Looks just like mine when a couple months ago but you at least have steering wheels. Check out my resto thread. Im sure we'll be neck and neck all thru the summer .
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    I think its great to see these old boats brought back to opperating condition after years of sitting. Please take and post loooots of pictures as you go

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    Look like a good start.

    Quote Originally Posted by dwilfong View Post

    There are two float boxes in the back corners. the core goes under them and it is rotted for sure. If I remove them do I need to replace them for support of the transom?
    Also are the side float boxes need for support?
    You need to rip 100% of the wood out of that boat, don't stop until the outer glass skin is all that's left. I started with a boat in the exact same condition as you an rebuilT the whole thing. We tried to save parts, but in the end it ALL had to come out.

    Once you get the big pieces out with a hammer/saw/pry-bar go get a 4" angle grinder and the attachment for sanding pads, a bunch of 36 grit pads, a tyvec suit, a respirator, some eye protection, and grind grind grind!

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    awesome progress for the first day, keep up the good work.

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    Can you tell which one of those three or four colors is the original gel?
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.

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    Well I am done for this weekend. all the wood is out but the transom.
    Will do the transom cut out next weekend.
    Have bin using a 4" grinder with thin cut off wheels cuts like a hot knife thew butter.
    Scraped and chiseled with a short flat spade that I sharpened to a knife edge.
    Made quick work of every thing.
    You know it was real nice it being so far gone. Made for a easy demo.
    Next will be the best part GRINDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Not too bad for day and a half of work.
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    looking good. That "tube" down the middle is whats left of a stringer, it used to have wood in it. It will need to come out too

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    I will save the tube for last as it is holding what is left stable for now. also it is my stool when I am grinding.
    I think I will leave the transom intact for now also till I am done grinding the rest of the hull.
    Is there core under the keel tube that needs to be removed?

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    Wow Dave , you have been busy !!!
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    Mine had core under the stringers.
    looking at the pic of the rear of your boat I see that the drain plug is about 1/2" - 1" off the very bottom of the hull. So my guess is that I DOES have balsa under that box stringer thing.


    Run outside with a flatscrewdriver and poke and push it thru the fiberglass just in front of the drain tube and I bet it will go thru the balsa core and stop 1/2" onto the hull.
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