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Aaronhl
02-18-2019, 07:42 PM
Been on the site for many years, wrote in several threads about this boat but you guys encouraged me to start my own restoration thread so here is goes!! Everyone here has been great answering my questions. I am sure there will be more, so stay tuned in with me guys!!

Bought the Virage from a guy in LI back in 2014, heard the boat has some history and wanted to rebuild it best I could before I got it back on the water. I am already a few years into the restoration and have a couple more. I could list the many things up to now that I would have done differently. I'm trying to balance my time with doing everything correctly without much procrastination if I run into a harder part. I guess in the meantime I can play with my other Stream!!

Since buying the boat at the end of 2014, I have stripped the inside, took the top off, and have been working on the lower half in the garage. It's been in the garage since early 2017. Which up until then it was sitting in the yard while I took all the old wood and foam out. Once I put it in the garage, I was able to concentrate on the epoxy and new wood work. I am hoping to have it out the garage by the middle of this year to put the top back on.

Let me know what you guys think!!

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Aaronhl
02-18-2019, 07:43 PM
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Aaronhl
02-18-2019, 07:44 PM
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Aaronhl
02-18-2019, 07:46 PM
Sorry some of the pictures have the wrong angle

And I will try to dig up the old pictures when I was digging out the old foam and nasty wood.

oldschoolltv
02-18-2019, 07:47 PM
Subscribed, I use to hate the looks of these and now they are growing on me. :)

tnelsmn
02-19-2019, 12:23 AM
Looking good! These things are growing on me as well. Might be the fumes getting to me but I kinda want to do one once I finish my Viking.

LakeFever
02-19-2019, 12:02 PM
Thanks for posting this! I love these resto threads :D

hydrostreamvking4m
02-19-2019, 12:20 PM
Im getting ready to build a stage 3...Please keep the pics comming id like to see all you do with this one...

JrCRXHF
02-19-2019, 12:27 PM
Nice work.

Aaronhl
02-19-2019, 08:07 PM
THanks guys I will keep you updated
Lotta work done and a lotta more work to do

Aaronhl
02-19-2019, 08:15 PM
OK First question for you guys-

Where do I put flotation?

The sponsons will be partially open (the nose will be open about a foot like you can see the center floor is and there will be a transom plug too in each sponson).
The gas tank and battery will take up pretty much all the room in front of the transom.

TwzteD
02-19-2019, 08:48 PM
Cool project, looks good.

rock
02-21-2019, 08:11 AM
Very nice. Gonna be a sharp lookin boat.

Rock

Aaronhl
02-24-2019, 08:54 PM
Ok So here are the pictures when I started the restoration in the back yard in early 2015. I've since bought a better cell phone to take pictures and have a well lit garage to show the progress.


You can see the soggy foam and how much of a mess it was grinding the wood floor from the fiberglass.


Let me know what you think !!

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Aaronhl
02-24-2019, 08:56 PM
More pics

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Aaronhl
02-24-2019, 09:03 PM
OK First question for you guys-

Where do I put flotation?

The sponsons will be partially open (the nose will be open about a foot like you can see the center floor is and there will be a transom plug too in each sponson).
The gas tank and battery will take up pretty much all the room in front of the transom.

So I guess previous posts were accidentally deleted, someone posted a picture and description of the flotation foam in their VKing. On each side of the boat there were long pieces of foam from basically the transom to up past the front seats. That is a good idea I will probably go with when I am ready to put my flotation in. Maybe 1ft x 1ft x 8ft foam boxes I can make myself with two part expanding foam or even sheet foam. I didn't want to put it under the floor again.

Aaronhl
02-24-2019, 09:09 PM
When the boat was sitting in the yard before I could put it in the garage, snow caused some damage to the top deck. You can see in some of the first pictures there are cracks right in front of the driver and passenger seat areas. I have since pulled and pried the fiberglass back into place and then fiberglassed the back holding it together. You can still see where the crack formed because I haven't filled and faired it. I really don't want to re-paint the top deck but with all the cracks, oxidation, and splashwell replacement I think I might have no other choice??

XstreamVking
02-25-2019, 08:21 AM
The boxes on my King stayed dry for 30+yrs. I removed the posts to keep your build thread less cluttered. I figured you had seen them.

Aaronhl
02-25-2019, 01:21 PM
I don't mind the clutter, it might help the next guy doin this
Thanks for your ideas about the flotation!!

RONNIE
02-25-2019, 08:10 PM
Looking good!!

Aaronhl
10-07-2019, 05:48 PM
Hi guys more pictures coming soon !!

Aaronhl
10-26-2019, 08:42 PM
Here is a pre winter update, looking back at the pictures I barely remember doing what I did for parts of the restoration...I've been working on it in the garage for so long now. Well I finally put it back on the trailer and took it out of the garage today. Here is the latest work from spring and summer of 2019. Sorry some of the pictures are upsidedown

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Aaronhl
10-26-2019, 08:50 PM
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10-26-2019, 08:54 PM
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Aaronhl
10-26-2019, 08:59 PM
I haven been running my beat up Valero in the mean time so at least I can have some fun on the water before I finish the Virage

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Aaronhl
10-26-2019, 09:04 PM
I bought the Virage used and beat up so it didn't have Hydrostream seats in it. Good thing my Valero has original Hydrostream seats in it because I want to copy them best as I can to use a set in my Virage. So winter project is to make some seat shells and get the reupholstered. Will put a set in the Virage and the Valero

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Aaronhl
10-26-2019, 09:15 PM
Hope you guys are enjoying the progress. Now that the boat is out of the garage I am going to put the top back on it for the winter with a cover. I had to make some repairs to the top, not all are finished. Getting it ready to install the flat splash-well and top knees in the spring. I will also need to see how well the top fits on the bottom before I take it back off to install the floor mounting strips and wood trim around the top of the bottom of the hull. So I do have a plan and most will be on hold until spring. For now I am going to adjust the trailer.

Also thinking about painting the boat because the gel is really faded. I want to keep the red and black, hopefully I can bring it to a shop that can make it look good. But not sure if I want to get it painted before I rig it up and test drive it a year or so in case more repairs re needed. Easier to prep for paint without everything bolted up...sorry just thinking outloud, hope you guys are enjoying the story

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tnelsmn
10-26-2019, 09:19 PM
Looking great! I dig how epoxy lays down/cures clear. Looks cool.

oldschoolltv
10-26-2019, 09:21 PM
Keep it up, looks great.

Glastron1987
03-29-2020, 11:09 AM
Like your story. Have a picture of the motor you're going to use?

Aaronhl
04-02-2020, 04:59 PM
Like your story. Have a picture of the motor you're going to use?

this is it so far 200 2.5462025

Glastron1987
04-02-2020, 05:47 PM
Looks good without the rust attached:)

Aaronhl
07-13-2020, 08:58 PM
Started on the Virage again over the past month, repaired the cracks to the top on the sides and bow. Kinda like I was doing some dental work because it had a crazy overbite where it cracked, glad I was able to fix it... The top fits ok on the bottom of the hull, a little uneven gap in the front compared to the sides, but that will be filled with epoxy. I plan to epoxy the top to the bottom all around the seam, originally I was going to fiberglass only the transom area together but to make this boat strong I am going to fiberglass the complete inside seem after filling where needed and then epoxy the gaps on the outside, before putting the rub rail on. I will need to screw the seam together in a few places before I fiberglass it shut. I will also be fiberglassing the cabin sides to the floor, this is unlike other Hydrostreams because the sides are not open. I was originally going to fiberglass a piece of wood on the floor on each side of the cabin to screw the sides of the top, but I feel it would be better to just fiberglass it directly to the floor since I will never take the top off this boat again and like I said the transom area will be all one piece anyway.

I am considering putting carpet on the floor..worried the side seams will not look good so might need to put a filler strip over the carpet where it meets the cabin sides. See pictures below...Any ideas on how to lay the carpet?

Have to epoxy the wood trim to the inside seem on the bottom part of the boat to be able to screw the rub rail into it. Good news is I think I can do that without taking the top off again by working on one side at a time, shifting the top to the opposite side while its on the bottom.

Currently working on the flat splashwell and will posted more pictures from the underside as I'm working on it.

I am finally seeing the end of this restoration, of course a few years behind, wish I could put a motor on it and go, but I feel I need to get it painted before I finish rigging everything because of how awful the finish is now

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07-13-2020, 09:12 PM
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Glastron1987
07-14-2020, 07:40 AM
Looking great! For the floor side seam how about getting a small piece of carpet and place it up against the side in place to see how it is going to look?

Aaronhl
07-22-2020, 09:02 AM
Got the flat splashwell in, will be working on filling/fairing and putting more fiberglass over it...

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rgsauger
08-01-2020, 08:57 AM
Your glass work looks great, bud. Brings back a lot of memories of my build. Hard work but pretty awesome when you can stand back and look at what you've done.

Glastron1987
08-01-2020, 03:01 PM
Yeah that will be nice.

Capt.Insane-o
08-01-2020, 11:25 PM
On the splashwell you really need to grind down to glass at least an inch out and bond it in.

Aaronhl
08-02-2020, 09:15 AM
On the splashwell you really need to grind down to glass at least an inch out and bond it in.

Yes that is what I plan on doing. The pictures above were showing setting the new wood in initially. I have a lot of filling and fairing do to to make the splashwell flat, then I will put a later of glass over the whole thing including even several inches of the current red gelcoat. Gonna have to fair after that as well to blend the fiberglass layer in. I am leaving the bottom/underside of the splashwell alone for now (other than a rough filling/fairing to smooth it out) until I am ready to connect the transom knees to the spashwell, which will be fiberglass tabbed in, will also tab in the underside of the spashwell where the new wood pieces connects to the fiberglass. Will keep updating with pictures stay tuned!

Laseraddict
04-25-2021, 04:53 AM
Looking great! It seems like the Valero is much better suited for your boating needs, so just to help you out I'll buy your Virage.. no problem Buddy, just as it sits is fine unless you want to practice a little more glass work, either way is fine.
Boy I would love to find another Virage, almost thought about trying to buy a Hooker bass boat and just getting a Virage deck made-- I gotta find me a Virage again, maybe I'll try to get a new one made some day, or pull off getting that one Arron from Xtreme rebuilt- that one would really be the way to go! Even like 10 years later since it's rebuild now I'm sure it's not cheap (it is for sale again, but probably WAY out of my price range which is why I just gotta find one that's original and needing work to be drivable..
Anyway, your's is looking great, can't wait to see and hear about the rest of the rebuild.

Aaronhl
04-30-2021, 07:40 PM
Looking great! It seems like the Valero is much better suited for your boating needs, so just to help you out I'll buy your Virage.. no problem Buddy, just as it sits is fine unless you want to practice a little more glass work, either way is fine.
Boy I would love to find another Virage, almost thought about trying to buy a Hooker bass boat and just getting a Virage deck made-- I gotta find me a Virage again, maybe I'll try to get a new one made some day, or pull off getting that one Arron from Xtreme rebuilt- that one would really be the way to go! Even like 10 years later since it's rebuild now I'm sure it's not cheap (it is for sale again, but probably WAY out of my price range which is why I just gotta find one that's original and needing work to be drivable..
Anyway, your's is looking great, can't wait to see and hear about the rest of the rebuild.

Thanks for the offer Haha I will have to pass, the point I am at now no money will be worth the effort I have put into the boat. I am slowly making some progress and will keep you guys updated. Will post some pictures of what I've done so far this year when I get a chance