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    Wrap or paint? looks amazing
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    That is SO old school cool! What top end speed did you end up at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 282 View Post
    Wrap or paint? looks amazing
    it is a wrap
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCT View Post
    That is SO old school cool! What top end speed did you end up at?

    i got up to 63 mph, my buddy had it up to 68 once he got the center motor running issue figured out and raised the motors 2 holes
    Aaron
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    Impressive project- I have a question maybe you or someone else can answer- about the swim platform, transom bracket, I see many of the i/o to twin outboard conversion use a swim platform, giving a long setback…why are these swim platforms used instead of two traditional hydraulic jack plates?

    Quote Originally Posted by aswaff400 View Post
    A few months back I drove up to Maryland, picked up a 1989 Fountain 12-Meter. She already had the motors and drives removed and was in the condition i was looking for. Stringers, bulkheads, transom, and deck are rock solid, hull has normal wear and tear but overall clean for her age. My plan is to gut the wiring, carpet, upholstery, remove the engine compartment bulkhead, extend the deck back to the transom, fill in the holes from the I/O's, hang a bracket and triple Verados. Cockpit will be left open with a bench seat across the transom, in floor storage where the engines used to sit, keeping the double bolster seat at the helm, planning on a aluminum tubular radar arch with bimini top. Dash will be all digital with 2 12 inch Simrads and Smartcraft, Bocatech switch panel. All carpet in the cabin will be removed and surfaces will be painted or gelcoated, a marine A/c system will be installed, and a self contained head.































    cut the rear bulkead out, wood was dry as it can be, cant ask for any better








    couple pics from my buddy doing the transom. knees and filler pieces are made from coosa, 2x4 glassed across the top of transom is some kind of hardwood.













    Bracket permanently mounted, motors hung, and trim tabs installed.









    Storage boxes glassed and gelcoated, deck bonded to stringers and glassed to the hull, and gelcoated the bilge and cabin. Began glassing the transom and gunnels. I used 3/4 marine ply for the deck and boxes, pre-soaked with resin, glassed the bottom side. Not pictured is a shelf glassed between the stringers for the batteries to sit on.














    Got the gunnels primed and a couple coats of paint on, made boxes to cover the fuel/vent hoses. Started rigging the motors, and making harnesses for pumps/lights/trim tabs. Have battery cables ran, switches installed, power steering pump mounted, bilge pumps mounted, have the command modules and harnesses and key switches installed, dash panel is currently being made, hoping to have the boat in the water within 4 weeks












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    Simply put, the sealed swim platform adds some flotation to assist supporting the added weight hanging off the stern. Also less turbulence at the lower units aide in getting on plane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonicss33 View Post
    Simply put, the sealed swim platform adds some flotation to assist supporting the added weight hanging off the stern. Also less turbulence at the lower units aide in getting on plane.
    Wouldn't individual jackplates do the same thing except for adding buoyancy? Although seems like the i/o conversions Ive seen have an extreme setback of roughly 2 feet and your typical jackplate is a foot, does the i/o conversions need that extreem of a setback to get the lower units in good water? Would it also have anything to do with making sure the engines are at the same exact height as I havent seen swim platforms with hydrualic jackplates on them


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    I can’t definitively answer your question, my experience is from long ago when I put that platform on my triple engine Sonic and it replaced the old style “pipe” Gil brackets.
    Last edited by sonicss33; 11-15-2022 at 06:54 PM.

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    I can’t definitively answer your question, my experience is from long ago when I put that platform on my triple engine Sonic and it replaced the old style “pipe” Gil brackets.

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    The added flotation of a full bracket/platform is a big part (huge impact at rest/anchor) but I really like the side to side rigidity added also.

    Ive restored two Sonic OBs w/twin Gil tube brackets and both transoms were seriously bowed out/aft due to those.
    Honestly, most cones from poor/no engineering of changing an IO hull to OB.

    The difference in internal loading (lack of design change) is huge!
    This is particularly true on the 24’ Sonic OBs.
    I'd rather be competitive w/junk I built in my garage than win w/stuff I bought.


    I refuse to allow common sense to interfere w/my boat buying decisions.


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    besides the added flotation, one of the main reasons for so much more setback is to be able to trim the motors fully up without the cowling hitting the transom, most outboards need 23 inches of setback to clear the transom. as far as the swim platform goes, you have to look at location, we live in florida, we can swim/dive almost year round, the swim platform is a necessity for us.

    the boat is currently back on the market, my friend Kris who owns the boat now has already purchased another boat and must sell
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/838698120894553/


    if anyone is interested here is a link to the boat that replaced this one. i partnered with one of my clients on a new Fountain 38TE with triple 400's, its quite the thread with many upgrades posted. a year after we picked the boat up i fully de-rigged the triple 400's and re-rigged with quad 400's. https://www.thehulltruth.com/boating...ure-heavy.html
    Last edited by aswaff400; 11-27-2022 at 06:25 PM.
    Aaron
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