I think most folks will agree that this summer didn’t start off quite the way we wanted it to…a bit of rain (lots of rain), to the point that we couldn’t remember a day when it didn’t at least sprinkle on us. The past 10 days or so have been quintessential Moosehead days of sun, a few clouds, a little breeze and consistent temperatures…perfection!
My father decided to take on a rather intense project over the past winter into the summer. A small, repairable seam tear on the sunpad of his 1999 Formula 312 FasTech turned into a semi-complete overhaul of the entire boat. We began by removing the entire upholstered cockpit of the boat, removing the sunpad structure and removing the engines. Discovering a faulty fuel tank, we removed the center floor panels and the 128 gallon fuel tank. True to Formula fashion, they not only reproduced the exact matching seat skins for every upholstered piece in the cockpit, but were able to come up with the original design and manufacturer of the fuel tank. We changed out all of the bellows on the transom, installed new engine couplers, starters, solenoids and seawater pumps. A new Fusion stereo was installed, along with new blowers, bilge pumps and auto switches.
Within the past week, we’ve installed the fuel tank and tank straps, installed all new closed-cell foam around the tank and floor panels, the entire cockpit interior and sunpad (the engines went back in last spring), and we are just now waiting for the last major upgrade…we’re exchanging the Bravo 1 lower units for Bravo 3 lower units! The Bravo 3 will allow for twin-prop operation on each drive, giving the 8,100lb dry boat a huge boost in holeshot, planing time and a few more clicks on the top end. Most performance boats don’t get the twin-prop treatment, but we’ve owned Formula F-series boats with twin-prop drives on them before and we can’t believe they don’t offer it as an option! Needless to say, Dad is getting pretty excited and hopefully he’ll be trying it out this weekend! If you see him, give him a wave and check out the boat, it’s flawless.
With this project behind us, it’s becoming more and more prevalent for folks to think about refitting their older vessels, giving them a second life and making more memories for years to come. We did a small refit on a 1996 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer over the winter with new striping, full tune ups on both engines, new dash panels, new Garmin touchscreen navigation, transom lighting, Fusion audio w/ LED speakers and all new canvas. As of right now, we have a 1985 Sea Ray 270 coming in for an entire cockpit interior, complete brightwork restoration and some electrical updates this winter. Are you thinking about some restoration or refit work? Stop by and grab our attention, we’ll be glad to chat with you about your project!