Southwind cruiser project

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« on: August 27, 2018, 06:28:28 AM »
Well I guess you could say I'm back, that is if anyone still uses the forum. I know there's a Facebook group now but it just don't feel right to me so I'm just gonna post here. Been out of the boat thing for a while now and the kids are getting old enough that I feel comfortable getting back into it. And it didnt help that I've been taunted by my bud Jordan for the last few years so I decided to get another one a few months ago and have been on the look out. Wasn't really looking for anything too particular other than something around 20 foot and a cruiser and I've been driving by this particular boat for probably the better part of 3 years now and on my way home from a side job on Saturday morning there was someone out cleaning the yard where this boat was so I started talking to him and he put me in contact with the owner and a few hours later i dragged it home. Didn't get the title for the boat or the trailer but after talking to a friend of mine who works for the sheriff's department he checked the numbers for me and everything came back clean so I wasn't too worried about it especially for what I paid for it.

So as of right now I can only tell you that it's a Southwind Cruiser, about 20.5 foot by the tape measure and the hull is in really good shape for what it is. It's a quarter Stringer, the floors soid, the 460 is locked up, all the cylinders look good except for number 4. That's a bastard that's got all the crap in it so I tried letting it soak for 2 days with diesel in the cylinders but it didn't free up so I decided to actually pull the motor and go through and clean it up the right way. Start breaking it down last night and I was amazed at how clean the heads were and the intake galley so I'm hoping to get away with just a decent little hone and fresh set of rings. It's got a Berkeley Jet and it's been worked on. Didn't climb underneath to look up the intake grate because all the damn spiders, but looking through the diverter the veins on the bowl have been sharpened and the diverter has a insert so someone spent some money on this thing at one time.  So hopefully I can get this thing on the water in the next few months, I'm in no big hurry and not trying to blow a bunch of money, wife was a little mad when she came home and saw a boat in front of the house. It's not the first time I've done it to her and it's not like she's going to kick me out a few days before I get my paycheck anyways so I know I'm safe until Thursday. But it cleaned up pretty nice with just a water and rag rub down, interior is just about shot but a couple of towels will get it done for a while. Just needs some tlc.

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2018, 07:00:09 AM »
Congrats! And welcome back!! There are several of us on here that don't do the whole Facebook thing. Good lookin boat

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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2018, 10:29:50 AM »
Did this happen to be in Moval off of ironwood ? Ive been eyeing it for a while. Congrats hope to see it on the water soon.


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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2018, 12:12:38 PM »
Did this happen to be in Moval off of ironwood ? Ive been eyeing it for a while. Congrats hope to see it on the water soon.


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Yup, I live about 2 miles down ironwood from it. Drove by it every day hoping to see someone out there

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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2018, 11:22:07 PM »
Looks like a very doable project. Its a sickness

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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2018, 02:24:43 PM »
Welcome back.  As long as the hull is solid, it should be a good platform to build on. I dig the colors. And itís got a bimini. So come Thursday, youíll have some shelter.


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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2018, 10:38:34 AM »
Iím glad I could help coerce you back into a boat!! Itís definitely a score.


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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2018, 11:50:01 AM »
Nice save

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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2018, 10:06:44 PM »
Got the heads pulled off tonight and found the bastards. A little bit of careful scrubbing in 7 and 8 with the side of a wood chizzle and a quick scrub with some 400 grit and the rust was gone. Was able to spin the motor over, and didnt see any scoring or pitting. So I wiped down the cylinders with some atf and poured a little extra in each hole and let it soak while me and my daughter went to get dinner. When we got back I was able to spin the motor over by hand and used my drill to prime it stopping every few rotations to wipe the cylinders clean and coat again with atf. Got it to the point where there was no crap left on the cylinders after spinning it over then spun it over with the starter. Thinking about just slapping it back together and skipping pulling it, honing it and putting in a fresh st of rings. But I may change my mind tomorrow.

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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2019, 01:02:53 PM »
So not much has become of this project lately I just recently got the title for the traile, put new tires  and bearing buddies on it and dragged it down to work to work on it but with the way things are going I just dont have the time. So im going to be letting it go. Anyone interested before I post it on the fb page.

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