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robbie240
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« on: March 04, 2020, 12:18:45 AM »

After a long spell out of boats my last being a Haines Hunter V163 half cab, I bought this old Pride runabout. I was happy with it at first but it struck me that there was so much wasted space forward from the windscreen. Missing my half cab I proceded to transform the old Pride into a completely new boat. Pics provided.


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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2020, 09:44:55 AM »

G'day Robbie and welcome to The Board.
Truly an amazing transformation. The old girl has a new lease on life.
Just thinking, I reckon that hull is at least 55 years old!

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2020, 12:17:12 PM »

Thanks Mercman.  I have more pics taken during the transformation but I don't want to clog these pages.
Since this was done, I have reduced the size of the self draining well
cut the gunwhale down on the left stern quarter and added a flat walk on deck (with handrails), and one step down for ease of boarding. It sits level with pontoons so it's just walk on now.
My searching the boat's age, the nearest I can find is manufactured somewhere from 1962 to 1965.
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2020, 02:47:27 PM »

Don't be afraid to post a heap of pics. The members love pics, they seem to create a whole lot of replies. Plus, pics revives interest and knowledge too.

It looks like I was spot on with my comment on the age of your hull. I was only 8 years old when I stared to develop my passion for runabouts and outboards. That was in 1964.
Amazingly, I have this weird ability to tell you about something special which occurred during my life, in each and every year. More importantly, I can identify the year of almost every Merc outboard, just by looking at it.

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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2020, 11:47:53 PM »

You are one up on me with outboards. I can tell an old one from a newbie but that is it.  
Getting back to the Pride, all floor stringers and keel are as good as the day it rolled off the line. Only the transom has been replaced.
It's been around as well. It originated in W A, been up to the Territory, down to S East Qld to Townsville where I am. I bought it off an outboard mechanic here for $2,800 with an excellent 3 cyl 30hp Yamaha. It planes at 40 kmh, but has to wind up some to get there. I am thinking of upgrading to a 50 4 stroke perhaps, but I can't complain about the Yamaha.


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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2020, 12:33:34 AM »

The latest modification just completed is the walk on down one step boarding. The reason for it is my Mother now 88 yrs.  would like to come out occasionally on the boat just like she used to some 30 odd yrs ago on my H/Hunter. Back then she could just step down from the pontoon into the boat. Fast forward to the present, she can no longer make that journey so, an alteration had to be made.


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