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    Closing in transom on a F23

    Hey guys,

    I've kept my latest project under wraps till today ...didn't need any more ball bustin... for not finishing a project

    Here's a little "step by step" of my latest endeavor. I bought an 88 Donzi F23 that had been partially submerged in a torrential rain storm we had a couple months ago. She's a local boat that some of you may recognize if you've lived here. The previous owners were probably partially responsible for "shutting down" Shell Island with the stripper pole, twin 8D batteries and multiple amps and sub woofers that were mounted in this ol'beauty. She used to boast a gas powered blender as well. Unfortunately, that didn't convey in the sale.

    In a nutshell, I had to replace the fuel tank (that had 100 gallons of saltwater in it) and felt it was best to close the transom and mount a bracket. Most of the wiring I replaced as well.

    It took about 7 weeks to complete. I did everything except the glass work on the transom. I don't have any "before" data in relation to performance as she was towed to my house. What I do know as of now is that I'm going to need to replace the chewed up aluminum prop. and probably raise the engine's x dimension. I mounted the bracket according to Stainless Marine's recommendation. (25" up from the keel)
    Nathan Schlaeppi
    Florida Licensed Yacht & Ship Brokerage # EBK5646
    www.madeiramarinesales.com

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    More pics...
    Nathan Schlaeppi
    Florida Licensed Yacht & Ship Brokerage # EBK5646
    www.madeiramarinesales.com

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    Dang Nate no wonder you have been so quiet! Nice project and another toy for the boy! I can see you really had your hands full on this one, looks like it came out some nice.

    Phil
    No matter what your beliefs are "GOD BLESS AMERICA"

    Semi retired marine tech over 50 years in the biz.

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    Good job Nate. Looks like it's ready for the OWW. We leave tomorrow morning.

    BTW, your neighbors must really love you.

    Keep up the good work.

    Bob
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    She cleaned up real nice Nate. Good job!!


    Frank
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    It's a classic Donzi, not a Donzi Classic.

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    I remembere the boat at Shell quite well. it had the gas powered blender onboard and a red headed girl who liked to pur booze down the throat of any guy who would come up to the back of the boat.

    Nate, call me and give me your new phone number.........727-709-2918
    .........Boats are proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy!

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    F 23 Transom

    Take a look at this transom work - almost looks factory: 1989 F- 23 / 1999 ox 250






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