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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1986 Seville CC, 3L 140 Mercruiser, Alpha I Drive, lovingly towed by "Tater" (2009 GMC Sierra)
    Engine(s)
    3L 140 Mercruiser w/Alpha I Drive
    Posts
    25

    The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    Yep, I did it. She looked so sad in the Boats.com ad, then I looked at the price ... "a hunnerd dollars! Yikes! A nineteen footer! Boat and trailer, babe!" The Admiral just sighed: "another boat, eh?" (I will petition the Hole In The Water forum for membership). So, 2-1/2 hours on the road, paid the Marina, hooked her up to Big Tater, then 2-1/2 hours back, constantly watching the partially dry-rotted trailer tires wobbling, but holding together for the complete trip. We arrived home, parked her at the edge of our cul-de-sac and the rest of the Tribe came piling out of the house to see the new boat. She will be our family fun-on-the-water boat, but we are all trying to be realists here. Some previous owner had begun a rehab, ripping out all the carpet, and the entire rotted aft end of the cockpit. Only the jump seat bases on either side of the engine remain. Fortunately, the engine and drive are intact but internal condition unknown at this time, and the forward folding seats, transom, deck flooring and stringers seem sound.

    My first task on the list will be de-mounting the stern drive and installing a new water pump impeller kit and prop (present one is really chewed up). Once the drive is off, we can back the boat up the rather steep driveway ramp and into our driveway, and get her off of the trailer and up on boat jacks. The trailer needs all new rollers and lights. I already replaced the busted, rusted trailer jack. Then I can start on the transom mounts, engine itself, the power steering, the tilt lift pump hydraulics and electrics, then the boat electrics (lights, horn, bilge pump and bilge blower). If I can get all that squared away, then we can start budgeting for the cockpit interior needs. All in all, this thread will most likely run throughout the winter, with a very tentative splash date late next Spring or early Summer.

    I have lurked on this forum for a few days now, and I see so many excellent suggestions and guidance from many folks with the same interests (translation: addiction to fixing up old boats), so I am cautiously optimistic that we can restore this sweet little boat to a safe, reliable fun-producing condition. She won't be spit-shine perfect, but hell, she's a boat!

    Fair Winds and Following Seas to all,

    Al and Bernadette

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Prentice, Wi
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2007 320DA
    Engine(s)
    Twin 350 Mercs/V-Drives
    Posts
    591

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    Take lots of pictures. We love watching restorations.
    Mike
    Boat is in Marinette, Wi

    Previous boat: 1988 300 weekender Full House
    2007 320 DA Our Hands Full
    Twin VD-350 Magnum MPI MerCruiser

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Clearwater, FL
    Boat
    SeaRay
    Details
    1997 330 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    7.4 Mercuruser w/ V-Drives
    Posts
    546

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    Welcome to CSR, best of luck with the restoration! I love watching old boats being brought back to life.


    Kevin & Melissa
    Clearwater, FL
    "About Time"

    What a long strange trip its been!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1986 Seville CC, 3L 140 Mercruiser, Alpha I Drive, lovingly towed by "Tater" (2009 GMC Sierra)
    Engine(s)
    3L 140 Mercruiser w/Alpha I Drive
    Posts
    25

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    OK, here are some "first baby pictures" ...
    Drive condition slightly corroded, but manageable. Minor note: from the number "17" on her port stern, she must have been a rental boat at some point in her life. There are no signs of a boat name anywhere on her hull or transom, poor nameless baby! We'll correct that omission soon! The Tribe is already at work picking a suitable name for her.

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    Trailer is in sad condition, but repairable, lots of oxidation, but I hope a good washing and Vaseline treatment on the hull will improve her looks

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    Rear bolster and jump seats gone, but I hope the rot did not extend to the transom or the hull stringers

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    Deck looks worse than it really is, walking around did not reveal any soft spots

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    All thoughts, comments and suggestions are most welcome.

    Regards to all,

    Al and Bernadette
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    West Virginia
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1995 Sundancer 270
    Engine(s)
    7.4 liter Mercruiser w/Bravo II
    Posts
    191

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    Wow! What a project! Looking forward to following your progress.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Middle Tennessee/NW Florida
    Boat
    Sea Ray & a 22 Boston Whaler Dauntless 225 Merc - (now sold)
    Details
    1996 450DA
    Engine(s)
    3116 Caterpillars
    Posts
    10,058

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    The number on the transom is most likely a storage location number in a dry stack marina. The number is positioned so it can be read from the back of the boat so the forklift operator can see the boat's location without having to climb off the lift truck.
    Frank

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Long Beach Island, N.J.
    Boat
    SeaRay
    Details
    '07 44 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    Twin Cummins QSC 8.3
    Posts
    255

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    I agree it was likely a dry storage rack number
    Buy low, sell high...........

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Michigan Center, MI, Penobscot, ME & Catawba Island, OH
    Boat
    Trojan International
    Details
    12 Meter Trojan International Motor Yacht Dinghy: Avon R3.11
    Engine(s)
    454 Crusaders
    Posts
    592

    Thumbs up The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    Nice!

    Good luck!

    Cheers
    Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness, pays off now.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    orrville,ohio
    Boat
    sea ray
    Details
    2000 310 sundancer n/a
    Engine(s)
    twin 5.7 300 Hp. V drives
    Posts
    1,367

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    That size boat and motor is a great combination.If the motor still has points NAPA has a conversion kit for it that is worth the money.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Tri Cities, WA
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge, 2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport, 1971 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    Engine(s)
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Posts
    6,421

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    Al, have you talked with a psychiatrist about your masochistic tendencies?

    Just kidding. For $100 you got what looks like a helluva deal. I'll be watching the pics as you bring her back to life.

    You mentioned a Vaseline treatment. Are you considering using Vaseline instead of wet sanding that gelcoat back to a shine?
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge "Beachcomber"
    'There is nothing-absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats"
    Proud dues paying Charter Member of the Hole In The Water Club!

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