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1973 Century Resorter 16 Restore 6 months 1 week ago #132285

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It's always good to take a step back for some quality time. Gives you breathing room to ponder your next moves.
Now that load of BS is said.....get back to work. Time waits for no one and boating season is upon you.

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1973 Century Resorter 16 Restore 6 months 1 week ago #132294

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63 Sabre wrote: It's always good to take a step back for some quality time. Gives you breathing room to ponder your next moves.
Now that load of BS is said.....get back to work. Time waits for no one and boating season is upon you.


Shoot, MY boating season down here in SE Texas is during the fall & winter.. It's no fun being out on the lake with temps in the high 90's and jumping in the lake doesn't cool ya off because the water temp is in the low 90's..

I LOVE ripping across the lake on a crisp 60 degree winter day!! B)

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1973 Century Resorter 16 Restore 6 months 1 week ago #132295

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63 Sabre wrote: It's always good to take a step back for some quality time. Gives you breathing room to ponder your next moves.
Now that load of BS is said.....get back to work. Time waits for no one and boating season is upon you.


Shoot, MY boating season down here in SE Texas is during the fall & winter.. It's no fun being out on the lake with temps in the high 90's and jumping in the lake doesn't cool ya off because the water temp is in the low 90's..

I LOVE ripping across the lake on a crisp 60 degree winter day!! B)

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1973 Century Resorter 16 Restore 6 months 1 week ago #132296

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63 Sabre wrote:

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63 Sabre wrote: It's always good to take a step back for some quality time. Gives you breathing room to ponder your next moves.
Now that load of BS is said.....get back to work. Time waits for no one and boating season is upon you.


Shoot, MY boating season down here in SE Texas is during the fall & winter.. It's no fun being out on the lake with temps in the high 90's and jumping in the lake doesn't cool ya off because the water temp is in the low 90's..

I LOVE ripping across the lake on a crisp 60 degree winter day!! B)


Sorry Cal,

I've lived in Houston all my life, I don't think I could live anyplace that actually had four seasons.. I've come to love the two weeks of "winter" (temps actually dropping below 40 degrees) we usually get every January.. :laugh:

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CC-John wrote:

63 Sabre wrote: It's always good to take a step back for some quality time. Gives you breathing room to ponder your next moves.
Now that load of BS is said.....get back to work. Time waits for no one and boating season is upon you.


Shoot, MY boating season down here in SE Texas is during the fall & winter.. It's no fun being out on the lake with temps in the high 90's and jumping in the lake doesn't cool ya off because the water temp is in the low 90's..

I LOVE ripping across the lake on a crisp 60 degree winter day!! B)


Central Georgia is kind of the same way. Last winter it was really cold though. I remember it was on a Tuesday this year. :P

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1973 Century Resorter 16 Restore 5 months 3 weeks ago #132463

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Still no progress to report, between work and now a pinched nerve in my neck that has limited my range of motion in my left arm, the boat has been kinda pushed to the back burner for now.. Going to see the Doc Monday morning to see if he can do or give me something to relieve the pressure on the nerve and get rid of this literal "pain in the neck".. :blink:

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1973 Century Resorter 16 Restore 5 months 2 weeks ago #132566

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As if I don't have enough to do.... Thanks to Photobucket's unannounced change in terms, I have to move all my pics to another host.. I refuse to pay their $400 a year "ransom" to restore the pics in my thread.. As I get all my pics moved and set up in albums, I'll go back and fix all the broken picture links..

Bear with me the pics WILL return, and Photobucket can KISS MY ASS!!

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Well, its been a marathon effort, but I managed to get all the Resorter's pic albums moved to a new host site.. Worked on this thread all day and got a good portion of the pics restored.. I'm still waiting to hear back from admin to see if the link limit can be increased so I can repair all the links in some of the posts made before the forum update..

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1973 Century Resorter 16 Restore 5 months 1 week ago #132620

You've been busy with this one. Any updates?

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1973 Century Resorter 16 Restore 5 months 1 week ago #132625

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DrickDebruin wrote: You've been busy with this one. Any updates?


Haven't been doing much with the boat over the last few weeks.. I've been dealing with a pinched nerve in my neck that has limited my range of motion in my left arm, and work has been keeping me tied to the whipping post.. This past weekend got spent trying to clean up the massive mess Photobucket created in all the "build" threads I have on a few other forums.. Now with our normal 95+ degree summer temps settling in, I'll probably take a short hiatus from this project until temps cool down a bit.. It's no fun trying to do fiberglass work when you're dripping more sweat than resin on to the fresh glass..

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I went through the same thing with Dropbox hosting a while back. I may try to fix the links in my thread here because there aren't that many, but I've used that account for years on other sites. It sucks because there's no way I have tome to track down and relink all that crap.

It's funny that people who aren't in the south think that summer's great because you can get all this stuff done. In reality we all just hide from the heat all day. Winter is a much better project window. I have a 24x35 shop with 2 old janky window AC units that will keep it cool enough to be tolerable in the heat of summer, but it has no heat at all for the winter. It makes life so much easier.

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ultraclyde wrote: I went through the same thing with Dropbox hosting a while back. I may try to fix the links in my thread here because there aren't that many, but I've used that account for years on other sites. It sucks because there's no way I have tome to track down and relink all that crap.

It's funny that people who aren't in the south think that summer's great because you can get all this stuff done. In reality we all just hide from the heat all day. Winter is a much better project window. I have a 24x35 shop with 2 old janky window AC units that will keep it cool enough to be tolerable in the heat of summer, but it has no heat at all for the winter. It makes life so much easier.


Yeah, Photobucket just shot themselves in the foot with a load of 12ga. 00 buckshot with their latest move.. I was a paying subscriber and got their little "valentine" when my subscription came up for renewal..

Being in the pool service business here in Houston all my life, I've grown used to working out in the heat six days a week in the summer.. My one day a week off during the summer months is usually spent soaking up the A/C in the office doing paperwork, getting ready for the next work week.. The boat is safely locked away in front of my old Chris Craft Catalina cruiser inside my 24x60 enclosed storage unit I have for my business, so it will be ready to pick up where I left off when the temps moderate a bit..

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No progress on the boat to report, the pool business has had me tied to the whipping post for the last few weeks.. Now that all the bookcases I had to repair for my GF are out of my way in the garage and back in her classroom where they belong, I'm hoping to be able to get back to work on painting all the interior parts for the boat that I rebuilt.. Replacing the floor in the boat will have to wait until the weather cools off a little.. In the meantime, I have a lot of little restoration projects on the boat that can be knocked out before I HAVE to get after replacing the floor..

Hope to have some progress to report in a couple of weeks.. B)

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1973 Century Resorter 16 Restore 4 months 6 days ago #133366

I've got a dumb newbie question to hijack your thread for a while until you get back in the shop. I noticed in one of your wiring work photos that your main fuse panel appears to be under the dash. Is this a common placement? I add one to the rats nest in my trihull because there wasn't one at all, but I put it near the battery in the rear. After seeing yours I started thinking that there were some advantages to having it up front (cleaner wiring, less chance of submersion.) Is it normally done that way for those reasons?

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ultraclyde wrote: I've got a dumb newbie question to hijack your thread for a while until you get back in the shop. I noticed in one of your wiring work photos that your main fuse panel appears to be under the dash. Is this a common placement? I add one to the rats nest in my trihull because there wasn't one at all, but I put it near the battery in the rear. After seeing yours I started thinking that there were some advantages to having it up front (cleaner wiring, less chance of submersion.) Is it normally done that way for those reasons?


Most every small boat I've ever worked on that had a factory installed fuse panel, the panels were located under the dash or steering console.. When I updated the panel in the little Century, I just installed the new panel where the original OEM panel was located.. Having the main fuse panel located as high in the boat as you can get it is a good thing.. It also simplifies wiring the various circuits since all the control switches are generally located on the dashboard..

I upgraded the Century to a larger panel with a "built-in" ground bus bar so I could bring it's electrical system up to modern standards, and so I would have some room to add some extra circuits for interior courtesy lights, stereo, depth sounder, and a large (2000 GPH) auxiliary bilge pump to supplement the original 800 GPH pump.. The new panel will also be powered directly from the battery thru a main battery disconnect switch instead of being powered from the instrument panel feed in the engine wire harness.. The new fuse panel feeds will be a pair of 10ga. wires with the positive feed protected by a 30 amp fuse located at the main battery switch..

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1973 Century Resorter 16 Restore 4 months 3 days ago #133441

That makes a lot of sense. Running both pos and neg around the boat from the back got a little ridiculous, especially since I'm used to working on metal cars with a negative body ground. I've got a six circuit panel but only use one for lights, depth finder, and bilge right now. I'd like to add some other things - a usb charge port, maybe a radio - so it would make sense to run one heavy gauge run to the dash binnacle for the panel and then distribute shorter runs from there. The bilge also has a float activated side that's battery-tied with an inline fuse, but that could stay in the back.

I'll add moving the panel to my winter to-do list, lol.

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1973 Century Resorter 16 Restore 2 months 6 days ago #134447

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Just a quick update...


Things are finally getting back to normal after Harvey kinda rained on our parade.. Work has had me tied to the whipping post getting flooded pools cleaned back up and flooded pumps & heaters repaired or replaced.. Last weekend was the first weekend that I got to actually get some boat work done.. I brought the boat home from storage, removed the windshield and replaced all the old rotted weatherstriping and gaskets, and mounted it back on the boat.. I also managed to get some of the new parts painted, and reassembled the backrest for the front seat along with putting the upholstery back on the new base for the rear seat..


Yeah... Yeah.... Pics or it didn't happen, I know the drill.... :P B)


Here's all the rebuilt engine beds with a fresh coat of mahogany bilge paint, ready to be installed in the boat as soon as I get the old lag bolt holes filled and redrilled in the stringers..

100_2947 by cc_john67 , on Flickr

The new rear seat base with a coat of paint and the original upholstery reinstalled on the kick plate..

100_2948 by cc_john67 , on Flickr

100_2949 by cc_john67 , on Flickr

The backrest for the front seat after reinstalling the original upholstery and foam on the new plywood frame..

100_2951 by cc_john67 , on Flickr

100_2952 by cc_john67 , on Flickr

I need to hit a trim shop and pick up some fresh "hydem" to finish trimming out the back of the backrest.. The original hydem that trimmed out the edges of the vinyl side panels had deteriorated to the point of being unusable after being removed from the old rotted frame..

100_2953 by cc_john67 , on Flickr

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A buddy of mine just sent me a link to a YouTube video of a twin to my boat located in Indiana.. Listening to that little Mopar bellowing across the water has got me itchin' to get my boat finished!! B)


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I'll save that clip for next February when there's 2 feet of ice on the bay up here in tundraland.

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1973 Century Resorter 16 Restore 1 month 3 weeks ago #134568

This is exactly what I was looking for! We've got a '65 Silverline Rambler and my wife and I are learning boat maintenance and repair as we go along. She's focusing on engine and I'm leaning 12 volt electrical system. There's a lot of cleaning of of old wiring to do so I've been hunting in vain for info for a simple, old boat like ours. A couple of questions:

1) What's that knob on the dash that gets pulled out? There's a "Hot" button next to it (on our's anyway)
2) I've got a similar blade bus to your's that I'm going to move the instrument panel wires over to. What kind of wire did you run from the battery to get here? Also, our bus has positive terminals on one side and negative on the other: it looks like your's is set up differently. Is there an advantage to either one? This is our's Blade Bushttps://www.bluesea.com/products/5032/ST_Blade_Split_Bus_Fuse_Block

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808Litt wrote: This is exactly what I was looking for! We've got a '65 Silverline Rambler and my wife and I are learning boat maintenance and repair as we go along. She's focusing on engine and I'm leaning 12 volt electrical system. There's a lot of cleaning of of old wiring to do so I've been hunting in vain for info for a simple, old boat like ours. A couple of questions:

1) What's that knob on the dash that gets pulled out? There's a "Hot" button next to it (on our's anyway)
2) I've got a similar blade bus to your's that I'm going to move the instrument panel wires over to. What kind of wire did you run from the battery to get here? Also, our bus has positive terminals on one side and negative on the other: it looks like your's is set up differently. Is there an advantage to either one? This is our's Blade Bushttps://www.bluesea.com/products/5032/ST_Blade_Split_Bus_Fuse_Block


Not sure which knob you're talking about?? Including the knob for the Vernier engine throttle cable, there five knobs on the dash of my Resorter, the other knobs are for the "push/pull" switches that control navigation lights, instrument lights, bilge pump, and bilge blower..

It looks like your fuse panel is set up for separate "hot" feeds for having circuits that need to stay "live" when the battery switch is turned off.. I just used the simple single hot feed panel that will be fed from the 8ga. "hot" & ground that is built into the existing engine wire harness, as I don't have a need for any "live" circuits when I turn off the battery switch when the boat is in storage.. The panel's ground is connected by a short 10ga. jumper to the common "ground" terminal on the back of the tachometer, the "hot" feed is connected by a short 10ga. jumper to the "Bat+" terminal on the back of the ignition switch.. The engine harness instrument panel feed is protected by a 20 amp. circuit breaker mounted on the engine..

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