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Old 09-09-2009, 07:28
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More parts! Sea strainers from the states.
As can be seen on page 62 of my XMAS LIST otherwise known as the CPperformance catalogue.>> http://catalog.cpperformance.com/publication/?i=13297

Since last post...

Finished Trim pump builds (Pictured previously)
Installed Trim pumps last night. Hopefully left enough room for strainers.
Installed Digital Trim sender conversion modules.
Installed Mercathode Modules.

Loads of upgrading though. Spiral wrap around hoses passing through transom.
Cutting back excessive looms and re crimping. Coating all exposed electrical connections.

All takes time.
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:02
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Steve,
you seem to have got the bit between your teeth now and progress is happening daily.
hopefully with the new storage facility this will enable you to work on the boat with out fear of rain stops play
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Old 13-09-2009, 04:55
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Fantastic movements Steve, well done
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Old 17-10-2009, 00:18
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Hi Steve
Is this the same Donzi that was in Littlehampton marina in the pen opposite the main office?
How long have you owned it?
If its the same one that I'm thinking of I looked at it dreaming of buying it, But could not afford it and ended up buying a Ring21 with twin 2.4 bridgeports, very fast but not the class of the donzi.
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Old 17-10-2009, 09:50
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Same one Mark. It was always up for a silly price at the marina, it wasn't really for sale.

I spotted it gone and asked Adrian Cronk, it had gone to Inwards to be sold.

When I bought it I took it back to L.M. for a couple of years. But found Chi not only had a capped trailer berth charge at 25ft but 24*7 launching so I moved and started launching meself.

I've collected a few pictures of some sold on ebay.com in the states. They come up quite regularly and cheaply too. But I don't think any two were built the same.
http://www.pontoontalk.co.uk/donziblackwidow.htm
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Old 17-10-2009, 11:56
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When I looked at it I was to young for such a machine all I wanted then was speed and more speed.
Allways loved the look of the donzi and have been looking at a few in the states as shipping is not to drastic these days.
I'm going to stay with the scarab for a few more years as we are in the middle of a house build at the moment and the pennies are getting eaten up rather quickly.
Chi sounds interesting with 24/7 launching and cheap trailer park were is that?.(have you got an address or post code for me)
Will have a drive down sunday and have a look, what sort of money is it to leave the boat there?
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Old 17-10-2009, 20:02
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When I first saw it I was building one V8 after another and bolting them onto the front of a Jet drive in an 850 quid Tremlett 21.

I never thought fate would bring me and that boat together.

Here you go, Chichester Marina, 1,605 Per year.

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Old 18-10-2009, 19:02
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Been busy at it.

Last Sat. Got the battery brackets back from JC and painted them. Half a day of prepping, priming, then painting. Two hours stripping them again this weekend.

Back when I removed the chequer plate from the bulkhead. Two big gaps were found, either side of the rear seat tub and 2" gap connecting the two gaps either side under the seat. Now there's a proper bulkhead


Pic 1 Last weekend Painted battery trays.

Pic 2 Stripped Trays.

pic 3 example of big bit needed filling in.

pic 4 view down hole. I have to get in there to Glass up the other side.

pic 5 Timber glassed in.

pic 6 Starboard side done.

pic 7 Seat area outlined, had to fit a timber in, glass it in and coat it.

Fitted up more pipework too, but its not worth taking photos of.
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Old 18-10-2009, 21:53
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Those battery box trays are crying out to be powder coated Steve.
The glassing in looks good. Did you think about an inspection hole/door in the wood for access to wires etc?

Its all comming together nicely now. What about the engines? Are they done or more to do on them?
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Old 19-10-2009, 14:35
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Steve,
glad to see more progress on the Donzi, as Robbie said powder coating those trays would look good and sure would be more hard wearing than spray paint?

The only problem i found with Chi Mark is that its a 40 minute run to the harbour entrance at 6 knots. so with locks both ways that adds nearly 2 hours to the boating day. at least LH is only about 5 minutes to harbour entrance .
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Old 20-11-2009, 12:59
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I thought of you....... Do you fancy an upgrade...?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2006-...item4a9c5c033f

Just dont ask me to help with the running costs........
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Old 20-11-2009, 16:01
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I think one Donzi's enough for me.
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1 for you and 1 for the kids i think would be better !!
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Old 22-11-2009, 13:34
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if I sold the blow up boat the I would like a 23ft bow rider,

But not a stepped hull though.
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Just realised we've got loads done recently.
Most of wiring is complete. A few little things left to do in the bilge,pumps & fan to be fitted.
Sorted out a company to bore the Engines for me. 2- 3 week turnaround, so ,when the pistons arrive I can strip one and send it off.

Trimmer comes week after next to discus replacing the vinyl & cabin interior. All are worn out.

We've just finished stripping the cabin out today, pic's on this below.

you'll we've even had to dismantle all of the portholes to get the interior apart and you can see where they have leaked from. I'm going back up to the boat to tonight to cut out the new woodwork & stuff ready to go back in.

New telescopic snout for trailer should be back from J.C.'s in about two weeks.

Anyway enjoy the pics.
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