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Part 3 - Rigging, Hardware, Upholstery, Final Prep & Launching Ceremonies
Impulse - a reproduction based on a 1940's John
Owner/Driver - Bob Mueller
1st wakeboarder - Maxfield Alessi
is was time for Jim Kondrat to start the wiring, while Donnie
McLean cut and dry fit the copper exhaust pipes into place. Jim and
Donnie work well together and are both meticulous in their work, they
always take the time to it right ???!!!
celebrated Labor Day by doing what we love, working on a special wooden
boat. Perhaps the scariest part of the day was Donnie boring a huge hole in
the beautiful wood deck for the fuel fill fitting. But Donnie was meticulous
as usual, measured many times and then bored the hole. It was very, very
scary as the sawdust flew and the smoke was billowing, but the hole aligned
perfectly for the fuel fill pipe!!!
spent Labor Day wiring the dashboard.
And the next
day, Jim finished his masterpiece. We then installed the tilt/adjustable
steering assembly and mounted the dashboard in the boat. We were very
pleased with the look !!!
The fore and aft
seat bottoms were made of half inch marine plywood, and well sealed with
paint. The fuel tank was made to our specs by the
Rayco Manufacturing Company.
They have been fabricating marine fuel tanks in Bradenton, Florida for
over 24 years, building custom, reproduction and replacement tanks to United
States Coast Guard specifications.
And the varnish coats continued to build, twelve coats
are planed !!!
continued with the wiring, while we agonized over the placement of each
piece of the deck hardware. Then it was time to bore the holes and mount all
the beautiful chrome hardware and polished stainless steel rub rails. With
only two weeks to go before the official launching ceremonies, it was
getting very exciting. Every day was like Christmas, as Santa arrived every
day in a brown UPS truck with more presents/parts to be installed - what fun!!!
The attention to
detail is everywhere on our latest masterpiece, as Jim Kondrat and Donnie
McLean pulled out all the stops and put forth their best work. This is
Then it was
finally time to hoist the boat off the dollies, load onto the custom trailer
and finish installing all the hardware. We spent a full afternoon screwing
great therapy ???!!!
After all the
hardware was screwed down and all the hundreds of polished stainless screws
were all lined up properly, we pulled Impulse outside into the sunlight for
the first time and of course, took the photo op. Then we hauled Impulse
to Sal's to fill the 26 gallon fuel tank with the best and most expensive
gas in Wolfeboro - Sunoco 93 octane rocket fuel ???!!!
Then is was time
to trailer launch Impulse, just enough to submerse the water intake
and run the beautiful 327 Chevy motor. It fired right up and we ran the
motor for 15 minutes to ensure that all systems were operating properly. The
sound of the 3 deuces was magical!!!
Check out these videos - let them load and crank it up
Our 327 Chevy on the dyno !!!
Impulse Video #1
Impulse Video #2
Impulse Video #3
Then we pulled
the boat and returned to the shop for Steve Rollins to install the seats and
cockpit trim/Hydem. But on the way we stopped across the street at Wolfebrick Pizza for a
pizza tasting party and to say hello to Barbara Naramore. Check out her new
brick oven, great pizza!
Once back in
the shop, Steve did his magic on the upholstery and Donnie put the stainless
clips on the upholstery Hydem. We spent a lot of time to determine the
proper seat height and Steve did his usual excellent work to make the seats
fit just right, with lots of dense foam, real comfy!!
afternoon on September 23, 2010 we were finally ready for our special
Launching Ceremonies, Sea trials and Grand Celebration at our beloved
The sun was
out, the water was flat, the vintage 327 Chevy fired right up, and after
our successful sea trials, we gave boats rides on beautiful Wolfeboro
Bay in the late afternoon setting sun. It was a very good day ???!!!
gurgled over to our beloved Wolfetrap on Back Bay for one last photo op
and our victory celebration. Lot of food, drink, laughter and many
stories. A fitting end to a very special day, and the beginning of many
boat rides for Impulse ???!!!
The next day,
the Friday before the boat show, we pulled the boat, added some weight
at the transom and changed the prop. The used regular patio blocks to
test for the required weight and found that two blocks per side worked
very well. The extra weight helped to anchor the stern of the boat at
speed, and notice how the boat now sits "right" in the water. We also
changed the 4-blade 13x14 prop to a smaller 3-blade 11 1/2x17 prop. This
prop worked better, but we still wanted to try our standard skiff prop
next - 3-blade 12x15 with a cup. Anyway, we had a very nice boat ride.
The boat ran very well and really liked the smaller 3-blade prop, but
the carburetion was not right. The 3 duce setup was running way too rich
and the carbs were flooding. We knew the solution was 12 degree wedges
under the carbs, but we ran out of time for the boat show the next day,
so we delivered Impulse to the boathouse on Cedar Cove. Impulse
was very happy and ready for the show !!!
Click here for the video
We celebrated on Saturday, September 25th at the
Wolfeboro Car & Boat
Wolfeboro Bay was the perfect background for a fun filled day of
nostalgia, boats, cars, fall foliage, music, shops and restaurants. A
fall gathering, celebration and rendezvous ???!!!
Part 4 - carburetor
wedges, the fin, prop changes and more varnish
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