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David Avedesian
  • 66, Male
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • United States
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Apr 27, 2012
David Avedesian replied to John Stepien's discussion Power options for a 233
"John: I am with you on all your thoughts listed above. I purchased my 1977 233 in 2000 knowing it had a bad 1995 454ci/300hp big block. It had been laid up with water in the block. It was recommended to me to repower with a remam engine. My counsel…"
Nov 10, 2009
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"Dave, I happened to recognize your boat from a certain "DIY" magazine I subscribe to. Would you do us all the honor of posting some detailed pics and a little more stories? Thanks, and welcome to the forum!"
Jul 26, 2009
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May 28, 2009
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"Welcome to the group David."
May 28, 2009
David Avedesian replied to Brad's discussion 09 SUMMER VINTAGE FORMULA BASH????
"Hi Guys: I live in Maryland with "Black Beauty" located in the Annapolis, MD area. I am from Rhode Island with family in Westerly, RI. I go to RI often to see Mom and family. Have you picked a date and location? Thank you, David Avedesian,…"
May 28, 2009
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496 ci/375 hp
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I purchased "Black Beauty" in 2000 on April Fool's Day with a broken motor. I proceeded to do the the following retrofit: New Paint for the top sides and deck, New gel coat for the bottom, New canvas and "storm" windows all around, New seats, New electronics, New 600 amp music system.
Hi Paul:

I am impressed with your memory. That article was writen perhaps in 2006.

In 2000, I went looking for an older style runabout. My list of potential boats included: Forumla, Chris Craft, Seacraft, Wellcraft and Bertram. I lookked at a number of boats and was fortunate to find "Black Beauty". Black Beauty was originally harvest gold in color. The topsides were gold, the seats were harvest gold and the floor carpet was harvest gold. I changed the topsides to Black, the carpet is a dark gray and the seats are all high grade white.

When I purchased my boat in 2000 for $2,500, I knowily did so with a broken 454ci/300hp. I had OB's all my life up to this point. I was grossily misled by my "bad" mechanic and spent $20,000 on four reman engines from 2000 to 2004. I finally said I have had enough. I told the "bad" mechanic that I must of not been a good enough customer or otherwise after $20K I should have had an engine that worked. I told the bad mechanic that I should move on and find a shop that thought I would be a good customer. I now had spent $20K and was where I was when I bought the boat in 2000. I had a great boat with a broken engine.

I decided that the only way to go was a brand new 2005 496 ci/375hp EFI engine. Got three prices to furnish and install the new engine; $10,000 from the "bad" mechanic, $12,000 from a dealer in Delaware and $14,000 from David Govatos of Londontowne Marina in Edgewater, MD. I went with David Govatos and I have never been happier with the engine and more so with the qualily of services and professionism of David Govatos.

My new engine gets 50% better fuel mileage and 20% better performace. The only reason I did not go for the 496ci/425hp is because I exhaust out the hub. I did not want straight pipes. With the Y-yoke, I was told that you can not get the exhaust of the larger engine out the Y-yoke.

At this time I have 450 hours. I change all fluids ever 50 hours weather it is needed or not. The only difficulity that I had was with the stock Merc exhaust headers. There was a small crack that caused hydro lock. Merc warranty the "new" header designed replacement and I paid for the labor.


I have had the time of my life with Black Beauty.

If anyone has any questions on my "restore" project, please feel free to ask.

David Avedesian, Silver Spring, MD
Black Beauty, Annapolis, MD

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At 9:15pm on May 28, 2009, David said…
Welcome to the group David.
At 12:29am on July 26, 2009, paul said…
I happened to recognize your boat from a certain "DIY" magazine I subscribe to. Would you do us all the honor of posting some detailed pics and a little more stories? Thanks, and welcome to the forum!
At 4:50am on October 14, 2010, love said…
GREETINGS FROM stella ..............................
My name is miss stella viewing and going through your profile address today has made me to became intrested in you,i will also like to know you more,and i want you to send an email to my email address so that i can send you my picture, for you to know and see whom i am.
Here is my email address( believe we can move from here!
I am waiting for your mail to my email address above.
stella .
(Remeber the distance or colour does not matter but love matters alot in life)
PLEASE I WOULD LIKE YOU TO GO DIRECT TO MY EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW TO CONTACT ME NOW..............................................................

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