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Robert OHerlihy
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  • Ridgewood, NJ
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WANTED: Teak boarding slats / late 60's early 70's 233
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Teak%20Slats.jpg Early 233's…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randy Jan 24, 2016.

Replacement Windshield for 1972 233?
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Does anyone know where I could get a replacement windshield made for my 1972 233??Thanks!Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert OHerlihy Jun 21, 2012.

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Year
1972
Power
Single Mercruiser 5.7 w / Bravo III Dual Prop Drive
Serial Number
F2312381

Long Winter.......

So...... the good deal I thought I got wasn't such a good deal after all ! I didn't do my homework prior to purchasing this 233, and got punished large. I know better, so got what I deserved. Always get the boat surveyed before the purchase, not after. We already know that though, right? Now that I'm an expert on the 70's 233 (thx to the internet), we all know what I ended up with.......Rotted Transom and Stringers, Leaking fuel tank, and all the other bad stuff we've read about a 1000 times. Sure wish I'd found you guys before I pulled the trigger ! The good news is, although I over paid (because it was more than zero), I spent more doing the manifolds and risers on my 2000 330 SS (to close the sale , of course),than I paid for this 233. Boats ?
So after some soul searching, I decided to go for it. I found a good guy up in Westbrook Connecticut, Dan Patten, whose going to bring this one back to life. If any of you guys get jammed up, I'd strongly recommend you give Dan a call. Check out his two web sites: restoredboat.com and wetbalsa.com.
Anyway, I got a bit of a late start this winter, but I figured you guys would be interested in what I'm doing here, so I'm going to upload some of the beginning photos. We've all seen this before ! I'm going to do a full restoration, so I'll keep you updated. THX.
Bob O.

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At 6:19pm on November 10, 2009, David said…
Robert,

Welcome to the group and congratulations, you are our 100th member!

David
At 6:48am on May 8, 2010, David said…
Keep posting your progress. It looks like you'll have a beauty!
At 12:10am on July 26, 2011, AUSF233 said…
I love your latest photos Robert. Your boat is absolutely beautiful.
At 7:43pm on September 22, 2011, Jonathan Davis said…
Robert, I am seeking some advice on a fromula 233 restoration in Australia.  Whilst I havemany questions about the great job you have done on your boat, in the first instance I want advice on the right motor. I am wanting a single inboard (like yours) and was considering either a Mercruiser 377MAG 320HP or even a 8.2MAG HO 430HP.  Could you advise if these would suit, or for example the 8.2 would take up too much space.  What have you put in your boat?  Many thanks Jonathan.
At 8:32am on September 21, 2014, Glenn Sawyer said…

Hey Robert the windshield is powder coated,Never again, and emblems I had made, Possibly have more made this winter.

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