Formula 255 Liberator

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by Prater, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. Prater
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    Prater Junior Member

    I have one heck of a project going. This is a 1979 Formula 255 Liberator that has been striped. It was free to me and I have just started playing. I have the bottom supported and ready to cut everything out and start from scratch. I plan to repower with twin 500HP mercs with Borg Warner trannies and TRS outdrives. I have filled the portholes and plan to fill the hatches and make a fairing instead of windshield. The thing I dont like is how tall the transom is. Can someone give me some ideas to make the transom a bit more attractive than just chopped off like it is? Also I have thought about cutting in a pad but I can not find enough information about handling. I may just blueprint the hull instead. The overall length is 25' 5" and 8' beam with a 3' draft.

    I will have several questions as I get started, as soon as the weather cooperates...
     

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  2. Prater
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    Prater Junior Member

    Here is a finished 255.
     

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  3. Corpus Skipper
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    Building a "molded in" swim platform would break up the transom, making it appear more streamlined, otherwise, I wouldn't mess with it. Nice project!
     
  4. Jeff
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    Can't wait to see how your project progresses - hope you'll continue to post photos as it moves along :)

    Looking at the waterline, I'm sure this transom looks a lot better at rest in the water than on the trailer... and with the new engines, it will be moving fast enough and kicking up enough of a wake that no one will notice the transom anyway ;)
     
  5. Prater
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    Prater Junior Member

    I just came across a 357 SR1 Formula that just needs a few things repaired and some TLC. I feel I stole the boat so I will be giving this project away if anyone is interested.
     
  6. longliner45
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    ports,,,I like the way you filled them in,,I (personenly dont like ports near the waterline.),,,,,,,,you obviously have a seafaring background,good , yes , I know they arent that close , but water pressure is tremendes, and in rough seas it could be a factor,,,,,longliner
     
  7. Prater
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    Prater Junior Member

    Here is my new project...The top pic is one with the old owner.

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  8. Bill Kubiak
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    I hope you have the title to the boat, the DMV gave me a nighmare for months when I rebuilt that little tunnel hull and did not have a title and tried to register it. They have hurdle after hurdle for you to jump thru when you try to do things right.
     
  9. Prater
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    Prater Junior Member

    Clear tittle at the bank.
     

  10. Bill Kubiak
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    Bill Kubiak Junior Member

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