Where to start

Discussion in 'Inboards' started by Geckert, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. Geckert
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    Geckert New Member

    I am more than likely going to change my 23' pointer(currently outboard) to an inboard which is in a boat I plan to scrap. The inboard and drivetrain are in perfect running order just to much rot to repair on the boat. I am looking to find the best place to research what has to be done to make this conversion. The pointer was built as a center console lobster skiff and is a heavy glass hull. The motor will ba a 1962 ford 262(yes a 262 not a 260) straight 6. Any help in this area would be appreciated.

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  2. marshmat
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    marshmat Senior Member

    Are you thinking inboard as in straight-shaft with a prop under the hull, or as in sterndrive?
    The conversion is probably feasible either way. I would start by figuring out the current fore-aft weight balance of the boat; the motor needs to be placed in such a way that it does not upset the balance. If it ends up far aft you might want to go with a V-drive or sterndrive instead of a plain inboard.
    You'll also need to find some way of securely mounting the engine. This may involve a fair bit of structure reinforcing. The fuel system must meet safety standards, you'll need new controls and electrics, an engine bay ventilation system, etc. You will also need to install and align the shaft, shaft log, P-bracket, etc. and they have to be strong enough to take the power of the engine and the forces of the water as the boat is tossed around in waves (and, occasionally, the ground).
    It's feasible but it's not a small project and I'd advise you plan it all out on paper before you break out the drill and saw.
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