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Title: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on May 23, 2006, 21:20:46 PM
Hello friends and fellow forum members.
My name is Stephen and I was the South Aussie who bought Matthews Rivercraft earlier this year.
I've had it for a few months and I am plenty impressed. The engine, (supercharged Lexus) and jet (212) combo is fantastic.
It's coming into winter over here and time now for a bit of a clean up, patch up, perhaps a re trim and colour change.
Forum member and Local Hamilton Jet Guru Kim has been for a ride and given me plenty of ideas. I hope to be able to make intermittent use of his technical prowess and I am counting on you giving me your 20 cents worth. Matthew told me of his own ideas on how he planned to proceed with the boat and I've got to admit they made sense as well.
I hope you like a few photos because I thought of making a pictorial record.
I've stripped the interior, sprayed all the carpets, engine, engine box and hull linings with CT20, (an industrial truck cleaner) before going to town with the high pressure cleaner. They all came up great. The engine will probably need another clean and treatment with the Alloybright (I've head about on this site).
My trimmer recommends taking all the external fittings (bimini) and cover tie down points off the hull and deck, there are new ways of fitting apparently. Makes it easier to sand down, tap out and fill the hull for the painter as well.
I think I will have to take the jet nozzle and exhausts off to paint the hull and I would appreciate any advice.
Cheers for now.
 
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Nigel on May 23, 2006, 21:32:04 PM
Sweet.... welcome and remember..... WE LIKE PICS!!!!!!


 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: mof on May 23, 2006, 21:32:18 PM
Good to see some more love lavished on a Rivercraft.  8) 8) 8) 8)

That is a great boat, nearly as fast as a near std chev...  ;) ;) ;) ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Nigel on May 23, 2006, 21:33:50 PM

That is a great boat, nearly as fast as a near std chev...  ;) ;) ;) ;D ;D ;D ;D
That depends on who you talk to MOF ::) ::)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on May 23, 2006, 22:06:49 PM
Thanks for the interest.
here are a couple more photos. Gotta love that engine.
Some of the hull where it has taken a few hits.
I'm hoping we can get right inside the hull and knock them out.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: LJD on May 24, 2006, 08:22:25 AM

I'm hoping we can get right inside the hull and knock them out.

invite the builder over for a visit he will get it out  ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on May 24, 2006, 13:35:45 PM
Thanks all for the comments.
Mr Gobbles, are you the original owner? Phat gobbles?
You boys are plenty hard on your toys. I'm going to give it some TLC. When Kim came for a ride the other week, he took it up to about 4600rpm. Made my hair stand on end, I never dreamed it would go that hard. I felt guilty revving up to 4000 and used to sit it around 36 to 38.
I've had a good look on this site and I have seen a couple of Rivercrafts but none with this deck design. Was that a special build. I think it looks excellent. Very J73'ish.
I remember that red one of Matts from when I was a kid and dad bought a J83 from Hamiltom marine in Adelaide.
My brother lives in Sydney, Greg, and he's restoring a J53. He got me onto the newsletter and hence the boat. Matt was a convincing salesman.
If anyone has any more snippits of history of the boat or interesting photos, send em in. Any ideas for a colour scheme. I'm sort of leaning towards a black jet, coloured deck, white hull, black underbelly (where it has the slipcoat now) and dark silver grey (tinted window) effect on windscreen. If I dont get the seats recovered, there is some special paint which can be sprayed over them. I'm only thinking of doing that if there is a real conflict in colours. I love those pop up visors for deflecting the wind. They need a good polish though.
I've also attached a photo of one of my crew.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Clark on May 24, 2006, 15:05:20 PM
Mr Gobbles, are you the original owner? Phat gobbles?

it would be much more dented if Mr Gobbles had owned it!  ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: mof on May 24, 2006, 18:56:06 PM
it would be much more dented if Mr Gobbles had owned it!  ;D
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

No, it was never Gobbles' boat. His boat has a good working relationship with an aluminium boat repair business.

It had a relatively easy life in Matthew's hands, but prior to his ownership, well it might be best if you don't know everything about that boat, just understand that it is a testament to the quality and strength of the Rivercraft product.

Gobbles operates his boat outside of the realm of "foreseeable" impact, as understood by the very experienced designer and builder of the Rivercraft product. ;) ;) ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on May 24, 2006, 19:21:11 PM
OMG.
Starting to feel slightly ill now. A bit feint.
Thanks for that info. May be best if I never find out its full history.
I wondered how a boat supposedly only 6 or so years old looks like it has just been unearthed out of a pyramid. A little bit of fitting and aluminium corrosion here and there.
You are not joking about the strength of the boat. It seems unburstable though.
I read somewhere that some members use their planing strakes as shock absorbers. This must be the boat they were talking about. Not too bad that they couldnt be cut off or re done if required. Doesnt seem to affect the performance on the water.
Except for you guys.
The little old lady used it for Bridge (run) on Saturday, Church on Sunday.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TuiMan on May 24, 2006, 19:21:58 PM
Just the usual.........One lady owner ;D
thats no way to talk about matt ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: browny on May 24, 2006, 19:41:59 PM
The only thing wrong with that boat may be the colour. :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on May 24, 2006, 19:44:20 PM
Thanks "Mike"
I'll take all the positives I can.
I looked at about 50 photos before I bought it and they showed all the problem areas so I wasnt blind.
I knew it was going to be a project boat but with more than the basics all there.
I'm not disappointed at all. Quite excited really to turn it into an exceptional example. Hope my cheque book will keep up with my plans.

Hi Browny
I wondered about the colour as well.
My fear was that as a newby, if you do something wrong, people look at the colours and think "[email protected]***r"
They are sort of growing on me though
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: browny on May 24, 2006, 19:53:24 PM
The problem with changing the colour of the boat is then you`d really have to change the seat colour too. That money would probably be better spent on fuel. ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: mof on May 24, 2006, 20:08:50 PM
Gobbles is a much better boater than I, I wish to learn from his experience and wisdom
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Nigel on May 24, 2006, 20:11:52 PM
Gobbles is a much better boater than I, I wish to learn from his experience and wisdom
aha... gobbles is visiting eh mof :o
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: mof on May 24, 2006, 20:12:05 PM
Gobbles is a much better boater than I, I wish to learn from his experience and wisdom
Another victim of the unattended computer... ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on May 24, 2006, 22:32:48 PM
the pink seats must go!

boat was originally owned by canterbury boater barry johnson who used it as a patrol boat for the jba club events, then had a accident and decided to sell his near new pride and joy around 2002, but not before fitting those pink seats and interior (had a temp interior while using as a patrol boat in order to carry radio men and stretchers etc). boat has since been in the nsw jba and boated many rivers in aus including a trip to tasmania,
the boat was recently brought up to mechanically faultless condition with all ignition, exhaust and fuel systems replaced and ecu re mapped, it runs 7.5lbs boost on it's yella terra (eaton m90 design) super charger and spins the 212 very nicely indeed.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Nigel on May 25, 2006, 08:40:17 AM
Thats a bit harsh :P
but true ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: UK_Exile on May 25, 2006, 12:25:28 PM
I used aerosol can of special vinyl paint to change tan seats to black. Looked great and seemed to last well. Can you still buy that stuff ?
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on May 25, 2006, 13:03:06 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments.
You have to admit though, it has the the most perfect lines.
Must get looks wherever iit has been taken.
A canooist I passed the other day told me it barely touched the water when drove by.
I think it is those protective trim plates on the end of the hull and under the jet.  Must really lift it as well as protection I suppose.

Dont blame Matthew for the interior. If anything he has probably improved it. I think it has the nicest fit out and the quality of the seats and engine box is first rate. The carpet and interior hull trim is in great condition.

I too have considered the vinyl paint. My trimmer says you can buy it in the paint shops and to get the painter to spray it on professionally. Ive attached some photos of my boat repairer friend moving the boat around on his farm with his 4 wheel drive bike. I couldnt believe what a great little tow horse it was. This is where it will spend the next couple of weeks while we work on it.

Thanks Gobbles re info about salt environment, that may explain sped up corrosion effect. Anyway, I've looked at it and it just on the surface. Bought some special sanding disks to clean it off.

Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TonyT on May 25, 2006, 13:03:48 PM
I used aerosol can of special vinyl paint to change tan seats to black. Looked great and seemed to last well. Can you still buy that stuff ?
I used a Plastikote product to do exactly that.
It's called vinyl spray.
Works very well
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on May 25, 2006, 13:09:17 PM
Thanks for that info TonyT.
I'll make some enquiries here in Adelaide.
Love forced induction in a boat. I assume your boat is Turbo charged? How does that go off the mark.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TonyT on May 25, 2006, 16:55:15 PM
Thanks for that info TonyT.
I'll make some enquiries here in Adelaide.
Love forced induction in a boat. I assume your boat is Turbo charged? How does that go off the mark.
It doesn't have the punch of a V8 off the mark but winds into it pretty quick anyway.
There is a very small but noticeable lag until the turbo spools.
Driving at normal cruising speeds at around 3200 rpm, there is no boost and no vacuum, so this is a good cruise setting and throttle response from those revs is instant.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on May 25, 2006, 18:41:13 PM
many a boater would be crushed by this s/c lexus, this boat goes particulary hard. the 212 in this case is well matched to the lexus, we have seen (witnessed) 80km/h in the deep and 85.9 in a shingle river with slow flow.

after a year or two of patrol work supporting river racing and club social events i think barry re painted it soley to sell it and did the interior at the same time.

the mufflers at rear remove very easily if you want to paint and you can simply grind out any bog at the joins which has cracked and re do it... the hull handles great so i would not bother working on the inner chines (shock absorbers). give it a good sand, bog etc and paint and it will be A1.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: wrongway2 on May 26, 2006, 01:03:36 AM
Welcome to the web board Steelo,

 Here are some pics that date from 2003 on the Murrumbidgee.

The boat was called Rock Hard when I saw it, I think Mattew said he was going to adopt that as his "screen name".
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on May 30, 2006, 22:44:50 PM
Hi there.
I'm back from my weekend away.
Did some work on the hull. Stripped all the stickers, plastic bimini, boat cover, tie down fittings from the hull. The hull is is in great condition under the small amount of surface corrosion. Some of the bolts took a bit of effort to get out though. Tragedy is the cover wont hold on now.
Bought some aluminium filler to patch up the rivet holes but I think I might need to get the back inside deck corners welded as there is a definite crack on either side. I may have to take the fuel tanks our though. Pee's me off because no one will weld with them in.
Fixed up the back pole on the trailer. Next step is knocking out the dents along the chine line.

Thanks for the kind words and tips Matt, I'm hoping the special filler will be OK for the hull. Its above the water line. If I get them welded, It will probably set fire to the interior.

Thanks for the photos wrongway. Looks like they should have also been posted in the "Greatest stuck" section.

Thanks for the information in relation to your Turbo engined boat, Tony. I know what you mean about that sweet spot. I've had it in a couple of Turbo cars. Instantaneous accelleration. Excellent.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on May 30, 2006, 22:53:00 PM
Just a few more photos for you pleasure. I've ripped off that piece of angle iron from the top of the pole.
Going to mount he rego plate vertical, like Matt had it. Its the only way! Never get the boat in the shed otherwise.
Where do you get that slippery plastic strip for the inside of the pole from?
Hull looks naked without all the fittings and stickers.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on May 30, 2006, 23:13:22 PM
grind away the bog to check that it is the bog that is cracked and not the alloy...

remember BOG is your friend ;D ;D  maybe someone here can recomend what bog to use... ??? ???

the plastic is called uhmw and an engineers supplier or a machine shop could order some for you.. otherwise a trailer place will sell the not so tough but effective blue stuff already cut and profiled (domed strips) for trailers.....
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: fidget on May 30, 2006, 23:39:48 PM
remember BOG is your friend ;D ;D  maybe someone here can recomend what bog to use... ??? ???

Nutech is pretty good stuff, forms lots of stringy fibres (technical term) and sets like bloody granite!
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TonyT on May 31, 2006, 08:16:11 AM
Yep, Nutech is good, it has glass fibres in it and sets real hard.
Go to your panel beater supply shp and have a look at what is on offer.
My experience with the cheap type bogs is that they tend to get flaky and crack with body movement over time.
There are some very high tech bogs/knifing compounds which look real good technically, and are easy to use.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Brizz on May 31, 2006, 08:43:01 AM
"NEWTECH"  correct spelling, red and black tin, available here in NZ at Repco, Supercheap etc as well. Used it, and other stuff, and as they say above  NEWTECH the way to go. Other stuff fell out.   ::)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on May 31, 2006, 13:40:47 PM
steelo go here, he is in SA. i sent him a message

http://planetsoarer.com/joel/Joel.htm
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on May 31, 2006, 23:57:29 PM
Thanks for that information Matthew
Those engines are a work of art.
He is very clever.
Can't fnd anywhere on the site to contact Joel except that he is somewhere in Adelaide.
I'd love to bring mine up to that standard, Presentation wise.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 01, 2006, 09:39:50 AM
i sent him your email address
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 05, 2006, 00:05:46 AM
Hi everyone.

Thanks for your help and interest re the NEWTECH.
Unfortunately it's no longer available in South Australia.
They used to sell it here years ago but stopped for some reason.
I am going to re contact the distributor in Melbourne if you think it's worthwhile persisting.
Otherwie I initialy bought some of that kneadable putty, like knead it. Goes off like steel (they say) when you massage it from a stick between your fingers. Supposed to be able to grind, tap and drill it.
Kim has given me all the low down on removing the transom sealing ring so I can paint the hull, and the jet nozzle to check the stone blender for damage.
Matt has instructed me on the muffler removal and I hope I will be able to find a welder soon to repair the hull which is actually hair line cracked on both sides under that paint (in the photos) of the back corner.

I'm now sort of thinking about an all white boat, tinted metallic grey painted windscreen and getting a signwriter to put some discrete stripes or graphic on the boat.
I'm paranoid about putting a hot deck colour on, getting it damaged with people's shoes, hitting the jetty, etc and then having to try and match it later

Its been over a week since I last did any work on the boat. I've got an exam tomorrow and then I can spend some time on it.  I hope to have some more pics soon as I progress.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 06, 2006, 14:41:29 PM
Hi gobbles.
Thanks for that.
Yes I will be keeping that deck mat.
My trimmer tells me it is industrial grade and hard to get.
I'll prob leave it on and paint around it. Dont want to tear it taking it off.
Trimmer tells me he can get some lighter weight material for the transom
cant wait to get onto those big dents.
taking the trailer guards off to get in there.
cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: LJD on June 06, 2006, 15:30:23 PM
Hi gobbles.
Thanks for that.
Yes I will be keeping that deck mat.
My trimmer tells me it is industrial grade and hard to get.
I'll prob leave it on and paint around it. Dont want to tear it taking it off.
Trimmer tells me he can get some lighter weight material for the transom
cant wait to get onto those big dents.
taking the trailer guards off to get in there.
cheers

if its the same grey stick on all the other Rivercraft have you could ask to get a couple of sheets sent over when the next hull goes over and just fix up the freight. they are about a meter square from memory.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 14, 2006, 20:34:45 PM
Hi everyone.
Didnt have much time to work on the boat but my friend had done some before I arrived.
I am leaving the deck mat as is for the time being.
I have attached some photos for your info.
Those cracks in transom/deck have now been welded AAC.
Hull looking a little sad with sanding back well underway.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 14, 2006, 20:41:14 PM
Just some more pics of the business end with jet nozzle removed
behold the turbo impeller. Those blade edges look pretty good for the effort they have put in.
Do they need to be cleaned up at all?
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 14, 2006, 20:46:03 PM
blades are A OK, did them up not long before the boat sold..
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 14, 2006, 20:47:19 PM
A few more of nozzle, special muffler pods removed and transom.
Looks like I have a little scraping to do.
That sealing ring needs to come off.
I may take out the exhaust nozzles as well to make sure they are sealed up.

Thanks Matt.
I actually was quite impressed with how clean and even they were.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 14, 2006, 20:57:28 PM
remove all the silastic goo from unit and exhausts for painting etc.. good idea.
replace the large  unit o-ring and the cooling small o-ring, i seem to remember they both looked a little square, the large stretched a little. neither leak.

I dont remember sucking up that log pictured though :o ;) ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 14, 2006, 21:03:41 PM
the fuel breather with tape on it is redundant, you can remove it and fill the hole on the transom deck.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 14, 2006, 21:07:47 PM
The log fell out when I removed the nozzle.
The smaller O ring was actually broken and U R right, it was squared off and flattened in places.
Be cheap to replace I imagine. Best all round.

Good idea about fuel breather.
I'll pick the best one out to remain.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Midjet on June 14, 2006, 22:53:16 PM
Hi Steelo,
   Got the "o" rings for my colorado unit from my local bearing service centre  ;) . Cost was about $15 all up
                                                                                      Midjet
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 14, 2006, 23:02:33 PM
The log fell out when I removed the nozzle.
The smaller O ring was actually broken and U R right, it was squared off and flattened in places.
Be cheap to replace I imagine. Best all round.

Good idea about fuel breather.
I'll pick the best one out to remain.
Cheers

steve i think you will find the (one and only) fuel breather is an intergral part of the plastic fuel cap.. trace the other two traddidional ones there, as i think they are both disconnected.. it had some bizzar series of 3 breathers on it when i got the boat.. i removed the lot and reinstated the current one with good results.

bottom tank breaths to top tank, top tank breaths to plastic fuel cap... ;)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 14, 2006, 23:39:35 PM
Thanks for information gentlemen.
Thanks MidJet. thought I would have to go original but its good to know that I may be able to get OEM.

Thanks Matt re breathers.
I actually couldnt see any hoses attached to them on my cursory inspection. Glad to know I can get rid of both of them.

Were there originally bolts holding bash plate to welded bracket on Jet nozzle. I noted the holes but nothing holding it together.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 14, 2006, 23:44:49 PM
there were bolts, but a good whack and it just made it hard to remove bash plate, esp if on side of river.. so i ran it with no bolts as they did not serve any purpose..
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 14, 2006, 23:52:29 PM
Does that bash plate come off?
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: wrongway2 on June 15, 2006, 00:58:58 AM
Hi gobbles.
Thanks for that.
Yes I will be keeping that deck mat.
My trimmer tells me it is industrial grade and hard to get.
I'll prob leave it on and paint around it. Dont want to tear it taking it off.
Trimmer tells me he can get some lighter weight material for the transom
cant wait to get onto those big dents.
taking the trailer guards off to get in there.
cheers

Ted from Rivercraft sent over the deck mat I used on my boat when it was delivered as I could not source it in Aus at the time. I have since noticed that Whitworths now stock it in their catalogue.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 15, 2006, 14:12:10 PM
I think you will find the starboard breather came from the top tank and the port breather came from the bottom tank via fuel hose connected to garden hose :P

not on my watch it didn't ;D ;D ;D I removed all and any dodgey engineering ;)

the underfloor tank fuel cap only (standard thread dia etc) could be replaced by a chunckier plastic one as the slim line design of current setup sometimes made it hard to unscrew..
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hemihead on June 20, 2006, 05:35:01 AM
Hi Steelo nice looking boat, should look fantastic when refurbishment is finished.
You mentioned a while back that you were going to mount your trailer number plate vertically. I was going to do the same. I few weeks ago I was putting my boat in at a ramp near Murray Bridge when the marine and harbour guys pulled up (in there 4X4, too cold for boating they said). Anyway they went over the boat and trailer looking at safety gear, rego, lights etc and gave everything a clean bill of health (phew!) While we were talking I asked them about vertically mounting of the number plate on the trailer and they said it was illegal and would/could attract a fine of $220.00  :o Something to do with visibility. I challenged their argument because it didn?t make much sense, but was told the law is the law and that?s the way it is!  ???
I thought I?d let you know.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 20, 2006, 09:52:34 AM
Dear Hemihead.
Thanks for that.
I will make some more enquiries but it sounds as though you got it from the horses mouth.
I may have to revise my plans.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 20, 2006, 12:37:36 PM
i had my plate verticule in NSW for nearly 5 years and the trailer had to have a new rego blue slip which was authorised... even had a speed camera ticket from the vert plate ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 20, 2006, 19:47:57 PM
you will not need to overhaul or service the following at this stage (as part of revival) due to being in good nick or just been replaced/overhauled

- fuel system (new filters x3, new hoses and clamps where required)
- new low pressure fuel pump (its a holden high flow part)
- new breather system
- air
- cooling (with exception of that one bend)
- oil and filter
- ecu wiring (new), but protective box could be replaced
- jet unit all as new with exception of o rings
- battery new
- new exhaust manifolds
- new trailer running gear, axle,bearings,brakes, hydraulics and hitch

so mostly your work need only be the cosmetics
AND maybe a new pink paintjob same as the old one ;)


Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 21, 2006, 20:27:34 PM
Hello everyone and thanks for your comments.
Thanks for the heads up re maintenance Matthew.
All is going well. Have not had much chance to do any sanding although my colleague has been spending some time on the boat. Nice friend.
Change of colour is in the wind, (no pink sorry)
I wouldn't have thought it possible with the downturn in activity (fuel and weather) for boating that the painter is unavailable for another month or so.
It may be that everyone is thinking it's time to do all their repairs.
I hope to have most of the prep work done by then.
I can't wait to hear the sweeeeet sound of that little Toy motor.
Cheers and thanks
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 22, 2006, 20:16:34 PM
steelo
get your deck tread here, grey,blue,beige or white

http://www.whitworths.com.au/main_itemdetail.asp?item=82544&search123=ultralon&intAbsolutePage=1

you can mail order or get from whitworths store in Port Adelaide
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 22, 2006, 20:20:53 PM
Thanks Matt.
I looked on Whitworths site the other day on recommendation this site.
It was just too complicated. Never even looked like finding what I needed.
I appreciate you taking the effort to find it for me.
Hopefully will be doing some more prep work this weekend.
Cheers and thanks
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 22, 2006, 20:28:55 PM
I dropped into their Crow's Nest store today and picked up a product cattledog, good reading ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 22, 2006, 20:31:29 PM
I work near a store at Port Adelaide.
I'll get a brochure tomorrow.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 22, 2006, 20:37:26 PM
I work near a store at Port Adelaide.
I'll get a brochure tomorrow.
Cheers

brochure ??? ??? ;D  more like serious reading material ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D  Have your credit card ready
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Midjet on June 22, 2006, 22:23:59 PM
DEAR O DEAR STEELO I HATE THOSE BROCHERS >:( >:( THEIR ALWAYS FULL OF STUFF YOU NEED :o :o JUST ORDER
ONE OF EVERYTHING. THAT SAVES CHOOSING FROM THOUSANDS OF THINGS  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 26, 2006, 19:47:19 PM
Hi folks.
Thanks for all your helpful posts.
Got my Whitworths brochure and working my way through it. (it is a size isnt it.)
Have just returned from 3 days working on the boat.
Not a lot to show for my efforts but got a lot of ground work done.
Unbolted the mudguards to get to the hull.
Removed the carpet (bit grubby) lining the sides of the hull to see what I was doing and easier to panel beat.
Spent most of one day bashing out dents and creases with various sized hammers and dollies, gradually getting there.
Have liquid nailed small aluminium plates to the inside of the hull and going to fill holes from the outside.
Used that nusteel product like a formed rivet on screen area and dry areas. Sands back nicely.
Removed the fuel breathers, back stopped with glued aluminium strip and filled with newsteel.
Had to cut out the water sand trap, some of the pipe joiners had rusted solid. May have to re assess that set up seeing as I will be mainly in fresh water or close to fresh water for flushing.
Silastic (Aaaaaghhhhh) scraped off around jet sealing ring and ring and exhaust nozzles removed (with extreme difficulty).
Have started sanding transom to get a got surface to re seal against.
May have to panel beat from the inside back against the ring as hull not quite flat.
Does anyone make or know of a rubber sealing ring to go between metal ring and hull. Using tons of Silastic seems a bit agricultural.
I want to paint the jet unit black. Is there any pitfalls that I need to know of painting the unit.
I have attached some photos.
Shes not a pretty sight at the moment but consider her a pearl in the rough.
Keep up your helpful comments.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 26, 2006, 19:50:26 PM
Some more photos for you.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 26, 2006, 19:53:29 PM
And some more.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 26, 2006, 19:56:42 PM
Aren't I selfish, taking all this space.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 26, 2006, 20:02:54 PM
nice work indeed, you will have this looking new in no time..

you did well straightening those chines out
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 26, 2006, 20:11:18 PM
Thanks Matt.
Half way there my friend reckons.
Now out with the straight edge tools to plump out the creases in the chines.
Does look a lot better now though.
What we can't knock out, we will fill. (although my friend was horrified when I suggest we go straight to putty.)
Painter will be ready for the boat in about 4 weeks.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 26, 2006, 20:33:13 PM
This is what I had to reach through to get my spanner on the bolts holding the transom sealing ring in place.
I think I experienced half of the positions of the Kama Sutra to reach into those places.
Front seat pods are getting unbolted this week, so we can pull up the flooring to clean everything up.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hemihead on June 27, 2006, 02:30:21 AM
Wow, lots of work happening there steelo, great progress. Got your pm the other day and sent you one back. Will definitely give you a call when I?m back in town, I better not call to soon for fear of being roped into project work. ;D I think the 212 would look great in black, the only pitfall with painting is over time the paint might start to lift or chip and it could start to look a bit ratty. :-\
Any plans on the rest of the colour scheme?

Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hemihead on August 05, 2006, 03:22:17 AM
Hi Steelo, just thought I?d drop you a line to see how your restoration project is coming along. Did you end up getting the River-craft into the paint shop?
Any updates.

Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on August 06, 2006, 21:58:31 PM
Dear Matt and Mike.
Thanks for your interest.
Still not to paint shop yet.
Dents pulled, holes filled and more sanding to go.
Have bought the boat closer to home for ease of work
Anyway I've attached some photos so you can see how sad she is at the moment.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on August 06, 2006, 22:01:34 PM
Some more photos, thanks for your interest (and to keep me on the front page.)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on August 29, 2006, 20:58:53 PM
Dear friends.
Thank you for your PM's enquiring after the Rivercraft Revival Project.
I have spent the last couple of weekends working feverishly on preparing the bodywork.
I have scraped, filed and sanded until my model hands almost bled.
I can finally say, with a sense of relief and sadness, that she is off my hands and off to the painters.
I had some problems preparing the rear end of the boat while on the trailer and it was great to be able to spend a day in the painters workshop with the boat off the trailer and onto some high stands. Made it so much easier.

Jet is sanded and disassembled with all surfaces smooth and any corrosion now gone.
It will be painted black.

I have attached 10 or so photos so you can see before and after shots.
Painter tells me a few weeks priming and filling ahead.
Then we will talk about colour scheme.

I can't seem to find a reasonable (and cost effective) rubber bumper solution for the gunwalls.
I have seen that many of the boats on the site have bumper strips fitted but would like to know more if you can assist.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on August 29, 2006, 21:01:18 PM
And some more.
Please make any comments you like
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on August 29, 2006, 21:04:12 PM
and some more
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on August 29, 2006, 21:05:21 PM
Last one,
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: chris on August 30, 2006, 21:32:06 PM
You have done well. I think Matthew put most of the dents in.... so I think you should have had him helping out. Cant wait to see the new paint job.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on August 31, 2006, 15:01:30 PM
You have done well. I think Matthew put most of the dents in.... so I think you should have had him helping out. Cant wait to see the new paint job.

thats a bit harsh chris... although i can remember one dent i put in ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on August 31, 2006, 21:34:08 PM
Settle down children.
There was enough dents for all of you.

As for colour, still thinking all white, black underbelly and jet, charcoal black windscreen.
Then getting a signwriter in to stripe or graphic the sides.

Will be seeing the painter in a couple of weeks to go over colours.
The more colours, the more masking, time and expense.

Wife would like a red deck option.

Any ideas on side bumper strip?
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on August 31, 2006, 21:56:59 PM
since you have a base already to attached to, may be a solid black plastic strip which is countersunk screwed or bolted on. i think the Rapid Runners have this.. maybe someone can post a pic????
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on August 31, 2006, 22:04:15 PM
Thanks Matt.
I got a small sample of some 5m hard but flexible rubber from a rubber store.
Just doesn't seem enough to give protection though.


Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on August 31, 2006, 23:32:49 PM
i was not thinking of rubber, but rather the hard stuff likely UHMW..
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: chris on September 01, 2006, 21:08:35 PM
Rubber not very tough and tends to suffer if only glued on.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on October 04, 2006, 22:20:41 PM
greg how is the progress going?  getting the boat wet soon... you must be itching to fire up the lexus again
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on October 04, 2006, 22:53:01 PM
To think after all that we've been through together Martin.  ;) You would have remembered my name. Greg is my brother in Sydney. ::)
Boats been sitting in the paint shop for 5 weeks. Fellow hadn't even started the last time I called. :( I didnt' know TUI was available in Sydney.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on October 04, 2006, 22:58:52 PM
sorry trevor
thankfully tui is banned from the eastern seaboard, i still feel sick just thinking about by brush with tui
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: mof on October 05, 2006, 00:41:45 AM
To think after all that we've been through together Martin.  ;) You would have remembered my name. Greg is my brother in Sydney. ::)
Boats been sitting in the paint shop for 5 weeks. Fellow hadn't even started the last time I called. :( I didnt' know TUI was available in Sydney.
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Poor Martin must have a lot on his mind with this weekend coming up and all... Just a check read of his deposit book stubs would have helped...  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hemihead on October 05, 2006, 19:12:05 PM
Hey Steelo, sorry to hear your project is stuck at the painters. ??? I?m sure it?ll be worth the wait though. I was down at Kim?s last weekend helping (hindering) with the glass repair work on my little boat. Really miss not have the Hemi to play with. I?m O.S for a month but hoping to get the hemi back in the water by early Nov. maybe we can catch up then. Good luck with the painting! :) :)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on November 22, 2006, 19:30:17 PM
Dear friends and fellow Jet boat enthusiasts.
It seems like ages since I had anything to report and I am grateful for those who kept in touch via PM
In case interested, these photos just in via email from painter.
Preparation and 1 of a semi finished hull.
I'm quite excited.
Cant wait to see it for real.

Bought the black plastic UMHW strip for gunwales.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on November 22, 2006, 19:31:51 PM
And finally, the best part.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: mof on November 22, 2006, 19:51:38 PM
 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) Veerrrryy nice Steelo  8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Will the pink stripes be vinyl stickers ;) ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on November 22, 2006, 19:57:09 PM
Dear Mof.
So cruel !.
No more pink stripes for this boat.
Front seats may remain original colour (pink) till after christmas and I work out whether I want to recover them or buy some race seats to suit.
I'm leaning toward a re trim.  Original seats are still in good nick.
Its been a labour of love just waiting for the paint to go on.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TonyT on November 22, 2006, 21:18:27 PM
Front seats may remain original colour (pink) till after christmas and I work out whether I want to recover them or buy some race seats to suit.
I'm leaning toward a re trim.  Original seats are still in good nick.

Steelo, I know it sounds a bit dodgy, but I've had great success with vinyl seat paint. Plastikote manufacture a product specifically for painting vinyl seats and it is very durable. Would be easy to mask and paint in 2 colours as well and it isn't very expensive.
Almost impossible to tell from standard vinyl colouring.
Just a suggestion to save spending big money recovering good seats
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on November 22, 2006, 21:29:20 PM
looking sharp steelo, very nice.  See i told you "it would buff right out"  ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on November 22, 2006, 21:31:38 PM
Hi TonyT.
Thanks for your interest.
I am definitely interested and have made enquiries on Plastikote.
Cant find the blue I need in South Australia.
I've got 2 nice blue seats in the back so I either have to get close in colour, pick 2 different front seats entirely or paint the 4 seats and engine box cover.
I do feel apprehensive at the cost of getting it all recovered although I love what others have done with their interiors on the site.

May be I need to revisit the issue of painting them. I suppose I cant really go wrong if I am thinking of recovering anyway.
Thanks for your help.  What do you think of her new lines?
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on November 22, 2006, 21:33:00 PM
Thanks Matt.
Used the fine grade of wet and dry to get the dents out !! :o
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on November 22, 2006, 21:36:18 PM
white boat and black jet unit should look great
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TonyT on November 22, 2006, 22:34:04 PM
Thanks for your help.  What do you think of her new lines?
Cheers

Looks great.
I like the way different refurbs come out.
The hard work is always worth it.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hemihead on November 23, 2006, 02:15:16 AM
WOW!! That looks fantastic Steelo, you?ve got to be happy with that! Well worth the wait eh. When do you get to see her ?in the flesh?? More to the point when do you plan on getting her wet. I should have my boat back together soon, we?ll have to meet up for a spin. Keep the photos coming! 8)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on November 23, 2006, 19:50:16 PM
Thank you 2 Mikes for your encouraging words.
It seems like forever since I pulled the boat out of the water and I have to admit I feel quite pleased as to how she's turned out so far. (I hope the actual boat pays justice to the photos) and your interest over the months.
Black underbelly paint still to be applied.
I'd like to see photos from a couple of different angles
It may be another week or so before I can get down to the painters and see for real.
Month or so putting it all back together before she gets wet and that sweet engine whines into life.

Hemi, can't wait till we can both hit the water.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hemihead on November 24, 2006, 21:08:32 PM
Hi Steelo, I was just wondering, how is your power plant looking? Do you plan to freshen it up or give her a lick of paint, does it need it, or was she running sweet. Sometimes it?s hard to know when to stop when doing a resto job eh, one thing leads to another etc, etc.
Do you have any pics of this supercharged beast?
Looking forward to hearing that thing whining at the ramp, should turn a few heads eh. 8)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on November 27, 2006, 16:21:34 PM
I believe matthew gave it a clean up before he sold it, and was running pretty sweet. there are some pics earlier in this thread.

Looking nice Steelo 8)

rest easy steelo, mentioned earlier but the entire fuel,air and electrickery systems were either replaced or extensiviely overhauled, you need not do anything for around 50 hours at which time replace oil and filter (15w40 or 50) and change large fuel filter element.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on December 11, 2006, 20:48:47 PM
Hello friends,

Sorry nothing to report but I am heading down south next week on holidays to do some work on the boat before Christmas.
Painter tells me she is all painted and sitting in the yard.
I will be re installing the jet and what ever I can in the time I have.
My mate from the farm is coming down for a couple of days to help.
Kim is mixing me up a batch of slip coat so I can match the black on the bottom of the boat

I have the 25mm x 12m UMHW strip to go around the gunwales and I am hoping someone can give me some advice.
I have stainless steel self tapping screws to fix the strip but the plastics salesman tells me to allow for movement as the strip heats up and expands in the sun.
Has anyone any experience fitting this type of plastic and or taken any precautions to allow for movement? Do I need to worry?.
I'd appreciate any help.

Hope to have some more pictures in a week or so.

Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on December 14, 2006, 20:04:18 PM
Hi Simon.

Thanks for your interest and reply.
Yes, be good to catch up with Greg and family unfortunately no river cruising planned.
Painter just took so long to paint, left me very little time to put it all together.
I'm heading down next week but only have a couple of days. I was really hoping it would have been ready.

Thanks for help if possible with strip.
I have attached a photo of strip and also picture (of someone else's boat on forum) where I got idea of setup after Matt suggested the strip.
Just need better instructions to do it right. I only get to drill and screw once.

I see almost every new project in the forum has copied me with a painted windscreen. I'm glad I thought of it.  Not.  ;)

Cheers Steve
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on December 15, 2006, 01:02:54 AM
Hi Simon
Yeah no problems, it's only 12mm thick and 25mm wide. Jet Black and shiny
Bought 2 x 3m and 2 x 2m strips.

Also got the cans of Plastikote for the seats and engine box.
Cheers
Plenty of flexibility.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: NICK on December 15, 2006, 08:17:11 AM
Hi

I used the same black plastic on my trailer bunks and the salesman suggested putting it on outside on a hot day so the plastic can expand. Then screw it down and when it cools off the screws will stop it buckling.

I did this but when I have the boat off the trailer on a hot day the plastic strip looks like the loch ness monster as it buckles between the screws.

As soon as the bunks get wet when trailering the boat it reduces back to normal, I guess a few more screws might overcome this, but it has not really been an issue.

The black plastic does attract the heat.

Nick
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on December 15, 2006, 10:51:55 AM
Thanks Nick and Simon.

Not quite the news I was hoping for.  :(
It would be a bad look to have it buckling around the hull gunwales.
I may decrease the width between screws to around 200mm
I think with my driving skills though, a little awkward looking plastic will be preferable to scratched and dented hull.  ::)

I see a lot of forum members use those high fixed back racing seats.
Local manufacturer has them on special at the moment.
Are they impractical for general boating?
I've got those Rivercraft aluminium seat pods.
Has anyone fitted these seats so that they can be turned around for ski observer, socializing etc?
Thanks again.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: LJD on December 15, 2006, 13:12:53 PM

I've got those Rivercraft aluminium seat pods.
Has anyone fitted these seats so that they can be turned around for ski observer, socializing etc?
Thanks again.
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Rivercraft has made plenty of them so they swivel round and are height adjustable, this boat had them http://www.nzjetboating.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=7490.0 (http://www.nzjetboating.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=7490.0)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: slider2 on December 15, 2006, 16:37:22 PM
Hi Steelo,
On a project we did recently with bunk type runners /bunks with the same sort of plastic strips, the salesman suggested that we leave the plastic in the sun until warm, apply a suitable bonding agent to the bearers ( no-more-nails? or something compatible with water immersion) then drill and screw to the bearers. We did this and so far have not had  any buckling. Has anyone else tried this and if so is it a suitable method for exteme temperatures as we have only had to deal with the  current NZ summer :D :D :D :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on December 26, 2006, 13:27:21 PM
Hello fellow forum members.
Had a chance to spend some time with the boat and have made some progress.
Thanks to you all for you input. Kim made up the slipcoat for the bottom.
Here are some photos.  Interior is next on my agenda.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on December 26, 2006, 13:32:13 PM
Here's some after I put the plastic strip on the side.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on December 26, 2006, 13:43:55 PM
The plastic strip was easier than I thought.
Used a drill press to pre drill and counter sink the plastic every 200mm.
Used a drop saw to cut 2 45 degree angles on the nose
Put it in a warm place, then drilled and fitted 1 rivet at a time, working towards the back of the boat. Came up well.
I've got the plastic, drill bit and rivet dimensions if anyone interested. Cost for strip all up less than AU$120. Should give good protection.
Jet installation is a bit neater now as well. Looks good in black.
Boat now back with me in Adelaide where I hope to do more in next couple weeks.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: mof on December 26, 2006, 18:32:32 PM
Looking very classy Steelo.  8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on December 26, 2006, 18:59:16 PM
Hi Mof.
Thanks for your kind words.
Hasn't turned out too badly I must admit.
Interior is going to give me more worry. I have to get the pink out.....

Here's some info on the rivets for the strip. Had the depth as well as size and strength.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TuiMan on December 26, 2006, 20:39:35 PM
WOW, what a huge difference, looks real good, will be keen to see the finished project :)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hemihead on December 28, 2006, 12:01:08 PM
Looking good Steelo, congratulations on getting the beast back home. The plastic strip looks first class. Mate, pink seats aren?t that  bad, (better than milk crates) I reckon bolt em in and head for the ramp. Carpe Diem! (Seriously though, you should be commended for your patience and attention to detail). The black 212 looks awesome!. 8)
I?m in the process of fitting brakes to the Hemi trailer, so I?m temporarily out of action too. :(
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on December 29, 2006, 17:17:23 PM
Hello friends
Today I sadly said farewell to the comfortable but controversial pink front seats.  :(
It took a couple hours of my time, some elbow grease and 2 cans (1 per seat) of black Plastikote vinyl spray at the princely sum of AU$32.00.
Well worth the effort I hope you will agree.
Tomorrow I will get onto the engine box cover and dash backing.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TuiMan on December 29, 2006, 17:25:11 PM
that looks way better,  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on December 30, 2006, 22:57:56 PM
Hello friends and fellow forum members.
In case interested, spent some more time today painting.
Did the engine box cover and dash panel which I will fit soon.

Re installed the plastic flip up wind deflectors, jet nozzle cover extension, and rocket launchers (rod holders).
All in all a productive day.

I'll thank you all to stop posting photos of your fantastic days out boating until my boat is finished. ;)
Cheers and thanks for the positive comments
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on December 30, 2006, 23:00:46 PM
Some more pics.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TuiMan on December 30, 2006, 23:29:54 PM
Looks fantastic, You have done very well ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on December 31, 2006, 00:05:05 AM
Thank you Simon and Shaun for your kind words.
Your opinions are appreciated.

It does have quite the 73 look about it doesn't it.

I don't know if I will keep the plastic pop ups.
May get them re made in dark perspex. 
They make all the difference at speed deflecting the air over your head.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, don't hesitate to offer them.
Cheers and thanks
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on January 01, 2007, 23:56:16 PM
Dash and boost gauge fitted now.
Need to touch up paint the dash instruments which flaked a bit with the masking tape.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on January 06, 2007, 20:34:12 PM
Hi everyone.
Steering wheel, deck fittings, replacement heat exchanger hoses, cold water inlet hose, aux fuel pump, new fuel cap, and link computer fitted in new housing.
Sand / filter / trap stripped, cleaned and reassembled. (Give that C.L.R. a try to get rid of calcium and sludge on sand filter glass. It works a treat.)
May replace rusty old tap handles next season.
All engine wiring tidied and wrapped.
Thought you may be interested in these easy to release hydraulic fittings (although metal) which will make it easy to fit hoses to standard 3/4 BSB heat exchanger fittings. (after securing filter to hull)
Don't need thread tape as they have a rubber seal inside.

Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on January 06, 2007, 20:39:40 PM
Few more photos
Going to try and get to trimmer next week for hull lining carpet.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Gravelrash T on January 06, 2007, 20:45:27 PM
That looks awesome,didn't go the pink much myself ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hemihead on January 07, 2007, 00:36:39 AM
Hi Steelo, looking good mate. Your timing is perfect to post the pics of your push on ?? hose fittings. I?m in the process of making up a weed trap/sand filter thingy and I could certainly utilize some fittings like that. Where did you get them from?
Keep up the good work!
Mike

Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on January 11, 2007, 21:23:50 PM
Hi Simon.
belated response I know.
Heat exchanger clean as a.
O rings given a coat of silicone grease and thread tape replaced at back.

Hi friends
This week, polished external exhaust pods, polished and installed interior exhaust fittings, fitted heat exchanger and had carpet lining installed on hull sides.
New fuel transom filler fitted. Started to clean up, floor panels to be painted and fitted, seats to be installed and then ready to put bum in water next next weekend to check for leaks.
Pics attached

Welcome back Matt! Board has been a little quiet.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on January 11, 2007, 21:42:20 PM
steelo

here is a pic of UHMW installed on a boat for your info.. screwed at approx 120mm intervals, although i think 80-100mm would be better..

matthew
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on January 20, 2007, 20:47:09 PM
Hello friends and fellow forum members.
It's getting closer to launch.
Last weekend, took boat through high pressure car cleaning booth to clean up carpets and engine (with a liberal use of degreaser) Carpets came up great.
Spent today, putting in the floor panels, replacing rusty old metal screws in pedals etc with stainless ones, fitted front seat pods, fitted battery box, added louvred grills to access holes in transom, re routed fresh water inlet, topped up heat exchanger, and started on cleaning up battery electrics and fittings.
Cleaned and painted original blue rear seats. Have painted them black like the front ones using Plastikote
Hope to do a little more tidying up tomorrow, fit the front seats and perhaps add registration numbers to hull.
Then down to Goolwa for a waterproofness (is that a word?) test next weekend.
Lost my morse B74 reverse handle during the refit. Got an order in and hope to collect next week but they don't come cheap.
I've attached some photos
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on January 20, 2007, 20:51:23 PM
I don't know how I'm going to explain to the missus how I wrecked her candlewick bedspread.  ::)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: JR on January 21, 2007, 01:50:36 AM
I don't know how I'm going to explain to the missus how I wrecked her candlewick bedspread.  ::)
That is easy.. It Dead in a nasty Accident... ( It had a Diana ).. Cheers JR
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on January 28, 2007, 21:41:52 PM
Hello friends
Took the boat back to its home at Goolwa on the long weekend.
Wasn't the huge success I'd hoped.
Took the boat down to the ramp for a water proofness test.. Water started coming in from near the bung and engine turned over but wouldn't start. No noise coming from the main fuel pump.  Made a hurried call to Matt who identified a possible problem with the fuel pump relay
It was a public holiday so there was no one I could call out to check it.
Got a mobile auto electrician in on Sat morning and sure enough, relay buggered.
Took the boat back to ramp and cranked it up. Ran rough for a couple of minutes and then smoothed out nicely but unfortunately water very rough and exhausts, sand filter and jet leaking quite a bit so elected not to go for a drive.
Went home, re installed exhaust but with gasket silicone now in place, tightened sand filter, installed the exterior exhaust mufflers, put the back seats onto the base
Minor leak alongside jet unit base in sealant which I scraped back to nothing and re applied. Neighbor made a mount for the coolant overflow which works a treat and gives me more room for the battery and computer.
Too late in the weekend to go for a ride.
Certainly attracted a little interest from the locals when I backed it down the ramp though.
Maybe next weekend.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TuiMan on January 28, 2007, 21:46:07 PM
Looking good, you gotta be happy with the end result ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Nigel on January 28, 2007, 21:51:04 PM
wow... looking real good....

would not think it was the same boat

 :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on January 28, 2007, 21:52:05 PM
Thanks shaun. I do feel happy with how its coming on, not finished yet and I still have to re install the rest of the interior and go for a ride.
Its taken a long time and I'm constantly reminded that its a Project, Project, Project and to not be so impatient.
Cheers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on January 28, 2007, 22:30:45 PM
glad its coming along.

lucky you did not go for my call out, the fee to SA on a long weekend would have been a killer  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hemihead on February 05, 2007, 08:17:45 AM
Hi Steelo, sorry to hear things didn?t go as well as you would of liked with your initial trials. Sounds like you?re on top of it now though. How did you go over the weekend, did you get back down to the ramp for a run?

I?ve been having a few problems with the Hemi boat lately too. Mainly due to dodgy heat exchanger end cap seals (which I have since rectified). A mate and I broke down on the Katarapko creek, we had swags and cold beer on board so camped the night. (Good planning eh!) Limped back into Loxton the following day! 
Good luck with your beast, keep us posted eh.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on February 06, 2007, 21:33:21 PM
Hi there.
Its all coming together.
Took the boat for a run on the weekend.  It went great!!!
Still a small leak in the sand trap to sort out.
Then I can fit the interior.
Some pics for you.  I took a camera video but the sun washed it out.
Cheers.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: JR on February 06, 2007, 22:01:59 PM
Steelo you have done well ;D ;D ;D
Hull is looking heeps better and i like the color.. Are you fitting the old interior or are you making all new????
Man i can't get my hull soon enough... Keep the pic's coming.... Cheers JR
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TuiMan on February 06, 2007, 22:06:33 PM
Hey, wow, looks really good, you gotta be a happy camper .Such a difference from when you started. Very well done ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on February 08, 2007, 14:53:24 PM
John and Shaun,
Thanks for the positive comments.
Sorry for delay in replying.

Interior will be the same just updated.  Anything vinyl has been repainted with plastikote.
New carpet linings on inside hull, floor carpet the same but just cleaned. Seat mountings and engine box either painted or cleaned.
Was all in excellent condition when I got it.

Hope to get some graphics put on the hull later to take away the stark whiteness.
All coming together, just slowly.
Boat is 100km away so only get to work on it or test drive on weekends.
Cheers

Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on March 13, 2007, 21:44:53 PM
Hello all.
Project winding to its end.
Now have the boat on the water, bilge water down to about a litre over 3 to 4 hours.
New bimini cover being measured up at the moment.
Still to see signwriter. (does anyone have high res JPG's of Hamilton Jet / Rivercraft etc stickers) for hull trim and simple graphics.
Happy to take the family for runs now, even done a little hydrosliding with the mates.
See some attached photos.
Cheers and thanks for all your help
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Nigel on March 13, 2007, 21:49:23 PM
does anyone have high res JPG's of Hamilton Jet / Rivercraft etc stickers)

what exactly are you after???
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: LJD on March 13, 2007, 22:14:08 PM
those oval carbonfibre one's that you did for me look good Nigel with "Rivercraft marine" in them (i have a pic if needed), all the new boats now have the permanent branding  ;)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Nigel on March 13, 2007, 22:28:54 PM
those oval carbonfibre one's that you did for me look good Nigel with "Rivercraft marine" in them (i have a pic if needed), all the new boats now have the permanent branding  ;)
these ones ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on March 13, 2007, 22:43:26 PM
Those new Rivercraft Marine stickers look brilliant.
Here are the others that were on it.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on March 13, 2007, 22:52:12 PM
steelo, when will you be putting the pink stripe back on  ??? ???
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on March 13, 2007, 22:54:09 PM
Nooooooooooooooooooo..........

Must have bought a tear to your eye though to see photos of the old boat.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on April 10, 2007, 11:59:12 AM
Met Hemihead and Kim down at Goolwa recently for a long overdue get together.
Shocked at the near flogging I got from Hemi's little ex sprint boat. (with a 6 cylinder no less)
In the car park, they looked like father and son though.
Some photos attached.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on April 10, 2007, 16:27:14 PM
Hi Simon.
I've got a feeling there's not many that could.
Especially with 10 or so guests still on board the party boat drinking and dancing.  ;D
Cheers



Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on May 08, 2007, 22:53:52 PM
Dear friends.
I noticed, since the refit, that the fuel gauge would stay on full (right off the dial) for quite a while on startup before moving downwards ever so slowly to settle in at whatever reading the tank was.
Now, over the last couple of outings, unfortunately, the gauge stays on full and doesn't move at all. It does, however, go back to zero when the ignition is turned off.
I only have a sender in the rear 25L primer tank which gets used quite quickly  ;D. Pumping fuel up from the floor tank as required is problematic because I don't know how fast its being filled or how full the rear tank is.
I would appreciate any advice on problem solving this issue.
Cheers.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: wrongway2 on May 09, 2007, 01:25:09 AM
You could re-arrange your tanks so you select which one feeds the engines fuel pump and add a sender to your centre tank.

I am just about to put a rear tank in and will be using a solenoid controlled three way valve from a Series 3 jaguar to switch beteen keel and rear tanks, same circuit will be used to swap the sender inputs to my single fuel guage , same as the jag set up.

senders about $90, Jag solenoid $40 Jagdaim spares Melbourne.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TuiMan on May 09, 2007, 09:21:21 AM
Sounds like you have either one of a couple of problems, the fuel sender could be crook, if you earth out the sender wire then the gauge will do what you are describing, I would say either you have a earthing problem at he sender or gauge or you sender is stuffed.
I would do something like wrongway2 is suggesting.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Nigel on May 09, 2007, 09:27:33 AM
Dear friends.
I noticed, since the refit, that the fuel gauge would stay on full (right off the dial) for quite a while on startup before moving downwards ever so slowly to settle in at whatever reading the tank was.
Now, over the last couple of outings, unfortunately, the gauge stays on full and doesn't move at all. It does, however, go back to zero when the ignition is turned off.
I only have a sender in the rear 25L primer tank which gets used quite quickly  ;D. Pumping fuel up from the floor tank as required is problematic because I don't know how fast its being filled or how full the rear tank is.
I would appreciate any advice on problem solving this issue.
Cheers.
go back to the old owner for a warranty claim ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Tony777 on May 09, 2007, 09:31:16 AM
go back to the old owner for a warranty claim ;) ;) ;)

 ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on May 09, 2007, 12:01:15 PM
check for a wire problem...  run the fuel transfer pump all the time, then the guage will comer off full when you have 25l left ;)

cherck with ted to see if the high pressure pump you have can run without a "head" which your 25 l tank now provides ...  or just fit a new efi pump that can pump without a head (or self prime??)

the system you know have ensures you will never have any priming issues  ;)

the boat came with a full 12/12 warranty (12 feet or 12 seconds whichever comes first)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TuiMan on May 09, 2007, 12:06:36 PM
(12 feet or 12 seconds whichever comes first)
Sounds like one of your porno's Matt ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Nigel on May 09, 2007, 12:07:47 PM

the boat came with a full 12/12 warranty (12 feet or 12 seconds whichever comes first)
lucky that he has only done 11 of each ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on May 09, 2007, 19:55:50 PM
Thank you for your assistance and advice.
I tried to contact the previous owner to make a warranty claim, (well inside the 24 months initially agreed on  ;)) but he is a shifty individual and now can't be contacted via phone.
Consumer affairs laugh uncomfortably when I mention his name (which cannot be spoken on this site) and they tell me to find a young priest and and an old priest for some sort of party.  :-\
There may be an earthing problem but I have to pull the tank right out from underneath the back deck.  I don't know if I can switch source tanks because of the fuel return lines. Certainly something to consider though. 25l just doesn't go as far these days.  :D Maybe the previous car salesman owner will come forward with a warranty cheque.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: TonyT on May 09, 2007, 20:12:04 PM
Jeepers Steelo, that comment is painting car salesmen in a pretty bad light ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: wrongway2 on May 11, 2007, 15:03:33 PM
  I don't know if I can switch source tanks because of the fuel return lines. Certainly something to consider though. 25l just doesn't go as far these days.  :.

It would be getting way to complicated but the Jag twin fuel tank system would work for you, it  has two solenoid controlled three port valves, one set switches over the suction lines between tanks, the other one (smaller dia) swaps over the return lines.

It sounds like your 25 l tank is being used as header tank, you could abandon that useage and implement a swirl pot in a Cav filter (to keep a pressure head on EFI pump), use your priming pump to suck from either tank via a changeover valve, route the return line from the efi system to a spare input on the Cav.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on May 11, 2007, 21:06:42 PM
Thanks for that information.
Got to admit, I like the idea of that CAV filter thingy.
I have been thinking of a way to instal one of those fuel metering gauges but the return lines have been a problem.
Can I see a picture somewhere of how one works.
That Jag dual tank switch is good as well.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 04, 2007, 17:43:21 PM
Hi folks.
Water was too low to boat at Goolwa on the weekend so drove to Murray Bridge where there was some.
Weather was dark and threatening but had a good ride none the less and even had some smooth straights.
Fuel gauge also seems to have miraculously repaired itself?
Picture of the river, sky, missus and other crew members
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 04, 2007, 17:44:38 PM
A few more.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hemihead on June 04, 2007, 22:23:46 PM
Hey Steelo you found the ramp eh, which one did you end up at, how was the river level up there?. It?s nice to see some pics of the beast in action again, I bet you turned some heads at the ramp when they heard the blower fire up!
Hope the rain held off for you.  :)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: wrongway2 on June 04, 2007, 22:41:53 PM
Is the co-navigator a minature maltese?
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 05, 2007, 20:32:47 PM
Hi Hemi, Wrongway, all.

Launched at Long Island, boated towards Mannum (another River Murray town) but didn't quite get there. Didn't know how far away it was and weather closing in so did a U turn. Turns out (from looking at map) only about 5km's to go. Could have had tea and scones.
There seemed to be enough water at the ramp. I was only person at ramp and got surprised when wife (who had been practicing her car and trailer reversing drills) got me into the water and the boat quickly floated off before I'd had a chance to start the engine. I did a little silent praying and thankfully the Lexus purred into life.
Couple of shack owners to impress, that's about all.

Milly the little navigator is a pure Maltese. She is just a small one. Never leaves our side and can't wait to get on the boat but seems to spend a bit of time with her head buried under the wifes arm, or looking over the side of the windscreen, when we are under way at high speed.

I look forward to any other South Aussies or interstate visitors being available to get together to go for a ride.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: PM on June 05, 2007, 20:56:15 PM
Awesome to see it on the water.

Back to the fuel issue, we use a valve in our US commercial boats which switches between the tanks. It has two fuel inlets and one out, then one fuel return inlet and two out, so no matter which tank you select the return will always get back to the correct one. The valve is also manual so no electrical issues.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 05, 2007, 21:10:32 PM
Thanks PM.
That valve sounds a great idea.
I think I only have one fuel outlet from main 100l main storage tank, fed by second manual pump into 25l surge / header tank.
I may have to plumb in a fuel return to main tank to get it to work.
What brand / name is it?
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: PM on June 05, 2007, 21:16:36 PM
Sorry, don't have a brand / name. I usually just ask for one and UPS santa (man with the gifts) drops it off. Will find out in the next few days.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on June 05, 2007, 21:17:07 PM
steelo, paralysis via analysis ...

check the wiring at the sender and gauge for good contact (re do them, esp as you have just had them out and now you have it working intermittently!)
the fuel system on that boat is set-up to ensure trouble free operation down to the last drop of fuel or will self prime if you run out...

suggest you don't change it (tanks,lines,pump valves etc...,) you could however ...

1. do nothing and simply run the fuel pump 100% of the time, the fuel gauge will then stay on 'Full' until you have 25l left, then work in a linear fashion for the last 25 litres..(you can turn the pump of at this time).
2. do as above and put in a 2nd fuel gauge on the underfloor tank, you will have all the info then

cheers big ears
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on June 05, 2007, 21:45:45 PM
Thanks Matthew, everyone.
I think I'm just getting a little ahead of myself  :-[
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hemihead on June 06, 2007, 19:40:22 PM

Launched at Long Island, boated towards Mannum (another River Murray town) but didn't quite get there. Didn't know how far away it was and weather closing in so did a U turn. Turns out (from looking at map) only about 5km's to go. Could have had tea and scones.


Nice run that one eh Steelo, surprised you had the ramp to yourself at Long Island  :o
I think it?s about 40 km from the Bridge to Mannum.
We did it few weeks ago in the J73 for a test run. You can moor the boat at a little landing out the front of the pub in Mannum, they do great pub lunches there too. (Mine came in 440 ml glass receptacles) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on November 11, 2007, 20:55:29 PM
Hello all.
Been a while since I posted on the boat.
Went to Goolwa and took her out for a run.
Its still running very well
It was hot and water level low.
Had a new Bimini fitted a couple of weeks ago. Very pleasant to cruise under. I hope you think it suits.
Regards
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Gravelrash T on November 11, 2007, 21:04:53 PM
Looking good steelo 8)Was that you in the drivers seat ;D O))))
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on November 11, 2007, 21:29:34 PM
Thanks gravel.
It was my shadow and navigator.
I should have got her to take the photo.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on November 15, 2007, 23:12:17 PM
mmmm the storm covers were only used twice since new :o  good for keeping out hail..(it was a bad day)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on November 18, 2007, 20:13:15 PM
Dear Gobbles and Matt.
Thanks for your inquiry.
Nothing sinister about the storm cover or bimini. I still have them.
When I stripped all the fittings off the boat, I had nothing to tie the cover down to. Its still in the shed waiting to be refitted. In the meantime, bought a cheaper all over cover which protects her while in the shed.
I tried to have the bimini re fitted but one of the overhead bars had been broken, someone had tried to fix it and the whole thing was a bit wonky. It was also, if you remember wider than the boat and the bars were playing havoc with the inside of the windscreen when I tried to put it up and down.
Its still  in great nick though and waiting for a new home if anyone interested.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hemihead on November 25, 2007, 13:54:16 PM
Hey Steelo long time no hear. The Rivercraft looks great with the new cover, what a transformation. I need to do something similar on the 73, ended up with a beach umbrella for a quick fix.  ::)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on April 25, 2011, 19:34:40 PM
Dear fellow Jet boaters
I hope you will indulge me in my update to the Rivercraft Revival
Took the boat over to Tumut for the snowy mountains long weekend in March
It had been on my mind for sometime that the boat was due for a service and refit in a couple of areas after 5 years of trouble free use.
The recent on board fire involved Boofy had me reconsidering the inboard floor filler for the centre main tank.
What I considered heavy fuel usage I later found was caused by a break in the vacuum hose to the Link computer. This made the computer think it was under full boost all the time and simply flooded the engine with fuel to keep up. The engine and oil were black with unburned fuel
A discussion with Brendon from Phillon Marine and Matthew about my options had the boat remain in Tumut until the Easter long long weekend when M’Liss and I made the 1100km trek back to collect the boat.
I was very impressed with the quality of the mods, fabrication and fittings used throughout the build. Brendon has some more photos, which he may post.

Some of the modifications

Fuel system. (note the photo of the original setup)
Rear 25litre primer tank replaced with a new custom 40litre filler tank for the main tank. I still only have one filler at the back and the inboard one has been sealed up. This allowed one pump to be removed and stopped the frustrating situation of having to pump to the rear tank from the centre tank every 25 litres of use. Fuel now draws from the middle tank only.
New fuel senders in both tanks display on a new fuel gauge. New fuel breathers in the transom allow filling to be a breeze.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on April 25, 2011, 19:37:13 PM
Some of the fillers and breathers
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on April 25, 2011, 19:38:33 PM
Jet
Jet pulled down, bearings and seals checked. The 212 Jet impeller re built up to factory specs. I don’t know who had it on a diet but some considerable weight had to be replaced on it.

Boat
New 1250gph auto bilge pump replaced the 2 smaller inefficient pumps.
Planing strakes replaced and a couple of minor cracks welded.
A new reverse cable replaced the one that was nearly rusted through
Steering wheel tightened.
A new jet cover fabricated and powder coated to replace the one that fell off over the snowy weekend.

Engine
Watertight box for the Link computer secured high against the transom
Engine pulled out, checked and serviced, new platinum plugs, leads checked and injectors flow tested, supercharger removed, serviced, re oiled, cleaned and painted as were the rocker covers. New SC Belt. Engine Oil leaks located and repaired. The whole engine bay was given a clean up with wiring and cooling hoses re routed and cleaned up. New engine mounts completed the engine connection to the boat.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on April 25, 2011, 19:41:09 PM
Trailer
Trailer was given a makeover with double axle cover replaced with a stylish single cover and running boards.
See the photo of the original installation
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on April 25, 2011, 19:43:41 PM
The result
A quick Friday ride on the cold Tumut River saw the water level down almost 3 to 4 feet on my previous boating experience and the trailer at a precarious angle on the ramp. We launched easily however and went downstream. Access on and off the boat improved with the walk boards
Marcel and his daughter Sarah were in Tumut to collect Marcel’s J83 cabin cruiser and they came down for a look before heading back to the workshop to collect their boat and head up to the Blowering dam. Brendon took the little SC boat out for a run as a backup and I was accompanied by Aaron and M’Liss.
I immediately noticed a stunning improvement in out of the hole and overall performance.
Whereas before it spluttered and took forever to rev to its maximum, the engine now revs smoothly and quickly to the red line of 4200 rpm.
The boat is far sharper in its acceleration and cornering. It planes about 400rpm lower and seems faster and sits higher in the water at any rpm. There is less soot on the transom (probably a symptom of the engine running rich before) We spent an hour going up and downstream over a short section of the river due to a large fallen tree blocking our way
Just before we happily replaced the boat on the trailer I noted the fuel pressure dropped sharply on heavy acceleration and the boat almost stalled.
Back to the workshop we went.
Over the next 2 days Brendon cheerfully (even though Easter with his young family was disrupted) traced the problem to a completely blocked cartridge filer / water separator and debri in the main tank fuel valve. The filter was replaced when the shops opened on Saturday, fuel valve cleaned and we checked the boat again on Sunday morning. This time it ran like a swiss watch. Both Brendon and I were happy and we could head for home.
The trailer towed like a dream and was a lot quieter on the trip back.
Thanks to Brendon, Justin and Aaron from Phillon Marine for giving the boat a new lease of life.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on April 25, 2011, 19:47:26 PM
More. Boy that river had dropped! I still couldn't find that jet cover anywhere Matthew.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on April 25, 2011, 19:49:22 PM
More. Aaron and I in test mode. Me with a WTF could be wrong now look on my face after returning the boat to the trailer. Brendon with his I'd do anything for you over easter Steelo eh look.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on April 25, 2011, 19:53:31 PM
more. Showing the new uncluttered look and quality of the fitout.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on April 25, 2011, 20:05:45 PM

looking good steelo. i had the same issue with the fuel/water filter. mark it down in your calander to replace it in 12 months regardless of use, they rust inside and block.

nice to hear it has its mojo back  B))T  love the running boards
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Kenjet on April 25, 2011, 22:29:08 PM
 b> looking good.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on March 11, 2020, 21:47:05 PM
Friends, I know this topic is old. I need a replacement sand trap glass. I see Hartz Marine (the manufacturers of the filter) still have a web site and I have emailed and sent an enquiry via their web portal to no effect.
Are they still in business. What have others done in replacing the glass with original / OEM glass / plastic / polycarbonate. What dimension. How did you seal it.
Kind regards from South Australia
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Paul on March 11, 2020, 22:08:13 PM
Acrylic tube. 90ID 100OD 100 tall.  Ends are normally machined flat.  Seals on o-rings, or silicon, etc

http://www.jbnz.co.nz/yabbse/index.php?topic=22440.0 (http://www.jbnz.co.nz/yabbse/index.php?topic=22440.0)
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on March 11, 2020, 22:44:51 PM
Thank you for your prompt assistance Paul.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Paul S on March 12, 2020, 08:19:10 AM
FLO PRO marine have them in stock.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on February 26, 2021, 12:40:40 PM
Friends. It's been 12 months since I last posted on the boat.
The boat spent some time wrapped up languishing in a carport at Goolwa with no use.
One aborted attempt to start it in early 2020 saw me problem solving through new battery, 2 new filters, new fuel lines, 2 spark thingies on the lexus, a heap of fuses and a visit by an auto sparky. The next time saw a fuel pump failure. That pump stank!!
ANYWAY, saw Covid as an opportunity to freshen up the interior and get the boat going again.
New sand filter glass, tanks drained of "rank" fuel at 50 bucks labour and 100 bucks disposal fee for the 90 odd litres, new inline Bosch fuel filter (lord they're expensive) seats repainted, bases recovered and with fresh fuel I was back in the water on Thursday.
What a joyous day. Boat was brilliant. Engine sounded so sweet.
I even rang Brendan from Phillon marine (now defunct) to congratulate him on doing such a great job all those years ago when he refurbed the engine, jet and fuel system.
I'll try and put some videos up on YT if you are interested.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on February 26, 2021, 12:44:20 PM
Sorry about image scaling?
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on February 26, 2021, 12:52:07 PM
More
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Paul on February 26, 2021, 13:11:21 PM
Is this the one with the clutch?  Didn't it have a step-through transom?
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on February 26, 2021, 16:32:48 PM
Hi Paul. Direct coupled, High windscreen, no walkthrough.
There's a step / shelf over the jet though
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hamjet41 on February 26, 2021, 17:58:51 PM

Awesome work Steelo - looks sharp. B))T B))T B))T

What did you use for the the Gunwale strip - type and size etc? One of the 'still to do jobs' on my boat. fl.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on February 26, 2021, 18:21:03 PM
Thanks for kind words hamjet. Look back through thread. Detailed explanation of gunwhale strip.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: hamjet41 on February 28, 2021, 20:34:04 PM
Fluffy Duck  hhh that?ll teach me for not reading all your post Steelo  l-l  sh sh

Did you ever experience any of the heat buckling with 200mm centres?

Cheers  B))T B))T
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Warwick Marflitt on March 01, 2021, 16:53:46 PM
Hey everyone!!! STEELO has a B))T B))T B))T B))T boat! l-l
Looking good Steelo... get it out and hooning around
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on March 03, 2021, 22:05:02 PM
nice work Steelo

I'll buy it back now  wam

FYI this boat was originally owned by Barry in CHCH and was the Canty Rescue boat at the time.. it was pink then!

Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Clark on March 04, 2021, 22:18:37 PM
nice work Steelo

I'll buy it back now  wam

FYI this boat was originally owned by Barry in CHCH and was the Canty Rescue boat at the time.. it was pink then!

I remember visiting Barry with you to look at it. Gosh that seems a long time ago! 
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on March 04, 2021, 22:31:07 PM
Hi Clark. It?s as good today as it was when I got it in 2006.
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on March 05, 2021, 16:44:35 PM
I remember visiting Barry with you to look at it. Gosh that seems a long time ago!

we were YOUNG then!!!!

we have both landed on out feet however!
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: Matthewf/Norbert/TuiDog on March 05, 2021, 16:52:49 PM
steelo right after i fitted the S/C and HX
All new and shiny
Title: Re: Rivercraft Revival
Post by: steelo on March 05, 2021, 19:41:52 PM
Looks good. Where are my dizzy covers? Are you still deciding between original, Ls and Lexus for your boat?