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    Posted: 07/09/2011 at 10:27pm
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My friend let me borrow his pontoon boat to see if I want to buy it. I just towed home a 24' Sweetwater Executive Cruiser with HIN GDY1996EL687. So what have I got? I'm thinking a 1987 2420, but a Google search for 24' Sweetwater Executive Cruiser points to the NADA site for an '89 boat. It has a Mercury motor. The plastic motor cover side panels say 70 HP Oil Injected, but the metal strip that runs down the middle of the top and back of the motor (where the side panels connect) says 75.
 
The trailer has tandem axles and has 20' bunks and a 5' tongue, so is it a 20' or 25' trailer?
 
The deck is solid, but old, the seats are split, but useable, the carpet needs to be replaced. The Overton Tuff Coat looks like a good alternative to marine carpet - what do you think?
 
It hasn't run in 3 years and wasn't drained or winterized when it was put up. It's been out in the elements for 3 years. I'm thinking carbs must be rebuilt or replaced, impeller replaced, drain any fluids that might be in the motor, and somehow flush out/clean out the motor, as well as replace the battery.
 
I live about 30 miles from Lake Hartwell and Lake Richard B. Russel in Georgia and can't wait to go 'toonin but know it will be a while before the boat is "sea worthy".
 
Thanks for your suggestions, ideas, and assistance.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/09/2011 at 10:41pm
If you have some pictures you could put up it might help identify the suspect. We like mugshotsLOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/09/2011 at 11:04pm
Will do as soon as I have some. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/10/2011 at 12:14am

It is an 87 Godfrey. You'll have a capacity decal that will tell you more. As for the motor, we'd need the model and serial number.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/10/2011 at 1:14am
Here's the first picture:
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/10/2011 at 1:23am
Please size all pics to 800x600 for best view on the forum (for details) smaller pics is ok for general purpose (in which details are not important and you have multiple pics to show)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/10/2011 at 1:57am
Will do.
By the way, thanks for your service to our country. My father was a 30 year Air Force veteran (started in the Army Air Corps). Served two tours in Viet Nam, 1st to build the world's largest helicopter base (at the time) and trade the Air Force Hueys to the Army for their Caribou, then flying Army 1st Cav around in the Caraboo.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/10/2011 at 10:48am
Here's the only set of numbers I can find on the motor:
M558 28436
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/10/2011 at 12:46pm
Ummm don't think so, should be a metal plate, could be on the tilt/steering tube, might be hard to see
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The logs look to be 30ft long???
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Ahh, found it lurking under dirt (go figure):
Serial # 0B208268
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/10/2011 at 3:03pm
Logs are 24'
So far it looks as if I have:
1987 Godfrey Sweetwater 2420 Executive Cruiser
1987 Mercury 70 HP with Stiletto 3 blade stainless steel prop (don't have dimensions yet)
1987 Tandem axle trailer
 
You folks are a great resource.
Many thanks for all the assistance!
 
Now on to next step to get it running then get it wet!
I plan to take it to a marine shop for engine and hydraulic check, clean, tune, lube, replace impeller, replace wheel bearings, valve stems...
 
I have marine batteries, but I won't hook up any power until a mechanic has looked it all over and gives the ok.
 
Looks as if:
the deck is solid
the rails are good
the transom looks good
the wheel/motor turns smoothly
the motor hasn't run for 3 years ($$$?)
the seats will do for now if covered with towels (replace over winter)
the carpet needs to be replaced (maybe with Overton Tuff Coat? Ideas/opinions on this?)
 
Ah yes, the adiction has begun...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/10/2011 at 6:06pm
I'm not a fan of tuff coat, sorry I prefer soft carpet any day and I do fish from my toon. You also mentioned you have 70 and 75 decals, and here's one way to know if you got one over the other. If its a 2 cylinder motor, then it is a 87 70 hp motor, if its 3 cylinder then you have a 1986 75 hp motor
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/10/2011 at 6:26pm
Looks like a great project boat! You might want to look at the Mari Deck vinyl instead of a coating for the deck
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Thanks again Wildcat!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/10/2011 at 7:57pm
Thanks Brian! Reviews state Marideck vinyl gets very hot in the sun. What is your experience with it?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/10/2011 at 8:03pm
several of our members use it and haven't said anything about that aspect of it. Seems to be preferred, eventually some of them might visit and see this post and comment
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/10/2011 at 10:09pm
I used white on mine and its fine on the bare feet. The darker colors could be the issue. I did have to order the white direct from Mari-deck as at the time none of the retailers carried that color.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/11/2011 at 1:11pm
You should really look at the PontoonStuff Vinyl Flooring...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/11/2011 at 7:44pm
Glad to see they are carrying it now. That wasn't an option when I built mine. The price looks good too. Not sure on the PS glue but if you not using a wood deck the other brand uses a contact cement for coosa board & aluminum, etc.
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Hello again folks,
I've been told (second hand) the HIN on this boat is "invalid and can't be registered"
The HIN is GDY1996EL687 and the boat has a Ga registration sticker that expired in March 2011.
Any idea how to check to see if a boat has a valid HIN and whether it can be registered?
As I said before, I'm borrowing this boat and willing to invest some cash (up to $600) to get it lake ready so my family can determine if we want to actully purchase a pontoon boat (this on or another). Since rentals run $200 - 300 per day, I thought borrowing this one owned by a friend of mine, investing up to $600 to get it running and lake worthy, then using it for a month would be a good investment.
 
Also, the marine repair shop he has the boat at tells him it needs a transom and I wonder how difficult that would be to do myself? Looks like a couple sheets of pressure treated plywood, glued together (what type glue would I use) and bolted on with stainless steel bolts would do the trick. Is this a difficult job I should leave to a professional?
 
Any advice to these questions would be much appreciated (again).
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/15/2011 at 1:11pm
transom is easy to do and you got the right idea on how to do it. I don't trust 2nd hand info as to valid HIN, if its stamped on the rear then its valid - take it to DMV or your wildlife management folks, they would know. Don't you have the registration/title to the boat? What does it say? Never ever go by 2nd hand info - go to the folks that would KNOW for sure. Boat isn't stolen right?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/15/2011 at 3:39pm
The boat belongs to a friend. He's registered and licensed it twice (owned it 7 years). I don't have the title and haven't seen it.
 
Thanks for the transom information. What type of glue do you recommend for the transom repair?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/19/2011 at 2:12pm
Next update:
Marine shop says motor is locked up (bummer). I can get a used 70 HP for around $1,000 and wondering if that is a good idea.
 
Also, will have to replace the transom (as mentioned before).
 
Looking for ideas on the Merc 75 HP locked up motor. Was running 3 years ago, supposedly "flooded" (gas) and wouldn't start but was turning over. Should I remove the plugs, spray "Miracle Oil" in the cylinders, let set a day or two, hook up battery and turn the key?
 
Thanks for all the helpful advice given and just waiting to be shared.
 
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