Back At The Cobalt

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by NorCal Boater, Jul 29, 2017.

  1. endless seas

    endless seas Member SILVER Sponsor

    924
    Feb 13, 2008
    Baltimore,Maryland
    1997 450 DA
    Cat 420
    What a great restoration thread (-:
     
  2. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Man....there is still so much to do but I have been continuing to chip away.

    After my friend went back to Cal we were at a place where the motor fires up, gauges all work and there is power to the new switch panels. We tested the outputs but did not wire anything permanently. I needed to get the new carpet on the inside hull-sides so I could tuck the wire harness up under the gunnels. Before I could do that I needed to get the very old adhesive off first and we all know how much fun that is. So armed with my angle grinder and a wire cup brush I suited up and attacked. As expected it was really messy but it actually came off pretty easily. Here is both sides ready to put on the new....
    port b4 carpet.JPG

    stb b4 carpet.JPG

    I bought the carpet from Boat Carpet Central. Really good people to deal with. The biggest problem with installing the new carpet was the temps. The adhesive is supposed to be in an environment over 60 degrees and it has been so cold here in the south I couldn't get it done. But late last week it finally started warming up enough to get after it. Below is after installation....
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    stb new carpet.JPG

    As of a couple of days ago I got the steering cable and all of the wiring up under the gunnel. I have been going back through the wiring and cutting out, and replacing, 32 year-old corroded connectors. From the new switch panels, the blowers, bilge pumps, horn, GPS and courtesy lights are all functional.

    I've recently made a decision to reupholster the cockpit seats and side panels. This was a hard decision as Cobalt has always had such nice interiors in their boats. As I have said, this project is not a restoration but more of a Resto-modification with much being updated. As much as I like it I'm growing a bit weary of the Cobalt tuck-n-roll look from the 80s. It's classy but I feel it dates the boat. Here is what it looked like originally....
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    I'm still designing the new and it will still have the deep contours but it will be two-tone and a bit more modern looking. I somewhat like the look of the newer Cobalts from the 90s and early 2000s. I'm currently taking apart the old seats and panels for the upholsterer. I hope I'm doing the right thing.

    Shawn
     
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  3. dvx216

    dvx216 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2012
    orrville,ohio
    2000 310 sundancer 5.7 vdrives






















    n/a
    twin 5.7 300 Hp. V drives
    When I had the seat redone in my 230 We.my upholster guy made a suggestion to eliminate all the piping which really up dated the look.
     
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  4. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    That's the plan with one small exception. I'm going with two-colors on the new interior and I am going to use navy piping between the 2 colors only. The hull of the boat is Navy blue and I wanted to bring that color inside the boat. There will be very little of it. I've also found a place that will embroider the Cobalt logo in a couple of the vinyl panels. This is similar to what Cobalt does in their newer boats.
    Shawn
     
  5. dvx216

    dvx216 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2012
    orrville,ohio
    2000 310 sundancer 5.7 vdrives






















    n/a
    twin 5.7 300 Hp. V drives
    DSCF0226.JPG DSCF0279.JPG Here's the before and after
     
  6. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
  7. DarkJester

    DarkJester Member

    111
    Jul 26, 2011
    North Alabama, Guntersville lake, Tennessee River
    2011 270 SLX
    Merc 8.2 MAG Bravo III
    Impressive. I really like the old Cobalts. The Engine looks pretty new?
    I can see it's a small block but that's about it.
    What a great boat.
    You should do a YouTube of the restoration.
    I know I would subscribe.
     
  8. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Jester, I barely have time to work on the boat and I'm doing 99% of myself. If I had to stop and video everything I would never get finished. And I have given myself a date of April 12th to have it finished.

    The motor is a 383 Stroker of unknown horsepower. The last shop that worked on it estimates somewhere between 350-400. The motor was built about 13 years ago and only has a couple hundred hours on it. The guy who built the motor was abducted by aliens or something cuz no one can find him. I owned the boat with a partner from 1989-1998. I bought it back 2 1/2 years ago. When I got it, the motor had a blown head gasket, a bad starter and some exhaust manifold issues. This particular Cobalt model had some issues with water ingestion due to the location of the motor and sitting a bit too low in the boat. My old partner solved these issues by adding a closed cooling system an IMCO Power-Flo Exhaust system and the custom-built elbows you see. The engine runs very strong now and I just need to tidy up the wiring, get the seats reupholstered (waiting for the vinyl) and refinish the teak trim.

    It's getting there....
    Shawn
     
  9. DarkJester

    DarkJester Member

    111
    Jul 26, 2011
    North Alabama, Guntersville lake, Tennessee River
    2011 270 SLX
    Merc 8.2 MAG Bravo III
    Well it's really nice.
    I can certainly understand the "Stop and Video" thing. It is time consuming, especially if you want to do it right.
    Keep us posted, and when you get it out there, take a video of you hauling A$$ on the lake.
    That would be cool.
     
  10. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Will do.... But you could possibly see it in person. I grew up in Seattle and have been boating most of my adult life, 50+ years. In Seattle we grew up with Unlimited Hydroplane racing. I recently discovered that Hydro Fest will be on Lake Guntersville in late June of this year and I am planning to come up for the races. I am the administrator of the Cobalt Forum, Club Cobalt and I am trying to organize a meet that weekend with some other members from the area. It would be great if Club Cobalt and Club Sea Ray members could raft up or something.
    Shawn
     
  11. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Member

    252
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1980 24.5' SR custom hardtop
    1984 18' Valco sled
    1984 20' Alicraft- sold
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    Nice work with your project Shawn. It is nice to see other's work. Mine is hiding under a tarp in over 4' of snow right now.
     

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