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    Bought this prior to the isolation mess, but making some progress now. I have always liked the Glasply's I saw on the water many years ago. After doing a modification on different fiberglass hull a year ago, decided to do one more. Want to keep this one when done and sell the first. Knew I was going to gut it and add an offshore bracket for an outboard. Found a good hull and trailer for a bargain and off I went. First I started removing and discovering how sound things were. They built these good, all stainless fasteners, floor was sound, I knew the hull looked great from the outside. Here are some pics of the work so far. Click image for larger version  Name:	1981 Glasply.jpg Views:	2 Size:	103.1 KB ID:	68015Click image for larger version  Name:	Glasply tower 1.jpg Views:	2 Size:	25.5 KB ID:	68016Click image for larger version  Name:	transom 3.jpg Views:	2 Size:	3.17 MB ID:	68017
    Last edited by Roosevelt runner; 07-30-2020, 06:00 PM.

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    Nice looking boat. A bracketed 17. Not sure I’ve ever seen one of those. Ive heard of porpoising issues with brackets on smaller boats. I believe member Rooster bracketed a 19, but also know Armstrong recommends against brackets on boats under 20’. I look forward to seeing the progress and outcome.
    1978 17' Runabout - AQ120B/270
    1978 23' Cuddy

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    • #3
      Interesting, I would think trim adjustments at the outboard would be able to compensate that. With the bracket it will be almost a 20 footer. There will be a bit of flotation with the pod. I will be just above the drain plug with the bottom of the bracket, but not full width, maybe 3 ft. wide. The shop doing the work has done several, I have seen their work. Modifications always include unknowns. Not looking to add trim tabs just yet. I really like the hull and the room inside with the doghouse removed. I will be adding more progress photos as I continue. Just added some transom 'stringers', incorporated the motor well mounts for the inboard to create a pair of strongbacks. Click image for larger version

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      • #4
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ID:	68383 Did a float test on the infill and wanted to see how it sits in the water again. Only had it wet once and it was still on a loose hook on the winch. Test was good, now off to the fabricator for the bracket install.

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        • #5
          Well, after a longer than desired delay we are again making progress. It is currently at the dealer getting the new Honda 115hp mounted and rigged. The bracket turned out real close to what I had envisioned. A little more offset than I was thinking, but the fabricator said he did the math. We shall see soon when the motor is fully tipped. I went with a new No Feed Back steering installation. You can see the cable in photo, I think I got the length just right, after about a dozen measurements. Comments are welcome. Click image for larger version  Name:	A-3.jpg Views:	20 Size:	21.7 KB ID:	69505 Click image for larger version  Name:	A-6.jpg Views:	21 Size:	21.2 KB ID:	69502 Click image for larger version  Name:	A-4.jpg Views:	20 Size:	23.2 KB ID:	69503 Click image for larger version  Name:	A2.jpg Views:	18 Size:	24.5 KB ID:	69504
          Last edited by Roosevelt runner; 11-02-2020, 06:35 AM.

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          • #6
            Looks nice.
            Glas-Hawk
            Current Fleet - 1978 VIP w/4.3 V6 Merc (Glas-Hawk)
            1976 28ft w/twin Yanmars - Kaulquappe

            Previous Affairs
            1977 17 w/115 Merc Tower of Power
            1980 2100SL w/470 Merc
            1977 2100SL w/470 Merc
            1979 18'6" "Donzi-Ply" w/470 Merc
            1980 181 Runabout w/470 Mercruiser

            1980 8'6" Dinghy w/2 OP (oar power)
            2002 10ft w/15hp Mer 4 stroke

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            • #7
              Wanted to add my VIN, which seems to be common here. I do have a question; I looked in the file of brochures and saw ones for the 1979 and 1980 Model 172-0 Runabout, (which is what I have) both showed standard 50 gallon fuel tanks. I was thinking mine was a 33 gallon tank. Maybe I was given the wrong info. Anyone know for sure, mine is a 1981 vintage. Any added info on this one is appreciated.Click image for larger version

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              • #8
                My 17 had a 33gal tank from factory.
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                Glas-Hawk
                Current Fleet - 1978 VIP w/4.3 V6 Merc (Glas-Hawk)
                1976 28ft w/twin Yanmars - Kaulquappe

                Previous Affairs
                1977 17 w/115 Merc Tower of Power
                1980 2100SL w/470 Merc
                1977 2100SL w/470 Merc
                1979 18'6" "Donzi-Ply" w/470 Merc
                1980 181 Runabout w/470 Mercruiser

                1980 8'6" Dinghy w/2 OP (oar power)
                2002 10ft w/15hp Mer 4 stroke

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                • #9
                  Mine looks just like that, exactly. I figured it wasn't 50 gal. My tags are unreadable. Thanks....

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                  • #10
                    Finally got the new Honda installed and rigged. Huge improvement in the progress of the rebuild. Need to scoot it forward on the trailer now, add side bunks and work on the interior. Click image for larger version

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                    • #11
                      Looks great & interested in hearing about it's performance!

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