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'89 Capri Cuddy OB improvements 29 Oct 2007 01:52 #1

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I've made various improvments to my '89 Capri Cuddy ('19 foot 1902 model), figured I'd post them for the benefit of anyone with similar models.

1. Bought boat from salvage, had been submerged. Completely re-wired boat with Anchor wire & Blue Sea products.

2. Repowerd boat with '92 Evinrude Looper 120hp VRO2 outboard.

3. All new gauges + Northstar Explorer (Navman) series GPS and Fish Finder.

4. Ski Locker cover quick fix.

5. "Radio Stack" of Standard Horizon VHF (DSC Comp.) and Radio Shack CB with Shakespeare Antennas.

6. Jensen Marine Radio.

7. New vinyl from Kim's Canvas Plus

8. New seats from Wise.

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Item by item:

1 & 3. Rewired boat with the good tinned wire from Anchor (unlike what appeared to be standard automotive wire installed originally by Bayliner). BIG NOTE: unlike every other boat/engine wiring configuration, Bayliner/Force of the era used a common 10 gauge wire from the Battery to the gauges /accessories/ AND ENGINE CIRCUITRY. In every other configuration I have seen before, the positive for the starting relay and engine ignition originates from the engine, not from what I would call the accessory circuit. I must have been a cost savings less wire method for them in the 80's.

Teleflex gauges were installed - "International Red" is a good match for the dashboard (ditch the square gauges). Northstar 438 /435 fishfinders or the 538 (external ant.) Chartplotters are perfect fits for the dashboard, plus capable of Smartcraft for any future merc ob engine installs.

NOTE: if you do your own wiring, BE CAREFUL, if you rewire the gas gauge wrong YOU CAN BLOW UP THE BOAT!

Also, since I now have so many gauges, I moved the dash lights to the empty accessory switch from the ignition circuit.

2. Repower. I did not ever run the boat with the force 125, so I have no idea how it performed. But the '92 evinrude is great, stands the boat on end fast, top end is 40mph at 6000rpm with a 15 pitch prop. Upper mounting holes are different. Engine does weigh about 70 lbs more.

4. Used Azek board 3/4 inch (available at lumberyards) for a quick skilocker replacement hatch. If you do it, cut the Azek board a little bigger than the plywood since the carpet overlaps and adds to the width of the plywood.

5. Used 5205 Shakespeare CB and 5202 VHF antennas, work great! Range is fantastic.

7. Thanks to Canvas Plus, we're lucky to have a source for for Vinyl.

8. I used seats from Wise and had to modify them to work. In the '07 Boaters World print cataloge, there is now a direct replacement for bayliner capri seating of the era.

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'89 Capri Cuddy OB improvements 29 Oct 2007 02:02 #2

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I should also note I switched to Teleflex morse no-feedback- steering (NFB rack). Had to cut the bulkhead a little. A good improvement even if you still have the Force engine.

Also, to anyone who installs the Evinrude looper V-4 120 (or 140), make sure you install the temp gauges (2 of them, one for the starboard V and one for the port), in adddition to a water pressure gauge. It is critical that you watch the temps/pressures on those engines. If you look at the pic in my first post you'll see I fabricated a 3 gauge steel mount to hold the three gauges and mounted it at the bottom of the dash.

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'89 Capri Cuddy OB improvements 29 Oct 2007 03:41 #3

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Great job! Great way to get a dependable good looking boat. Thanks for the wiring tips. Need to rewire my boat. In process of rebuilding it.

Good Luck..............Mark

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'89 Capri Cuddy OB improvements 29 Oct 2007 20:28 #4

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Good luck with your project! If you need any help BOC is the place to ask!

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'89 Capri Cuddy OB improvements 30 Oct 2007 19:24 #5

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Great project ! Thanks for the Wise- Boaters World tip. I have been looking for replacement seats for my Capri 16' BR. Will check them out.
John

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Bayliner Replacement Lounges from Boaters World:

Here is a link to the white/blue version:

http://www.boatersworld.com/product/165610213.htm

Gray/Blue:

http://www.boatersworld.com/product/165610221.htm

Click on the pic of the seat to also see a pic of the underneath of the seat

Also page 273 of the '07 catalog

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'89 Capri Cuddy OB improvements 31 Oct 2007 15:43 #7

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trimjb;83392 wrote: Great project ! Thanks for the Wise- Boaters World tip. I have been looking for replacement seats for my Capri 16' BR. Will check them out.


It cost my $250 to have one-half of my drivers lounge seat reupholstered. Now I see I can buy an entire seat for just $299. Even though it was expensive at least they did an awesome job matching things and used the old red strip on the new seat, making it look like new.

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'89 Capri Cuddy OB improvements 02 Nov 2007 16:18 #8

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Considering that the foam in my seats is also shot it might be better to just go with the Wise replacement. I haven't gone after estimates yet to do a rebuild on the existing seats. It's good to know you can buy the seats without the box.
Hopefully they are the same size as the ones I have.

mixerjv:Thanks for the link.
John

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