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89 Avanti 29 mods 12 May 2009 01:05 #1

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Hi all,
Thought I'd post a few pics of some changes I've made to our Avanti.
I'm curious to find out if anyone else has found the almost 3' X 1' cubby hole under the cockpit bench seat that was hiding behind the fender rack.
On the exterior I removed all the original stripes and logos, then redid them in navy blue. Did a redesign on the side plexi windows and made them appear as one long piece (in reality three sections ) and then used rub rail to make the frame. In the cabin I took out the little settee that was beside the galley counter and then extended the cabinets and counter top. The micro is built into the little cabinet in the vee berth.
The curtained opening between the dinette and vee berth just seemed like the perfect stop for a combo DVD player/flatscreen.


Waddaya think??
Steve

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89 Avanti 29 mods 12 May 2009 06:32 #2

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Exellent work Steve

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what a difference that looks great what did you uuse to make the windows and could you post some closer picture of them i was thinking obout this on my 3255 . good work
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I'll take a closer pic next weekend. I used plexiglas in three sections to allow for the curve of the boat with black RV silicone between the gaps.
3M body side moulding tape to hold the plexi on, silicone around that to seal,then the rub rail as a mechanical fastener to keep it all tight to the boat. I kept the rub rail screws outside the plexi but thru the still wet silicone to seal the screw holes. Hopefully this will keep it all tight. I've found that screwing thru the plexi causes the windows to crack with expansion,contraction and vibration. Eliminating the two section window that was there updates the look and there was no way to use the rub rail on those small pieces.
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89 Avanti 29 mods 12 May 2009 21:06 #5

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Love what you did with the cabin.

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89 Avanti 29 mods 12 May 2009 22:09 #6

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Steve the boat looks great. Very nice work. I'm sure it will make things a lot nicer on your next extended cruise.
I got an e-mail from Vera and she said you won't be making the trip to Killarney this summer sorry to hear that. Linda and I hope we can drive over to your marina on Georgian Bay and see you one weekend and see the modifications to your boat first hand. We did look for a boat like yours after we saw yours last summer but the 300DA fell into our laps.

Say hi to Vera and hope to see you soon.

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89 Avanti 29 mods 13 May 2009 00:37 #7

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Your boat was beautiful when I saw it last summer. You have improved on that. I wish you and Vera could make it again this year. I would like to see it in person.
And we would like some more card games.
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dmcb;294748 wrote: Your boat was beautiful when I saw it last summer. You have improved on that. I wish you and Vera could make it again this year. I would like to see it in person.
And we would like some more card games.
Doug


Seems to me that Vera and I beat you at cards Doug. :D

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89 Avanti 29 mods 13 May 2009 03:15 #10

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Awesome!!!!!

Just finished reupholstering the entire cabin and cockpit thanks to Kim at Canvas plus,heading up tomorrow ti install,now i need a tv like yours and i love your cockpit carpets too got any better pics?

Nice boat!

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89 Avanti 29 mods 13 May 2009 10:32 #11

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Thanks for the compliments guys, I'll take some more pics this weekend.
Doug and Ken, I really wish we could make it to Kilarney this summer. It was a great time. We had a blast.
Hey Ken , aren't you just around the corner from us ??
Are you up this weekend? and where are you going to be.
Steve

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89 Avanti 29 mods 13 May 2009 11:15 #12

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Steve,

As I have an Avanti also, I really love what you have done to "clean" her up ! Excellent work ! I redid my plexi windows also, but I just made them exactly the way they were. Now that I see yours, I want to do the same, can you come to my house ? I will play cards with you...
I can't wait to see some better close up pics of the windows so I can see better exactly what you did. This is where all my good ideas come from, everyone else !
Excellent job on the interior as well. I may put that storage area door up top where you did as well !

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Relaxation III;294841 wrote: Thanks for the compliments guys, I'll take some more pics this weekend.
Doug and Ken, I really wish we could make it to Kilarney this summer. It was a great time. We had a blast.
Hey Ken , aren't you just around the corner from us ??
Are you up this weekend? and where are you going to be.
Steve


We are on Cooks Bay at Lake Simcoe Marine. www.lakesimcoemarine.com

Wish we could make it this weekend but Linda has to work Saturday and we have company coming from England on Sunday for 4 days.

Ken

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89 Avanti 29 mods 14 May 2009 05:07 #14

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That is beautiful - excellent work!

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89 Avanti 29 mods 14 May 2009 14:06 #15

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Ditto Lyndon. Very nice indeed, Steve..... you'd not know it was an 89 boat! Very nice! :arr

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89 Avanti 29 mods 08 Jun 2009 18:49 #16

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Always thought that there may be space under the seat. What's the model and size of that door. I want to do the same. You can't have to much storage space. I bet you could do the same with one under the table on the front side of the seat.

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89 Avanti 29 mods 09 Jun 2009 11:44 #17

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The hatch I used was a 7" X 11" inspection hatch from Bomar/Grey. I think it was around $95 CDN. For the Ontario guys , Brewers Marine in Hamilton stocks a lot of this stuff.
I've attached some closer up pics of the windows.
Sorry Jim, didn't even see the PM .
This is the longer version of "I just replaced the windows.
Remove the old ones in as large a section as possible[ Old ones brittle]
with various sized putty knives. Clean up old adhesive. Lacquer thinner works great.
I used a sheet of plywood cut into 2'X8' end to end to make a 16 foot
"table". used the old windows to make rough pattern, freehanded the new curve, then cut the plexi with my table saw (120 tooth SHARP carbide blade) again freehand on the curves. Since the rubrail would hide the edge I just lightly sanded the edges. The rubrail was 1 1/2 PVC with a rubber insert. solid black . I cut the long pieces about 6" too long. then fastened them to my workbench in an inverted circle for 24hrs. Trying to take the curl out of them....it worked. I taped the new windows to that 16' bench, cut all the miters in the PVC rail, screwed it to the bench as well to keep it in line with those screws just missing the edge of the plexi.
When they went onto the boat, 3M body moulding tape holds the window in place. I made marks with masking tape up the edge of the walkway to keep it straight. Standard exterior silcone gooped all around the windows.
Some will say should be marine...maybe so...I wanted the open time and the more runny nature of the home type so it would wrap around the screws going thru the rubrail (Predrilled)The rail can be bent as go to make the gentle curve on the top. One screw at a time holding it down tight to the plexi. I left a small gap between the three section to allow some expansion and contraction room. Filled it with black RV silicone.
I couple of years will tell the real tale.
Steve

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89 Avanti 29 mods 09 Jun 2009 13:19 #18

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Steve,

What colour and thickness of plexiglass did you use? We went to look at some at our local glass shop and had trouble deciding what tint to use. The previous owners of our boat had replaced one of those windows and they used a really light tinted piece and it really stands out and you can see the white frame (of the boat) behind the window. Looks really bad.

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It was gray not bronze . 1/4 thick. the colour gets deeper with thickness. If the sun shines straight into the window you can see the holes. I painted at the factory chips with white paint so it didn't show so badly.
These windows are actually Acrylite not the name brand Plexiglas. A local plastics place happened to have a left over 4'X4' pc I bought.
$125 CDN
Steve

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Steve,

Thanks so much for the extra pics. It looks better than factory !
I am a little confused ( it doesn't take much ) on how you attached the rub rail to the window, maybe you can come and do it for me...:kidding

Seriously though, great job and I will probably attempt in the Fall or Winter.

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thefamilyjewells;307316 wrote: Steve,

I am a little confused ( it doesn't take much ) on how you attached the rub rail to the window, maybe you can come and do it for me...:kidding


LOL....and when he is done thefamilyjewells....you can head north and do ours too.:kidding

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I'll pay for gas for both of us !!

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The rub rail has a 1/4 lip on one side so that edge is on the outer and the flat edge is on the inner side. The screws thru the rail are against the window but not thru it. Keeps the window tight without holes.

I think my Admiral has enough stuff to keep me busy , but always ready to answer questions.
Steve

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I did the the cubby hole under the cockpit bench seat one. Nice storage addition. Thanks for the idea.

While I was getting that hatch I saw a bigger one, 11 x 19, on open box sale. After painting it light brown, with plastic spray paint, I installed it up front to access the large storage space under front mattress. Really adds to that as its now easy to store there without having to prop the mattress up. Sorry, forgot to take picture. Unlike the bench seat area which has thick fiberglass this easily cuts with a jigsaw with a wood blade as its primarily just 1/2 plywood.

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Nice look! The admiral and I were considering placing a flat screen/dvd combo in that very space. Did you have to make any modifications? Off hand do you know which tv u installed?

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