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    New to BOC and just bought a 1997 Capri 2050 SS-gctid815690

    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to boating and a first time owner having recently purchased a 1997 Bayliner Capri 2050 SS. I bought it from the second owner, who lived nearby and was good friends with the original owner. Unfortunately the original owner stored the boat outside for 13 years without a cover in southern LA. The hull is solid (no soft spots) detected yet, the mechanicals seem good (engine fires right up, etc), low hours and the gel coat and paint are great. Being outside, the interior took a beating so I'm looking at a full restoration of the floor, wood...structures (e.g. Rebuilding the wood the rear bench sits on), and uphostery. At least the gauges are all functional. :-P I have all the original documentation, manuals, etc.

    Right now I'm trying to find service manuals and such so I can determine what's original, what (if anything) has been modified, and where to go next.

    Any advice is welcome!


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    1997 Bayliner Capri 2050 SS
    Diamondhead, MS
    First time boat owner, purchased in June 2017. Solid hull, sound mechanicals, low hours, but the floor and interior need a full restoration after the boat set outside for 15 of its 20 years. I plan to use it in fresh-brackish-saltwater.

    #2
    Welcome to BOC Gerger

    That's a nice looking boat you have there. A little elbow grease and it will look like new.

    Lots of good advice here - don't be afraid to ask.
    Midnight Star
    1996 3587
    Twin diesels, Hino 250's
    Ladysmith, BC
    History: 1996 - 2655, 2001 - 2855, 1984 - 3270

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      #3
      Anyone have a line on where to get a service/shop manual? I'm thinking something equivalent to the Hayes books for cars.
      1997 Bayliner Capri 2050 SS
      Diamondhead, MS
      First time boat owner, purchased in June 2017. Solid hull, sound mechanicals, low hours, but the floor and interior need a full restoration after the boat set outside for 15 of its 20 years. I plan to use it in fresh-brackish-saltwater.

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        #4
        Welcome to the BOC. Nice ride you have there. As far as tips I can give you a couple but not sure how helpful. For cleaning use Mean Green spray cleaner or Simple Green. Excellent cleaning agents. For the old faded vinyl I gave up cleaning and went with new marine vinyl from Joann Fabrics. Most are $19.99 per yard of vinyl. Each actual size for a purchased yard is 36 X54 inches. Plus look on their website and you will find lots and lots of coupons. For the motor I used Sea Foam motor additive to the gas to make my 1850 go faster than factory specs. Welcome and good luck. "Haynes" manuals for boats would be priceless. I wish I could find one.
        1994 Bayliner Capri 1850, 3 liter Mercruiser, 9.9 Johnson kicker.
        1987 Wellcraft Antigua 265, Mercruiser 383 Stroker V8.
        Pulls with Ext. Cab 2006 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

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          #5
          I guess I'm coming to the realization the boat and auto worlds are definitely two different beasts. I'm finding in the boating world there will be information on the boat itself (e.g. Specs of the hull) and information on the drivetrain (e.g. Engine, throttle control and final drive), but it's up to the owner/tech/mechanic to tie the two together, as opposed to the automotive world where the car manufacturer had end-to-end control/responsibility for the entire vehicle. Beyond that the comparatively low volume in the boat world doesn't lend itself to such ubiquitous availablity of replacement parts and that sort of thing.

          Am I off base here? Hoping I simply haven't found the right rabbit holes yet!
          1997 Bayliner Capri 2050 SS
          Diamondhead, MS
          First time boat owner, purchased in June 2017. Solid hull, sound mechanicals, low hours, but the floor and interior need a full restoration after the boat set outside for 15 of its 20 years. I plan to use it in fresh-brackish-saltwater.

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            #6
            Oh you'll be chasing that rabbit for eternity. There is always something to learn about boats. As far as boats and cars, absolutely. But they are far from interchangeable parts. It depends on the boat but also on the person. Some people prefer to do it all themselves. Some people prefer people fix it for them. Personally I want to do it myself so that if I am out on water with my family and something goes bad I have a better idea of how to deal with it. Although a lot of insurance company's have boat towing as an option or jump start like a car but you will definitely pay for that service. One excellent thing about most boaters is that they are some of the friendliest people on the planet and will gladly pitch in to help you if you are in a jam. I remember showing up at the dock last summer for one of my first outings with the family. Had the boat in the water, truck and trailer way up in the lot, and not a darn thing happened when I turned the key. I left the power switch on after the last trip out. This guy fishing cruised by on a bass boat with a 15 hp Johnson outboard and Jump started my Mercruiser 3.0 4 Cyl. I felt like a total moron. But he was just so cool about it.
            1994 Bayliner Capri 1850, 3 liter Mercruiser, 9.9 Johnson kicker.
            1987 Wellcraft Antigua 265, Mercruiser 383 Stroker V8.
            Pulls with Ext. Cab 2006 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

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              #7
              Cleaned up the battery compartment, installed new trays, batteries and a 2 way switch. Found a lot of rot on the port side panel.


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              1997 Bayliner Capri 2050 SS
              Diamondhead, MS
              First time boat owner, purchased in June 2017. Solid hull, sound mechanicals, low hours, but the floor and interior need a full restoration after the boat set outside for 15 of its 20 years. I plan to use it in fresh-brackish-saltwater.

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                #8
                Battery compartment clean up, 2 way switch install, new batteries and trays, and discovery of significant rot in the port side panel :-(


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                1997 Bayliner Capri 2050 SS
                Diamondhead, MS
                First time boat owner, purchased in June 2017. Solid hull, sound mechanicals, low hours, but the floor and interior need a full restoration after the boat set outside for 15 of its 20 years. I plan to use it in fresh-brackish-saltwater.

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                  #9
                  First firing up. She took a while but tha could have been due to dry bowls. I hope the smoke is due to old gas...going to try and siphon out the old and put new 92 octane and seafoam in.
                  1997 Bayliner Capri 2050 SS
                  Diamondhead, MS
                  First time boat owner, purchased in June 2017. Solid hull, sound mechanicals, low hours, but the floor and interior need a full restoration after the boat set outside for 15 of its 20 years. I plan to use it in fresh-brackish-saltwater.

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                    #10
                    she could be running rich...

                    what size are those red cables? they seem to be a bit undersized.
                    Joon, Kathy, Jaden & Tristan
                    Uniflite 42 AC, DD 671N
                    93 3058 sold
                    92 2855 (day boat)
                    91 Fourwinns 205 (lake boat)
                    Longbranch WA
                    Life is Good

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