35' JC project

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  1. Pamessina13

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    Hi Guys,

    I am new to the downeast boat community but I just picked up a 1986 JC 35' in need of a total restore. I am planning a 3-5 year project to do with my dad. We have restored 4 boats so far all in this size range but never a downeast. The JC got delivered today. I'll post some pictures as soon as I can clean it out a little bit. I am planning on reconfiguring the windows, rebuilding the engine, and configuring the inside for cruising and the outside for fishing. It currently has a 375hp 3208 turbo in need of a rebuild....just wondering what the opinions are about that engine in this set up.
     

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    Here are some more pictures
     

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    Here is a sketch I made for the final product
     

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    Welcome and congrats on your project.
    Looks like she needs someone to give her some love.
    A morning with a pressure washer and a dumpster will be time well spent.
    The 3208 at 375 is ok but never having owned a JC I can't comment on possible performance numbers.
    From the pics of the motor and bilges it looks like she spent some time below sea level. Yes?
    What's the back story?
     
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    A 375HP 3208 is a nice match for that hull. I wouldn't change it - providing it can be rebuilt. Where did you find this boat? You guys sure have your work cut out for you. Good luck and be sure to post plenty of pictures along the way.
     
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    Thanks guys! We pulled the boat out of some guys front lawn down in the south shore of mass. He said the boat was sitting on land for around 7 years. He used to tuna fish it down the cape. The boat was never under water, just left on stands to fix a couple broken parts on the engine and never attended to again. Overall the hull and bones of the boat are in good shape, no wet core or wet glass in the hull. We are going to strip it down to the bare hull and bare topside and fully build it. Supposedly the engine ran before he started disassembling it. I got it from the original owner who bought the hull from JC in 86, the CAT in 87 and finished the boat himself to tuna/run a charter business. It originally cruised around 19 knots and maxed out around 24.
     
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    That may be the best looking house, and worst looking engine, I've ever seen on a 35 JC. I hope you keep and restore both. The windshield in particular will make your JC extra special amongst all the other 35's, including those made later by Eastern. Keep us posted!
     
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    I agree on the windows. They look pretty good right now.

    How far are you going with the tear down? If you can move the prop and rudder back the ride will improve.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing this project as you post. I will miss the old girl. It was always nice to go home that way and look longingly that boat.
     
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    Something along these lines....
     

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    This is gonna be fun to watch. Tjhat motor and hull are perfect for each other. I see and honest 14-18knt cruise and approx 23-24knt top end. You wont want to cruise more then 18knts. Once you start laying on the coals, she will tend to start keel walking.
    Any questions I can help you out with feel free to ask and please keep us inform with lots of pics and info on the rebuild.
    Best of luck with her
     
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    So we spent the afternoon with a pressure washer and bleach! It can pretty clean, there was about an inch of growth on all top sides and roof. I’m gonna wait for the weather to get a little nicer and bleach it all again. Hopefully the sun will help bring the color back to white for now.
     
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    That's a great setup and I think your timeline is realistic. The 26 I redid was about that bad 16 years ago and it took me 6 years to redo. Smaller boat but just me doing it. Just keep us posted.
    And the 3208 Cat you have and the B series Cummins I've got are pretty good engines for "throwaway" diesels. 375 hp is an ideal horse for that block and that boat.
    You've got a lot of good reusable stuff there like those Freeman deck hatches.
     
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    Bryan I think you need a few more zincs on that shaft.:D
     
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    Lol. Not mine. That was on a Bruno.

    There are Captain Larry pics in the archives somewhere done on a 35 JC.

    He said it improved the ride.
     
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    I completely agree with the comments here. After 18 kts. it gets too far up and does keel walk. We run all day at 15 kts when it is smooth or in the chit. I'm very excited to see your progression on this. Having seen your other work I know you'll do a great job. And, as I said today, feel free to jump on board any time to take measurements. But, please don't steal my tackle station :)
     
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    Physics would say you are correct :)

    I don't know much about this so cannot add much other than sharing that my prop is in pretty much the same place which I have though was pretty forward.
     
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    Good Luck with her I was looking at here about the same time but you beat me to the punch. keep posting plenty of pics to keep everyone interested
     
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    Bryan, If i were going to move the prop back i would install a tube and new deadwood faired back to a feather edge. Struts are just another thing to worry about IMHO.
    Also you could drop the bottom and install a new skeg.
     
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    Agreed, that was just a pic I had on file.
     

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