Fortier 26 Work

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  1. tro7278

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    So I have posted a few pictures of the work I am having done and or doing myself to my boat. Thought I would share what has been done so far.

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    My old fiberglass tanks leaked so I had new aluminum ones made and had to get them set in the hull. These are made of 3/16th aluminum with baffles and structural supports inside. Zero flex and I can stand on them and I am a very large man. Powder coated white.

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    You can see the tanks in place. Fill and feeds are in the stern and. Vent and returns are Foward. The hatches in the boat leaked and we’re not water tight so I had a large Baier installed.

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    We decided to use fiberglass U-Channel for the framing. Glassed and screwed together. Put neoprene down just incase the deck ever flexed and touched the tanks.

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    Coosa for the deck. The circular holes are over the vent and returns. I used 8” RE-Thomas bronze plates here.


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    The stern hatch was a slip on and let water in the bilge as it was not water right. I had him glass in the coosa around the bottom and top left it open under the gunnels to allow air movement and put a Bomar watertight hatch in. An access everything now.

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    All glassed, faired and gel coated still need to sand and put two coats of tough deck down.


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    45 gallon bait tank I bought from pacific edge that I will mount behind the engine box.

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    New Nanni 370 just sitting on the stringers to see if it would fit. Engine cover actually closes. Needs to be aligned then pulled so I can have a new shaft built. No room to work on it so I put the three Anchor hatches in around the engine and the 12” RE-Thomas hatch over the current stuffing box which will be replaced with a dripless coupling.

    Still a bunch of work to do. Boat is an absolute mess. I had 100% of the wiring replaced. New blue seas panel. New electronic controls. Nanni digital helm co trol. New electronics. 750mm Zip wakes.

    Should have bought a newer boat lol. I really like the Fortier and once you go this far tough to quit or turn back.

    Tim
     
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    I had 26 built in 1982. I had it for 32 yrs and never regretted one day, hour, or minute of owning that boat. Good luck with your transformation and please keep your progress pics coming.
    You can beat a rug, you can beat an egg, you can beat your whatever BUT you can't beat a Fortier !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Has anyone run a 26 Fortier with this much power before? It seems to fit nicely. Can't wait to hear the performance report! Good luck with the project.
     
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    I replaced my 145 Isuzu {20 mph wide open} with a Yanmar 240 STE-LHA {29 mph WOT}...very fast and stable.
    { Never had a keel walk}
    Can't wait to see what you get w/ the Nanni...Keep posting ....please ....talk to Rod Fortier...He would probably be your best source of info....and a super guy.
     
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    Speed Boat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    What size shaft and prop are you using??
    Tranny???? Intake size??? Exhaust Size??
     
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    Any thoughts on why the tank(s) were leaking? I haven’t heard of issues with fiberglass tanks unless it was gasoline / enhenol.
     
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    I second the prop question. Only room for a 17” prop on that boat without modification. It should move right along :)
     
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    Clearly I have an experiment on my hands. The largest engine I am aware of is a 320 and I have heard it runs 32mph and can keel walk. Having said this I put the zip wakes on to see if I can manage this. I may be totally wrong and will have to be careful with the happy pedal.

    17”x 17.5 4 Blade Acme from Larry at AccuTech. Tranny is a Zf63A 1.59?? And shaft is 1 3/8”. Engine is same as the yanmar toyota based twin turbo and spins to 3900. Exhaust is 5” off the engine and I took it to 6” all the way back. Based on calcs I think if I can get there 29 knots.

    I am realistic may be to much but Nanni did me right when I bought the engine and will just have to lay off the happy pedal.

    Talked to Rod many times he thinks I am nuts. Lol. He is a great help though.

    Tim
     
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    GOOD LUCK !!!!! ( Will follow)
     
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    I am pretty sure my starboard tank was leaking around the fittings in the stern. Whenever I used the boat or had it picked up I would get quite a lot 5-8 gallons of diesel in the bilge. Was very nasty to say the least. I cut the tanks out they were very solid so given where all the diesel gunk and stains were I think one of the fittings in the tank was cracked.

    I just did not want to mess with it so I cut them all out and started new. In the grand scheme of things the tanks were reasonable To have made.

    Tim
     
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    Made a tiny bit of progress.

    Tim,
     

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    Can you post a pic of this boat showing the whole thing?
    Great project cant wait to see the results. Lot of hp for 1 3/8 shaft. Any chance you could get a thinner wall cutlass and go up to 1 1/2” shaft? AQMT22 for sure.
     
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    As long as there is no outboard I am good. Different thread sorry :)
     
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    I cannot get a larger shaft in as I would have if I could. New shaft will be AQMT22. I ordered my prop from Accutech and will order my shaft from him as well. If this was a low RPM high torque 370 engine I would not be able to do it do to shaft size/gear ratio/prop size necessary for the boat to perform adequately . The Nanni spins to 3900 so am using a ZF63A 1.56 gear with basically a 17/17 4 blade prop so the torque value on the shaft should work. Notice I said should. Again it is an experiment and I will have have to avoid full throttle launches to be safe.

    Tim
     
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    Some Pic from when I first bought it. Have I will get some pics when all done as well.

    Tim,
     

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    Been following this with great interest.

    I'm rebuilding a second fortier 26. Any chance you your spare prop/shaft available?

    Vin
     

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