19' Seaway

flood tide

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Hello everyone. Came across the site today and I've enjoyed reading everyones posts and checking out everyone's boats. I thought I would post mine. Its a 1985 19' Seaway. This is my first boat. I just bought last month. I trailered it down to Long Island from northern Massachusetts. Right now I am replacing the 35 gallon fuel tank tank which had a few holes in it from electrolysis. I hope to get her in the water and fishin real soon.

 

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Nice rig dude! This is my second season on my 21 and I can't say enough good things about it. When you replace the tank, replace it with as big a tank as you can fit- I've found the boat does well offshore and if I could get even another 10 gallons (mine is a 40) it would give me just a little more comfort factor. Congrats on a great first boat!
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Thanks guys. Shoe, I just went and replaced it with another 35 galloner. Below the removable deck panel there was a glassed in box that the tank sat in. That was really the only size I could fit in there without having to remove that compartment. Got the tank in a few days ago. Next week installing a thru hull transducer, new bilge pump (I think the original is still in there), and Im having the engine tuned. Hopefully the shitty weather wont stick around and I'll get to enjoy the tail end of the season a little. By the way, I checked out your NEW seaway in the other post looks suhweet. I havent had a chance to spend much time on mine yet. Glad to hear they can hold there own offshore. Was wondering what kind of conditions you feel the boat is capable of riding in comfortably?
 
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I go anywhere out to about 35ish miles out on mine so long as the forecast isn't terrible. I've fished tight 2-4s in it without a lot of pucker factor, and would feel safe running home in bigger if I had to. That being said it's still just a 21 so I alway air on the side of caution. I don't know what you have for electronics, but I have a Garmin and hooked up a fuel sensor via a NMEA 2000 connection and it's the balls. I can really optimize the fuel burn, and it's accurate as hell, definitely worth the money in my book. Are you on the North or the South of Strong Island?
 

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Im on the south shore. I fish out of Jones Inlet. I actually have the same garmin electronics as you. Im having a B117 600w through hull transducer installed next week. I have an older model Seaway with a carburated Tohatsu engine. I think its a 1998 M90hp. I really dont know much about the digital fuel and engine gauge aspect of the garmin unit. I bought it assuming it was something that would not work with my older engine. I really dont know much about electrical though. Is the digital fuel sensor something that is only possibly with newer engines? I may have to wait until I repower until I get to enjoy those capabilities.
 

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It will work on any engine- it's actually just a small fitting with two barbs on either end. You cut your fuel line somewhere between the filter and the engine and fit the two ends of the fuel lines onto the barbs. Then you power it and connect it to a NMEA 2000 connection and you're ready to roll. I'll see if I have any pictures from when I did mine. It's super easy.
 

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Okay, I found a couple pics to give you an idea.

The first one here is a shot of my transom. To the left of the fuel filter you'll see a small black piece of plastic- that's the fuel sensor. If you look closely you can see the fuel line run out of the filter and through the sensor.


And here is a shot of the NMEA 2000 backbone. I have the fuel sensor and radio running through this.

 

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Nice boat. I just bought a 19 I am in the process of completely rehabbing. I am adding a below deck tank, I have the whole deck out now, and after some measurements I order a custom 38 gallon tank. Sounds like I guessed right if factory is 35 gallons.

Do you have a raised deck up forward with storage underneath? I had to cut mine out and am questioning if I want to put it back.
 

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Hey Tuna Scapes. What year boat do you have. Mine is a 1985. I just bought the boat in September and havent really gotten a chance to use it yet. Im still working on it. Fortunatley to removing the the portion of deck above my fuel tank was easy. It was held in place with a few screws and a silicon seal. I understand this was not the case with all the seaways as they were designed for their individual owners. There is a raised V Berth deck at the bow with limited storage underneath. I really don't see the use of having it, it really cuts down on the amount of open deck space. The compartments are really shallow too, not much space inside. I was actually considering removing them also. But I think I am going to leave them in for next season, maybe use them as fish boxes. See how happy or unhappy I am after the season is over.

Good luck with your rebuild. Would love to see some pictures if you have any.

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Hey flood tide I was wondering if I could bother you for some info since you just did the new fuel tank. I was hoping you could tell me how long the stock tank is and how far in from the transom it sits. I'm just trying to nail down my tank location. Thanks
 

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Tunascapes,
No problem, the tank was 50.75" and it sits 22" infront of the transom. Hope that helps.
 

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Hey flood, I have a 87 seaway 19, only it's the seafarer cuddy version. It's the same hull as yours, just has a cabin thrown up over the fore area. My tank is still original and i am considering replacing it this winter. I have the same deck plate you do and there was already some foam that was wet towards the stern so i took it out, but was there anything else holding the tank in place? How much of an ordeal was it to actually remove and how many friends will i need to pay with beer to get it done? Thanks a lot.
 

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Removing my tank wasn't that big of a deal. I just had to remove the silicon and unscrew the deck above it. The tank sat inside its own fiber glass box right underneath the deck. There were also two small ply wood flanges that were screwed into the box's lip which held the tank in place. Other than that I had to disconnect the fill line, the vent, the intake, and the fuel sender wiring. Make sure the tank is empty. Two guys can pick it up easily. Good luck. Would love to see a picture of your boat.
 

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This my first time attaching pics, so i hope they come through. I bought her in late 2010 and have been working on her a little at a time. The good news is that she was well taken care of and kept on a lake (of all things) in Maine prior to when I got her. The decks appear solid as well as the stringers. I painted the decks and topsides last year, and will probably get to the hull next spring. This springs projects are repowering and now looking at the tank. I have had the deck opened up before, and the two pieces of wood that held the tank in place where falling apart, so i created new ones and epoxied them. I haven't had any problems with the tank, but just looking for some piece of mind as it's original and has to be pushing 30 years old!

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Wow! Beautiful looking Seaway for 25 years young! See looks like new. :D
 

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Thanks guys, I was really lucky to find her. Drove all the way from NC to Boothbay to get her! Most people aren't too keen on the shallow keels of these boats, but for the shallow waters we operate in it's perfect. Since these pictures were taken I have also added trim tabs on the transom which help out a great deal getting the bow down and adjusting weight in the boat.
 
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