Fortier 33 Restoration Project

Vagabond

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Lost my Dyer 29 to Hurricane Sally (Sept 2020) and decided to replace it with something a little larger and comfortable for cruising. Found a Fortier 33 for cheap in Charleston that needed tons of TLC. Actually "alot" is not enough to fully describe. Brought it home to its new homeport of Gulf Breeze, FL (near Pensacola) which was an adventure; 10 days and 100's of gallons pumped out of the bilges but we made it.

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In the last picture the boat looks pretty from afar, but she's far from pretty!

Broke the restoration into three phases,
  1. power systems, genset, thruster, windlass, water heater
  2. patch and paint all surfaces,
  3. interior upgrades
I'll send more posts with pictures and commentary.
 

Toolate

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Flybridge looks very sharp. I’ve only ever seen these boats with soft or hard tops never a bridge. Looking forward to the pictures
 

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Out with the old 250hp original (1983) Volvo, in with the new Volvo Penta d6-380. The old engine runs fine with about 3k hours. Also added a Northern genset and replaced the exhaust which was the source of the water in the bilge, hanger strap had broken and the flange on the exhaust tube was cracked and leaking. Also put in dripless shaftseal. Luckily it didnt let go on our delivery, crossing from Cedar Keys to Apalachicola is 110 miles across so if it had let go we would have been in deep.
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Alot of sanding an filling. Old paint job had weave showing through and some cracking and scuffed sections. Original gelcoat was white, dont know when it was painted dark green but if you look up near the bow on the second picture you can see where a repair was done to the hull. Whoever did it did a great job but im guessing that is when the boat was painted.
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tailhook

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Hopefully you made it thru the hurricane OK, pretty boat btw, keep posting. My second favorite boat...
 

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Hurricane missed us by 150-180 miles! Plus I purposely hauled the boat for all of the work during hurricane season. Also, while it was out I changed out all the throughhulls, probably over doing it but some of them were a little sketchy. I’m retiring next year and figured I’d get it done while I still have income. Should be good for another 40 years

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Flybridge looks very sharp. I’ve only ever seen these boats with soft or hard tops never a bridge. Looking forward to the pictures
For a few years in the late 90s we had three of these F33 “SFs” with the bridge and distinct trunk windows within a 5 mile radius on the outer Cape. And one other that was identical save for the bridge. It’s funny how parochial certain designs become.

And boy do these boats catch fish…..
 

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100% committed to a bow thruster! I know holes a cut into boats all the time but these pictures still make my skin crawl! I thought long and hard about installing a bow thruster but F33’s, at least mine is a bear to back down, especially with any kind of cross wind. Not much prop walk at all.

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I had a beat up 20x18 prop when I repowered last year. With the new engine (a VP d6-380) we went from 250 to 380 HP and top rpm from 3000 to 3500. We were basically barely over 50% loaded at pretty high RPM. Hoping the larger diameter and higher pitch gets a more efficient curve.

In the picture the rudder and strut are primed for prop speed but the prop is bare in case we need to repitch after a trial run. I keep the boat on a lift so if the sea trial turns out ok I can always coat it later before the water temp dips down in FL
 


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