Buying an 88 260 Predator

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    Sweet, good to hear! If the weather isn't too bad I'll start tearing into her this weekend.
     
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    Welp, it’s official.
     

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    Congrats! Now the fun starts!
     
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    Thank you! We're excited to get started!
     
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    Good luck with your new boat. May you have many safe and happy times with her.
     
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    Thank you! We're going to get her out next weekend for some rockfishing before we start the real projects.
     
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    If you are going to be trailering a lot you may want to consider a trailer with a longer back end to it. Seems that one is pretty short under the boat. If a new trailer isnt an option I would at least get some supplemental tail lights for it. We put a set of magnetic car towing lights on ours, tied it into the regular wiring and put a metal tab on each corner of our swim platform that the lights then attach to when towing, at the ramp I just pull them off of the swim platform and stash them on the trailer fenders.
    In Pennsylvania you aren't allowed to exceed 3 ft from the last light on the trailer/vehicle to the end of the load. I didnt want to risk some lawyer yapping about our lights once we added the swim platform and kicker so the supplemental set of lights removes the liability gray area if we get rear ended.
     
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    That one sat a lot over the last few years and the owner was not mechanically inclined. Didn't know if he had a ford or Chevy and if it was original or not. Change the fluids and exhaust risers. It seems like you got your tow vehicle issues worked out. Good luck with it.
     
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    Welp I’ve run into a major issue. In the process of replacing the galvanized exhaust piping (that was basically laying there because the hangers were broken) I found starboard side stringer rot. There’s 2 holes the run through the stringer to the fuel tank compartment on each side of the boat. The one right behind the engine (which was covered by the exhaust pipe) is completely rotted and wet. Not sure how much further to go with this thing.
     

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    Might as well go after it.
     

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