Got the long awaited V-Drive Barefoot Nautique. The trip from Florida back to Virginia was an adventure but she got home safe and in her new home on Smith Mountain Lake. We loved our ''92 Excel and wanted the same hull that we enjoyed as our new family''s first Nautique.
She started life as a Barefoot Promo Boat and made the circuit... but through all the stops, it seems she was pretty well cared for. I look forward to "keeping her original" and getting her back to the glory that was a ''91 Barefoot.
Over the years she been restored in the following ways:
Trailer: Original CC trailer - sandblasted and professionally painted, all LED lights with nylon crash pads. Disc brakes and new actuator along with new wiring. Since these boats need a lot of water to launch, I extended the tongue a little but made it collapsible to fit in our garage. Trailer has steel diamond plate on step bunks and new bunks and carpet.
Boat: ALL spider cracks have been repaired and the top deck and transom have been wet sanded and are perfect. The rub rail was removed, screw holes chamfered and rub rail replaced to prevent cracks from returning. Same thing has been done to the windshield. It was taken off, painted and replaced with screws in chamfered holes. Carpet and upholstery is original and in excellent condition. The sun pad upholstery is new and taken back to original white. Driver''s seat tracks replaced along with all gas struts. New fuel sender (WEMA reed style) and depth gauge. I added PrecisionStar GPS (because it is better than Airguides for low speed accuracy and also has satellite clock)... but since it doesn''t look as good as an Airguide, one was left.
Motor: The ProTec started acting up and I replaced it with a Performance. Dist. Marine DUI. She runs GREAT! No problems.
She started her life as a Promo boat at East Cumberland Lake in Tennessee before she went to Georgia, then Florida, then Virginia. I have her build sheet.
Over time, all these boats get ''tweaked'' by their owners. She was the least molested I could find. In fact, almost everything done to her has helped her stay newer and more useful. Her few unique mods are: Monkey Bar, Barefoot Tab, pop-up transom cleats, transom mounted stern white light, 6.5 inch speakers, shortened prop shaft with 4 blade SAN prop (these Excels had prop clearance issues and originally needed pancake props which were limited), and dripless packing gland.
The biggest mods are the barefoot tab and the monkey bar. The Excels (but especially the BFNs) were crazy nose-high out of the hole. This tab stops that completely and doesn''t alter the wake table at BF speed. I have had the CCFan barefooters behind this boat and they all love the wake of the Excels and this boat in particular. Passengers like the arena seating and in-floor coolers and chicks like the huge sun pad!
The monkey bar is the best way to get an extended pylon on an Excel deck. Towers take away the original look and you can''t mount a Fly High on the short sun pad area pylon. The monkey bar can be put on by one person and can be done while the BFN is in the water. It''s a great pull point when up and stores under the bow and behind the gull wing seat when not needed.
Beautiful, comfortable and powerful boat, hate to see her go... but we''re on to the next project Correct Craft!