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Offline Buckey

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Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« on: January 20, 2021, 08:26:41 PM »
Lots of threads out there of complete restorations some with major reconstruction with lots of glass work and refinishing.  I've never seen any threads, or heard of anyone that has attempted a conversion to an open bow.  I suppose there would be lots of considerations like structural integrity, moving the fuel tank somewhere, decisions on whether one would go as far as building a 'Walk-thru' and therefore having to do something with the windshield.  I suppose it would make better sense just to buy an open bow boat..., but then again, considering the extent I've seen folks go in restorations, it wouldn't surprise me if someone has done it :)

I've always liked/preferred the open bow speed/ski boats like the CheckMate 'Enticer' (I think it was called that).

If anyone knows of a thread on something like this please pass it along.
Much appreciated.

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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2021, 09:51:33 PM »
I don't have any links to the types of watercraft you are referring to, but I have seen folks do some interesting reworks.   There was a Glastron 23 that the cut open the bow, but left the dash.  You entered the front like you would be entering the cuddy cabin, but then it was open.  Actually looked rather neat.   Seen other, smaller glastrons with open fishing boat concept.   I have a CVZ-18 that is basically a cvx-18 open bow.  They made an outboard version that is the CVZ-19.    Glastron had several other open bow models.   IMHO, you'd be money and time ahead to purchase a craft with the design features you're interested in rather than building one.
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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2021, 09:57:42 PM »
Picture of CV23 that was turned into open bow.
There is also a CV27 that was converted to open bow .. but don't have pictures of it.
CV16 converted to OB
CVX20 OB
AND .. CVX16 duck hunter .. rare boat .. only one known to be built ..
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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2021, 10:01:05 PM »
Glastron & G/C made some cool open bows ..
GX150
GT160
SSV169
CVZ18
CVZ19
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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2021, 10:12:08 PM »
This one is kind of cool .. Could be a SSV163 with windshield and dash moved back like a 1969 GT160.
Wish I had more pictures ..
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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2021, 10:34:50 PM »
Might be a long drive .. But this one looks nice and price seems OK ..

GX150 .. Speed Boat  /   Sidney, MI  / $2,300
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/647621062543996/?ref=search&referral_code=undefined

Glastron Speed boat with 90hp Evinrude. Motor was just tuned up. Also have new cover, tube, ski rope. Live close to a lake if need to hear it run in water. Tags good till 2023. Runs great we just never have time to take it out. stored inside.
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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2021, 10:43:40 PM »
1979 Glastron cvz-19  /   Duluth, MN  / $2,500
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/586177672045184/?ref=search&referral_code=undefined

19 foot Glastron Carlson CVZ-19 Needs upholstery work. 1980 Mercury 175 outboard.
New rings and bearings one dead cylinder. $2500.. Or best offer
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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2021, 11:00:28 PM »
1969 glastron V156 / Soudan, MN  / $200
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/972609979881202/?ref=search&referral_code=undefined

In good condition the motor runs good but there’s a problem with the lower end linkage want to trade for a beater car doesn’t even need a heater haha just reliable
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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2021, 03:55:10 PM »
I don't have any links to the types of watercraft you are referring to, but I have seen folks do some interesting reworks.   There was a Glastron 23 that the cut open the bow, but left the dash.  You entered the front like you would be entering the cuddy cabin, but then it was open.  Actually looked rather neat.   Seen other, smaller glastrons with open fishing boat concept.   I have a CVZ-18 that is basically a cvx-18 open bow.  They made an outboard version that is the CVZ-19.    Glastron had several other open bow models.   IMHO, you'd be money and time ahead to purchase a craft with the design features you're interested in rather than building one.

Thanks, I think your right, based on some of the decent deals to be had out there.

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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2021, 03:56:50 PM »
Glastron & G/C made some cool open bows ..
GX150
GT160
SSV169
CVZ18
CVZ19

Wow, the GX150 is a nice boat.  I've never seen one before.
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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2021, 04:00:07 PM »
1979 Glastron cvz-19  /   Duluth, MN  / $2,500
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/586177672045184/?ref=search&referral_code=undefined

19 foot Glastron Carlson CVZ-19 Needs upholstery work. 1980 Mercury 175 outboard.
New rings and bearings one dead cylinder. $2500.. Or best offer

CVZ-19, awesome boat.  I notice that how down south you seem to have the more reasonable prices for used boats.
Thanks for posting.

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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2021, 04:32:13 PM »
Price's are a bit cheaper down south .. and it's the off season also ..
Heard there's extra problems with the covid thing, getting anything across the border.

There is also the SSV151 / SSV167 & 168
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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2021, 04:38:45 PM »
Price's are a bit cheaper down south .. and it's the off season also ..
Heard there's extra problems with the covid thing, getting anything across the border.

There is also the SSV151 / SSV167 & 168

Those are nice boats to, Glastron assembled quite a wide range of boats.
Your right about that, and even then we tag on 30% for the exchange and then get tagged with duty after that.  3000 boat is 5000 after you get it home :(
Up here nice Glastrons are few and far between.

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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2021, 07:13:37 PM »
If its a Glastron/Carlson, please dont cut it up unless its a basket case. Maybe just buy an open bow.
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Re: Has anyone attempted a conversion to open bow?
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2021, 05:58:18 PM »
If its a Glastron/Carlson, please dont cut it up unless its a basket case. Maybe just buy an open bow.

I appreciate your concern/advice, that's where I landed, tonnes of work when there's lots of open bow boats out there.
I don't have a Glastron, but a copy of a CVX16, a DeltaCraft 170XLT.