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72/76formula
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Posted: December 27 2005 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote 72/76formula

Has anyone though about actualy doing a formula boat club ? would be nice to get together with other formula boat owners as well as have help with any questions as well as ideas on the formula boats .

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formula23sc
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Posted: December 28 2005 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote formula23sc

That's a great idea!
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233 Double E
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Posted: January 03 2006 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote 233 Double E

Check out formulaboatsforum.com

Several of us who also frequent here are founding members there....  The owner would sure like to have you join as he's of the same opinion about a strong club.



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formula23sc
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Posted: January 03 2006 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote formula23sc

I just went and joined. Thanks
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72/76formula
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Posted: January 08 2006 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote 72/76formula

great club, nice forms, also joined

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ralph233
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Posted: January 27 2006 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote ralph233

Hi, I just joined the forum and I think to do a Formula Boat Club is a great Idea.

I own a CC Formula 23.3 '73 and I would like to have a good reference. This Formula is powered by a '95, 351 5.8FL with a Volvo Penta sterndrive DP and B4 SS propellers kit, If someone remember or is running something like this, please I need to know what speed should I get and mpg.

Thank you

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Dick_F233
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Posted: January 27 2006 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote Dick_F233

ralph233 wrote:

I own a CC Formula 23.3 '73 and I would like to have a good reference. This Formula is powered by a '95, 351 5.8FL with a Volvo Penta sterndrive DP and B4 SS propellers kit, If someone remember or is running something like this, please I need to know what speed should I get and mpg.

Thank you

Hello ralph233,


I have a 1972 F233 with a 1998 Mercruiser 260hp 5.7L EFI and Bravo Two Outdrive with a 20P - 18" diam 4 blade SS prop.

Knots are from GPS and GPH is from a FloScan:

                                                     100 gal
RPM        GPH      KTS      MPG    RANGE

1000       0.5      5.4     10.8     1080
1500       1.3      6.8      5.2      520
2000       3.2      8.8      2.7      270
2500       5.2     12.4      2.4      240
3000       6.5     16.0      2.46     246
3500       7.8     24.0      3.0      300
4000      11.7     27.0      2.3      230
4500      14.0     30.0      2.1      210



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Oh Kay - 1972 Thunderbird Formula F233


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ralph233
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Posted: January 29 2006 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote ralph233

Hello Dick_F233

I realy appreciate those #'s. My numbers are simmilar but the engine does not go beyond 4000 rpm, I was having some problem whith the power valve and the secundary ports in the carburator that I think it's now fixed, I am waiting for the weather to be calmed to test it.

Thank you.

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72/76formula
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Posted: January 30 2006 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote 72/76formula

i got a 72 20 foot formula, been a pain in the ass to work all the bugs out of , but think its finaly there, will find out this weekend , needless to say i starting to hate raw water pumps, mines got the 302 with the volvo penta outdrive, the outdrive works good, but have had overheating problems for the past few weeks, findaly found out the impeler was spinning on the shaft, and was in meritt island today and got lucky and a shop up there had it in stock, now its just putting it back together again and trying it out, hopefully now it will run fine with no overheating problems. still ahead of the game got the boat for 200 bucks on ebay may have about 500 bucks in it now total. so cant complane much.

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farrellfvusa
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Posted: February 21 2006 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote farrellfvusa

Hello,

I have what i think is a F233 and need to know more about it. Pictures not available yet. It Has (2) 188HP Ford Mercruisers and all the pics seen on the web show only set up with 1 I/O. Is this a rare special order or did this come as an option?

I thought about restoration and if  i did, I have a Marine Mechanic that said it wold be easy to convert from Fords to Chevy 5.7 MPI 300HP each and Bravo 3 outdrives would push her about 70MPH and get about the same MPG usage if staying with the carb engines.

 

Frank

EMail me at farrellfvusa@msn.com

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233 Double E
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Posted: February 22 2006 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote 233 Double E

Frank,

Welcome on.  Every time I talk insurance with my company, they initially believe I have twin engines and I think they'd believe they were 5.7s.

I have a single 5.7 and am in awe as to how someone could fit two in there.  While the engine work is being done though, you might want to make sure the helm/cockpit floor is solid with sturdy stringers and ready for long service.

Mine is fine as far as I know, but I don't claim to have torn into it either.

What year is yours?



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ecka
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Posted: February 23 2006 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote ecka

hi everyone. great to see there is plenty of people interested in formula boats. i have a 233 formula with a 496 ho mercury motor coupled to a bravo 2 diesel leg! the leg has a ratio of 5:1 the boat pulled 60 knots into a head wind the other week, at 5000 rpm with 3 people on board and 400 litres of fuel. i am very happy with the performance considering the dead wieght in it!
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farrellfvusa
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Posted: February 25 2006 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote farrellfvusa

233 Double E

Not sure exactly what year it is, but looks like the 1972 Years I've seen pics of with single I/O. So far I only see minor stress cracks at the outside of transom and the wood that holds the floor pael over the fuel tank is rotten. Checked  transom and some of the stringers with a screw driver and they are not soft. Plan on pulling out fuel tank Sunday to check forward area.

I have the old style side panels that are what you would see in the later 69 to 74 years.  

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farrellfvusa
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Posted: February 26 2006 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote farrellfvusa

233 Double E

My hull type is similiar to Dick_F233 with the picture of Oh-Kay minus the hard top and add a full engine cover at the rear for twin v-8

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nikki.calhoun
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Posted: July 20 2006 at 10:21 | IP Logged Quote nikki.calhoun

I think A formula club is a great idea. I have a 2005 31PC.
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seadoc
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Posted: July 23 2006 at 04:27 | IP Logged Quote seadoc

I , too, would like a Formula club.  I have a 2005 37PC, the topic of the story in the owner's story "Down but not Out."

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lbi4fun
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Posted: July 27 2006 at 23:38 | IP Logged Quote lbi4fun

There is a large number of Formula owners to be found on formulaboatsforum.com, just in case you did not know. I also have a 2005 31PC, twin 6.2MX with black Imron hull.

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dano2448
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Posted: October 01 2006 at 22:48 | IP Logged Quote dano2448

hi everyone,would like to thank you all for having me.i became a thunderbird owner this past weekend.proud owner of a 1985 21 foot,i believe the fs3 series.if antone has input on this model.i would be very appreciative
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jlaw4220
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Posted: October 22 2006 at 13:50 | IP Logged Quote jlaw4220

I have a 72 233.  Its power setup is the omc i/o stringerdrive.  I am in the process of fillinf my stringer holes with epoxy, but Im also worried about small fiberglass damage just under the outdrive boot.  the damage goes under the boot.  So has anyone removed/ replaced their boot.  How much trouble is it?  I will post pictures soon!
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233 Double E
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Posted: November 28 2006 at 11:52 | IP Logged Quote 233 Double E

Dano,

Welcome on.  Get to know "Cuda" over on the formulaboatsforum.  He's good people.

I believe he's done about all there is to do on that model or one similar to it.  He's also available at offshoreonly.com in the Formula section.

If you can't get him, let me know...

Be sure to go to the Formula site and download your sales brochure in the vintage formula section for more info too.



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fshtalzF233C
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Posted: December 02 2006 at 14:48 | IP Logged Quote fshtalzF233C

Quote: jlaw4220
I have a 72 233.  Its power setup is the omc i/o stringerdrive.  I am in the process of fillinf my stringer holes with epoxy, but Im also worried about small fiberglass damage just under the outdrive boot.  the damage goes under the boot.  So has anyone removed/ replaced their boot.  How much trouble is it?  I will post pictures soon!

JLaw, several years ago I had an'82 F-233 with an OMC Stringer series drive. I removed and replaced the boot a couple of times during the time that I owned it. The boot is external to the outdrive and is secured around its inside diameter to the drive with a large hose clamp (located behind the boot). The outside diameter of the boot is secured by a large metal clamp that screws to the transom. If you need to remove the boot entirely it will be necessary to remove the outdrive. If you are only inspecting for damage behind the boot you can probably get away with removing all of the screws around the perimeter clamp, then carefully pulling the outer clamp away from the boot. The boot will be sealed to the transom with marine sealant so you'll have to use some kind of scraping tool to break the seal, of course, all the while being careful not to tear the boot. When the outer diameter of the boot is removed you can check the transom for damage. You should inspect the boot for cracks while you're at it.



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