What a cool boat. Harry Schoell designed it. He is a designer for many famous boats, such as the Formula 233, the famous seabird 24, Magnum Marine and Donzi. Don Aronow collaborated with Harry Schoell on many of his legendary 24 degrees V Hulls.
The same crews built the Performer that hand laid up the cigarettes and the Carys. As you will see, the Performer has awesome lines and slays some pretty nasty seas, especially with the twin-screw set up this boat has.
As you will see, the Performer has the twin-screw 292 6 cyl set up MerCruiser with freshwater cooling. Keep in mind the boat is almost 40 years old. It’s in pristine condition for its age.
That is a picture of the freshwater cooling system that I love. Even though this is a freshwater boat, it’s always best to have antifreeze cooling your engine package. Antifreeze has anti-rust additives where freshwater and more so saltwater will eat your engine from the inside out.
Here we have some new parts going on the boat with a completely new steering wheel and mast. It also includes cable, new stainless water separators, and Morse shift cables.
Here is a better picture of the Morse dual action controls along with fuel shutoffs. It’s always good to run the fuel out of the system when storing boats for some time, especially with the low-value gas that we have now.
I like to run my boats with a shot of marvel mystery oil in the gas and lead substitute additive. In this case, the Mercury factory requires using min 92 octane gasoline and must have lead to lubricate the valves.
Personally, I like the 1976 Performer 233 292 Twin Screw Power Boat Restoration and choose to own this boat over the 223 formula. It has a nicer flare on the front of the hull. To give you a dryer ride along with the engine compartment is a much better hull and deck work fit and finish. When this boat is complete, we will be shooting with a silver base coat, charcoal, and whites. We will use silver and carbon fiber upholstery combination to bring this boat into the nowadays, without taking away from the seventies style.
You might also find this Sutphen restoration interesting.