An enterprising owner, working in conjunction with the talented Rayglass Service Centre team, has seen an old and very neglected Rayglass 2500 transformed into an “as good as new” family cruiser in just three weeks.

Thames man James Moore had long wanted to own a Rayglass 2500 to replace Limitless, the 1998 Rayglass 730 he used to own. He had heard of the good work in refurbishment being done by the Rayglass Service Centre and, after discussions with Rayglass service manager Tony Yurjevic, made a decision. He would find and purchase a slightly tired, older model and have Tony and his team undertake a modest refurbishment to bring it up to spec.

However, finding a suitable 2500 proved a lot harder than he suspected. After much searching, he eventually discovered one in a corner of a Tauranga dealer’s yard. It had apparently been there for quite some, more than a year, and was completely covered in a horrid green slime.

Undeterred, and realising that his planned modest do-over was now likely to be considerably more major, he and Tony made a plan.

James started by cleaning out the neglected 2500 and removing that unsightly slime. All the stainless steel fittings were removed and, in the service centre, the gelcoat was subjected to what they describe as the “hardest cut and polish possible”.

“The result was remarkable,” he says. “The boat suddenly looked like it had just popped out straight of the mould.”

An engine check and service on the 2500’s 350 Magnum identified the need to replace the heat exchanger. The existing electronics were removed and replaced with a Simrad suite including a 16in MFD, a 4G radar, a 1kW thru’ hull transducer and another for the structure scan. Underwater lights were added and Seadeck installed throughout. New rails were fitted, a 70-litre Icy-Tek chilly bin and dinghy davits added, the latter to launch and retrieve a new Rayglass dinghy.

While the teak gunwales were being refurbished, James was busy cleaning and refreshing both the upholstery and the 2500’s trailer.

The final touch was the addition of a striking new 2018 graphics package and the signwriting announcing the restored cruiser’s new name: II Limitless.

This summer, II Limitless, with James and his family on board, will be out cruising the Firth of Thames and the waters around Whitianga. Most who see her will have no idea that she is not a brand new boat. Nor will they realise that, in just a few short months, she has gone from a unwanted, slime-covered reject to a divine, as-new Rayglass 2500, thanks to the vision and hard work of her owner and the incredible Rayglass Service Centre team.