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Old 08-10-2015, 09:52 PM   #1
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First off, let me say I hate working on a fiberglass boat. Itchy, sticky glue, lots of grinding, a big mess, etc. Not my element.

My wife and I enjoy camping out in a boat, not an option with my center console. Not having a large amount of $'s to sink in a "camping" boat, I found this jewel on Craigslist.

It's a 25' Starcraft all aluminum with an I/O. The boat had been sitting for quite some time, all the wood was rotten and the engine seized.

Today was the third day I've worked on stripping the hull. It came with a nice half grown resident opossum, two mice, and a few hundred ants.

Day one, I removed as much rotten floor as possible, all the interior cabinets and walls.

Day two, I removed the rest of the floor and took out the styrofoam blocks.

Day three, today, I removed the outdrive, engine, and all other related parts. Then, I removed the stern cap and pulled out the mostly rotten transom.

Tomorrow, I'm going to put the foam in storage, then power wash the insides. Hopefully, I'll install the new plywood transom. I'm going back with the original thickness, then add another 3/4 on the inside. The I/O stays out, I'm using a bracket and outboard. Stay tuned!
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:56 PM   #2
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More photos. Didn't the transom come out easily? A major pain in a fiberglass boat. And, no rotten stringers. The inside of the boat still looks almost new. No corrosion anywhere.
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Old 08-10-2015, 10:10 PM   #3
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Wow. That a project!!!

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Old 08-10-2015, 10:27 PM   #4
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That is one ugly boat....for now. Stay at it!!
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Old 08-10-2015, 10:32 PM   #5
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Ah an old Starcraft! There is a special place in my heart for them.

I bought a 21ft Mariner last year to do the same. I got the hull stripped all the way down only to find the inside was eaten up with saltwater in the foam. It ate the aluminum like swiss cheese, but left the paint. So from the outside it looked fine. I got three aluminum welders to look at it and none would touch it. I ended up parting it out. The wife declared no more projects and made me buy a Cape Horn 21...

I REALLY wanted the Starcraft to happen... I want to see updates on this.

PS, there is ALOT of good info in the Starcraft section on iBoats.
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Old 08-10-2015, 10:38 PM   #6
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Love your engine hoist!
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Love your engine hoist!
I wish I had one like it. I need to "hoist" some dirt...
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Lots of hard work, but what a fun project!
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Nice bones on that Starcraft. Are you going to fabricate a sort of Dusky drive off the stern?
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