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  • 14 ' aluminum restoration

    I just got a 14 ft aluminum boat with a 28 hp mariner. The boat had been sitting outside for a while and I ended up having to rip up the carpet, floor, and the foam underneath the floor. I'm new to this and this is the first boat I've owned. What kind of foam and plywood should I use?


  • #2
    Re: 14 ' aluminum restoration

    You have asked a question that can, at times, be fiercely debated around here. Foam and plywood!

    In general...

    For foam replacement - pink/blue foam board from the lumber yard or pool noodles from the dollar store make for great flotation

    For plywood - exterior grade or Auraco plywood sealed up with epoxy would make for a very long lasting deck

    Now, lots of varying opinions out there! Also, a lot depends on your boat, your budget and your goals too.

    Probably best we get a look at your boat and see what you are working on. Can you post up some photos?

    Welcome!
    1983 26' Starcraft Sportfisherman 261V Rebuild
    1976 22' Starcraft Islander Rebuild
    1984 16.5' Sea Nymph Ski Sport Rebuild
    1980 16' Sea Nymph SS 165 Rebuild (swapped)
    1968 15' Starcraft Jet Star Rebuild (sold)
    1970's 12' Starcraft Sea Scamp
    Starcraft Rebuilds and Restorations

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    • #3
      Re: 14 ' aluminum restoration

      Hi BadBass21. Jasoutside is right. The main thing you want to keep in mind is material selection. The pink/blue building foam you can get in plywood sized panels from Lowe's/Home Depot and/or pool noodles are great because they're fairly cheap, readily avaiable and SEALED forms of styrofoam so they can't wont absorb much water should your boat get swamped. Also, be sure you don't use any pressure treated wood on the aluminum boat!!! I know it seems odd, but the chemicals in the pressure treated wood can react with the aluminum hull and cause corosion. As a result, you'll see/read a lot here about how folks took exterior grade plywood and then wrapped it in fiberglass and/or epoxy to waterproof it. Others just go with the exterior grade plywood and paint it with a durable exterior grade paint of some sort. While the fiberglass wrapping method will probably last longer, it does cost more upfront and it requires buying and using some pretty funky chemicals and materials, but it will last longer to be sure. That being said, if you do a good job with painting/sealing the plywood with something like an epoxy based paint you should still get many years of use of of it. Keep us posted. We love pics

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      • #4
        Re: 14 ' aluminum restoration

        Alright thanks for the help guys. I posted a pic to my profile, but I can't figure out how to post them to the thread. Like I said, I'm new to this.

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        • #5
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          Figured out how to attach pictures, so here is a couple pics of what I'm workin on.

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          • #6
            Re: 14 ' aluminum restoration

            Is that a Starcraft? Looks like one. There are a TON of Starcraft restorations on here. Pull up a chair and start reading. http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=385090
            1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
            Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767
            1966 16' Starcraft Jupiter 85HP Johnson
            Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=338633 sold

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            • #7
              Re: 14 ' aluminum restoration

              No, the boat is a Sylvan.

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              • #8
                Re: 14 ' aluminum restoration

                Well they're pretty much sister companies so the hulls are often very similar, if not identical.
                1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
                Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767
                1966 16' Starcraft Jupiter 85HP Johnson
                Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=338633 sold

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                • #9
                  Re: 14 ' aluminum restoration

                  Looks like the worst is over. Once you get all the crud out you'll the fun part starts. do check out all the starcraft threads. they're super helpful.

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                  • #10
                    Re: 14 ' aluminum restoration

                    Ok cool, Thanks again for all the help, I'll keep ya all posted on the progress.

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                    • #11
                      Re: 14 ' aluminum restoration

                      Looks like a nice project. Love those old Tinnies.
                      1984 Lund S14 DLX, 35hp Evinrude on a Spartan Roller Tilt trailer.
                      1988 Alumacraft Classic 16 under reconstruction.

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                      • #12
                        Re: 14 ' aluminum restoration

                        Ok, I'v got everything stripped out right now and I decided to paint it while everything is out. How would I take the old paint off and what would I do to get the new paint to stick. Any suggestions on type of paint and color schemes?

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                        • #13
                          Re: 14 ' aluminum restoration

                          Originally posted by BadBass121 View Post
                          Ok, I'v got everything stripped out right now and I decided to paint it while everything is out. How would I take the old paint off and what would I do to get the new paint to stick. Any suggestions on type of paint and color schemes?
                          Have you taken the time to read the starcraft restorations or other aluminum restorations. I really wish people would SEARCH and read ....right up at the top of the restoration section we have this thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=288451 Probably 95%+ of your questions have been addressed, answered, tested and discussed.
                          This is a great link to boat specifications http://boatspecs.iboats.com/
                          Please, shop iboats first!!

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                          • #14
                            Re: 14 ' aluminum restoration

                            Like I said before, I'm new to this.

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