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1969 Kenner Kencraft 19ft SkiBarge First Time Ever Restoration & Remodel

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  • 1969 Kenner Kencraft 19ft SkiBarge First Time Ever Restoration & Remodel

    Hello everyone. I may be calling to you looking for some help. I will be doing a complete restoration of a 1969 KenCraft 19Ft center console SkiBarge. I have never really messed with fiberglass or done any cosmetic boat repairs. Can usually get a motor running but thats the only part of a boat I have worked on. Will Post pics when I get it figured out. I have already removed the console, transom, and floor. My beginning question is about the floor/deck. Should the new deck grain go longways, or crossways? Then when I read to glass the deck top and bottom, does that mean mat and resin on top and bottom or just resin on the bottom with no mat?


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    Re: 1969 Kenner Kencraft 19ft SkiBarge First Time Ever Restoration & Remodel

    My second question is I read somewhere that the deck should not but up snug to the sides. Is this true?

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      I will be using 3/4 Fir for the transom. X2 and glassing it in.

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        I believe I will be using 1/2 fir for the floor.

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            Re: 1969 Kenner Kencraft 19ft SkiBarge First Time Ever Restoration & Remodel

            Is this a Glass or a Tin Boat?
            1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
            Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
            Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint

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              Re: 1969 Kenner Kencraft 19ft SkiBarge First Time Ever Restoration & Remodel

              It is a glass boat. It looks tin I even thought it was when I stopped to look at it before I bought it, but it is glass. I have more pics to post, just have little time to actually get on here.

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                Re: 1969 Kenner Kencraft 19ft SkiBarge First Time Ever Restoration & Remodel

                Just making sure I did not post in the wrong area. Im not getting much feedback. Any help would be appreciated.

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                  Re: 1969 Kenner Kencraft 19ft SkiBarge First Time Ever Restoration & Remodel

                  still working on the boat I have rebuilt the transom. I have started glassing the stringers what a pain glassing stringers is. Oh well time to work on it is the hardest to come by but when i do all is fun except for grinding

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                    Re: 1969 Kenner Kencraft 19ft SkiBarge First Time Ever Restoration & Remodel

                    Add more pictures. I do know that Kenner Ski Barges were heavy even when new and I have not seen the stringer layout inside.

                    I have a friend that built one 20 years ago and tried to start his own local tow company (which did not work)on a small lake. All he accomplished was to have a heavy boat with a thirsty engine that eventually went to a scrap pile.

                    Please a few more pictures
                    This is a great link to boat specifications http://boatspecs.iboats.com/
                    Please, shop iboats first!!

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                      Re: 1969 Kenner Kencraft 19ft SkiBarge First Time Ever Restoration & Remodel

                      I'd love to see some pics. I have a ski barge rebuild too, but haven't had a chance to get started on it yet. Would really like to see and hear more about how your project is coming along!

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                        Re: 1969 Kenner Kencraft 19ft SkiBarge First Time Ever Restoration & Remodel

                        I to have started a skiBarge rebuild, and am moving kinda slow. Found the prev.owner used 1/2"PT plywood on the deck and after sitting in the elements, the white foam and ply was water saturated. Boat was way heavy so all is removed and drying. Amazing how much water can get absorbed.
                        If you have not seen the specs, here is a link showing the sales brochure from 1967 and 1974. Mine is a
                        I found a lot of good info and really like the pic in there of a 20ftr hauling a vw and tyrio of skiers with a claimed 60 hp.
                        http://members.quicknet.nl/wjm.kooijman/
                        I have a 16 ft. tarpon barge and grabbed a cheap 30 hp tiller I am gonna try and use.
                        And, yes, I have read the ply should have a gap followed by a fillet of PB and glass layers, like a stringer.
                        I guess if butted to the glass, will cause a hardspot in the glass causing spider cracks or worse?
                        My boat is a 76 and on the title it says Hull Material "Aluminum" but I can assure you it is Fiberglass.
                        Must be the funky square railing fab. Don't loose it, I undid the railing, and was shocked at how flimsy the side became.
                        Like others, I would love to see some pics.

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                          Re: 1969 Kenner Kencraft 19ft SkiBarge First Time Ever Restoration & Remodel

                          I will see if I can get some more pictures on here tomorrow. I will try to work on it some in the morning.
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                            Re: 1969 Kenner Kencraft 19ft SkiBarge First Time Ever Restoration & Remodel

                            I have pictures with the deck removed they are just not on my computer yet.

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                              Re: 1969 Kenner Kencraft 19ft SkiBarge First Time Ever Restoration & Remodel

                              That is one cool boat!!!
                              sigpicClark
                              "Bare Naked Lady" 1968 Starcraft Holiday 18 w/ 130 Merc + Alpha One Transplant I/O.
                              My Resto Thread
                              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread....35#post2683135

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