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1961 StarCraft Seafarer/Restoration

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  • 1961 StarCraft Seafarer/Restoration

    I recently picked up this fine boat. My first boat, and second restore I hate fiberglass now. Found her on CL for $250. The wood transom was basically dust the bench seats were rotten. I love that she had no holes other than the drain, so with a little persuasion my wife agreed I should get it.
    This is how it looked when I brought it home.
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    I believe the transom was the original from when it was built because it was wider at the bottom than the top. The only way I see to put it back that way is to remove the transom braces that are riveted to the hull. I'm no expert but I don't think 3/4" will hurt the strength of the transom. I decided to modify the transom for a long shaft engine, I shaped the filler myself just have to get it tig welded in.
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    When I removed the rear bench I found out the seats were solid mahogany and the rear had this tag underneath,, I assume it was placed there by a previous owner . I have Mahogany to put back in I will have to glue up with gorilla glue to get the width I need
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    I striped 51 years of paint in 2 days I noted at least 6 different colors. It was a lot of work to get it all off but I'd say all that paint kept the hull from corroding. Heres the cleaned hull
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    Now shes ready for paint with a coat self etching primer.
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    I the weather will cooperates I'm going to shoot the first coat of Black top coat next weekend, I want to get at least 3 coats.


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    Re: 1961 StarCraft Seafarer/Restoration

    Welcome to iBoats! Nice looking boat! What brand of paint are you planning on using?
    1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
    Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
    Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint

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    • #3
      Re: 1961 StarCraft Seafarer/Restoration

      Originally posted by Woodonglass View Post
      Welcome to iBoats! Nice looking boat! What brand of paint are you planning on using?
      I'm working with a extremely tight budget, so I poured through this and other forums for low cost solutions. I have chosen to use rustoleum oil based enamel. I hope I don't get flamed for my choice. Perhaps it will last a couple years and I can refinish with a good quality paint. I just doesn't fit my budget to spend 100 or more on paint.

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      • #4
        Re: 1961 StarCraft Seafarer/Restoration

        If you can find the hardener in WOG's paint your hull post:

        "Paint Your Boat for Under $100 Bucks"

        The rustoleum paint will hold up for a long time and be extremely hard. Great job stripping the hull!

        Welcome to iboats dry dock.
        60 Glastron FireFlite 63 SC Jet:Bedliner SURVIVOR Fit 2B Paddled 57 Duracraft
        Money spent @Boat Restoration should be measured in Smiles & Pride
        Majic 3/2004~12/2011

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        • #5
          update: 1961 StarCraft Seafarer/Restoration

          First coat of paint sprayed this morning, This info was a great help ("Paint Your Boat for Under $100 Bucks") Thank You!
          enough with the chatter here's the pics.
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            Re: update: 1961 StarCraft Seafarer/Restoration

            Great looking spray job, how many coats is that so far?
            60 Glastron FireFlite 63 SC Jet:Bedliner SURVIVOR Fit 2B Paddled 57 Duracraft
            Money spent @Boat Restoration should be measured in Smiles & Pride
            Majic 3/2004~12/2011

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            • #7
              Re: update: 1961 StarCraft Seafarer/Restoration

              Shiny! Very Darth Vaderey too (Death-Starcraft perhaps?)

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              • #8
                Re: update: 1961 StarCraft Seafarer/Restoration

                Originally posted by WaterLoged View Post
                First coat of paint sprayed this morning, This info was a great help ("Paint Your Boat for Under $100 Bucks") Thank You!

                If you used the Hardener, she'll be ready for the water in a week. Rocks and Gravel WILL scratch her but touch up is Easy. I think you'll like the paint.
                1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
                Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
                Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint

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                • #9
                  Re: update: 1961 StarCraft Seafarer/Restoration

                  Thanks! just 1 coat, I'm going to put at least 3 coats. This is my first attempt spaying anything from my Binks gun other than clear lacquer on wood working projects. It looks like an orange peel in places so I have to figure out what I'm doing wrong.

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                  • #10
                    Re: update: 1961 StarCraft Seafarer/Restoration

                    Originally posted by Woodonglass View Post
                    If you used the Hardener, she'll be ready for the water in a week. Rocks and Gravel WILL scratch her but touch up is Easy. I think you'll like the paint.

                    followed your guide very helpful!

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                      Re: update: 1961 StarCraft Seafarer/Restoration

                      Originally posted by kfa4303 View Post
                      Shiny! Very Darth Vaderey too (Death-Starcraft perhaps?)

                      LOL, must come up with a name not sure my wife would like that one.

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