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  • Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

    Hi everyone, I am 17 and relatively new to boating. I just bought a 14' Starcraft with a 35hp mercury and a trailer for $400. This will be my first boat (if you don't count my rowboat) and I am very excited about it. I plan to strip and paint it, rebuild the carbureator, and replace the windshield. Does anybody here own one of these or have any info on them? I have done research and have found them to be quite rare. Also, anybody know where to get a windshield? Mine is crazed and is split in half. Thanks for your help.


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    Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

    have fun and be careful. Great expertise around here and good for you for taking this on. When you start asking about the motor be sure to post its stats.
    A man of constant boat tinkering.

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    • #3
      Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

      congrats on your purchase. I am not any help on repairs but hope you have more time on the water than working on keeping it running- that said -you need to study up on service and repairs to keep her running right. You may be able to find an old simular windshield of a diffrent model that would fit.

      Also keep in mind that you have an older boat & motor and take it easy on her. Don't go running wide open every where.
      But most important after being safe is to have fun
      sigpic 1981 Glastron SX-190 300hp 350 SBC
      Living the Dream

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      • #4
        Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

        Welcome Aboard..
        Took some of us another 30 plus years to get a tinny..
        Ya startin early
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        "Angry Mob Henchman"

        1968 Starcraft 18 ft HOLIDAY-V
        120 HP Merc I/O

        And........

        1978 Starcraft SS18/70hp Johnson Eggbeater

        my resto thread here http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=304356

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        • #5
          Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

          Welcome to iboats. You have just stumbled upon the internet's biggest hot bed of Starcraft enthusiasts!! Let see some pics of this thing. Lots more of us Starcraft guys in the restoration section and the Starcraft manufacturers sections. Come check us out.
          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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            Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

            I will get some pictures Thursday afternoon at the soonest. I am kind of ashamed of it though. It is half tore apart, but I will post them anyways.

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              Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

              Originally posted by N62350 View Post
              I will get some pictures Thursday afternoon at the soonest. I am kind of ashamed of it though. It is half tore apart, but I will post them anyways.
              GASP

              Do NOT be nervous bout posting any pics bro....You should see the piles of junk that we DROOL over..lol
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              Join iboats on Facebook & connect further with your boating family!http://www.facebook.com/iloveboating

              "Angry Mob Henchman"

              1968 Starcraft 18 ft HOLIDAY-V
              120 HP Merc I/O

              And........

              1978 Starcraft SS18/70hp Johnson Eggbeater

              my resto thread here http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=304356

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                Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

                That certainly makes me feel better.

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                • #9
                  Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

                  Originally posted by N62350 View Post
                  That certainly makes me feel better.
                  Do a Starcraft search here & you'll feel A LOT better

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                  MY FISHIN BUDDY
                  East Texas Redneck
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                    Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

                    Originally posted by N62350 View Post
                    I will get some pictures Thursday afternoon at the soonest. I am kind of ashamed of it though. It is half tore apart, but I will post them anyways.
                    Be proud of what you have. I wish I had my own boat when I was 17.
                    Good for you. Look forward to the photos.
                    sigpicMarada 2100 Executive Series, 5 Litre V8 with Mercruiser Alpha 1 outdrive. 2007 K-Z Spree 260 RBH, all = a whole lot of family fun !!!!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

                      Finally got a chance to take some pictures today, but the camera cord is in my father's car, and he won't be home until tommorrow. I began to tear off anything that has screws in it so that I can strip the paint. (Sounds like fun right?) I haven't had much luck with windshields aside from taylormade. Anybody out there that can offer some help or places to buy from? Maybe someone here has one laying around somewhere( Wishful thinking)

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                      • #12
                        Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

                        I found one on ebay for my Jupiter project really cheap.

                        Went from this: http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w...Project/09.jpg

                        to this: http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w...ject/boat2.jpg
                        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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                          Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

                          I tried to upload the pictures but they have too many KB bytes. Anybody know how to get around this?

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                            Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

                            Yeah, trying to host the pictures right on iboats is not worth the pain. Create a free account on a site like photobucket.com and upload your pictures there. You can resize them right on that site to the forum favorite size of 640x480. Then just link to them from here.
                            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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                              Re: Starcraft Speedqueen: My First Boat

                              N6,

                              Just found your thread! Awesome another 50's 14' er. I have some parts you might be interested in. P.M. Me
                              Regards,

                              -Bret

                              Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
                              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


                              1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
                              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

                              1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
                              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

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