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    I have a 2009 Starcraft, bottom has saltwater corrosion, has been painted. I need to remove the paint, and clean up the corrosion, then patch any holes, then prime and paint.
    Where / how do I start?
    History: I purchased the boat from a charity, and was told the bottom was dirty, need washing. I had a retired marine dealer inspect today, he advised that it had saltwater corrosion, that had been painted over, and some of the corrision may be through, or nearly through the hull.
    How to do it, what to use, my project for the winter!

  • #2
    If you can show us some pictures, we can make better suggestions on how to fix her up.

    What model is she? It may be best to flip her upside down to really get a good look at what's happened and how to repair the damage.

    BTW - Deleted the same thread in the Resto section.
    Please, no PM's (Private Messages) regarding boat/engine problems.
    That is what the forums are for.
    Only forum/moderator issues will be answered in PM's.


    • #3
      I think it's a Fisherman 14, not positive, plus no model name listed on any of the paperwork.
      I'll take pictures tomorrow. Finish feels rough, like sand in the paint. Motor is still on the boat, as I plan to fish a few more weeks. It does not leak, but friend of my neighbor, who owned a marina for many years inspected, he said it was salt water corrosion. He suggested water blasting to remove paint and corrosion, then new paint. If the corrosion will not continue corroding, and only negative is loss of speed / performance, then I will do nothing. I live on the lake, ramp 3 miles from house, I fish within 5 miles of ramp.
      If repair is required, I will remove motor, then turn boat over in order to repair.
      Thanks for assist with other post.
      I tried to post 2 pictures
      Received message
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      Last edited by lanedouglas47@gmail.com; October 10th, 2017, 09:54 AM. Reason: Picture info


      • #4
        An additional question?
        Boat is currently on trailer, with motor mounted.
        What is best DIY method for motor removal, and turning boat over.


        • #5
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          Yeah the only way to make repairs effectively is to pull the motor, pull the boat off the trailer and flip her into the turtle position. Strip all the paint off and then we can evaluate the extent of the damage to make a little more educated decision on how to proceed.

          Pulling the motor is pretty straight forward but for specific answers we'll need to see your set up in some more pics.

          Looks like in this pic below to be minor pitting and it could've been caused by the paint used on the bottom if it's the wrong type of anti-fouling type paint.

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