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  • 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

    New member here.
    Having a 1965 Cheiftain delivered to my house Monday night.
    I know its going to need some work and these forums look like they are going to be very helpful.
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    My 1965 Chieftain restoration project. http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=448824


    See my all my other pics here.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/giarc_dranrab/sets//


  • #2
    Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

    Hey Craig! Welcome!

    I have seen that rig before, was that on eBay maybe?

    Anyway, glad to checked in man!
    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)

    115' of Beach on Lake Huron

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    • #3
      Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

      Nice boat! Good luck with your purchase and welcome to iboats! What motor does it have?
      2002 20' Hydra-Sports 202DC 200HP Yamaha HPDI
      1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
      Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767

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      • #4
        Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

        Welcome to the forum. Looks like you have a nice boat there. If you have a couple of days to kill might want to read some of the restoration threads. If you have any questions fire away as someone on here may be able to help. The search button is a great resource as well.

        GLG
        2005 19' Duckworth 115 Yamaha
        1975 18' Starchief Volvo 130HP
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        • #5
          Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

          Nice looking rig, good luck with the restoration. Fire all your questions to the forum. There are a great bunch of guys on here with a WEALTH of information, that are willing to help. I haven't seen a question yet that couldn't be answered.

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          • #6
            Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

            I seen that on ebay also.


            Picked it up for a song.

            http://cgi.ebay.ca/1965-Starcraft-Ch...rQ5fMotorboats
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            1969 StarCraft Chieftain, 4.3 Mercruiser Alpha One Gen II

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            • #7
              Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

              Originally posted by ezmobee View Post
              Nice boat! Good luck with your purchase and welcome to iboats! What motor does it have?
              Boat was just delivered this evening and it was a little dark.
              The motor appears to be as described a 120 merc.

              Yes I did purchase it on eBay. Was a bit of a fluke. I thought for sure someone would outbid me, lol.

              Looking forward to giving it a quick fix up before the spring then a summer of enjoyment then down to a more thorough restoration.

              Glad to hear that it was a good buy.
              My 1965 Chieftain restoration project. http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=448824


              See my all my other pics here.
              http://www.flickr.com/photos/giarc_dranrab/sets//

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              • #8
                Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

                Welcome yes you did pick it up for a song.....
                My '68 Holiday 18ft I/O Click here for loads of Photos on Flickr!

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                • #9
                  Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

                  Welcome Craig. It sure dosen't look like you will have to do much as she sits. When you decide to resto her, then the real fun begins. Send us mor pics of her please, we like to be in awe.

                  Some people say " They Can"
                  Some people say " They Can't"
                  They are both right.
                  18' SS for fshngho
                  http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=417083

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                  • #10
                    Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

                    You did get a nice deal on that. The 120 Merc should give you reliable service IF you keep it well maintained. My buddy picked up a 21' Chieftain last fall with a 90HP outboard. I expect you'll see similar performance with your 120 I/O. It isn't fast but it planes nicely. About 26MPH tops. You may see a little more. Some pics and video here http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w...oat/?start=all if you're interested.
                    2002 20' Hydra-Sports 202DC 200HP Yamaha HPDI
                    1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
                    Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767

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                    • #11
                      Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

                      nice boat, Craig, and welcome to the insanity. always glad to see more of the old curved-windshield cruisers. thanks for getting the old girl headed back towards the water.

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                      • #12
                        Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

                        Originally posted by ezmobee View Post
                        You did get a nice deal on that. The 120 Merc should give you reliable service IF you keep it well maintained. My buddy picked up a 21' Chieftain last fall with a 90HP outboard. I expect you'll see similar performance with your 120 I/O. It isn't fast but it planes nicely. About 26MPH tops. You may see a little more. Some pics and video here http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w...oat/?start=all if you're interested.
                        Thanks everyone!

                        The previous owner told me he clocked the boat using his GPS at 38-40 mph.
                        Not that I plan on using it as a speed boat anyways.
                        Cruising is the prefered speed of travel.
                        My 1965 Chieftain restoration project. http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=448824


                        See my all my other pics here.
                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/giarc_dranrab/sets//

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                        • #13
                          Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

                          Sorry but there's NO WAY IN HECK that boat sees 38-40MPH. You MAY see 30.
                          2002 20' Hydra-Sports 202DC 200HP Yamaha HPDI
                          1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
                          Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767

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                          • #14
                            Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

                            Originally posted by CraigBarnard View Post
                            Thanks everyone!

                            The previous owner told me he clocked the boat using his GPS at 38-40 mph.
                            Not that I plan on using it as a speed boat anyways.
                            Cruising is the prefered speed of travel.
                            Was it on the trailer, hooked to a truck, rolling on down the freeway when he ran that test?

                            Yah, 30ish seems way more realistic.
                            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)

                            115' of Beach on Lake Huron

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                            • #15
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                              Re: 1965 Starcraft Cheiftain

                              Originally posted by ezmobee View Post
                              Sorry but there's NO WAY IN HECK that boat sees 38-40MPH. You MAY see 30.
                              Beats me how fast it will go I was just repeating what I was told.
                              I will check back in with a speed report in the spring!
                              My 1965 Chieftain restoration project. http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=448824


                              See my all my other pics here.
                              http://www.flickr.com/photos/giarc_dranrab/sets//

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