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    Default Help to identify old Starcraft.

    I just acquired an old Starcraft and need help in identifying information about it. It is a 14' closed bow, fiberglass runabout. Serial #INZ021287053.
    My plan was to strip it, paint it and use it as landscape decoration at a lake house. I have a feeling that this boat may be rare and would like to know more about it. I have attached a few pictures
    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    That is actually a cool looking boat - Someone here knows!!
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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    Welcome to the Starcraft club

    Telling us you will be using that beautiful rig as a landscaping enhancement isn't exactly what we like to hear but nice boat

    There's a link in my signature to the Starcraft brochures, take a look and you might be able to get a positive ID on the year/model.

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    I have looked and looked for years for the right small runabout for that purpose. Now that I have found what I thought was the perfect one, maybe I need to reconsider it's future.
    Thanks for the input.

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    Looks like all it needs is motor and she's ready for a ride! Cool boat, don't make it flower pot. That boat belongs back on the water. You 'll be the better man for it.

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    I have decided to do a partial restoration on this boat and get it water ready.
    I would like to know more about this boat. Can anyone help?

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    I really can't help you too much but I am willing to trade you straight up for one of these...

    On a serious note, fix her up! She deserves to be seaworthy again!

    Cheers!
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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    JASOUTSIDE...I HAVE decided to partially restore the boat. As a brand new member of this forum I have quickly discovered that there are smart *****e$ here also.
    No, I don't want to trade you my Starcraft for your flower pot!!!...but I'm sure that some of your dumb***** buddies got a chuckle out of your response.
    I simply asked for any information about this old 14' fiberglass runabout.
    Clear.

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    Me thinks larryhood needs a attitude adjustment. Needs to realize cute comment was not a insult at all. HERE

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    Quote Originally Posted by larryhood View Post
    JASOUTSIDE...I HAVE decided to partially restore the boat. As a brand new member of this forum I have quickly discovered that there are smart *****e$ here also.
    No, I don't want to trade you my Starcraft for your flower pot!!!...but I'm sure that some of your dumb***** buddies got a chuckle out of your response.
    I simply asked for any information about this old 14' fiberglass runabout.
    Clear.
    I was just messing around with ya larryhood, sarcastic comment is all. I believe I even wrote "on a serious note" to make sure that you knew I was just kidding with you. I actually saw that you had posted plans to do some sort of restoration so I thought I'd have some fun. That is what I love about this whole boating/fishing stuff, it's all about the simple matter of having good clean fun.

    Please accept my apologies and all the best on your project.

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    Larry, take a pill. We're really not looking for lots of attitude here. And most of his dumba....ed buddies would be the ones trying to help you figure out what you have.

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    I had a hard time fitting in here when I first found this forum. I hope this helps, it worked for me.

    http://www.ask.com/wiki/How_to_Win_F...fluence_People
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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    Has any forum member seen or have information about this boat?
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    Look here for the information that you are seeking.

    http://www.fiberglassics.com/library/Starcraft
    Or
    http://www.fiberglassics.com/glassic-forums/main-forum

    Good luck with your search.
    You may also want to lighten up.
    Life is too short.
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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    Be patient sometimes these things take a little time. There are a couple of guys here that know more than most about Starcrafts.

    Let's start with the obvious and the easiest first.
    a) Check your title
    b) look here http://forums.iboats.com/starcraft-boats/starcraft-brochures-349830.html
    c) Call Starcraft; Starcraft Direct: 1-574-831-2103
    d) www.FiberGlassics.com

    I would put it circa 1958-1962 based on how it looks. Very similar to a Larson of that era. I'm just guessing though. Very cool boat.
    18' Starcraft; 1971 Offshore V ; Proud member of the Starmada since Jan 2010 (Starmada phrase coined by ozenine)

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    67' 14' Sea Nymph-Big Water
    Johnson CD-12, 1955 5-1/2 horse

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    Larry, I don't really know when starcraft started making glass boats. My brochures go back as far as 64 and that boat isn't in any of my stuff. We've seen a couple of 4-6 page brochures from the 50's that show only metal boats.

    I can say that any glass starcraft boat i've ever seen was lapstrake fiberglass giving it that wood hull look.

    As far as I can tell, the only thing about this boat that even resembles any starcraft boat I've seen is the emblem. Is it possible this boat is something else and someone added the emblem?

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    Bawana Don...
    Thanks for the follow up.
    I do not have a title.
    After your comment about this boat maybe being a Larson, I carefully inspected the "Starcraft" emblems and discovered what looks like the name "Larson" barely visable near the starboard side emblem. It looks like vinyl or painted lettering that may have been painted over.
    I am not good at posting pictures but I am going to try to get some additional shots to post.
    Maybe the serial number holds the secret?
    Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions.

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    it sure looks close to this boat to me a 1957 Larson pla-boy

    i really don't think its a starcraft

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    From the Starcraft site

    # 1903 – Star Tank Company founded by Arthur E. Schrock. Company produced stock tanks, hog feeders, waterers and other metal farm equipment to market regionally. When demand declined, the company used its metal manufacturing expertise to produce boats.
    # 1920’s – Star Tank & Boat Company firmly established as a boat maker, primarily manufacturing boats of galvanized steel. They made its first aluminum boat shortly after World War II, positioning Starcraft to become the world’s leading aluminum boat manufacturer.
    # 1956 – Star Tank & Boat Company develops its first fiberglass boat.
    # 1964 – Star Tank & Boat Company enters the RV industry with the introduction of campers.
    # 1977 – Starcraft Tank & Boat Company becomes the first company to make luxury customized van conversions, originated the luxury automotive conversion market.
    # 1990 – Starcraft Tank & Boat Company restructures, selling its RV division to Jayco RV and its boat division to Brunswick Corporation.

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    I love the old boats of the 50's. Larson is one of my favorites too. I thought that boat looked familiar.

    I'm very interested in the full story behind this one. We'll probably never get it, but I'd love to know. Someone re badged this Larson as a Starcraft? Very interesting.

    We have little information on the glass boats of the fifties, from Starcraft. That's too bad I'll bet their interesting boats.

    I'll follow this thread to see where it ends up. Good luck in your search Larry. The more information you can get the closer we can get to the real answer. More pictures for sure!
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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    I also thought it looked like a Larson. There was an awesome restoration thread on here of a similar boat which I tried to find for you but the owner's pictures seem to have expired. I did find these links:

    http://www.prestoimages.net/store/gr...pd926079_1.jpg

    http://findusedboats.com/images/list...1/IMG_0011.JPG
    1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
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    1966 16' Starcraft Jupiter 85HP Johnson
    Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/starcraft-boats/ezmobees-1966-jupiter-338633.html sold

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    Follow up...
    The boat is indeed a 1958? Larson Playboy. The original seating had molded fiberglass front seats (that have been removed). I am trying to get the name of the previous owner to find out as much of the history as I can. Also, as noted in the first pictures, the boat did have "Starcraft" emblems on each side of the stern. I wonder why?
    I removed a plywood flooring that was added in later years to expose the thin fiberglass sub floor. The sub floor was so thin and brittle that it peeled up in most areas to expose 52 year old plywood that looked like top soil. It was totally saturated and decomposed. In fact, the stringers that run from bow to stern, are also very deteriorated. They were wood encapsulated in fiberglass but did not stand the test of time.
    This is a great boat with a lot of history I'm sure but I will not attempt to partially restore this boat. Too much for me.
    I'm sure that some forum members have seen and/or attempted to work on a boat in this condition. It has to be a labor of love and a money pit.
    Good luck to all and have a great summer on the water!

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    Well mystery solved ,at least partially. Best of luck to you.
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    Resto of a 12' Sea Scamp circa 1967 (Zach's boat)
    67' 14' Sea Nymph-Big Water
    Johnson CD-12, 1955 5-1/2 horse

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bwana Don View Post
    I love the old boats of the 50's. Larson is one of my favorites too. I thought that boat looked familiar.

    I'm very interested in the full story behind this one. We'll probably never get it, but I'd love to know. Someone re badged this Larson as a Starcraft? Very interesting.

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    Default Re: Help to identify old Starcraft.

    Can you tell me where the rest of this brochure can be found?
    I just purchased a Larson Pla-Boy and I'm trying to identify the year.
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