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    Default A Stainless Steel Starcraft ???

    I was checking out CL and found this.

    http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/boa/2950959711.html

    Starcraft row boat, 11 foot 6 inches in length. Includes a Montgomery Ward trailer. Boat is registered through 2013. This is a very unusual boat in that it is not made from aluminum, but is made from real stainless steel. It is of fully welded construction, with no rivets and it has no leaks. The boat has wooden gunwales and seats that I replaced with cedar about five years ago. The stern and bow fittings are made of cast aluminum and bear the Starcraft star image.







    It doesn't look like like a Starcraft to me. What do you guys think?
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    Default Re: A Stainless Steel Starcraft ???

    Found another Stainless boat on an old ebay listing.

    Looks similar but not listed as a starcraft. Better looking boat.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&item=28 0822866955&nma=true&rt=nc&si=435mRKOtkmY0kGAzWpITc r818zo%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc#ht_5172wt_932


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    Default Re: A Stainless Steel Starcraft ???

    I agree, it does not look very Starcraft-ish and that ceder wood looks terrible! I've heard of magnesium being used (Dow Chemical made a few in the '40's) but not stainless...it would be HEAVY!
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    Default Re: A Stainless Steel Starcraft ???

    Chief - His Ceder replacement wood does look terrible and agree it's not a Starcraft. Kind of interesting, but not enough to buy it.

    Maybe if it was titanium or platinum. Still makes me wonder who would make a Stainless boat.
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    Hello all--
    Just to let you know, I purchased the stainless steel Starcraft that was on Craigs List. Yes, it IS stainless steel! Yes, it IS heavy!
    I plan to restore the gunwales and seats to as close as original as I can. Will be using it at outboard motor shows with period motors.
    Have not yet found much information about this model of Starcraft. Tried to contact Starcraft with no success, does anyone know how to reach them?

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    Default Re: A Stainless Steel Starcraft ???

    Quote Originally Posted by 12Star View Post
    Hello all--
    Just to let you know, I purchased the stainless steel Starcraft that was on Craigs List. Yes, it IS stainless steel! Yes, it IS heavy!
    I plan to restore the gunwales and seats to as close as original as I can. Will be using it at outboard motor shows with period motors.
    Have not yet found much information about this model of Starcraft. Tried to contact Starcraft with no success, does anyone know how to reach them?
    Welcome aboard 12Star!! Is there a Coast Guard plate anywhere? I hate to say it, but she does not really look like a Starcraft. Either way, welcome to Iboats!
    1974 Starcraft 24' Chieftan IV Express Hard top
    1972 Starcraft 18' Mariner, 1985 Evinrude 140HP
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    1969 MirroCraft 18.5' Center Console<<< AVOID http://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...to-591439.html
    1965 Starcraft Jet, 1996 40 HP Force by Mercury- SOLD
    1955 Aerocraft CC-16 barrel back runabout, '67 Mercury 500
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    Default Re: A Stainless Steel Starcraft ???

    There is no manufacturer's plate left, but there is a state registration which lists it as a 1940, 12 ft. steel Starcraft. In addition, it has the typical Starcraft stars on the cast aluminum bow and transom caps.

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    Default Re: A Stainless Steel Starcraft ???

    12Star - Welcome to the site and that's an interesting boat. Show us the work your doing. You picked one up that has lasted generations and will last many more.

    What do you think that boat weighs? It will be interesting to learn the capacity and HP rating.

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    Default Re: A Stainless Steel Starcraft ???

    your model would be the "Shiningstar"

    as distinguished from the magnesium hull "Supernova"

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    Update on the boat:
    Found out that it is a 1952-1954 boat. They made 12 and 14 footers during this era. Its restoration has begun to get ready for the antique outboard shows this summer.
    Thanks all!

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    Hello All-

    We purchased a lodge and have about 10 steel starcraft boats. Some are 12' some are 14'. We are hoping to get them all back in the water. So far two have been cleaned up and painted the traditonal lodge colors. Does anyone know what colors they were originally? Found an ad on ebay that looks like ours it is from 1952. Here is a photo of one of ours.017 (800x533).jpg

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    Default Re: A Stainless Steel Starcraft ???

    Birchie, looks great, but a little like Christmas. Sorry can't help with original colors. Keep up the nice work fixing them up and please show us how they turn out.
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    Default Re: A Stainless Steel Starcraft ???

    Hey Birchie, where is your lodge??? That boat looks good, great in fact.
    Quote Originally Posted by Birchie View Post
    Hello All-

    We purchased a lodge and have about 10 steel starcraft boats. Some are 12' some are 14'. We are hoping to get them all back in the water. So far two have been cleaned up and painted the traditonal lodge colors. Does anyone know what colors they were originally? Found an ad on ebay that looks like ours it is from 1952. Here is a photo of one of ours.017 (800x533).jpg
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    Default Re: A Stainless Steel Starcraft ???

    Quote Originally Posted by barato2 View Post
    your model would be the "Shiningstar" as distinguished from the magnesium hull "Supernova"
    I missed this thread in April, but did find this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD in Milwaukee View Post
    Hey Birchie, where is your lodge??? That boat looks good, great in fact.
    Hi,

    Thanks! Not sure if it is ok to give out our name on this forum, don't want to promo the business, but we are in Trout Lake, MI. Some of them need quite a bit of work, but we love them, and think they go with our place perfectly.
    This is the ad I came across. 1952 Starcraft Ad (800x717).jpg

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