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    If the first three characters of the HIN (FSJ) tell who made this boat, it’s a Citation. It’s an open bow design (bow rider?). I can give the the full HIN, if that’s allowed/safe. I’d like to know the brand/model/year of this boat, for reference. I’ve got a bunch of pictures of various numbers and plates and such, I took right after getting it, if that will help give me some idea of what I’m working with.

    needess to say, the interior is gutted (no carpet/seats, etc.), the engine is seized (spark plugs pulled (a few are laying around, rusted to death), carb open (now taped up), water got in the engine... not a pretty picture), etc. It’s... a project. But I only paid a total of $275 (delivered) for it! And I’m planning on making it an electric conversion, so motor function is not critical, unless it’s worth (value) more running than selling it as is (if worth anything).

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    Bayliner Boats makes a "Citation" model
    1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
    Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
    Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint...Say What!!!

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    • #3
      Is FSJ the first 3 characters of a Bayliner HIN?

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      • #4
        Plug HIN in here

        www.hindecoder.com
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        • #5
          MIC Company Address City State
          FSJ CITATION BOATS INC PO BOX 1799 COLUMBIA SC
          1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
          Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
          Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint...Say What!!!

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          • #6
            HINDecoder gave me full info. I have a 1981 Citation. Question is, what model?

            Here’s a pic:

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            • #7
              I looked on the interwebs I found 2 just like yours. being sold as citation Marquis. Here is a pic of the boat with the same markings as yours in better condition. Markings in better condition not the boat.
              Dance with the waves,
              move with the sea.
              Let the rhythm of the water
              set your soul free.

              1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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              • #8
                chevymaher - Thank you! Did you know right away what it was, or did you have to look to figure it out? I’m wondering if there are any custom replacement parts still available for it (it looking for a cover, when the snow finally melts), but all I ever see are the generic boat covers you have to strap on. Apparently, this boat had a cover that snapped on to the fasteners all around.

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                • #9
                  your best bet for a cover is to contact your local canvas shop which is most likely what was done to the boat at one time.
                  Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

                  1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

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                  2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
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                  • #10
                    I found one with intact interior! Now I have an idea how to restore mine, which is gutted of all floor carpet, seats, engine cowl/pad, etc.

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                    • #11
                      I got a video that teaches you how to make a cover from You Tube. And like Scott said look in Wal Marts boat dept they got covers for about 40 bucks.

                      No it took me a long time to decide that was your boat. I downloaded your first picture and blew it up to see the design on the side.
                      Dance with the waves,
                      move with the sea.
                      Let the rhythm of the water
                      set your soul free.

                      1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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                      • #12
                        I re read your post. Your interior is practically the same as mine. So I know how the wood under everything should be. Just ask when you get that far. I got a bazillion pics of when I did my interior. Biggest problem is your missing the fold out seat tracks. You can still make it and look the same but they wont pop open.
                        Dance with the waves,
                        move with the sea.
                        Let the rhythm of the water
                        set your soul free.

                        1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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                        • #13
                          Uh, I don’t HAVE any interior right now! :-D. It’s gutted (and the floor is shot and the str. But if you’re referring to the picture of what it SHOULD look like, yeah...

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                          • #14
                            Is there a way to edit/delete posts? I accidentally hit send before I was done.

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by Luposian View Post
                              Uh, I don’t HAVE any interior right now! :-D. It’s gutted (and the floor is shot and the str. But if you’re referring to the picture of what it SHOULD look like, yeah...
                              Yes I was referring to what it will be picture of interior. The wood underneath is the same as mine with different seat covers.
                              Dance with the waves,
                              move with the sea.
                              Let the rhythm of the water
                              set your soul free.

                              1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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