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  • 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

    This will be my first attempt at restoring an old boat, so I thought I’d do a build along. That way, in exchange for providing you folks a little humor (inevitable due to my inexperience), I can ask a bunch of redundant silly questions!

    The boat is a 66 Starcraft Sunchief. It’s 21’7” long and came with the 110 HP Mercruiser Sterndrive option.

    The motor had a head job in 83 and a full engine rebuild to 040 over in 84. When not in use, it was parked in a carport. She hasn’t been in the water since 02 when she was winterized and parked in a garage. I bought her from my brother a couple of months ago and I’m ready to try and bring her back to original condition with exceptions being some small cosmetic upgrades.

    The plan is to re-do the floor and flotation, new paint top & bottom, complete re-wire, re-upholster the seats, new fabric in the cubby hole area on each side (haven’t figured out the term for that area) new finished wood side panels and dash in lieu of the fabric covered stuff, and new marine vinyl in lieu of the deck rotting carpet, new gauges & steering wheel.





    My brother’s teenagers piled all sorts of stuff on it, and a few months ago he painted his 71 Harley some sort of red color, resulting in the entire boat being pink from overspray???





    I’ve been really worried about wet flotation and the resultant rust/rot. So today I removed the seats, carpet, fuel tank and one side panel. So far everything’s looking good!




    The sun started going down and the temp started dropping and this stage of the restoration is being done in the carport, so I decided to remove the reinforcement and yank out one sheet of the plywood just to get a peek at the danged flotation I’ve been losing sleep over. Everything looks pretty good here.




    Tomorrow afternoon I’ll remove the other side panel and all of the flooring.
    Last edited by North Beach; September 12th, 2012, 09:55 AM.
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    Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

    Almost forgot! Here's what the 65 model looks like.

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      Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

      Wish my ribs would have looked that good when I replaced my floor and flotation. I have an '86 which had poured in flotation and the salt water got in and started eating the aluminum. I am a believer in the styrofoam block for flotation. Gives the water a passage to the bilge pump.

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      • #4
        Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

        Welcome , cant wait to see the rest !! looks like you well on your way !! keep them pics comming , and we are all here to help all we can !! John
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        • #5
          Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

          hi.....welcome to i boats !

          i will aboslutely gaurentee you....there is 200 jelous guys here looking at your dry boat !

          you are so far ahead of the game.......


          check the underside of the styrofoam for wet.....and use gluvit as nessary.


          search core sample and check the transom for rot.........

          if you are good....(no rot).....replace the deck and do the interior any way you want !.....your imagination is all that limits you !
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            Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

            great find. agree do some core samples on the foam, just in case. it will perform well with that drive train.
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            • #7
              Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

              Thanks for the words of encouragement guys!

              The foam that is exposed so far is bone dry. Does this look like a STOCK setup? The foam is just loose laid in pieces and the plywood was reinforced with one ply of glass with Resin(?) sloshed all around. In some places it was really thick and I believe that's what was making the cracking sounds when we walked on it.

              I should have the rest of the floor and sides out by sundown this evening.
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                Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

                no it has been redone in the past.
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                • #9
                  Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

                  there are some really great alum jobs in the compleated projects forum.....see dj's and lundwanissa's

                  if the transom is good.....its just a decking job....a realaxing weekend...or a good 6 hrs.

                  read up on installing a deck.....types of wood and drying plywood
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                  • #10
                    Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

                    I had a '72 Starcraft Jupiter 16' that I purchased off the showroom floor and the flotation was layed in just like yours. Don't know about a '66 Starcraft.

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                    • #11
                      Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

                      Great boat, Great find. An easy re-do.

                      That hull went well into the nineties with very few mod's.

                      You also have a very serviceable engine/drive package. Not a hot rod but adequate.

                      I would stongly recommend removing the foam planks and giving the rivets and ribs a coat of Gluv It (available here on iboats), from the inside. After that, just replace the dry foam planks.

                      Keep us posted!

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                        Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

                        Sorry guys! I got a case of buck fever and opted to spend the afternoon in a ground blind We'll be back on it tomorrow.

                        Tashasdad & Honker, after going back and looking again, looks like the only rivit holes for the decking are the ones in use now. I'm thinkin maybe it did come that way from the factory. Who Knows?

                        Gluvit huh? I think I will seal the inside before I put the flooring back in since it's already exposed.

                        I've seen a couple of videos of my fatherinlaw in this boat and it looks like it moves accross the water pretty good.
                        Last edited by North Beach; June 5th, 2010, 07:36 PM.
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                          • #14
                            Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

                            Wow, they sure didn't change much over the years. I have a 91 MonArk and the hull is identically made. Mine had pour in foam with nothing between the stringers except the gas tank. Mines a OB and stripped down completely now. My thoughts are that replacing everything wood (transom, etc) will give it a new life and if it lasted this long, I won't need to do it again in my lifetime.

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                              Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief Re-Build

                              NB,

                              There is nothing wrong with those closed cell foam planks. I actually like them better than poured foam. I DO recommend replacing any gas/oil soaked pieces.

                              The planks allow any water to work around them and drain. I have rarely seen completely rotted decks on boats using the foam planks vs. poured.

                              Good work, she'll look like new in short time.

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