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  • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

    If your boat is a 1963, than I don't even think they built a Nassau that year. The choices in 16' aluminum boats would be Jupiter, Starmist, and Stardust.
    I had a 1963 16' Starcraft, sold it about a year ago now, it had three knee braces, but really didn't match any of the specs for any of the older 16' boats. I pretty much gave up and just figured it had to be a Jupiter since it was far deeper than the Starmist or Stardust models and it wasn't even close compared to any other newer or older models.
    The Starmist/Stardust models were the same hull, just different seating and trim arrangements. The Jupiter was a deeper and wider hull. The older models were flat bottomed at the stern while later models gained somewhat of a V shape similar to the later SS models.
    The older hulls differ greatly in shape and measurements from later models. I found out long ago that the first thing you need to do is determine the year, then figure out the model by comparing specs.

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    • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

      Reelfishin is the man! "The older hulls differ greatly in shape and measurements from later models. I found out long ago that the first thing you need to do is determine the year, then figure out the model by comparing specs."

      Reelfishin helped me identify my old hull
      This is a great link to boat specifications http://boatspecs.iboats.com/
      Please, shop iboats first!!

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      • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

        Hello all, I finally have some updates and pictures to show as I finished cutting out the deck. I also patched some holes in the gunwales.
        https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=424635

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        • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

          here is one of the patched spots and the new hole for the new stern light.
          https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=424635

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          • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

            another shot of a patch spot.
            https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=424635

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            • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

              Your deck looks real sharp V8! Excellent!
              1983 26' Starcraft Sportfisherman 261V Rebuild
              1976 22' Starcraft Islander Rebuild - SOLD
              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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              • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

                Looks very nice! How are you going to fasten the deck down?
                Dave P.
                1979 22' Starcraft Supersport V5
                w/ 1985 Evinrude 140

                My original thread about my boat:
                https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=416445
                My restoration thread:
                https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=427003

                1995 FourWinns Freedom 3.0 I/O.

                1995 14' SeaFarer LW
                Sold....https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=543525

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                • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

                  Thanks guys, I am still up in the air kinda on fastners. screws or rivets. I am leaning more to screws or bolts as I can control the tightness better than rivets but then again rivets would be easier dang.
                  https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=424635

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                  • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

                    Very nice job on that deck

                    Did you get the bow piece right the first time? (if so you are better than some of us).

                    I used rustoleum deck screws, with a star bit. They are self-tapping and bite well into the plywood and the ribs/stringers.

                    Next time around I think I will use rivets just for the sake of comparison(and I have a friend of a friend who works for Fastenal now).

                    Keep up the good work!
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                    '79 16' Starcraft SuperSport
                    12' AeroCraft '55 Johnson 5.5hp
                    Starcraft brochures thread

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                    • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

                      When using rivets, will the stringer or whatever is under the deck, draw up to the deck? Obviously it would with screws, but I wonder when drilling the hole for the rivet, will it tweak the metal under the deck down? It is possible to end up with a gap between the deck and stringer when using rivets?
                      Dave P.
                      1979 22' Starcraft Supersport V5
                      w/ 1985 Evinrude 140

                      My original thread about my boat:
                      https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=416445
                      My restoration thread:
                      https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=427003

                      1995 FourWinns Freedom 3.0 I/O.

                      1995 14' SeaFarer LW
                      Sold....https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=543525

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                      • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

                        good point with the screws pulling down the deck better DJ. I think screws are a winner. I did do it with only one piece of wood but I must have taken it in and out twenty times as I would take a little off put it back in then measure and take it out and trim and repeat. my wife asked me why I kept going back and forth with the piece of wood and like I told her its a lot easier to remove wood than to add it back on.
                        https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=424635

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                        • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

                          It seems rivets are most commonly used, but screws have been too. I remember EZ mentioned once maybe going every other.... screw.... rivet... screw..... rivet, then going back and replacing the screws with rivets so you would end up with all rivets. That way you have something pulling the under-part up to the deck. I may do that. Since you were about to the point of securing your deck, I thought I'd ask.
                          Dave P.
                          1979 22' Starcraft Supersport V5
                          w/ 1985 Evinrude 140

                          My original thread about my boat:
                          https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=416445
                          My restoration thread:
                          https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=427003

                          1995 FourWinns Freedom 3.0 I/O.

                          1995 14' SeaFarer LW
                          Sold....https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=543525

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                          • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

                            I used screws on both of mine. I think rivets may pull tighter and last longer though. I think if you use rivets, you should drop a couple screws in first to get everything tight and locked into place. You can then chose to replace these with rivets later. Just an idea.
                            2002 20' Hydra-Sports 202DC 200HP Yamaha HPDI
                            1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
                            Restoration thread https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767

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                            • Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

                              Thanks EZ I like that idea. I spent some time last night reading other resto threads and it seems like there are a lot of ideas out there. I think yours makes the most sense though. the other thing I was not sure of was do I drill the holes first then epoxy the deck or after and many thanks for to all for the input.
                              https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=424635

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                                Re: 1963 16 ft Starcraft Jupiter restoration

                                Using set screws as mentioned is a good idea, also you could set some deep cycle batteries on the deck above the stringers to keep it flush underneath.

                                I had my helpers stand on the deck while I put in the screws to keep it where it needed to be. It's a great feeling when you can see the deck being tied down tightly to the stringers and it has no give at all.

                                The big advantage with screws is that you can remove the deck if needed...in theory at least, mine won't be going anywhere since I used 5200 on each screw and then counter-sunk them and epoxied over them for a smooth surface.

                                This helped alot when we put down the Nautolex marine vinyl.
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                                '79 16' Starcraft SuperSport
                                12' AeroCraft '55 Johnson 5.5hp
                                Starcraft brochures thread

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