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New to me 1986 chris craft 253AC

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  • New to me 1986 chris craft 253AC

    I have a project boat that i received last Aug from our town marina free of charge for non-payment of storage. It has been attacked on the inside by animals, who have completely chewed up every piece of foam in the boat. The boat is an 1986 Catalina 253AC made by Grew. It had been winterized by the owner approx. 6 yrs ago before the owner up and died. His estate payed the storage for the next couple yrs before it became delinquent. I responded to the local ad for the free boat ( I know, no such thing) and paid a mover to bring it to my buddies farm for me to work on. I cleaned out the boat and did very basic inspections before the cold weather showed up. I left it without trying to start it, to save myself the expense of winterizing it again.. I'm going to try to get it started very shortly and then decide how much money it's worth sinking into the old girl. Structurally it looks good and hopefully the winterization lasted for years. It believe it's a 302 engine with an OMC outdrive. It definitely needs a new boot. Any suggestion as to what else to look for would be appreciated.

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    Did she stay in the water or dry dock those 6 years? Either way, look every place for any rot. Post some photos so we can all take a look at your "free" boat.

    Dave S. S/W Louisiana
    2002 Larson SEI 190 fish 'n ski. 2002 Suzuki DF140 4 stroke
    Sold: 2000 Odyssey Lextra 2102 Pontoon Boat, 2000 Johnson 90hp J90PLSSE
    Sold: 1987 Rinker V190 4.3L 175 HP Alpha One Gen one


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      It was in dry dock for all that time but was uncovered the last 2 yrs. there is some water damage in the head and also in the aft cabin sleeper, but nothing I can't fix, I think. I'm going to make sure it runs before I invest too much time into it.
      It won't let me post pictures. An alert box, with nothing else in it, keep popping up.
      Last edited by middlewick; April 16th, 2015, 07:23 AM.


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        Last edited by middlewick; April 16th, 2015, 07:32 AM.