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  • 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

    Just picked up a new project. I'm really excited about it because an 18' open bow aluminum Starcraft is the hull I really wanted. I think I got a fantastic deal on it. The hull is in great shape, the trailer is in great shape except for some minor things, and best of all, the 1981 Evinrude 90 RUNS and the power tilt & trim works flawlessly. I've been wanting TnT for years but adding it to my old Johnson was cost prohibitive. The boat came with some nice extras like awesome guide-ons on the trailer which should make loading a breeze and also a cool teak swim platform that I think will clean up nicely. The transom on the boat is solid. The floors are springy but solid although I'm still planning on replacing them. Basically, if this thing had some seats in it, it would be completely usable as-is! But that's not the plan. The seller had it listed for $1800. I offered $1000 and he accepted. I would have been willing to go the full $1800 but for that price I would have wanted to do some tests on the motor. Now for some pics:









    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: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

    Although I'm not a big fan of the color, the paint is in decent shape. With a little washing and buffing it should clean up nice. So, with that in mind, I think I will do and inside-out restoration like I did with my Jupiter. My plan for the interior is to copy a number of the design features from a 2010 Starcraft Superfisherman http://www.starcraftmarine.com/Showr...rman&Model=180 I think it's interesting that after looking at all the new aluminum boats available right now for some interior ideas....the boat I like the best, by far, is a Starcraft. I plan to try to mimic their design in the bow and the stern. I'll be using lounge seats in the middle instead of pedastals. Right now I'm leaning towards this seating group from iboats: http://www.iboats.com/Fishing_Chair_...view_id.394390 I'd like to get 2 loungers, 2 jump seats, and 2 pedastal fishing chairs which I will make removable. I'd like to canabalize the jump seats into flip up seating in the stern like in the new Superfisherman. Those are my ideas for now. I haven't really started on the restore yet unless you count playing matchbox cars in the boat with my son last night for an hour

    My Jupiter is currently on Craigslist though the thought of selling it makes me ill. But two boats in the same general genre really isn't practical.
    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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    • #3
      Re: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

      bow platform as mine is a i/o, i also like another i saw that had three seat plates up front side by side. but i would like a closer look at the new design.
      1973 Starcraft Supersport
      120 mercruiser 153c.i.

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      • #4
        Re: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

        SUCCESS!!!!! We had a great first run with just a few issues. My wife was able to get off work and join my dad and I which was great. Everyone loves the boat and was happy with its performance. Bullet points:

        Good:
        - Motor starts from cold practically instantly. The primer system is clearly better than the choke on my '73

        - Motor runs great at speed, quick smooth acceleration

        - Boat goes great with the 90HP. Better than I thought it would. 39MPH GPS!!!!

        - Boat planes really well. It glides on the water. It produces practically NO wake

        - Original Starcraft speedo works and is surprisingly accurate.

        - Riding up in the bow is great

        - little to no taking on of water

        Bad:
        - Motor has some sort of fuel delivery issue. It conks out when being put into forward. It is currently VERY difficult to get past this and get it into gear and moving. Possibly dirty carbs or bad fuel pump maybe? The strange thing is it can idle very nice and low in gear with no coughing or sneezing. So it may be a linkage and/or timing advance issue. I'll have to put up a post in the J/E section. This almost ended our day before it began but after much messing with it, I was able to get it thrown into gear and out of hole. Had a similar problem both times I restarted it after stopping. It runs GREAT other than this. (Much like my Johnson, darn it)

        - I have clearly not yet mastered power trim

        Couple of pics and video to follow
        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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        • #5
          Re: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

          Boat at the dock. The river was really high today from all the rain we've had:


          My dad driving and dana in the passenger "camp chair"


          It was a beautiful day. Warm and absolutely 0 wind:


          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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          • #6
            Re: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

            Videos (audio is pretty much just wind noise. Oh well, you get the idea):

            First video:
            http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w...irst_video.flv

            Discussing the GPS data:
            http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w...discussion.flv

            Hole shot:
            http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w...=hole_shot.flv

            My dad driving so I could ride up front for a bit:
            http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w...ad_driving.flv

            My dad and my wife:
            http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w...t=dad_dana.flv
            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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            • #7
              Re: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

              Well I have good news and bad news. The good news is my seats came (way early,thanks iboats!) and they are GORGEOUS. Much higher quality than what I had put in the Jupiter (they cost twice as much so they certainly should be). The bad news is, they don't fit. I kinda failed to really measure anything before I ordered them. There just isn't room for the loungers and the jump seats. I was thinking of just returning the jump seats but my wife did not like the idea of not having any seating in the stern. She thought that would look dumb. So I think I'm going to exchange the loungers for 2 bucket seats. They have buckets available in the same pattern and they look to be super nice.

              Here's my situation:




              I LOVE these jump seats so I'm going to keep them:


              Here's one of the pedestal fishing seats:
              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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              • #8
                Re: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

                Cool pic vegas. That light gray is pretty much what I'm going with. In place of the darker gray I'm going with a bold blue. Planning on using Petit EasyPoxy in "Mist Gray" and "Ocean Blue" see here: http://www.**************************...arge/1329s.jpg

                I have started removing the deck. Found nice, easy to remove, sheet foam underneath. I've also removed the gas tank and found it had about 5 gallons in it. Guess I'll have to find a way to get rid of that. I'm probably get the rest of the deck and the consoles out tonight. I'll post pics tomorrow.
                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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                • #9
                  Re: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

                  EZ... those jump seats could still be converted to your original idea of a fishing conversion......



                  Notice "Bassin Mode" is very useful for all sorts of things!



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                  • #10
                    Re: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

                    Vegas, AWESOME job on the photoshop. That is along the lines of what I was thinking.
                    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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                    • #11
                      Re: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

                      Some progress made tonight.....got the whole deck ripped out. Obviously I have the consoles, gas tank, and bow area removed as well. I was pleased to not run into anything unexpected. No poured foam or anything like that. The white styrofoam isn't even that wet. It will still be removed though. Here's the pics:











                      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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                      • #12
                        Re: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

                        I would imagine the reason for the rot near my stern was probably just from stuff laying on the floor back there and under the splash well. Who knows how long this boat sat out uncovered before I got it. My consoles were very easy to remove because this boat has been redone before. I didn't have to drill out any rivets at all, just removed a bunch of stainless screws. However, there aren't too many points of attachment so you aren't looking at much work there.
                        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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                        • #13
                          Re: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

                          Spent about an hour out there tonight. Got all the foam broken up and bagged. I'll be throwing that out for weeks. Ripped the carpet and original vinyl off that was up in the bow and ripped out the carpet that was along the gunwales. I would have started vacuuming out the dirt but I figured I'd let it dry out a bit till tomorrow so it wasn't as much a mess in my shop vac.



                          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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                          • #14
                            Re: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

                            Great progress today guys.....my wife and I got the entire floor cut and laid in place. It looks great! It's not permanently installed. Lots of work to be done prior to that happening. Here's the pics:



                            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: 18' Starcraft SuperSport restoration

                              Got busy with the powerwasher today in preparation for the Gluvit application. I, of course, paid special attention to the rivets and seams. A 7HP powerwasher is a heck of a tool. No idea why my father-in-law bought one but I'm glad he did.

                              Before:


                              After:




                              It even did a nice job on my teak swim platform. That could probably use some more work:
                              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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