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1954 Starcraft

Posted: 02 Apr 2019, 21:44
by Islander78
Just inherited my Dad's boat last summer, he brought it down for my birthday. Thanks Daddio!..its been in the family since the 80's i think. I replaced the floor in it 10 years ago. Now it's mine to restore. Its a solid boat, but its in need of a rehab. First priority is replacing the transom. I will also be replacing the floor again. Also looking for someone that can make me some new plexiglass for the windshield. Needs new electical ran, and thinking of adding a radio and speakers. Its missing a few original parts that i will also be on the hunt for. This site is chalk full of experienced and interested folks. So i know im in the right place! Any help is greatly appreciated. This is my first boat so im new. But i am also a 20yr carpenter so i am well capable. More pictures to follow as to document my progress..considering starting a Youtube channel.

1954 Starcraft

Posted: 03 Apr 2019, 06:06
by Weldorthemagnificent
A worthy hull to restore. Look forward to the thread.

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1954 Starcraft

Posted: 03 Apr 2019, 08:37
by Islander78
Heres what im facing. I counted 70 fasteners in the transom.

1954 Starcraft

Posted: 03 Apr 2019, 12:05
by Islander78
I am really excited to be able to give this boat a makeover. Any thoughts or ideas are welcome.

1954 Starcraft

Posted: 04 Apr 2019, 00:03
by LDUBS
That style of boat is one of my favorites. I can't help you with the windshield questions but suspect the current one might not be original from 1954. I am looking forward to following your project.

1954 Starcraft

Posted: 04 Apr 2019, 00:45
by Islander78
I've been searching the internet for any records or pictures of the 54'. Id like to make it as original as possible. Does anyone have a way to find out more about this old Starcraft?

1954 Starcraft

Posted: 04 Apr 2019, 08:35
by lckstckn2smknbrls
As good a this site is I recommend going to www.iboats.com. There is a very active starcraft forum with lots of restored boats.

1954 Starcraft

Posted: 04 Apr 2019, 10:14
by ppine
I like everything about the lines of your boat.
It is worth saving for sure.
If it seems like you have to replace a lot of fastenings, imagine a planked mahogany boat 60 feet long, and then it will seem more manageable.

1954 Starcraft

Posted: 04 Apr 2019, 10:14
by ppine
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1954 Starcraft

Posted: 04 Apr 2019, 12:38
by LDUBS
ppine wrote:
" imagine a planked mahogany boat 60 feet long, and then it will seem more manageable."
Yep, that is the truth. I once was involved with a wood planked sail boat. I like woodworking, but the romance died pretty quickly.

1954 Starcraft

Posted: 04 Apr 2019, 12:58
by LDUBS
Islander78 wrote:I've been searching the internet for any records or pictures of the 54'. Id like to make it as original as possible. Does anyone have a way to find out more about this old Starcraft?
Got curious so I was roaming around on Google images. See a lot of early 60's like yours. I did find one pic of a '54. Not really any help, but thought I would share:
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1954 Starcraft

Posted: 04 Apr 2019, 13:38
by Islander78
I am also skeptical of the year of the boat. The registration says 54' so i can only assume..I just found a local Marine Service shop that will be able to professionaly replace the transom for me. So i hope its not an outrageous price, i feel no matter what the cost it will be worth it. I would rather let the pros do there job and ill stick to my Carpentry. This should free up my time to restore the rest of the boat.

1954 Starcraft

Posted: 04 Apr 2019, 13:44
by Islander78
There are some parts i will be on the hunt for..these rear corner caps for instance..and i will also have to fix this design flaw, as to not allow water to run directly onto the top of the transom and cause rot!

1954 Starcraft

Posted: 05 Apr 2019, 12:14
by lckstckn2smknbrls
You can find originals corner caps on ebay along with some after market ones. You could have a welding shop make some. Honestly the members on Iboats StarCraft forum have all these answers.

1954 Starcraft

Posted: 06 Apr 2019, 21:40
by LDUBS
lckstckn2smknbrls wrote:You can find originals corner caps on ebay along with some after market ones. You could have a welding shop make some. Honestly the members on Iboats StarCraft forum have all these answers.
How do you find a sub-forum on Iboats like the Starcraft forum you mention? I'm thinking I need to be logged on, but otherwise can't see any brand specific forums. Thx.