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#12140395 - 07/11/17 Starcraft boats anyone?  
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Nice-looking Starcraft has caught my eye locally. It's a '71 hull, nicely accessorized out and with a rebuilt 120 Merc. It would see both freshwater on still water and large rivers, and then also some saltwater up at Puget Sound. Primary use is fishing.

Google says these are well built, good handling boats. Any experiences yay or nay?


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#12140407 - 07/11/17 Re: Starcraft boats anyone? [Re: Jeff_O]  
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Had a Starcraft Supersport 1969 vintage for many many years. Only a 16 footer but nice boat. I've seen many Starcraft around here, all seem to hold up well and owners are happy.


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#12140540 - 07/11/17 Re: Starcraft boats anyone? [Re: Jeff_O]  
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The Starcraft hull will be fine. Need to check compression on each cylinder. Good is 115 to 121,2. Mercury says within 10% of one another but a cylinder under 100 is cause for concern. What model # or name is the boat? powdr

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I had a mid 90's, 19', Superfisherman 190, riveted aluminum hull. Bought it new and the only problem I ever had with it was that a couple of the rivets leaked. They fixed it under warranty and never had any other issues. I liked that light weight aluminum hull; it would cruise at 45mph with a 75 hp Merc outboard. Great fishing/family boat.


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#12140656 - 07/11/17 Re: Starcraft boats anyone? [Re: powdr]  
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Originally Posted by powdr
The Starcraft hull will be fine. Need to check compression on each cylinder. Good is 115 to 121,2. Mercury says within 10% of one another but a cylinder under 100 is cause for concern. What model # or name is the boat? powdr


I don't know. Haven't talked to the seller yet. Supposedly 2nd owner and the motor has been "professionally rebuilt". Here she is-- the Avocado Express!


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#12140732 - 07/11/17 Re: Starcraft boats anyone? [Re: Jeff_O]  
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Had Fishmaster 196 for 7 years now. Best boat I ever had by far. I love the 19* dead rise hull on mine. Rides great even on the waves of Lake Erie.

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#12141707 - 07/12/17 Re: Starcraft boats anyone? [Re: Jeff_O]  
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There would be a big difference between the 2 boats pictured, and where/how they were used.
Id personaly keep looking.

#12142107 - 07/12/17 Re: Starcraft boats anyone? [Re: Jeff_O]  
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I understand. The one I pictured is the one for sale. I wouldn't want to go much bigger, though a little would be ok. My kids are grown up and 9/10 of the time, it'd be just me alone or with my wife or my buddy.


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#12143736 - 07/13/17 Re: Starcraft boats anyone? [Re: Jeff_O]  
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Id not want much to do with an old rivited hull and an IO that looked nearly as old. Trailer looks pretty rough as well.

If it ran good and was cheap enough......it may get you on the water for a few seasons before you'd have to decide on how much work and money youd have to put in it.


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#12143752 - 07/13/17 Re: Starcraft boats anyone? [Re: Jeff_O]  
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Thanks Mooner. I'm an aluminum sporting-boat noob (my family's boats have been Fiberglas ski boats). Google had told me that the riveted Starcraft hull was pretty good (and that older welded hulls can fail at the welds) but I'm hearing you.

I'm adverse to bad investments and have avoided owning my own boat for that reason <g>. But as you say if I can get in cheap....

I live near a big lake. I'll see if the seller will plunk it in the water for me, if I decide to pursue it further. How fast does a leaky rivet show up?


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I'm not an aluminum guy either. My boat is glass. Lots of riveted holes seems sketchy to me on an old boat but may very well be sound and GTG.

Look for any water intrusion or corrosion. Check any area that is cored with wood. Transom, deck, gunwale.......If it is wood core and skinned with aluminum and the wood gets wet, it'll rot and corrode from the inside. Check under the deck and the bilge.

I/O drives need maintenance and the older the drive the more it usually takes. Looks like an early or pre Alpha drive. I have the same one. Impeller and lower unit lube every year or two. Check the bellows. Any wear and they should be replaced. It springs a leak and you ain't gonna stay afloat. I'd want to look at the lube in the drive. Make sure it is sealed and the lube looks good. IE no metal or water. Lots of parts for those drives are available. Rams and trim pump should be in good shape, clean fluid, and obviously no leaks.

Lots of old boats are a wiring nightmare. 46 years of folks adding and removing electronics and wiring.

What type of gas tank? In floor? Make sure it is in good shape. Old tanks leak and can cause issues. Some of those issues can go boom. Make sure the blower is working.

Boat ain't any good if you can't get it to the water and that trailer looks to have some rot. Check hubs and bearings. Brakes, if it has them. You'll want a spare and an extra hub and bearing set is never a bad idea.

My boat is nearly as old. Paid little for it and have enjoyed it the last 5 years from the sound drinking beer to the pacific fishing for halibut. Old and used is always a crap shoot.

Personally, I'd look for something like a 16-18' Klamath or other skiff with a solid outboard. Keeping it simple with boats is always a plus.






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#12146158 - 07/14/17 Re: Starcraft boats anyone? [Re: Jeff_O]  
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I have owned a few starcraft over the years. Overall the hulls have been pretty good but one item of concern for me would be the floor. Most of the ones I owned especially in the 70's and 80's had issues with floor rot. Replacing a floor is a pretty big task depending on style of boat. Just something to check on.


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$4,500.00? You really are a fuggn idiot.

#12151510 - 07/17/17 Re: Starcraft boats anyone? [Re: Jeff_O]  
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I wouldn't pay anything near that. Half, maybe. I know the seller and he's motivated. We'll see.


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I have a small 1961 Starcraft runabout. Dang tough boats. It works pretty well. That said, looks to me, like that boat has some issues on the transom, below the outdrive. Looks like somebody is trying to plug a leaky seam. There is a Starcraft forum on iboats.com, that has a wealth of info.


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