At it again - 1977 Starcraft Supersport conversion

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jdsgrog
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I'm at it again. After finishing my lund conversion and after a family vacation, I realized I needed to get a boat that was bigger for the family. I decided to sell the lund to a buddy and I got myself a Starcraft Supersport. The Supersport has been sitting around for a while as I've been mulling over what I want to do with it. Decided to make the runabout into a single console fishing boat since I mainly fish by myself or with a friend 90% of the time, and maybe I'll make a removable rear bench seat for the family. I will put on a '71 Merc 650 (65hp) that I got separately and will get to that later in the summer. But I finally did get started on the boat.
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bigwave
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Post by bigwave »

Nice looking boat....the hull looks great.
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jdsgrog
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Thanks. The hull is in great shape from what I see. Still will need to check for missing/loose rivets, but from initial inspections, I didn't see anything to be alarmed about.

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Post by Berto »

Nice start.

jdsgrog
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Got phase 2 done - took out the floor and the foam. I never understood what soaked foam was until I took this boat apart. The soaked foam must have added 150 lbs. :shock: Good news is that even though the floor was completely rotted, I was able to salvage the front three pieces for templates.

Anyway, here is what the inside looks like now.
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Next step, flip the boat, check for loose rivets, and start bottom prep for paint.
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meonline06
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Post by meonline06 »

That's a nice looking boat. You may want to fill it with water and do a leak test before you flip it over.

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Don't know if I can. I rent a garage at an apartment complex and don't have access to external faucets. Also, not sure if the owners of the building would appreciate me filling a boat with water. I guess I can take the boat to the boat launch at the lake that is nearby to see if water leaks in. I know the hull floats since I transferred it from the original owner's trailer to my trailer when I bought the boat.

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Not really sure how the apartment folks would feel about that. I would definitely put it in the water and ride around a bit to check for leaks before you paint it. I remember when I did my water test I found several rivets that looked to be in good shape but still leaked and vice versa.

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Post by ShipwreckStew »

This hull looks familiar... What is the length? Are you going to do a center or side console?

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Post by Badbagger »

Nice looking hull !

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Post by jdsgrog »

@ShipwreckStew: the hull is 16 ft (actually 16.5'). It's similar to your hull, just shorter. The supersport was more of a runabout with a walk-through dual console, but I'm sure the hull design is similar to yours as this hull seemed to be on a few models. It looks like you have an offshore which had a center console for the trim. I'm going to make mine a single side console.

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Post by Bowie »

Just picked up the same boat. I'd love to learn more about your project. What did you use to replace the floor boards? New pictures?

Thanks,

Bowie