'87 Bluefin Sportsman 1700 Rebuild - Family Cruiser

'87 Bluefin Sportsman 17' teardown and rebuild

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kofkorn
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'87 Bluefin Sportsman 1700 Rebuild - Family Cruiser

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Hi All,

I'm looking at another rebuild. I've been looking for a bowrider for some time now that I can use with the family for tubing and cruising when we go on vacations. My brother had this Bluefin given to him, and he decided that he didn't have time to re-do it. I dragged it home and am planning on doing a full rebuild on it. This is definitely going to stretch my skills quite a bit, as I'm planning on building custom seats and cushions on my own. I'd like a layout that will give me reasonable amoutn of seating with as much open space as possible.

The current force will be replaced with an Evinrude 88 that I have in my garage. While I'm doing the swap, I'm going to replace the transom. I don't think it's totally gone yet, but with a 30+yr old boat that hasn't been maintained, I figured it's due.

So here are some pics of the condition it was in when I brought it home:
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I've already started clearing out the consoles and the front bow seating area. The wood was so rotted, a bunch of it fell apart in my hands. I kept as much together as I could to use as templates. I also pulled off the rub rail so I could remove the cartpeting completely from the gunnels.

I'm going to use the Nautolex on this build. I've been really impressed with the durability from my last build. I'll be sketching up some seating concepts shortly. I might fall back on a standard back-to-back setup if it doesn't work out, but I'm hopeful it'll be alright.

Any thoughts on how I can refresh the look of the paint without re-painting the whole thing?

Comments and suggestions are always considred!
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I look forward to watching this. This style of boat is among my favorites. I like the wide gunnels and space. It will be a great boat for the family.
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'87 Bluefin Sportsman 1700 Rebuild - Family Cruiser

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Will you be able to save the consoles? I see you have the 85hp force on yours. That should be good fun. I had an 88 just like yours except it had the 50hp on it and man it was a weenie!
If you strip out all the crap and build lightweight that boat should move pretty quick with the 85 on it.

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You may be able to save the paint, although it is quite faded. Try to clean/degrease as well as possible, then go over it with a clay bar. Next try some 3m aluminum polish in a small area, low speed with a wool pad on a electric polisher might do the trick. There is a few youtube videos that show how to bring back very faded paint on cars and the same princples should apply. If you experiment with this option make sure to show a before and after!

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I was able to put a little more time into it this weekend. I managed to pull the floor and all of the foam out. The foam was more waterlogged than the stuff I found in my bass boat. I definitely lightened the load a significant amount. I didn't get a chance to to do a full clean out before it started raining.

I pulled the foam up in about 2' sections. I used a long blade to slice it, the popped out the pieces. It was a fairly easy operation overall. I still need to pull out the small centerboard and the livewell tubing. The new boat won't have a livewell.
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There's a lot of corrosion on the bracket for the bow ring. I'll need ot replace that too, or it'll be a short time before the boat is sitting on the road somehere.
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Next job will be doing a deep clean on the inside, removing all of the remaining accessories from the gunnels, then removing the remainder of the carpeting. The floor was so soft that I was worried about walking around inside before. I feel much better with all of the cruddy wood removed.

I'll look into the possibility of saving the paint. But looking at it closer, there are a bunch of spots that are scuffed and scratched that I wouldn't be able to touch up. So it's more likely that I'll be taking it down to the bare aluminum and going from there.
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Post by Kootenaykid »

Hi.. looking forward to more pictures. We have a 17’ spectrum by Bluefin with a soft floor. We think it’s a 1990.
Was thinking of using a vinyl wrap on treated 3/4” plywood. Say in 3 separate panels Two panels at the stern and one at the bow. Make the panels so they can unscrew and lift out.
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