70’s Starcraft 14’ Seafarer “By Golly”

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Weldorthemagnificent
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Is that the trim you run the motor at? If so, yes, raise it up. I use a spacer under the clamp to try different heights until I find that happy spot before making anything permanent. Pieces of wood, flatbar, anything that fits will work.

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Weldor,

Yes, I’ve only run it at one depth, which is fully seated on the transom. Last year was my first time running, so I have no previous baseline for comparison. It performed fine/above my expectations, I think? A touch higher top speed would be nice, but I also run a river a lot so that extra 1-2” of skeg clearance might come in handy.

I haven’t tried shimming, but that sounds like an easy way to do some quick tests before I dive in and make a custom jack plate. Thanks for the tip.
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Tested the new electrical configuration on the console and new ignition. I previously had the kill switch accidentally wired incorrectly. Refreshed all wires with new terminals. Everything works great. Bow and stern lights for now. Interior accent/utility lights will come later.

I also decided to redesign the side console where the throttle, ignition, and kill switch all mount. The one I put together last year did the job, but wasn’t great. The new one has a much better layout and will also hide all the added wiring for better/cleaner routing to the console.
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Not finished, but here is how the new side console is laid out. I’ll also be cutting out a top access hatch for ignition and kill switch wiring access, and that will also give me a bit of storage space.
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Pretty slick side console

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Looking good.
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Thanks guys!

Here is the *almost* finished console, mounted. I added a hatch, mainly for electrical access. I don’t really care about having built-in storage for this boat, but I’m sure the extra bit of space in the hatch will come in handy.

The front notch on the top (forward) will have a really handy function I’m excited about. More to come on that. The only remaining things would be an internal divider to section off the inside and to add some stability/rigidity to the console.
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Captain’s swivel chair conversion. The mounting platform is integrated with the side console to gain back the mid-ship hull support that I lost by deleting the bench seat.
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I like the little hatch in front of the shifter. There is always a some little glovebox type stuff that needs to be put somewhere.

Looking forward to hearing more about the "notch". I have a guess, but ain't sharing! :LOL2:
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Nice work! 8) I recognize allot of similiar construction to our '67 Starcraft MarinerV Brochure

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Quick update. I've been quiet because I decided to pause the build so that I could just enjoy the boat for a bit. Even though it's not nearly complete, I'm loving every minute I've spent out so far (apart from losing my trolling motor drive pin in 12ft of water while fishing - didn't love that). I've been able to take my son out and some friends as well. Thankfully fish don't care how nice your boat looks! The photos below are from a guy's camping/fishing weekend that we did a few weeks back. We caught largemouth, smallmouth, rock bass, pike, perch, crappie and sunfish.

I'm getting new rubber mounted on my trailer wheels tomorrow, then hopefully I can take my boy fishing again this weekend. His first time out this year he tied into ~5 lb sheepshead (on a swim jig setup that he handpicked) and it nearly pulled him overboard. I'm pretty sure that fight got him addicted!
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