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Old 08-11-2018, 10:08 AM
Franzwa99 Franzwa99 is offline
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83' Stars and Stripes been sitting for 12 years, how do I bring it back to life?

Hey All, I am about to buy an 83' Stars and Stripes, but it has been sitting for 12 years. Seller said it was winterized before it was parked, but thats about all the info I have. How big of a risk is this? Boat has about 580 hrs.

I checked the boat out and it needs some pretty significant work. Fiberglass, upholstery, carpet, and some cosmetic items.

I am mostly concerned with the guts. I want to make sure I take all the proper precautions when bringing this boat back to life. I am new to being a boat owner, but am mechanically able for the most part (worked on cars, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, etc).

Can you guys steer me in the right direction and help identify each step I should take with the motor, oil, fuel, carb, electrical, etc? Do I need to tear the engine apart and replace all the gaskets?What else boat specific do I need to do? Any links of videos or good descriptions of "how to's" would be appreciated.

I have read some threads that have some good details, I am just looking for this specific boat, and specific parts I should get, etc. Thank you all for you help.
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:20 AM
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Is it a fiberglass or wood stringer boat?


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Old 08-11-2018, 12:14 PM
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Not sure?

Not sure. Looks like wood color coated in fiberglass?
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Old 08-11-2018, 12:18 PM
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Not sure. Looks like wood color coated in fiberglass?


Wood for sure. Are they solid ?


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Old 08-11-2018, 12:25 PM
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Seems solid to me. Walked all around the boat and did not notice any soft spots.
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Old 08-11-2018, 12:34 PM
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Need to compression test the motor. Check oil for water and check the trans fluid. If all comes out good. Should be a good buy


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Old 08-11-2018, 12:46 PM
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Seems solid to me. Walked all around the boat and did not notice any soft spots.
Itís not impossible but doubtful that the stringers are solid if they are original. One common test is to tighten the lag bolts in the engine mounts. If they donít tighten up but just keep turning the stringers are shot
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Old 08-11-2018, 01:34 PM
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How extensive/expensive of a fix is doing new stringers?
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Old 08-11-2018, 06:55 PM
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How extensive/expensive of a fix is doing new stringers?
Easy fix. Requires time, patience, and willingness to do it right. Material about US$700, labor is free.

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Old 08-11-2018, 09:55 PM
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“Easy” if your name is waterlogged and you’ve done about 2 dozen stringer replacements!
How many hours of labor for a first timer do you figure waterlogged?
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