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Old 04-13-2014, 12:57 AM
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jsturvey's 225 MariStar Improvement Thread

Hello All! This is the beginning of my boat improvement and maintenance thread. Here, I will document any repairs, maintenance and improvements to my '98 MariStar. I will add as many pictures as I can, since we all know, everybody loves them!

I'll start off with the bucket list...
1. Oil Change...last time was done at the dealer, so this will be the first time to do it on my own. Any pointers on draining oil with out making a mess will be appreciated. Also need to know what viscosity oil to use on a 350cid Corvette LT1. (will definitely be using synthetic)

2. Oxidation on Gunnels...Almost done with this. Have worked off and on for 4 weekends on this. Took some before pics, but the gelcoat color is so light, the oxidation is hard to make out, but trust me, it was bad.

3. Surge Brakes...not working. Keep losing all the brake fluid in the master cylinder; finally discovered that all 4 wheel cylinders are blown. Plans include replacing coupler / master cylinder assembly and all 4 wheel cylinders as well as re-packing the wheel bearings.

4. SeaDek Upgrade...Grip paper on the trailer fenders is disintegrating. Going to replace them with SeaDek, plus add a strip on the top of the fender.

5. Restore teak...yes all of us with teakwood platforms have done this time and again. I will be using the Starbrite golden process.

Like I said earlier, I'll try to take and post many pics. I'll even video it if I can get my hands on a video camera.
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:08 AM
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Looking forward to plenty of pics. Best of luck! Always satisfying to see guys restore these beautiful machines.
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:12 AM
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Opinions everyone! I am in the process of templating, selecting, and ordering the SeaDek for the trailer. My problem is that I cant decide between two samples. Have a look and tell me what you think. My wife likes the one on the right, and my friend likes the one on the left. I like them both.
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:13 AM
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I think I would need to see a pic of the boat and trailer to make a decision on which would be best.
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S5 WHEEL SALE POLISHED\CLEARCOATED ALUMINUM
TWO 14" @ $149, FOUR 14" @ $259, TWO 15" @ $169 (5 OR 6 LUG)


SNOWMOBILE TRAILER PACKAGE $229
TWO 20X8.50-10 KENDA LOADSTAR LOAD RANGE E TIRES
TWO S5 GUNMETAL W/CHROME LIP ALUMINUM WHEELS

2 LED REPLACEMENT BRAKE LIGHTS $29
SAME LIGHT WORKS ON YOUR SNOWMOBILE TRAILER

HITCH & COUPLER LOCK KEYED ALIKE $39
REBUILDING HOLLEY MARINE 4160 CARBURETORS - $225 DELIVERED
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:27 AM
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^^^Yes, that would be a good idea, wouldn't it. Here you go!
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:36 AM
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Tough call to make. I like the faux teak on the trailer. If it were going on my trailer, I would pick the one on the left. If I were in your shoes, I would pick the one on the right.

I don't think you could go wrong either way.
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S5 WHEEL SALE POLISHED\CLEARCOATED ALUMINUM
TWO 14" @ $149, FOUR 14" @ $259, TWO 15" @ $169 (5 OR 6 LUG)


SNOWMOBILE TRAILER PACKAGE $229
TWO 20X8.50-10 KENDA LOADSTAR LOAD RANGE E TIRES
TWO S5 GUNMETAL W/CHROME LIP ALUMINUM WHEELS

2 LED REPLACEMENT BRAKE LIGHTS $29
SAME LIGHT WORKS ON YOUR SNOWMOBILE TRAILER

HITCH & COUPLER LOCK KEYED ALIKE $39
REBUILDING HOLLEY MARINE 4160 CARBURETORS - $225 DELIVERED
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:35 AM
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heres my x30 with new 2014 graphics, also changed oil and tranny oil today as well. Tomorrow I'm doing my swim deck , reseal with teak stuff.
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:37 AM
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old graphics
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:40 AM
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I've been through the brakes on mine a couple of times. Let me know if you want any pointers (drums, right?).
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:01 PM
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Right sample….because it matches the beige on the boat
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