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Old February 14th, 2010, 10:35 PM   #1
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Here is my newest project. Going to use it for big lake fishing. Got this 3 weeks ago. It a 1975 Slickcraft SS-235 (23.5') with a mercruiser 302 ford and a pre-alpha one outdrive. I bought this from a friend of my grandpa...It's been sitting for three years and he originally wanted 6K for it. Been trying to get it from him now for three years and i finally jewed him down. I got it for $1000. We originally agreed on 1200 but looking at it it needs bellows and a LOT of cleaning. All the wood is solid. I have a connection with a guy who ultra-sounded the haul and transom to make sure it wasn't rotten. The motor fired up and ran good...will need a tune up though. I'm going to go through the outdrive this year and planning on the motor next. It also came with 4 manual penn downriggers, 4 penn reels and poles, GPS, Fish finder, VHF radio, lures, etc.

This is how it look when brought home.











Yeah the current name of the boat it the "Rainbow Chaser" I know it's bad luck to change a name of a boat...but i think it will be okay! Plus i'm not going to be trolling for any trouser trout outside of Saugatuck.
































I've stripped her down ... ripped off all the hooks, rails, seats etc. Took out all the carpet and cuddy cushions stuff was rough.

I'll get some more pics throughout the resto

Doug

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Old February 14th, 2010, 10:59 PM   #2
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looks like a prety solid boat. Good luck with the build, but that trailer has to go! or at least get rid of the white walls!
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Old February 14th, 2010, 11:03 PM   #3
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new tires on the way...they are shot!!! Trailer is going to stay but she'll get painted
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Old February 14th, 2010, 11:09 PM   #4
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I'd wheel it.
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I'd wheel it.
figured someone would say that...didn't see the boat build section
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Old February 15th, 2010, 08:23 PM   #6
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I'd wheel it.
thats nice of him to volunteer to come help you wheel it out
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looks like a good buy
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thats nice of him to volunteer to come help you wheel it out
I wish someone would come over and help...after you start going arourd it with a 6" buffer...the thing is huge
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how does it flex?
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how does it flex?
hopefully not a lot...wouldn't want to crack the glass

But the motor might torque around alot...all that 70's HP .. the valve covers say 302 - 188HP...damn
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Started on fixing some of the wiring...had about 500' more than it needed. they had a fire it looks like on the leads to the fish finder...they took the power from the instrument lights (small wire).


what a mess




chipmunk or something carcass ... jaws are gripped around leads form batt.




Pulled all the carpet out and started to clean things up











found gas tank and a mouse nest





188 hp ford 302




board on the rear around the motor was a little soft on the bottom





so made a new one and carpeted it...also took the side boxes off re carpeted them and installed some 6x9's







And the cuddy...F...slickcraft didn't put a drain in the cuddy of the boats back then. 3" up all the way around was rotten from the weather stripping on the hatch leaking. so i ripped it all out.





put in all new wood...glassed it in











Since i was in there i glassed in two long shelves the length of the cuddy right down the line of that rib...it's done but no pics of that yet

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Old July 20th, 2010, 04:32 PM   #12
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Just caught this post. I have a SS-235, and a SS-195. On the 235, I did some interior restorations on the engine cover, and the sides of the passenger areas. Some structural on the engine cover, the other mainly cosmetic. One thing I hate to tell you is that you should have used marine grade plywood, and then sealed it with a product like Smiths CPES (Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer),and then maybe even painted it with marine paint. You are correct that moisture gets trapped in the cuddy area. That partical board will not last.
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I would like to ask you questions about your boat, I am also doing a 1978 Slick Craft and I would like to know where you get your windshield rubber and just chat with you about where you find good resources. You may contact me at 616-994-0447, or reply to this thread if you prefer. thank you, DY
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